Rev. Dr. Yvonne Wallace Penn, is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She received a BA
degree from Virginia Union University (VUU) in Richmond, VA., MDiv from Howard University
School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary
In 1997, she was ordained an Elder in the Peninsula Delaware Conference of the United
Methodist Church. She was appointed to Coleman Memorial U.M.C. in Wilmington, DE
as the Senior Pastor. Throughout her formative years, Yvonne was actively involved
at Mt. Zion United Methodist church in Philadelphia, Pa. She served as Senior Pastor
of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Cambridge Maryland on the Eastern District,
for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference for 13 years, before her appointment as Senior
Pastor, at First Church United Methodist Church, Hyattsville. Maryland. Her activism
has been the catalyst for various volunteer service projects and certifications.
As an Elder she has served the Peninsula-Delaware Conference for over 20 years.
In 2009, her Charge was granted the distinct honor of being chosen as one of twenty
two Congregational Resource Centers (Teaching Centers) within the United Methodist
Church Denomination for strengthening the Black Church.
She was an Assistant Director for a comprehensive counseling hotline and Outreach
Center and worked for the State of Maryland as Economic Development Director for
the Eastern Shore for 5 years.
Before entering the Ordained Ministry, Rev. Penn took her spiritually-motivated pursuits
to Wesley Temple United Methodist Church in Salisbury, MD where she chaired the Religion
and Race Committee and under her leadership, several ethnically diverse churches
came together, as a result of this endeavor, she was awarded the prestigious “Denman
Award of Evangelism.”
Dr. Penn was Co-Chairperson for the Christian Service Team, General Commission on
the Status and Role of Women, (GCSRW) and Black United Methodist Preacher (BUMP).
One of her favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you are in over your head, I’ll be there
with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between
a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end, because I am God, your personal
God. The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you. That’s how much
you meant to me! That’s how much I love you!” Rev. Penn believes that this captures
her understanding and belief in God’s desire to be in relationship with His people,
which includes His protection and comfort during difficult and stressful moments,
which life can often bring.
Dr. Penn received a Coaching ICF Certification in 2015.
Rev. Penn is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and is active with the Cambridge
She considers her role as mother to one daughter and son-in-law and grandmother to
four grandsons her Highest Honor.