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McAfee School of Theology Graduate Gwendolyn Belton Brown
Receives Baptist Women in Ministry’s Addie Davis Award

June 8, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ATLANTA — Gwendolyn Belton Brown, a May graduate of Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, has received the Addie Davis Award for excellence in pastoral ministry by Baptist Women in Ministry.

Baptist Women in Ministry each year presents two Addie Davis awards – one for excellence in preaching and one for excellence in pastoral leadership. Each recognition carries a $1,000 cash award. A McAfee graduating female has received one of the two awards in nine of the 13 years that Baptist Women in Ministry has conveyed the honors. Institutions are invited to submit one nomination each year for each award, and the nominations are reviewed “blind” so the committee is not partial to one school or another.

A Camden, S.C., native, Brown also received McAfee’s William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Excellence and Leadership Award during the School’s May 22 commencement in Atlanta. She currently serves as pastor at In Christ We Trust Christian Church in Grayson. Prior to this appointment in 2005, she and her husband, Charles Brown, were instrumental in church development in the Atlanta area.

Brown graduated from Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in speech and drama. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Devry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
The McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers programs leading to the degrees Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, an M.Div.-Master of Science in Counseling and an M.Div.-Master of Arts in Church Music through the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies, a collaborative program between the School of Theology and the Townsend School of Music in Macon. For more information, visit

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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