Baptist Women in Ministry News
January 2020
A Word from Pam Durso
Today is a good Baptist Women in Ministry day! This is Lynn Brinkley's first day as our associate director. (pictured with Carolyn McKinstry--our preacher for the 2019 Annual Gathering).

Lynn comes to BWIM from Campbell University Divinity School, where she has served since May 2007 as director of church, alumni, and student relations. She has also as been an adjunct instructor, teaching in both Campbell University's Divinity School and the Christian Studies Department. Lynn earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in May 2014, a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University Divinity School in May 2008, a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in May 1997, and a Bachelor of Science and Sociology degree from North Carolina State University in May 1992.

In addition to her role at Campbell, Lynn is associate minister at First Baptist of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She was ordained on May 4, 2014. Active in the Baptist community, Lynn is coordinator of the ministers division and women in ministry for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, serves on the board of the Baptist Joint Committee and is currently a member of the BJC's executive committee, and was a board member of the Baptist Women in Ministry of North Carolina.
From 2015 to 2018, Lynn served on Baptist Women in Ministry's Leadership Team, and during her time on the team helped create the Mentoring Group Program and was an early mentor for the program. Lynn will serve as a mentor for the 2020-2021 cohort of the program, and as the new associate director, she will oversee the Mentoring Program, expand its reach, and enhance its content. She will also oversee the College Discernment Program, the Month of Preaching Emphasis, the Monthly BWIM Zoom Conversations, and will lead in visioning and implementing new BWIM adventures. Lynn will continue to live in North Carolina and will work remotely.

I am excited about Lynn's joining the staff. She has so many gifts as a leader, preacher, writer, and mentor! Her warmth, joyful enthusiasm, and endless energy will energize BWIM's work, and her experience with college and seminary students and her connections with Baptist denominational organizations will help BWIM expand its circles of influence and strengthen our work. I am thrilled that she said 'yes' to this new ministry calling, and I am thrilled to have opportunity to work closely with her in continuing to expand the ministries of our organization.

You can contact Lynn at her new email address: [email protected]

Today is a good day for Baptist Women in Ministry!
All the work Baptist Women in Ministry does and all the ways in which this organization contributes to the shift in Baptist culture are happening because of people like you who believe in and support our ministry and who share in our mission of affirming all those whom God has gifted for ministry.

We would love for you to make an end-of-year gift and join with us in this good work BWIM is doing. Your support makes all of this possible.  
 Baptist Women in Ministry welcomes your congregation to participate in Month of Preaching this February. Here's how you can fully participate:
First, invite a woman into your pulpit to preach one Sunday in February, and consider asking a first-time preacher—a high school, college, or seminary student. Be an encouraging church, one in which the voices of young women and new-to-preaching women will be celebrated and affirmed.
Second, fill out the form below to send information about your participation, including contact information for your preacher.
Third, email BWIM a picture of your preacher in the pulpit. We will post the pictures on Facebook and Instagram and celebrate together the preaching gifts of women. Email the picture to  [email protected] .

Fourth, use the four bulletin inserts that will be provided for the four Sundays of February. The inserts are available on the BWIM website and can be accessed by clicking  here . Print the inserts. Share them with your church members. Introduce your congregation to four significant Baptist preaching women.

Fifth, make a financial contribution to BWIM in honor of your preacher. Celebrate and affirm her preaching by giving to this organization whose mission is to advocate for and support the giftedness of women. 
Baptist Women in Ministry invites you to remember and honor Baptist preaching women of the past and to celebrate the giftedness of Baptist woman who continue to proclaim the gospel today. 

“No. 2: Tonya,” produced in partnership by Baptist Women in Ministry and, premiered on November 8, 2019 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The film is now available to stream online for free via and

Tonya Easterly Vickery, co-pastor of Cullowhee Baptist Church, with her husband, Jeffrey, is the focus of this second film in the series.

“This newest film release by BWIM-EthicsDaily features funny stories, sweet stories, and hard stories from Tonya's ministry journey and highlights her family's commitment to and their vision for shared ministry and leadership,” says Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry and a producer of the film.

The 20-minute film is structured around Tonya’s work within a co-pastoring model, and it features interviews with Tonya, Jeffrey, their two daughters, and four church members.
“My friend, Tonya Vickery, is living proof that co-pastoring can be done and done beautifully.” The Vickerys have co-pastored Cullowhee Baptist for eighteen years.

“Theirs is a collaborative ministry,” adds Durso. “They share the pulpit. They make decisions as a team. And they have created a radically relational community at Cullowhee Baptist Church, where the priesthood of the believer is not simply a concept. It is the lived reality of their congregation.
Baptist Women in Ministry has gathered ordination resources that can help with the planning of an ordination service, including litanies, poems, blessings, responses, and charges, all used in previous ordination services.

Our website also has resources for pastoral installation services. We hope these resources will be helpful to you as you prepare for your significant days of celebration.

