40th Anniversary Annual Gathering

BWIM is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023!

To mark the occasion, we will be hosting our 40th Anniversary Annual Gathering on October 2-4, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky — the place where our founding mothers met 40 years ago to begin our movement.

The annual gathering will be hosted at Broadway Baptist Church (4000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY). The event will include the premiere of a documentary about BWIM’s beginnings and the women who stood in the headwinds to start our movement, plenary sessions about the last 40 years for women in ministry among diverse Baptist groups, times of worship, connection and self-care, and a banquet to honor our foremothers.
We hope that you will make plans to join us as we remember where we have come from so that we can better see where we are going.


If you have questions about BWIM's 40th Anniversary Annual Gathering, please email

Registration Cost
(until August 28):

Late Registration Cost
(after August 28): 

Hotel Group Rate: $134/night

Hampton Inn by Hilton,
Downtown Louisville

101 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Click here for group rate, or call hotel and mention group name: BWIM

Last day to reserve hotel at discounted rate is September 3, 2023.

Annual Gathering Preacher & Speakers

Check back here for more information on the Annual Gathering Preacher and Speakers soon!

Rev. Pam Durso, Ph.D

President Pamela R. Durso serves as the 11th president of Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas where she began her tenure on June 1, 2020.

Prior to her leadership at Central, Dr. Durso was executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry for 11 years, and there she was a resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry. From 1999-2003, Dr. Durso was assistant professor of church history and Baptist heritage at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and for ten years, she was an adjunct faculty member at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, teaching Baptist history and church history electives.

Dr. Durso holds two degrees from Baylor University (B.A. in Religion and Ph.D. in Church History). She is the author and/or editor of ten books, including The Story of Baptists in the United States, which she co-wrote with her husband Keith. Pam and Keith are the parents of two adult children, Michael and Alex.

Rev. Carolyn L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Carolyn L. Gordon is the Associate Professor of Mass Communication, Acting Chair and Coordinator of the Convergent Media Graduate Program at Mississippi Valley State University.  She also serves as the Associate Pastor of the Mt. Gaza Missionary Baptist Church in Stringtown, Mississippi.

Before relocating to MVSU,  Dr. Gordon taught at Fuller Theological Seminary as the Associate Professor of Communication and served as the Chair of the Preaching and Communication Department. She has also served as Associate Professor for Church and Community Ministry at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and the Director of Ministries in Higher Education for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention.

Dr. Gordon holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism (B.J.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, MA in Communications, and MRE), and Howard University (Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies).

Dr. Gordon is the former Vice President for Baptist Women in Ministry.  Dually ordained by both the Southern and National Baptist Conventions Dr. Gordon is both nationally and internationally known preacher, teacher, and conference speaker. She made history in 2010 when she traveled to Tanzania, Africa to attend the first ever Global Preaching Summit.  She was the only female homiletician in the world, invited.

Rev. Mrs. Alicia Sedaca Zorzoli

Rev. Mrs. Alicia Sedaca Zorzoli was born in Uruguay from Baptist missionary parents. Rev. Zorzoli was a professor at the International Baptist Seminary in Argentina for 12 years in the areas of Christian Writing, Spanish, English and Preaching. 

For 23 years Rev. Zorzoli worked at the Baptist Spanish Publishing House in El Paso, TX as an editor, Women’s Department Director, Youth Department Director, and Editorial Director. During that time created a four-year Missions Education curriculum called “Aventuras Misioneras” and was the Chief Editor for two printed magazines: “La Ventana” and “Solución.”

Among her published works are Pinafores and Pelotas (a children’s missionary book), ¡Dios, esto no estaba en mis planes! (God, this was not in my plans!), other book chapters, and magazine articles for women’s Christian magazines in Latin America. After retiring and moving to Arlington, Texas, Rev. Zorzoli does freelance translation and editorial work for different ministries and speaks at conferences in the USA and Latin America. As a preacher and conference speaker, she has traveled to more than 52 countries.

