Denise is a passionate and enthusiastic person of justice. She has a deep contemplative spirituality, which she weaves joyfully into her daily life and work. She has severed as the lead pastor of small and large sized United Methodist congregations. She was the Director of Mission and Global Justice for the UM churches in Virginia. She lived in Nigeria, West Africa teaching graduate students at Banyam Theological Seminary. Returning to the U.S. she was the missional resource staff from the southeastern United States.

Denise continued to lead the denomination as the Executive Director of The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) the global humanitarian aid and development organization of the UMC. UMCOR works with vulnerable communities to strengthen self-sufficiency and encourage partnerships. UMCOR responds to U.S. and international disasters, addresses diseases of poverty, ministers to refugees and immigrants, provides clean water and actively works to reduce hunger. A primary focus of that work is with women and children who are often the ones left most vulnerable in times of crisis and in communities that struggle with poverty.
Honeycutt also served as the first Executive Director for the Center for Mission Innovation.  As a frequent keynote speaker Denise often integrates humor and storytelling into her sermons and teaching.

She has degrees from Campbell University, University of Wales, UK, Southeastern Theological Seminary Wake Forest and Wesley Theological Seminary Washington DC.
Denise is a contemplative, a feminists and lover of creation. She and her husband Pat Watkins recently moved back to NC and live in a small passive solar home in Pittsboro NC.

Ms. Honeycutt’s 2020 Presentation: The Power of Positivity