Texas Baptist Women in Ministry Conference

Presented by Truett Seminary and Texas Baptist Women in Ministry

While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing a traditional Baptist Women in Ministry conference gathering, the Truett Seminary and TXBWIM planning team has worked together to plan a relevant, accessible, and engaging conference and webinar series for Spring 2021. Inspired by Esther 4:14, the 2021 conference theme—"For Such a Time as This"—involves an exploration of topics and questions that are particularly significant during these days. All events are free.

For Such a Time as This

2021 Baptist Women in Ministry Conference & Webinar Series

Kickoff Event with Rev. Jewel London: Fight Like a Girl

March 19, 2021 | 6:30pm | Live on Facebook

Jewel London

Rev. Jewel London serves on staff at Brookhollow Baptist Church, affectionately known as The Church Without Walls, in Houston, TX as the Pastoral Assistant to Dr. Ralph D. West, Pastor/Founder. There, she supports Dr. West by giving leadership to the Clergy, Diaconate, Liturgy, Ordinances, Council of Ministries, Transitional Teams, Disaster Relief & Recovery Efforts, and preaching and teaching when assigned. Jewel has led these leaders through numerous ministry initiatives designed to undergird the vision of the Pastor, to build momentum and encourage ministry development while ministering to the needs of this congregation of over 10,000 families.

Jewel currently serves on the national leadership team for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Houston Metropolitan Baptist Ministers Conference, the Governance Board for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Baylor University George W. Truett Theological Seminary African American Preaching Conference. She is a founding Board Member for the Texas Baptist Women in Ministry and previously served on the leadership team for the national Baptist Women in Ministry.

A perpetual student, Jewel has matriculated and lectured in a number of colleges and universities as well as theological studies including the E.K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference, Calvary Theological Seminary, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Proclaimers Place - Regent’s Park College at the University of Oxford; The American University of Paris; Institutuo Maria Santissima Bambina in Vatican City, Rome; and Leucorea University in Wittenberg, Germany.

Her sermons and reflective writings are featured in nationally published works – Oxford Sermons Vol III, This is What a Preacher Looks Like, and What We Love About the Black Church.

Webinar with Katie McKown: From Seminary to Steeple: Your First Years in Ministry

February 26, 2021 | 11:00am

Katie McKown

Katie McKown serves as the Associate Director of the School of Ministry at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to serving at Leland, Katie pastored Scottsville Baptist Church for 7 years. Katie is a graduate of Georgetown College (B.S. Elementary Education) and George W. Truett Theological Seminary (M.Div).

In her free time, Katie enjoys travel and spending time with her family and friends. She is most proud of her three nieces and gets home to Kentucky as often as possible. Katie is also a diehard Washington Nationals fan.

Webinar with Mariah Humphries: Be the Bridge: Racial Reconciliation within the Church

March 19, 2021 | 11:00am

Mariah Humphries

Mariah Humphries is a Mvskoke Nation citizen, writer, and educator for Be the Bridge. Through her experience navigating the tension between Native and White American culture, she brings Native awareness to non-Native spaces. With over 20 years of vocational ministry service, she is focused on theology, racial literacy and reconciliation within the American Church.

Through her work with Be the Bridge, Mariah is part of a team of administrators for over 73,000 members. She is the primary educator for the Be the Bridge Ministry group where she works with over 1,500 vocational pastors and church leaders. She is a curriculum writer for Be the Bridge materials and she represents a Native American voice as a general educator.

Mariah received her MTS from Truett Seminary. She, her husband, and their three children are based in Waco, Texas. Her husband is a Senior Pastor and she works at Baylor University.

Webinar with Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays: A Balanced Life in an Upside-Down World

April 9, 2021 | 11:00am

Rebecca Poe Hays

Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor University's Truett Seminary. Before joining the faculty at Truett, she worked with Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning on a grant from the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative that focused on the exploration of vocation in churches. Dr. Poe Hays believes that ministry must be grounded in faithful and responsible readings of Scripture, and she loves teaching the “Older” Testament in order to draw out its ongoing relevance for the church. She is particularly interested in how stories emerge from the Psalms and shape our engagement with these song-prayers, and in how these literary features might help individuals and faith communities cope with trauma and develop resilience. She presents regularly at the national meetings of the Society for Biblical Literature and is co-chair of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible unit of the regional SBL. An ordained deacon, she has served in churches and Christian non-profits in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas. Dr. Poe Hays and her husband Joshua, who serves as Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Waco, have a daughter named Mary Brandon and a distinguished mutt named Cooper.

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