Marquette Bugg and Tammy Jackson Gill are the 2009
recipients of the Addie Davis Award, named for the first Southern Baptist woman
to be ordained to the ministry, in 1964.
Baptist Women in Ministry gave the first awards in honor of
Addie Davis in 1998. Addie Davis died in December 2005.
Bugg is the recipient of the Addie Davis Award for
Excellence in Preaching. She graduated this month from George W. Truett
Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, with a masters of divinity in
theology. She preached from Mark 10:46-52 on “Blind Bart Has a Daydream.”
Bugg said it is good to dream but that we need to check our
dreams with Jesus, because Jesus is asking us the same question he had for
Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bugg is moving to Ghana, West
Africa to help begin a sports ministry in basketball and soccer.
Tammy Jackson Gill received the Addie Davis Award for
Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry. She is a master of divinity
student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Ks., and is pastor
to children and families at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. She
also is clinical director for Wellspring Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and
is the founder and executive director of Healing Grace Counseling Centers in
Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg, Mo.
“God called me to ministry from the moment I could hear and
sense God,” she wrote. “I was drawn to the preacher boy in high school because
I was drawn to preaching myself. I often wonder how many other girls have tried
to be the “preacher’s wife” because they did not know they could be the
preacher? Thank God for Addie Davis, Mary Magdelene, Molly Marshall, and the
many others who have helped blaze the path and shine the light for girls and
women who live to share of God’s amazing, healing grace.”