If you have ordiantion or installation resources that you would like to share with BWIM, email them to [email protected].
Nicole Yvonne Duncan-Smith was ordained on December 18, 2019 by St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York.
Baptist Women in Ministry posts blogs every Wednesday and Friday. The 2019 Wednesday blog theme has been "Find Your Voice and Use It" and has featured numerous writers. Every Friday, the blog , "THIS IS WHAT A MINISTER LOOKS LIKE," features an interview with an amazing minister. On January 10, Kat Kimmel , co-pastor of University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was the minister interviewed. Kat IS what a minister looks like!
Baptist Women in Ministry offers resources and assistance both to churches searching for a minister and ministers searching for a new position.

Churches and candidates in need of assistance may now submit information, job descriptions, and resumes online via BWIM’s Ministry Search Registration Forms. BWIM’s assistance is provided as a ministry, and there are no fees for these services. 
The Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force, a joint partnership between Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, have released two significant resources developed for use by churches, seminaries, and partnering organizations.  "Safe Churches and Ministers"  is an educational video that introduces this tough topic and provides much-needed definitions, statistics, and stories that are designed to help churches, students, and leaders take seriously their responsibility in preventing abuse. The video is accompanied by a leader guide and a discussion guide and is available in both English and Spanish.

"Clergy Sexual Abuse Prevention Recommendations for Churches"  is a collection of prevention guidelines and documents intended to prompt congregations to create their own policies, procedures, processes and covenants.  This resource will assist churches in holding clergy and lay leaders accountable and will prepare churches to respond appropriately if abuse is reported.  

The release of these two resources marks an important milestone in the work of the Task Force and we are committed to continue forward in our efforts. We ask that you pray for the task force as we keep working to bring attention to and educate those in our Baptist circles about clergy sexual abuse.
BWIM of Heartland
Baptist Women in Ministry of the Heartland hosts monthly lunches for ministers in the Kansas City area. Visit the Baptist Women in Ministry - Missouri Facebook page for more information.
BWIM of Georgia
BWIM of Georgia will host a retreat on February 28-29, 2020, at Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama. The speaker will be Elizabeth Bagwell Burnette, and the cost is $60 per person. Check in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, and the retreat concludes at 1:00 p.m. Deadline to sign up is January 15. To register, use this link.
Texas BWIM
BWIM of North Carolina
Baptist Women in Ministry of North Carolina announces it 2020 Symposium and Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 , at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Virginia BWIM
Save the date for the annual Feast on May 1, 2020, which will be held at University Baptist Church in Charlottesville.
Everyone in ministry needs a mentor. Whether you have one currently or feel like you could really use one, Three Minute Ministry Mentor was created exactly with you in mind! Whether your calling and work takes shape as a pastor, chaplain, minister, activist, seminary student, or as a mentor, supervisor or professor of ministry students, this video series is for you.  Eileen Campbell-Reed  is an academic entrepreneur whose vocational joy comes through engaging in sacred, redeeming, and liberating work that includes teaching, mentoring, coaching, writing, and research. Eileen offers resources such as consulting, coaching, and leadership for retreats and conferences.
American Baptist Women’s Ministries and American Baptist Women in Ministry are partnering to present Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready., which will be held June 16-19, 2020 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Registration for the conference will open later this month.
Nicole Yvonne Duncan-Smith was ordained on December 18, 2019 by St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York.
Amy Gallaher is minister of missional engagement at Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Emily Holladay is pastor of Village Baptist Church, Bowie, Maryland.

Carol Lynn Patterson is associate regional pastor of American Baptist Churches New Jersey.

Megan Pike is staff chaplain at Blessing Health System, Quincy, Illinois.
Positions are listed by state, city, open position, church name. BWIM collects these openings from a wide variety of sources, and the degree of openness to women ministers among the listed churches varies. In its effort to advocate, network, and connect, BWIM provides this list as a resource to those searching for ministry positions. 

Birmingham- Pastor-Baptist Church of the Covenant
Huntsville- Minister of Contemporary Worship-First Baptist Church

Colorado Springs -Youth Pastor-First Baptist Church

Venice -Pastor-South Venice Baptist Church

Augusta -Director of Weekday Education-First Baptist Church
Ball Ground -Children and Families-Calvary Baptist Church
Dalton- Minister of Children and their Families-First Baptist Church
Jasper -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Jefferson -Minister to Children and Families-First Baptist Church

Evansville -Pastor-American Baptist East
Various -Multi-Bi-vocational Positions-ABC of Indiana and Kentucky

Frankfort -Associate Pastor of Children and Spiritual Formation-First Baptist Church
Frankfort -Associate Pastor of Missions-First Baptist Church
Lexington- Pastor-Calvary Baptist Church
Louisville -Director of Operations-Broadway Baptist Church
Owensboro -Worship Pastor-Macedonia Baptist Church

Chicopee- Pastor-Beulah Baptist Church

Cape Girardeau -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Springfield -Pastor-University Heights Baptist Church

Gibbon -Pastor-Gibbon Baptist Church 
Scottsbluff -Pastor-Scottsbluff Baptist Church

