Steering Committee

Joy Allmond serves on the corporate communications team at LifeWay Christian Resources and is the managing editor of Facts & Trends. As members of Grace Community Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, she and her husband, Greg, lead a community group and serve in other capacities. Joy is eager to see men and women in the SBC encourage one another to exercise their giftings in the context of the local church and beyond, and value one another’s callings and contributions. Follow her on Twitter @JoyAllmond.

Michelle “Missie” Branch is the Asst. Dean of Students to Women and the Director of Graduate Life here at SEBTS serving women in both the college and the seminary. Several years ago, Duce and Missie co-planted a church in Philadelphia, PA where she served as a pastor’s wife, a children’s ministry director, and a women’s ministry leader. Missie is passionate about ministry to women and speaks at various conferences and ministry events to train, encourage, equip, and refresh others. Missie has been a mentor to many ladies and is currently serving alongside her family at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. Follow her on Twitter @ohtasteandsee.

Donna Gaines is a Bible teacher, disciple maker, author of four books, and editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional. Donna is the founder and President of the Board of ARISE2Read, a nonprofit focused on breaking the poverty cycle through the gospel and education. She is the Founder and President of the Board of the Monday Session for Pastor’s Wives at the Southern Baptist Convention. Donna is also serving on the ERLC Leadership Council. She is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church. Donna is the mother of four and “Nonna” to 11 and soon to be 14. She desires to see men and women in the SBC working together to make Christ’s last words our life’s mission. Follow her on Twitter @Donnadgaines.

Elizabeth Graham serves as Director of Events for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Her responsibilities include strategic planning related to events for the Executive team, project management, budget management and logistics. She is married to Richmond, and they have a son and a daughter. Elizabeth believes that women leaders are vital to the health and future of the SBC and longs to see more women serving the church in leadership capacities. Follow her on Twitter @Elizabethgraham.

Susie Hawkins lives in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys teaching the Bible, speaking, and working with ministry wives. Susie serves on the board of Baptist Global Response and has an MA in Theology from Criswell College. She is the author of “From One Ministry Wife to Another”, and has contributed to blogs and various publications.She especially enjoys Tex-Mex lunches with friends and spending time with her grandkids who are beyond awesome. Susie is married to Dr. O.S. Hawkins, president of Guidestone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Follow her on Twitter @SusieHawkins1.

Christine Hoover currently serves as an ERLC trustee and on the 2019 ERLC Leadership Council. She is the author of several books, including The Church Planting Wife, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and Searching for Spring. Originally from Texas, she and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted Charlottesville Community Church in cooperation with NAMB in 2008. Christine believes the SBC’s mission and impact is most effective when men and women of all ages link arms together, and she especially enjoys encouraging women to know and use their gifts toward this end. Follow her on Twitter @ChristineHoover

Jacki C. King is a pastor’s wife, women’s ministry leader, Bible teacher, and taco addict. As a granddaughter of Cuban refugees brought over by the SBC she holds a deep appreciation and gratitude for the work and mission our convention strives for. She and her husband, Josh, live in Conway, Arkansas with their three boys Haddon, Leland, and their youngest, Amos, who was adopted from Ethiopia. Jacki loves to cheer on women and has a heart to see the women of the SBC develop, serve, and live out their callings both in the local church and globally on mission. Follow her on Twitter @JackiCKing.

Kathy Litton lives in Mobile, AL with her husband Dr. Ed Litton who is pastor of Redemption Church. Their lives have encountered the unexpected as they lost their former spouses in car accidents. Ed and Kathy share six children and ten grandchildren. She has been a pastor’s wife twice and is currently the Director of Planter Spouse Development at NAMB. Kathy longs for women to be highly regarded and fully included as indispensable partners in great commission work as well as becoming essential contributors in shaping and leading our denomination. Follow her on Twitter @KFerg16.

Julie Masson is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the Director of Marketing for Church Answers. She works remotely from Kansas City, MO where she lives with her husband and three children. Julie is passionate about seeing women grow to their full potential as contributing and necessary members of the Church and she believes that when men and women work together on mission, God is glorified and disciples are made. Follow her on Twitter @juliermasson.

As Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary, Katie McCoy gets to influence the next generation of women leaders in the Church. She is passionate about connecting the truth of Scripture to the greatest concerns affecting women today; her research focuses on how God defends the dignity and personhood of women in (of all places) Old Testament Law. Katie’s greatest joy is seeing women – especially her students – leverage their voice, influence, and gifts for the Kingdom with strength and kindness. Follow her on Twitter @katie_mccoy.

Lori McDaniel is Manager of Church Initiatives in Mobilization at International Mission Board. She and her husband, Mike, and their 3 children served as missionaries in Zambia, Africa before returning to plant Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas where Mike is Sr. Pastor.  Lori is a starter and builder of several ministries locally and globally, including their church’s West Africa church plant work and leading in women’s ministry for 12 years. She passionately believes that women are essential to Great Commission work and desires to see women equipped and released to steward their gifts as catalytic leaders within ministry and missions. She writes for imb.org. Follow her on Twitter @LoriMMcdaniel.

Carol Pipes is director of corporate communications at LifeWay Christian Resources and editor of Facts & Trends. Carol has worked in Christian publishing for 18 years, during which time she has written numerous magazine articles and previously served as editor of On Mission for the North American Mission Board. A Tennessee native, Carol lives in Nashville with her husband Keith, who leads the music ministry team at Friendship Community Church in Old Hickory. Carol loves writing about the mission of God carried out through His Church. She longs to see women living on mission—building life-changing relationships and inviting people into a transformational faith journey with Jesus Christ. Follow her on Twitter @CarolPipes.

Amy Whitfield is Director of Marketing & Communications at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and co-host of the podcast SBC This Week. Amy co-authored the book SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference, and has served since 2016 as an assistant parliamentarian for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is married to Keith, who serves as Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice President for Academic Administration at SEBTS. They live in Wake Forest, NC, with their two children. Amy works to encourage all Southern Baptists toward greater engagement at every level of the process. She loves to see women contributing in multiple ways to the cooperative efforts of Southern Baptists, according to their gifts.
Follow her on Twitter @ACWhit.

Alicia Wong is Associate Professor of Women’s Ministry at Gateway Seminary in Ontario. She has served as a missionary with the International and North American Mission Boards, and is a graduate of Pepperdine University (BA), Golden Gate Baptist (now Gateway) Theological Seminary (MA) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and EdD). Her desire is to see women be firmly rooted in biblical truth, built up in Christ and established in their faith in order that they may share the Good News with others, to the ends of the Earth.