Keynote Speaker


 Reverend Felicia P. Hopkins

YWCA Northwestern Illinois is proud to welcome Reverend Felicia P. Hopkins as keynote speaker of Leader Luncheon XXXVII.

Reverend Hopkins is a native of Buffalo, New York. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Valparaiso University and her Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has been a pastor for over 21 years and served as the Director of the Wesley Foundation United Campus Ministry and PRAXIS program at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). There, she guided over 1,500 UTEP students to successfully volunteer over 30,000 hours in 75 different borderland non-profit agencies. As an Associate Pastor at St Mark’s UMC, she started and grew a Praise and Worship service from 17 people to over 700. Currently, she is the Senior Pastor at St Paul UMC in Abilene TX.
Reverend Hopkins is also a retired Major (CH) chaplain from the US Army, having given over 20 years on active duty and in the reserves. She selflessly served a 14 month unaccompanied tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Trauma Chaplain, where she ministered to over 12,000 Wounded Warriors and over 350 in the ICU. After the war, Reverend Hopkins authored “Halfway Home” an autobiographical sketch of lessons she learned while deployed. The book has sold over 5,000 copies.
Her work and community service was awarded when she was chosen to be the El Paso Women of the year. She is a thought provoker and has served as a powerful motivational speaker for local, regional and national audiences. Such as, YWCA El Paso del Norte, The Texas Teachers Association, Rudolph Chevrolet, Arkansas Annual Conference of the UMC, General Board of Pension and Health UMC, University Hospital, El Paso Independent School District, and numerous private business entities. Reverend Hopkins was invited by Dr. Raleigh Washington; Vice President of Operations for Promise Keepers to be the first African American women keynote speaker for their Family Division.
But ultimately nearest to her heart are her two sons: Adam – an 18-year-old graduate of Abilene High School and Samuel, a 21-year who is a Computer Animation – student at the University of Texas at Dallas.