Addie Davis, 88, the first woman ordained a Southern Baptist minister, died December 3 in her hometown of Covington, Virginia, after a brief illness. She was ordained in 1964 by Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina. At the time no one at the church knew that the seminary student was making history. Davis served churches in Vermont and Rhode Island as well. Baptist historian Pam Durso said Davis’s ordination “marked a new era for [Southern] Baptists, and in the 41 years since that event, thousands of women have been ordained by Baptist churches in the South.”


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