Rev. Zorzoli holds a Licenciatura en Teología from International Baptist Seminary in Argentina and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She is married to Rev. Rubén Zorzoli. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Rev. Zina Jacque, Ph.D.

Rev. Zina Jacque, Ph.D. is the Assistant to the Pastor for Small Groups at the Historic Alfred Street Baptist Church. Her primary responsibility is facilitating the learning and growth generated among the 1,000+ participants in the Villages of Alfred Street. Dr. Jacque entered this position after leading the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois for fifteen years.

Jacque has served on multicultural, urban, and suburban church staffs and has done extensive work in education, counseling, and support programs.

She has worked in the not-for-profit realm, founding and serving as the first Executive Director of the innovative Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church Boston and the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition.

She serves as the President and Chair of the Board of the National Senior Communities, the largest portfolio of not-for-profit continuing-care retirement communities. Additionally, she serves as one of the three founders and a host for A Year of Courageous Conversations ( This pivotal project has engaged over 2,000 community members and beyond. Through this dialogue series, participants consider how we, as individuals and communities, might foster greater inclusion and belonging in our communities.

Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Master of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.D. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at Boston University and the University of Chicago. Jacque is described as an agent of change, a voice of hope, and a person of faith.

Event Schedule

Monday, October 2

2:30pm Registration Opens
4:00-5:15pm  Opening Worship, Rev. Pam Durso, Ph.D. preaching
5:15-6:30pm  Dinner Provided in the Friendship Hall
6:30-8:30pm Documentary Premiere and Panel Discussion

(If you cannot attend entire event, single tickets for the Documentary Premiere are available at registration for $15).

Tuesday, October 3

9:00-9:50am  Plenary Address #1- Rev. Carolyn Gordon, Ph.D
10:00-10:50am  Plenary Address #2- Rev. Mrs. Alicia Sedaca Zorzoli
11:00am-11:50am  Panel Discussion: Rev. Carolyn Gordon, Ph.D, Rev. Mrs. Alicia Sedaca Zorzoli, Rev. Pam Durso, Ph.D., Rev. Patricia Hernandez, D.Min., with Rev. Mandy McMichael, Ph.D. moderating.
12:00-1:30pm  Lunch on Your Own
1:30-5:30pm  Connecting and Self-Care Options (see below)
6:30-8:00pm  Banquet honoring BWIM’s Foremothers- Rev. Pam Durso, Ph.D. speaking

(If you cannot attend entire event, single tickets for the Banquet are available at registration for $60).

Wednesday, October 4

8:30-9:30am State/Regional BWIM Conversations (Coffee and Muffins provided by Kentucky BWIM)
10:00-11:15am  Closing Worship & Communion- Rev. Zina Jacque, Ph.D. preaching

Tuesday Afternoon Activity Options

On Tuesday afternoon, Annual Gathering attendees will have the option to sign up for one or multiple (or none!) activities. Sign up will be available once you arrive at Annual Gathering.



Massages are being provided by students from the HighVibe Healing Arts Academy, Adriena Dame and Abby Reams. They will provide 20-minute massages for $20. Registration required when you check in for Annual Gathering.
LOCATION: second floor near overlook and Yoga room (tentative)


Coaching will be provided by Julie Long and Laura Stephens-Reed. They will provide 25-minute sessions for $20. Registration required when you check in for Annual Gathering.
LOCATION: Parlor and Library (tentative)

Broadway Baptist Family Life Center and Gym: Open for use. Games, walking track, basketball hoops, pickle ball, small gym with machine weights (and shower!), or lounge on couches and chat!

Rest/Sabbath time on your own

Join other women for conversation, connection, community, a space to work with others nearby, and/or a beverage at any of the following locations:

Heine Brothers Northfield (

MESH (Wine) (

Session 1

Meet the Foremothers: 1:30pm, Broadway Baptist Church, Lower Level Conference Room

Session 2

BWIM Women of Color (Sisters of Solidarity): WOG Room (tentative)

Session 3

Navigating the SBC: Overlook Room (tentative)

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