Nitza Dovenspike has a passion for ensuring that people of all races, genders and backgrounds are served by, and in ministry through, the United Methodist Church. In recognition of her work, she received the Ambassador Award from the Iowa Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) this year.
A native of Panama, she maintains her career in the insurance industry and cares for her family while tirelessly serving in many ways through Church. Outreach to Latinos in Iowa has benefited from her recruitment of new leaders, representing Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba and Puerto Rico, who are being trained in the Spanish-language classes of the School for Lay Ministry.
She also serves as the secretary of the Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC), a network of groups engaged with the poor, with students, with social justice, with hands-on mission projects, and with disciple-making in all its many variations. While working with CCMC budgets and goals, she steers the conversation to respond to the needs of the least and the lost.
COSROW acts as a monitor, advocate, change agent, and witness, working for the full inclusion of women in the life of the United Methodist Church. Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa support their ministry throughout the year.