Woman's Auxiliary

The WomWA website logoan’s Auxiliary (WA) serves a unique purpose in the life of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the oldest institution of the Southern Baptist Convention. WA is a vital part of the life of the seminary, where around 4,000 men and women are preparing for service in Christian ministry and missions.

For over 50 years, WA of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has been helping students achieve their goal of being trained to serve our Lord. From its beginning, the major purpose of the WA has been to provide scholarships for female students. WA has changed the world through the giving of hundreds of scholarships for women.

WA also gives support to international students and takes on projects around the campus including The Southern Exchange, a ministry for the benefit of currently enrolled SBTS and Boyce students and their immediate families that provides donated gently used clothing for men, women and children as well as household items and furniture.

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Our Early History

First born in the heart of the seminary president, Dr. Duke McCall, and supported by his wife, Marguerite, the originally called Women’s Committee was to give a woman’s touch to the Southern campus. In April 1961, with the help of Mrs. Ellis A. Fuller whose husband preceded Dr. McCall as president of the seminary, the Women’s Committee was founded and the first luncheon held on May 17, 1961 with 15 women from churches in Cherokee, Dixie, Seneca, Iroquois, and Shawnee areas attending. On November 8, 1961, an estimated 200 gathered in Broadus Hall for the first meeting. The founders agreed, “Love is something you do” and adopted this as their theme for their work. Years later, the name was changed to the Woman’s Auxiliary (WA). The work of WA continues strong to this day.

Our Purpose

The purpose of WA is:

  • To provide scholarships for qualified women students
  • To enlist informed prayer support for the seminary community
  • To minister to Southern Seminary’s international students
  • To foster the development of the seminary through the active participation of women in projects to enhance the seminary’s usefulness to the denomination and to the cause of Christ
  • To acquaint women with the facilities, programs, and needs of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • To network women to work together for the cause of Christ

Our Events

Past Events

Fall 2017 Networking Luncheon

On September 18th, the Women’s Auxiliary hosted our Fall 2017 Networking Luncheon. We gathered to hear from women from all walks of life speak on the realities of our everyday lives and encourage us in the midst of these challenges. The following five seminars were offered:

  • Improbably Joy: A Conversation on Grief
  • Beholding Him Better: Helps for Understanding and Applying God’s Word
  • The Connected Church: Discipling Younger Women in a Sexualized, Selfie Saturated Society
  • Survive or Thrive: Exploring the Relational Challenges of the Teen Years
  • Easy as Pie: A pie crust making demo as we exploring the fun, versatile, and often neglected art.

Spring Luncheon 2017

On April 24, 2017, the Woman’s Auxiliary hosted our Spring Luncheon featuring First Lady Glenna Bevin who encouraged the almost 300 attendees to step out of their comfort zones and get involved in local foster care and adoption.

Download audio of First Lady Bevin’s talk HERE.

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