Staff & Leadership


Rev. Dr. Meredith Stone

Executive Director

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Meredith Stone began her tenure as executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry in August 2020. Meredith most recently served as Associate Dean for Academics and Assistant Professor of Scripture and Ministry at Logsdon Seminary of Hardin-Simmons University.

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A native Texan, Meredith has previously served as an ordained minister in the roles of Teaching Pastor and Interim Pastor for Emerging Adults in Baptist congregations in Texas, and as Women in Ministry Specialist for Texas Baptists. She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University (B.A., M.A.) and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Interpretation from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
Meredith has been connected to BWIM and involved in advocacy for women in ministry throughout her career. She is a long-time financial supporter of BWIM and served on the Leadership Team from 2010-2015. She is also a writer who has written extensively on women in ministry and related issues for BWIM, the Baptist Standard, and (now Good Faith Media), in addition to her academic publication, Empire and Gender in LXX Esther (SBL Press, 2018).
Meredith lives in Waco, Texas, with her spouse and two children. For more information and endorsements of Meredith’s appointment as the third executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, see

Mariah Humphries

Interim Director of Supporting Women in Ministry

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Mariah Humphries is Interim Director of Supporting Women in Ministry. She joined as interim in February 2024. Mariah previously served as Director of Parachurch Partnerships and Alumni Relations at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas.
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A lifelong Baptist and spouse of a pastor, Mariah has been involved in Baptist life for many years. She’s most recently been on the board of directors for both Texas Baptist Women in Ministry and The Baptist Standard. She’s currently on the Advisory Board for Baylor University’s Center for School Leadership as well as a consultant for several projects for organizations that focus on racial justice.
Mariah is a speaker and writer on the intersections of Christianity and racialized identities. With over 25 years of vocational ministry service and a masters in theology from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor, she is focused on using her theological education and lived experience to challenge and encourage the American Church to lead the conversation around racial literacy and cultural humility. Mariah is an advocate for women in ministry and fully supports the calling of women to vocational positions. She is a contributing author for two unreleased books that focus on the call of women and contributing author for “Voices of Lament” and “Justice Looks Like…”. 

Heather Deal

Director of Development

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Heather Deal joined the BWIM staff in January 2023, bringing her 15 years of experience in fundraising to Baptist Women in Ministry. For the past four years she served as the Director of Development for the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

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Prior to her time at Baylor she served in various fundraising positions for Habitat for Humanity NYC, the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, and Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.
Heather received her Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University, Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor, and Master of Social Work from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Work from the Garland School. Heather lives in Waco, Texas.

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Director of Advocating for Women in Ministry

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Laura Ellis

Project Manager

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Laura Ellis joined the Baptist Women in Ministry staff as Project Manager in August 2021. She recently graduated from Boston University School of Theology with an M.Div. where she studied the biblical and theological basis of the divine empowerment of women’s leadership and flourishing in all aspects of ministry and life.

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Laura received a certificate in Religion and Conflict Transformation from the Boston Theological Institute and studied the connection between complementarianism and gender based violence. Working with Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse, she helped raise awareness in faith communities about different forms of violence experienced by congregants.
Laura is originally from Abilene, Texas and grew up attending BWIM events. Following a call to ministry, she received a B.A. in Christian Studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has been involved with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, spending nine months in Bali, Indonesia working alongside field personnel. As a past Clemons Fellow for Baptist News Global, she is also a regular contributor to BNG. Much of her writing features women’s voices and focuses on promoting safe and equal spaces for all genders.

Hannah Kucera

Financial Manager

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Hannah Kucera joined the BWIM staff in November 2022. She is a 2014 graduate of Tarleton State University with a BBA in Accounting. Hannah previously worked at Neighborly, formerly The Dwyer Group, as a Staff Accountant from 2014-2016. In 2016 she started as the Staff Accountant for Lisa Hull, CPA, working with multiple small businesses in the Waco, TX area.

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She also started working for Seventh and James Baptist Church in 2017 where she gained experience and knowledge in non-profit accounting. While working in the accounting field Hannah has found a passion for helping others understand and implement the best and most efficient financial practices.
Hannah is a native to Waco, TX. She still lives there with her husband, DJ, and two young children. She enjoys being out in nature and being active with her family as much as possible.

Kate Wilmoth

Administrative Assistant

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Kate Wilmoth is a senior at Baylor University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in leadership studies. She is involved in many student organizations across campus and plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in student affairs after graduation.

Jordann McMahan


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Jordann McMahan is a third-year student at Truett Theological Seminary puruing a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in preaching. She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She currently serves as a Resident Chaplain at Baylor University where she oversees pastoral care for over 300 Baylor undergraduate students. Jordann is in her second year as president of Truett’s Women in Ministry student organization.

Board of Directors

Rev. Ellen Di Giosia

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Rev. Lynn Holmes

Associate in Ministry
First Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina

Rev. Rebecca Mathis

Director of Development
Lake Junaluska Retreat Center
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

Rev. Natasha Nedrick-Adzudzor

Minister of Discipleship
Central Baptist Church
St Louis, Missouri

Rev. Michael Mills

Agape Baptist Church
Fort Worth, Texas

Rev. Leah Reed

Minister with Community
First Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina

Rev. Xiomara Reboyras Ortiz

Comunidad Cristiana Nuevo Pacto
DeLand, Florida

Rev. Dr. Jon Singletary

Diana Garland School of Social Work Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Rev. Molly Shoulta Tucker

Ridgewood Baptist Church
Louisville, Kentucky

Rev. Brittany Stillwell

Associate Pastor with Students and Families
Second Baptist Church
Little Rock, Arkansas

Rev. Joy Martinez-Marshall

First Baptist Church
Lincoln, Nebraska

Rev. Bianca Robinson Howard

Orange Specialist- Black Church Partnerships & Director of Parent Initiatives
ReThink Group- Orange
Atlanta, Georgia