History

History - Picture of UT Charter MembersThe Vision…

Phi Lamb was formed with a vision of creating a Christian sorority that exists for the sole purpose of glorifying God and making His name great on college campuses across the nation.

The Beginning…

Sigma Phi Lambda, Sisters for the Lord, was prayerfully founded in 1988 at the University of Texas at Austin by a group of women who envisioned a sorority that would provide Christian fellowship on the UT campus.  The five founders were Patricia Adams Hogan, Robin Maedgen, Gina Williams Goveas, Jacqueline Goveas, and Eileen Howell Barlow.  They drafted the original constitution that defined the purpose, structure, and day-to-day running of the sorority and its requirements for membership.  They were then joined by eight charter members: Deana Clary, Bonnie Collins Turner, Jennifer Ford Borger, Julie Heflin Ertl, Debbie Hoehner, Kathleen Sullivan Kimbrough, Julie Trevino Mannella, and April Williams Murphy.  With God’s help, these thirteen women created the organization that today we know as Phi Lamb.  

Expansion…

With an increasing number of women coming to the Alpha chapter officers seeking to start chapters on their campuses, the officers called on alumni and a national governing board was formed in 1997.  It was originally known as the “Alumni Board” and the name was changed to the “Board of Directors” in 2006.  The Board of Directors exists to offer guidance and direction to all chapters of Sigma Phi Lambda by ensuring that the original vision of the sorority and the parameters of the Constitution of Sigma Phi Lambda are being upheld. The Board is made up of seven alumnae from various chapters who work to set national vision and policy and keep Phi Lamb running smoothly.

Continuing Growth…

When the founders and charter members were creating and living “Phi Lamb”, they never dreamed how large the organization would become.  Phi Lamb currently has 24 chapters all over the nation, and is continually growing.  There have been a number of changes in the structure of Phi Lamb at the national level due to the growth we have experienced.  Through all the changes that Phi Lamb has experienced in the last 20 years, its purpose remains the same: to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ and make His name great.  For this reason, we look forward to bringing Phi Lamb to more campuses in the future, so that many more women can carry out this purpose as they experience the joy and growth that comes from having consistent fellowship with Christian sisters during their college years.