Betty Galloway Award

The Betty Galloway Advocacy for Women in Ministry Award was established in May 2000 by Tennessee Baptists Encouraging Women in Ministry. The purpose of the award is to recognize a person, church, or organization that excels in promoting and advocating for women in places of ministry. 

Betty Galloway was the first Southern Baptist female deacon ordained in the State of Tennessee.  From 1947 to 1951 Betty and her husband served as missionaries to China and Thailand.  Later, both served First Baptist Church in Russellville, KY and First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, TN.  

In January 2003, Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship assumed the privilege of naming the recipient of the Betty Galloway Award because of its commitment to encouraging women in ministry. The Betty Galloway Advocacy for Women in Ministry Award is presented at the annual TCBF General Assembly. The recipient receives a plaque and the individual, church or organization name is added to the list of award recipients.

To nominate an individual, church or organization, submit the form below by JANUARY 15th.  

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  • 2015 Mike Smith, pastor, Central Baptist Church, Fountain City, Knoxville, TN
  • 2014 Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Decatur, GA
  • 2011 Tambi Brown Swiney, associate pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
  • 2010 Melissa M. Roysdon, pastor, Providence Baptist Church, Cookeville, TN
  • 2009 Eileen Campbell-Reed, associate director, Learning Pastoral Imagination Project and research faculty, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN and resident of Nashville, TN
  • 2008 Tammy Abee Blom, former associate coordinator, TCBF, Murfreesboro, TN
  • 2007 Nenette Measels, associate campus minister, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
  • 2006 Molly Marshall, president, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, KS
  • 2005 Carolyn D. Blevins, associate professor of religion, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
  • 2004 Neverfail Community Church, Sparta, TN and Providence Baptist Church, Cookeville, TN
  • 2003 Supporting Women in Ministry (SWIM) – Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN and First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN
  • 2000 First Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, TN