Susie Hawkins receives ministers’ wives award
Shannon Baker, Baptist Press
June 23, 2011

Susie Hawkins receives ministers’ wives award

Susie Hawkins receives ministers’ wives award
Shannon Baker, Baptist Press
June 23, 2011

PHOENIX – Susie Hawkins was honored with the 2011 Willie

Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers’ Wives Conference at the Southern

Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Hawkins is the wife of O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial

Resources and a former pastor’s wife in Oklahoma, Florida and Texas.

In presenting the award June 14 in Phoenix, Donna Gaines praised Hawkins’ service on the Baptist

Faith and Message Committee “that presented us with our 2000 statement of


“Ministers’ wives who know Hawkins say she is a woman of great vision, passion

and action,” said Gaines, wife of Steve

Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Gaines added that the “Great Commission Christian”

leaves God’s aroma everywhere she goes.

The mother of two married daughters and grandmother of six, Hawkins lives in Dallas and has been actively involved in women’s ministry as

a frequent conference and retreat speaker, Bible study teacher and missions


Photo by Bill Bangham.

Susie Hawkins accepts the Willie Turner Dawson Award as her husband, O.S. Hawkins, president of Guidestone Financial Resources, looks on during the ministers’ wives luncheon June 14 on the first day of the two-day Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center, Ariz. The award is presented annually to a pastor’s wife who demonstrates a distinct contribution beyond the local church at the ministers’ wives luncheon.

She also has contributed to several periodicals and was one of the authors of

the “Women’s Evangelical Library Old Testament Commentary” and the author of “From

One Ministry Wife to Another – Honest Conversation on Connections in Ministry.”

Hawkins is a past president of the Ministers’ Wives Conference and serves on

its executive committee and on the board of the pastors’ wives session of the SBC

Pastors’ Conference.

Hawkins, who formerly served as the director of women’s ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, holds a master of arts degree in Christian

leadership and a master of arts degree in theology from Criswell College in Dallas.

She accepted the award on behalf of all retired pastors’ wives who serve

through GuideStone’s Widow’s Might program, a ministry of widowed women across

the country who pray daily for the ministry of Southern Baptists around the


Honoring those who worked faithfully alongside their husbands for decades with

little recognition, Hawkins said, “These are women who never get to come to the

Southern Baptist Convention and to wonderful luncheons like this.”

Each year, the Dawson Award recognizes a minister’s wife for making a distinct

denominational contribution beyond the local church and for her Christian

character and service to others.

It was established in 1963 when the ministers’ wives group posthumously honored

Willie Turner Dawson, wife of J.M. Dawson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Willie Turner Dawson was a teacher and lecturer who

in 1930 successfully challenged the Southern Baptist Convention to give more to

the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Shannon Baker is a national correspondent for BaptistLIFE, www.baptistlife.com,

newsjournal of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.)