John Perkins, civil rights leader and community organizer, received the John Leland Religious Liberty Award from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. ERLC President Russell Moore presented the award to Perkins at Mount Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Perkins, 85, was a leader in the school desegregation movement in Mississippi. With his wife, Vera, he founded various ministries that focus on Christian community development, justice and reconciliation.
BWA women’s leader to retire. Patsy Davis, executive director of the Baptist World Alliance women’s department, will retire Dec. 31, 2015, after 17 years at that post. Previously, Davis was a Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary 21 years, serving as general secretary of the National Woman’s Missionary Union of Venezuela.