The Woman's Auxiliary

The Woman’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 5,500 men and women are preparing for service in Christian ministry and missions.

For over 60 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
Upcoming Event: Fall 2022 Networking Luncheon

Southern Seminary invites you to attend the Woman’s Auxiliary Fall Networking Luncheon on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. We will hear from women in all walks of life as we offer four mini-sessions focusing on living as godly women in the world. See the Session Information below for details.

Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant will cater this event with their delicious fajita buffet. Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Please purchase tickets prior to the event by visiting this website. We encourage group sales among churches and fellowship groups.

Childcare is available on a first-come, first-served basis by reservation through this link beginning on July 27.


Session Information

Anxious for Nothing:
Keeping an Eternal Perspective

Speaker: Hannah Carter

In a world filled with uncertainty and unknowns, it is easy to be anxious about everything. In this brief session, we will examine what scripture reminds us to do when we are tempted to be anxious. We will consider what it looks like to behold our God and keep an eternal perspective in our earthly living.

To Post or Not To Post: Biblical Wisdom for Social Media Usage

Speaker: Erin Austin

Over the last two decades, social media has transformed the way we stay in touch. As believers, the reach of our witness is no longer limited by geography as we can easily connect with people across the globe. However, communicating via public forums, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, presents unique challenges as well. Join us as we seek to develop a biblical framework for how to use social media wisely.

Navigating the Culture as Parents

Speaker: Sharon Beougher

In this brief session we will consider some practical tips for this current generation in preserving innocence while preparing for battle. Practical suggestions will be given for the use of cell phones, media, internet, and other issues in a world where the culture often confuses and challenges the authority of parents.

Who Knew Dobbs Could Transform Missions?

Speaker: Monica E. Henderson

BsideU for Life, a pregnancy and life skills ministry serving Louisville for 33 years, has seen an upsurge in interest from the local church, about how to engage in our ministry and how to engage with the women and families we serve. The interesting thing is, the need has always been around. Unplanned pregnancies and the risk of abortion to thousands of women in Kentucky didn’t change on June 24th, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe. v. Wade. What changed was churches and individual Christians showing a sudden awareness of the depth and breadth of the problem that cannont be easily solved with a Sanctity of Life sermon or prayer in January.

Past Events

Fall 2021 Networking Luncheon

On September 27th, 2021, the Women’s Auxiliary hosted our Fall Networking Luncheon. We gathered to hear women from all walks of life speak on several different topics. The following five seminars were offered:

  • My Cancer. God’s Grace. His Glory.
  • Parenting: Raising Up “Aliens” in Today’s World
  • Renewing our Minds: Reviving the Love of Reading
  • Quick to Covet: Doing Battle with the Desire of the Eyes

Spring Luncheon 2019

On April 29, 2019, the Woman’s Auxiliary hosted our Spring Luncheon featuring Woman’s Auxiliary Board Member and Southern Seminary First Lady Mary Mohler. She encouraged the almost 300 attendees on the topic of gratitude, which is also the theme of her book “Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart.”