First Female Elected to Historic Role

In a groundbreaking, Pastor Gina Stewart has been elected the first female President of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Stewart is the senior pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to serving in her current role, Stewart served in several vice-presidential roles of the mission’s organization.

Elected August 12 for a three-year term, Stewart succeeds Gregory Jackson. Founded in 1897, the mission of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society is to extend the Christian witness around the world. Through prayer partnership, financial support, and technical assistance, we come alongside indigenous communities to support ministries of evangelism, compassion, empowerment, and advocacy. Together, we are touching lives with transforming love. Named after Lott Carey, a formerly enslaved African American man who purchased his freedom, Carey founded the first Baptist mission in Liberia in 1822.

Commenting on her election, Stewart said, “I’m honored, first of all, for the privilege to lead and to serve. I think it’s significant that this organization, that is Baptist by heritage but ecumenical in its practice and its commitment, is taking the step, a courageous step, to elect a woman to serve in a titular leadership position.”

For more than twenty years, Stewart has worked with the organization and other ecumenical groups and civic organizations. A champion of addressing hunger, HIV/AIDS and human trafficking, Stewart plans to hit the ground running. Since the earthquake in Haiti, she has mobilized the organization to raise $50,000 this week to help meet immediate needs, including purchasing medical supplies and food.

“Lott Carey already has partners in Haiti,” she said. “Because we already have the infrastructure, it’s a lot easier for us to make some significant moves in terms of supporting them in this crisis.”

Despite this early test of Stewart’s leadership, Stewart hopes that her tenure will not only facilitate increased missions but also spark dialogue around domestic evangelism that engages at risk communities.

Source: Religious News Service