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Stated Clerk

Stated Clerk

Rev. Bronwen Boswell

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The Rev. Bronwen Boswell is the Acting Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and is the first woman appointed or elected to lead the denomination in its more than 300-year history in the U.S.

Boswell is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College and received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served in a number of presbytery and mid council leadership roles, as well as interim pastorates within the PC(USA). She was serving as General Presbyter and Stated Clerk for Shenandoah Presbytery in Harrisonburg, Virginia when she was called to her current position.

Boswell was appointed by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly to serve until the election of a new stated clerk at the 226th General Assembly of the PC(USA) in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2024.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. Howard W. Boswell, Jr., pastor of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church in Buena Vista, Virginia. They have four adult children; Kate, Ian and wife Katie, Jamie, and Rhett.


The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the chief ecclesial officer of the denomination. Elected to four-year terms, the Stated Clerk carries out the ecumenical and constitutional functions of the assembly as outlined by the Book of Order, General Assembly Organization for Mission, and the Standing Rules of the meetings of the General Assembly.

Responsibilities include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, and providing vision, interpretation, and inspiration for the denomination.