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

Rev. Barbara Lavarin

Director of Supporting Women in Ministry

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Rev. Barbara Lavarin is a proud daughter of Haitian immigrants. Barbara earned her B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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At Princeton, she faithfully served as the co-chair of the Association of Black Seminarians’ Women’s Fellowship focusing her scholarship in Black Church Studies, and Women, Gender, and Theology Studies. 

Rev. Lavarin was licensed to preach the Gospel at the Historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Arlee Arkofa. She then went on to joyfully serve as the Assistant to the Pastor for Youth and College at the Historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, in Alexandria, VA, where she was ordained by the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley. 

Rev. Lavarin has also earned her certification as a Spiritual Director from the renowned Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. In addition to ministry, Rev. Lavarin is a gifted poet and writer. In all that she does, she prays to contribute to others living more abundantly in Christ.

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.

Rev. Nikki Hardeman

Director of Advocating for Women in Ministry

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Rev. Nikki Carroll Hardeman received a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University. Following her education, Rev. Hardeman served local churches in Georgia through youth, young adult, and homebound ministry roles.

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She also ministered on the state denominational level as associate coordinator for congregational life at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. As her family grew, Rev. Hardeman chose to stay home with her children and pursue her vocational ministry through retreat-leading, supply-preaching, adjunct teaching, and writing and producing a small-group Bible study curriculum called FaithElement, which she continues today.

For the past nine years, Rev. Hardeman has served her alma mater, McAfee School of Theology, by supporting alumni and creating important partnerships for the school. She has also recently completed a tenure as Interim Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, GA, the home congregation of President Jimmy Carter. Nikki is excited to join the staff of Baptist Women in Ministry and focus on advocating for the affirmation, elevation, and thriving of women in ministry among Baptists.

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

Coordinator, CBF Texas
San Antonio, Texas

Rev. Lynn Holmes

Interim Pastor
Duke Chapel
Raleigh, North Carolina

Rev. Rebecca Mathis

Director for Boundary Spanning Theological Education
Campbell University Divinity School
Wake Forest, North Carolina

Rev. Natasha Nedrick-Adzudzor

Minister of Discipleship
Central Baptist Church
St Louis, Missouri

Rev. Michael Mills

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