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 5,500 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

2019 Woman’s Auxiliary Fall Luncheon

On Monday, September 16, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., we will gather to hear from women in all walks of life speak on the topic of hospitality. Please purchase tickets prior to the event by calling (502) 897-4143 by September 2. We encourage group sales among churches and fellowship groups. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Childcare is available on first come, first served basis by reservation. Free valet parking will be available at the Pavilion.

Fall 2019 Mini-Seminars

1. The Hospitality Challenge: Overcoming Hindrances 

Let’s look at practical and creative solutions to common hindrances so that your home can be a blessing to others.

Led by Allie Klein, Farmdale Baptist Church

2. Blessing, Not Stressing

Join our WA president as she shows lots of fun and easy ideas for hosting showers and events in your home.

Led by Tina Thompson, Ashland Avenue Baptist Church

3. The Heart of Hospitality

Let’s consider why we need to take hospitality seriously in our own situations and seasons– in ways that may not be so obvious.

Led by Liz Roy, Throne of Grace Church

4. Hospitality as Evangelism

How the Lord uses our efforts to open our doors for the purpose of sharing the gospel! Let’s talk about the basics to do so even as we consider fears that seek to hold us back.

Led by Rachel Ware, Third Avenue Baptist Church

5. Generational Hospitality

You too can build relationships with the believing women from different generations for biblical encouragement.

Led By Jaylynn Cook, Ninth and O Baptist Church

Past Events

Fall 2018 Networking Luncheon

On September 24th, the Women’s Auxiliary hosted our Fall 2018 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:

  • Balancing Your Time
  • Balancing Nutrition and Exercise
  • Balancing Spiritual Health in an Unbalanced World
  • Balance from the Inside Out
  • Balancing Inreach and Outreach

Spring Luncheon 2018

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.”