Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, where she is as an advocate and a resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry. She assumed the role of executive director on July 1, 2009, after serving as a volunteer on the BWIM’s Leadership Team for four years. Previously, Pam worked as associate executive director-treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and served on the faculty of Campbell University Divinity School as assistant professor of church history and Baptist heritage. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta.
Since receiving her Ph.D. in church history from Baylor University in 1992, Pam has been a strong supporter of clergywomen and has written and edited numerous articles and books on women. She co-edited with LeAnn Gunter Johns, The World is Waiting for You: Celebrating the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Addie Davis (2014). She also edited and contributed to This Is What A Preacher Looks Like: Sermons by Baptist Women in Ministry (2010), wrote five State of Women in Baptist Life reports (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2015). Her other books include On Mission with God: Free and Faithful Baptists in the Twenty-First Century (2011), The Story of Baptists in the United States (2006),which she co-wrote with her husband, Keith Durso, and Courage and Hope: The Stories of Ten Baptist Women Ministers (2005), which she and Keith co-edited. Her most recent book is We Proceed On: The History of Pintlala Baptist Church (2016). Her first book was based on her dissertation, The Power of Women: The Life and Writings of Sarah Moore Grimke (2004). Keith and Pam have two college-age children, Michael, and Alexandra.
Ashley Robinson is executive assistant for Baptist Women in Ministry. Since she joined the staff in October 2013, she has overseen the day-to-day operations, but she has also shared her gifts for web design, social media engagement, writing, and storytelling. Her creativity and vision have kept BWIM moving ahead and expanding its support of women ministers.
Prior to joining the BWIM staff in October 2013, Ashley served as director of music and administration at Decatur United Church of Christ, Decatur, Georgia. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where she earned a B.M. in Music Therapy and a M.M. in Vocal Performance. Ashley has performed with the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, Opera Birmingham, Capitol City Opera Company and Opera on Tap Atlanta.
A gifted writer and blogger, Ashley was named one of the 2013 Voices of the Year by BlogHer. She has also written for QueenLatifah.com and has performed as a professional storyteller with Southern Order of Storytellers at the Peach State Storytelling Festival, Stories on the Edge of Night, and the Listen to Your Mother Show.
Ashley lives in Decatur and teaches private music lessons when she is not at the BWIM office.