Baptist Women in Ministry named Meredith Stone, most recently professor and associate dean at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary, as the organization’s executive director, effective Aug. 24.
Stone, who was associate dean for academics and assistant professor of Scripture and ministry at Logsdon, will succeed Pam Durso, who became Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s 11th president on June 1.
“Across its 37-year history, BWIM has changed the landscape of women’s leadership and involvement in our Baptist world. But that work isn’t done and is needed even more today,” Stone said.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead BWIM in expanding its impact to more women, congregations, organizations, and partners, because when women are fully valued in the church, the work of God can be more fully realized in this world.”
Upon the recommendation of the search committee, BWIM’s leadership team voted to call Stone during an Aug. 3 virtual meeting.
“Meredith Stone is a strategic thinker who will invite us to dream new and even bigger dreams for the landscape of women in ministry across Baptist life,” said search committee Chair Courtney Allen Crump.
“Meredith’s deep wisdom, theological prowess, and life-long passion for this work are exactly what we need to build upon our rich history and expand the reach of Baptist Women in Ministry in the years to come.”
Stone previously served as an ordained minister in the roles of teaching pastor and interim pastor for emerging adults in Baptist churches in Texas, and as women in ministry specialist for Texas Baptists.
She earned her undergraduate degree and master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biblical interpretation from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
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Stone has been connected to BWIM and involved in advocacy for women in ministry throughout her career and served on the organization’s leadership team from 2010 to 2015. She is a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Abilene.
Stone and her husband James have two daughters.