Meredith Stone Selected to Lead National Baptist Organization
By LORETTA FULTON
Former Logsdon Seminary professor and administrator, Meredith Stone, is the new executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, a national organization.
Stone and her husband, James, also a former Logsdon administrator, will remain in Abilene. The new position is effective Aug. 24. Stone will become the third executive director of BWIM in its 37-year history. She follows Pam Durso, who was named president of Central Seminary in Kansas on June 1.
“Baptist Women in Ministry is a national organization that exists to illuminate, advocate, and nurture the callings and gifts of Baptist women,” Stone said in an email. “We have partners on the state, national, and global levels who are open to women in ministry and leadership positions.”
Most recently, Stone was associate dean for academics and assistant professor of scripture and ministry at Logsdon Seminary. Stone opted out of her 2020-21 teaching contract after the closing of Logsdon was announced. James Stone was laid off in February, along with numerous other administrators and professors at Hardin-Simmons University, where Logsdon is located.
In a news release from BWIM, Meredith Stone said the organization has changed the landscape of women’s leadership and involvement in the Baptist church.
“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.”
Stone earned a bachelor of arts and master of arts in religion degrees from Hardin-Simmons and Logsdon School of Theology. She earned a doctor of philosophy degree in biblical interpretation from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
Words of congratulations and support started coming as soon as Stone’s name was announced as the new executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry. One of the first to compliment Stone was her former boss at Logsdon Seminary, Dr. Robert Ellis. His comments were published in a news release issued by BWIM.
“Dr. Meredith Stone is the ideal person to lead BWIM into the future,” Ellis said. “She combines remarkable gifts of scholarly insight with practical ministry instincts, compassion for individuals with visionary leadership, rich spirituality with strategic planning, and courageous advocacy with deep wisdom.”
Ellis said Stone was an invaluable colleague at Logsdon and would be missed at Hardin-Simmons.
“But we celebrate for BWIM and look forward to the bright future ahead for women in ministry through her leadership,” Ellis said.
Courtney Allen Crump, who was chair of the search committee that selected Stone, said in the BWIM news release that 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.”
Also praising Stone’s selection was Paul Baxley, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a partner of BWIM.
“Meredith Stone’s selection as the next executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry is indeed wonderful news,” Baxley said. “Dr. Stone is a gifted preacher and teacher who has earned respect not only across our fellowship but even throughout the global Baptist community in her service in the Baptist World Alliance.”
James and Meredith Stone are the parents of two daughters, Hallie and Kinsey. They are members of First Baptist Church, where Meredith teaches a Sunday School class.