Exec. Committee elects first Embrace leader
    July 16 2009 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    Ashley Allen, a May doctor of philosophy graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was elected as the first director of Embrace women’s ministries at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) July 16.

    The BSC Executive Committee unanimously elected Allen, who taught adjunctively in the women’s program two years at Southwestern while earning her degree. She will begin Aug. 1.

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Ashley Allen, May Ph.D. graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was elected July 16 as the first director of Embrace women’s ministries for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina during the Executive Committee meeting in Cary.

    Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development who will supervise the work of Embrace, called Allen “delightful and energetic.”

    He said Allen comes to women’s ministry “not from an event orientation, but from the biblical model of mentoring in Titus,” in which older women walk with younger women “to help them grow as followers of Christ.”

    Allen based her doctoral thesis on study of women’s ministries in three Baptist state conventions.

    She is a 2000 journalism graduate from the University of Texas, and earned a masters degree in Christian education from Southwestern in 2003.

    She has worked in a book publishing firm, in communications at both a newspaper and a church, as a women’s ministry intern at First Baptist Church, Dallas, and as a corporate chaplain for Marketplace Ministries in Dallas.

    She addressed the Executive Committee before they voted to elect her, and said her ministry philosophy is a three-legged stool of evangelism, discipleship and missions involvement.

    She said she has heard women in North Carolina “want to share the Lord, but don’t know how.”  She was encouraged by that desire because she said most women are afraid or have no desire to be a witness.

    “These women are not afraid and have the desire, they just need the tools,” she said.

    Responding to a question, Allen said she was familiar with the recent history of the Baptist State Convention and Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and said Embrace does not replace WMU.

    “What WMU does with missions education is necessary and needed,” Allen said. “Some of our churches have done away with missions education and that’s a great disservice. We’re producing children who have never heard the names of (mission pioneers) Lottie Moon or Annie Armstrong.

    “Churches that have WMU and desire women’s ministry will be taught how they can work together and coincide. For those that have no WMU but want women’s ministry, they will be taught the need for missions involvement.”

    7/16/2009 10:48:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 4 comments

Virginia Haynes

Congratulations on your desire to teach God's Word, just as many before you, such as Huldah and Priscilla. "Missions and Women's Ministry," it just doesn't get any better than this!
7/31/2009 7:46:15 AM

Delores Thomas, President, WMU NC
Ashley, I add my welcome to that of Ruby Fulbright's. I also serve as a corporate chaplain for Marketplace Ministries and have found that my training in WMU has helped me in that ministry. We appreciate your positive comments on WMU and look forward to our co-laboring here in North Carolina. There is much work to be done.
7/18/2009 7:49:57 AM

Jaye Martin
Hello NC women! You will love Ashley Allen! She will serve you well. God has been preparing Ashley for such a time as this and I can't wait to see what He does!
Blessings from Jaye Martin
7/17/2009 3:21:17 PM

Ruby Fulbright
Welcome, Ashley, to North Carolina. You will enjoy our beautiful state and the beautiful people in NC Baptist churches. From reading your background and comments, it seems that the BSCNC has made a wise choice. Thank you for your "heart" in wanting to help meet the needs of women in NC and for your comments on the value of WMU in missions education.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing how we might "co-labor together" in challenging and equipping Christ followers in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Ruby Fulbright
Executive Director
7/17/2009 10:54:25 AM

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