The Church of the Nazarene: A Life Series

Meet Caitlin Covington, The Woman Known as “Christian Girl Autumn”!

Who is she?

Christine “Caitlin” Covington currently heads up the ministry at The Church of the Nazarene, where she serves as a writer, speaker, and trainer. Born and raised in Kansas, Caitlin has lived in Iowa, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City. Caitlin attended a conservative Christian high school in Kansas, where she played on the varsity team and was captain her senior year.

In an effort to understand herself, Caitlin began to observe, document, and chronicle the lives of conservative Christians across the country. She began a blog in 2007 when she was 25 years old, titled “Christian Girl Autumn,” and the website gained significant attention through the release of her first book, “Life with a Little Spring in My Steps: A Former Mormon Feminist Becomes a Conservative Christian.” In 2011, she released the second book in the Life series, “Life with a Little Spring in My Step: A Former Mormon Feminist Becomes a Conservative Christian.” In both books, Caitlin recounts her struggle with her faith and her efforts to break away from it. The books won the American Library Association’s 2018 Book Sense book award, was named a “Best Book” by the Washington Post, and was named “Best Book of 2018” by Newsweek.

The Church of the Nazarene has been a leader in the movement for women’s ordination and the ordination of LGBTQ people within the United Methodist Church and other Protestant traditions. Caitlin is the first female leader of the Nazarene Ministry and has served as the denomination’s Assistant District Governor. As a result, the denomination has embraced Caitlin as one of its own.

She also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and the Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene Ministry Board with an additional appointment to the Executive Committee.

In 2016, Caitlin was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has received a number of other honors and awards, including the Christian

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