In 2005, Cheryl Scanlan had a vision for ministering to women in the marketplace in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Her idea was called ‘One Lunch’ and would provide a forum for Christian Businesswomen to encourage one another through panel topics, discussions and prayer for one other. The concept would allow busy women to be intentional about reflecting on God’s provision and praising Him to create a renewing of the soul.
In 2006, she called Mary Margaret Armstrong (MM) to discuss launching the group, and although the time was not right for MM due to the demands of a young family and a new career, the desire was shared and both agreed to continue to pray and revisit the idea in the future.
Fast forward to September of 2013 — Cheryl met Kevin McCarthy, CEO of On-Purpose Partners at a conference and, following the conference, Kevin connected Cheryl with his business partner Mary Tomlinson for a ‘meet and greet’ since Mary had just moved from Orlando, Florida to Wake Forest, NC.
On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Mary and Cheryl met for coffee. What they thought was a simple social connection became so much more, when, during that meeting, Cheryl discovered that Mary sat on the board of an organization in Florida called J4 that ministered to Christian businesswomen in the marketplace in Orlando. They were stunned that their visions and concepts almost perfectly mirrored one another. Sensing God’s calling, they decided to move forward to test the waters for a group in the area to minister to Christian businesswomen. Cheryl immediately called Mary Margaret and her words were ‘Count me in!’
The three women met to plan next steps at Sola Café in Raleigh and in January 2014, the first group of Christian businesswomen gathered to discuss the needs and the types of issues that professional Christian women face in the marketplace. Their responses confirmed the need for this type of group and Cheryl, Mary and Mary Margaret moved forward in obedience to set dates for 2014 meetings, secured meeting space at a local restaurant, created a website, and set up a database for communications.
By the end of 2014, the newly formed group called PCW (Professional Christian Women), had met 6 times, engaged 21 panel speakers and built a database of over 300 women! The three co-Founders were certain of God’s leading and the need for this type of organization.
Join us on this journey of what God is doing in and through Professional Christian Women in the Raleigh area!