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.
On August 9, 1964, Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, ordained Addie Davis to the gospel minister, and she became the first woman ordained by a Southern Baptist church. Following the ordination, Addie left the South in order to find a church to serve. She spent the the next forty years pastoring three churches—one in Vermont, one in Rhode Island, and one in Virginia. Her courage and faithfulness inspired many women who followed her into ministry.
In 1998, Baptist Women in Ministry established the Addie Davis Preaching Award. Nominations for the award were gathered from the seminaries and theological schools affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. That first year seven women were nominated, and BWIM recognized all seven and honored them with the award. The next year the BWIM board of directors voted to present two awards—one for pastoral leadership and one for preaching.
For seventeen years now, BWIM has presented these two awards as a way of honoring and remembering Addie Davis, but the awards have also served as an affirmation of the gifts of all the nominees and the award recipients.
In 2014, Racquel Gill (left) and Erica Evans Whitaker (right) were the Addie Davis Award winners. Racquel, a student at Duke Divinity School, received the Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching, and Erica, a recent graduate of Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, 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)