The Addie Davis Awards

Baptist Women in Ministry established the Addie Davis Awards in 1995 to honor Addie Davis, the first Southern Baptist woman ordained to the gospel ministry. These awards also a way for BWIM to give public recognition to gifted women seminarians. That year and in the years since, BWIM has requested nominations for the awards from Baptist seminaries, divinity schools, and houses of study. Each theological institution is asked to nominated two women students: one for the Addie Davis Awards for Excellence in Preaching and one for the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry.

The 2017 recipient of the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry is Genetta Williams, a May 2017 graduate of Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and associate pastor at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The recipient of the 2017 Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching is Demi S. McCoy, a May 2017 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her award winning sermon, “When Sisters Go Unseen,” can be viewed below.



Schlyon T. Atkins
Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Corinne Causby
Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Megan Currie
Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology

Sara Herrington Jones
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

Tanya L. Parks
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Kimberly D. Stuebben
Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Elizabeth Styron
Duke University Divinity School

Alena Jo Vaughn
Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary


Astra L. Aker
Gardner-Webb School of Divinity

Karen Vassar Brown
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Cindy Boyer
Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Amy E. Hill Herring
Campbell University Divinity School

Rhody Mastin
Duke University Divinity School

Brittany McDonald-Null
Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary

Lauren Moser
Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Sabrina Smith
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

List of Past Recipients


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 Rothaus (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)

2015  Brenda Kay Hafer (preaching) and Crystal M. Shepherd (pastoral leadership)

2016 Elizabeth Coates (preaching) and Margaret Brooks (pastoral leadership)