To be a catalyst in Baptist life, drawing together women and men in partnership with God, to illuminate, advocate, and nurture the gifts and graces of women.
The idea for giving an award to young women in ministry began when BWIM honored Addie Davis on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of her ordination. In May 1994, the first offering was approved and more than $5,000 was collected.
The early intention of the BWIM board for the Addie Davis Award was to give public recognition to as many young women preparing for ministry as possible. As the award evolved, the purpose changed slightly with the hope of providing a more substantial financial award to two recipients each year, one for pastoral leadership and one for preaching.
Racquell Gill and Erica Evans Whitaker are the 2014 Addie Davis Award winners. Racquel received the Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching, and Erica received the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry.
The video presentation of the 2014 Addie Davis Awards is available below:
1998 Kelly Bazemore, Tammy Condrey, Jennifer L. Dundas, Joy Heaton, Jana Stewart Kinnersley, Gloria Jean Ortega, Rachel A. Stephen
1999 Veronice Miles (preaching) and Virginia Dempsey (pastoral leadership)
2000 Kimberly L. Hardegree (preaching) and Ellen Holden DiGiosia (pastoral leadership)
2001 Nikki Finkelstein-Blair (preaching)
2002 Andrea Dellinger Jones (preaching) and Belinda Creighton-Smith (pastoral leadership)
2003 Susan Burnette (preaching) and Shirley Ramsey Luckadoo (pastoral leadership)
2004 LeAnn Gunter (preaching) and Holly Sprink (pastoral leadership)
2005 Martha Kearse (preaching) and Teresa Pugh (pastoral leadership)
2006 Stacy Cochran (preaching) and Debra Anne Carter (pastoral leadership)
2007 Shelley Hasty Woodruff (preaching) and Renee Kenley (pastoral leadership)
2008 Bailey Edwards Nelson (preaching) and Caroline Lawson (pastoral leadership)
2009 Marquette Bugg (preaching) and Tammy Jackson Gill (pastoral leadership)
2010 Karen Hatcher (preaching) and Gwen Brown (pastoral leadership)
2011 Kyndall Renfro (preaching) and Griselda Escobar (pastoral leadership)
2012 Erin James-Brown (preaching) and Angela Fields (pastoral leadership)
2013 Molly Brummett (preaching) and Heather Mustain (pastoral leadership)
2014 Racquel Gill (preaching) and Erica Evans Whitaker (pastoral leadership)