Addie Davis Awards

Information about the Awards

Baptist Women in Ministry established the Addie Davis Awards in 1995. The intention was to honor Addie Davis, the first Southern Baptist woman ordained to the gospel ministry, and to give public recognition to gifted women seminarians. That year and in the years since, BWIM has solicited 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.

Racquel Gill and Erica Evans WhitakerIn 2014, Racquel Gill (left) and Erica Evans Whitaker received the Addie Davis Award. Racquel received the Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching, and Erica received the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry.

Racquel is a student at Duke Divinity School. Her award winning sermon was titled “Purpose in the Midst of Pain: It Doesn’t Need a Blame to Have a Purpose” and is based on the text John 9:1-13. Racquel remind us: “While the disciples look at a blind man and try to find his sin, Jesus looks at this man and see God’s potential to use him. While the disciples try to find the blame for this man’s pain, Jesus reveals the man’s purpose in the midst of pain.”

Erica is a 2014 graduate of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Dean Dickens, the pastor in the interim of Agape Baptist Church, where Erica previously served, wrote of her: “Erica is loved by old and young in this congregation because, in a ‘coming-apart-crisis,’ she ministered effectively and lovingly to the whole congregation.”

The video presentation of the 2014 Addie Davis Awards is available below:




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)