LAWIM Board Members

​Rev. Jon Bennett

Dr. Gina Eubanks

Attorney,  Gail Grover

Rev.  Linda Johnson

Dr. Mary Moss

Min. Linda Reed

Min. Lena Williams

Mrs. Ruby Williams

Reverend Dr. Mary Moss

LAWIM Founder & President

The Reverend Dr. Mary Whitley Moss is pastor of St. Alma Baptist Church, Founder and Executive Director of Louisiana Area Women in Ministry (LAWIM), and Director of TheSoutheast Regional Biblical Institute (SRBI).  Her commitment to responsible leadership, transformative teaching and responsible handling of God’s Word is evidenced in her role as pastor, teacher, and administrator.  Dr. Moss sees the church as the body of Christ and as the instrument ​chosen of God to continue the work of the ministry of Jesus.


Dr. Moss is a community leader.  Her community focus is impacting lives through intergenerational leadership, outreach projects, and training of ministers and leaders.    Dr. Moss is the impetus behind The Village Project, a community wide effort that will mobilize and transform the Eden Park community in Baton Rouge, LA.  The success of this movement encompasses Dr. Moss’ core belief that it takes the power of God and the whole village to move from a place of brokenness to a place of empowerment.


Dr. Moss earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She returned to New Orleans and earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with languages, Hebrew and Greek.  Dr. Moss earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Biblical Preaching from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.   She has certification in Expository Preaching from E. K. Bailey International Preaching Conference.

Dr. Moss’ election as the seventh pastor St Alma Baptist Church of Lakeland, Louisiana was a historic moment in the life of this 134 year old Baptist Church on February 17, 2008.  She became the first female elected to the position of pastor of this traditional Baptist Church and the first female ever installed by the 133 year old Fourth District Baptist Association.  To God’s credit, Dr. Moss led a congregation of 15 members to now over 188 members within a three year timeline with over 15 active ministries and 12 paid and volunteer staff.     

It was in 1991 that Dr. Moss was called to the ministry and was later ordained by the late Reverend Charles T. Smith, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, the Fourth District Association and the Baton Rouge Ministerial Association.  Thus, she became the first female minister to be ordained at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Minister of Evangelism and Christian Education.


Dr. Moss has been privileged to serve as teacher, lecturer, facilitator, and revivalist at many schools, colleges and churches throughout this country.  She is a member of the Fourth District Baptist Association, the Pointe Coupee Parish Ministers Conference and has served as the Christian Education Director for the Pointe Coupee Parish.  She is a member of the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce and has served as chaplain for the Baton Rouge Chapter of the International Organization of Churchwomen United.  Dr. Moss is a member of the Children Coalition of Greater Baton Rouge, Operation Safe Street.  She is the recipient of numerous commendations and honors.


Dr. Moss is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.   When asked about her journey now, Dr. Moss simply says that her whole desire is to preach the Word, teach the Word, and live the Word in a way that ushers people into the presence of God.

Louisiana Area Women in Ministry