Albuquerque- Pastor-Del Note Baptist Church  

Glenville -Pastor-East Glenville Community Church

Autryville -Pastor-Clement Missionary Baptist Church
Cary -Associate Pastor for Worship and Music-Westwood Baptist Church
Charlotte -Minister to Students and College Students-Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church
Elon -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Franklin -Pastor-Burningtown Baptist Church
Kenansville -Pastor-Kenansville Baptist Church
Mocksville -Minister of Youth and Community Missions-First Baptist Church
Morehead City -Associate Minister of Children and Youth-First Baptist Church
Newton -Pastor-Trinity Baptist Church
Providence -Pastor-Covenant Reformed Baptist Church
Raleigh -Minister with Young and College Students-First Baptist Church
Raleigh -Chaplain-Springmoor Retirement Community
Red Springs -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Reidsville- Pastor-Calvary Baptist Church
Rocky Mount -Minister of Children and Youth-Dortches Baptist Church
St. Pauls -Pastor-St. Pauls Baptist Church
Sylvia -Teaching/Lead Pastor-The Summit Church
Wake Forest- Minister of Spiritual Formation and Administration-Wake Forest Baptist Church
Winston-Salem -Church Administrator-Ardmore Baptist Church

Oklahoma City -Staff Chaplain-Integris Hospital
Tulsa -Youth Minister-Community Baptist Church

King of Prussia -Mission Partnership Coordinator-International Ministries

Ashaway- Pastor-Pilgrim's Baptist Church
Newport -Pastor-Community Baptist Church
Warwick -Pastor-Warwick Central Baptist Church  

Allendale -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Greenville- Pastoral Residence-First Baptist Church
Rock Hill -Associate Minister for Spiritual Formations and Missions-Oakland Baptist Church
York- Pastor-First Baptist Church

Buffalo -Pastor-Community Bible Church
Sioux Falls -Pastor-First Baptist Church

Alvin -Pastor-South Park Baptist Church
Austin -Administrative Pastor-Sunrise Community Church
Austin -Pastor-University Baptist Church
Bandera -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Boerne - Minister to Children and Their Families-First Baptist Church
Bryan -Worship Pastor-Northview Baptist Church
Buda- Student Minister-First Baptist Church
Center- Minister of Families-First Baptist Church
Corsicana -Student Pastor-Grace Community Church
Crawford -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Cureo -Youth and Family Minister-First Baptist Church
Del Rio -Pastor-City Church
Fredricksburg -Minister of Youth and Recreation-First Baptist Church
Galveston -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Granbury -Worship and Media Pastor-First Baptist Church
Grandview -Student Pastor-First Baptist Church
Hawkins- Student Minister - Holly Brook Baptist Church
Henrietta -Youth Pastor-First Baptist Church
Killeen -Minister of Children-First Baptist Church
Manor -Pastor-Eternal Faith Baptist Church
McKinney -Associate Children's Minister-First Baptist Church
Plano -Executive Pastor-First Baptist Church
Mont Belvieu -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Pleasanton -Pastor-Trinity Baptist Church
Point Enterprise -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Port Arthur -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Port Lavaca -Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries-First Baptist Church
Rosenberg -Pastor-First Baptist Church
San Antonio -Pastor-Covenant Baptist Church
San Antonio -Children's Minister-Crossroads Baptist Church
San Antonio- Executive Pastor-First Baptist Church
San Antonio -Pastor-The Fellowship of San Antonio
San Antonio -Student Minister-Parkhills Baptist Church
Sanger- Youth Pastor-First Baptist Church
Sulphur Springs -Pastor-Davis Street Baptist Church
Tye -Minister of Youth-Tye Baptist Church
Universal City -Minister of Students-First Baptist Church
Waco -Minister to Children and Families-DaySprings Baptist Church
Waco -Minister of Students / Contemporary Worship-Western Heights Baptist Church
Woodville -Student Pastor-First Baptist Church

Appomattox -Pastor-First Baptist Church
Bristol -Minister of Music-First Baptist Church
Burkeville -Pastor-Burkeville Baptist Church
Chatham- Pastor-Greenpond Baptist Church
Glen Allen -Associate Pastor for Worship Arts and Missions-Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Haymarket -Associate Pastor for Outreach-Haymarket Baptist Church
Lowesville -Pastor-Piney River Baptist Church
Martinsville -Minister of Music-First Baptist Church
Mechanicsville -Minister of Youth and Discipleship-Broadus Memorial Baptist Church
Richmond -Student Pastor-Bon Air Baptist Church
Richmond -Church Administrator-Fifth Street Baptist Church
Richmond -Pastor-Monument Heights Baptist Church
Roanoke -Summer Intern-Bonsack Baptist Church
Winchester --Youth and Young Adult Pastor-First Baptist Church

Martinsburg- Associate Pastor of Families-First Baptist Church
State and Regional BWIM
Contact Information
Terri Byrd

Megan Pike

Christy Correll-Hughes

Rachel Gunter Shapard

Katie Faison

Heartland (Kansas/Missouri)
Laurel Cluthe

Robin Sandbothe

Alix Davidson Keller 
North Carolina
Ka'thy Gore Chappell

South Carolina
Anna Burch

Mary Frances Thompson 

Eileen Campbell-Reed

Vicki Violette

Anyra Cano

Nancy McDaniel