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The Legacy of Women in the Black Church

I stand on the shoulders of the strong black women who have gone before me.

Women like Mrs. Debbie Williams who has worked for South Tryon Community Church as the secretary for ten years. She volunteered as the secretary when the church was unable to pay her and even now is paid pennies in comparison to the work she performs for the community each and every day.

And women like me, who have heard the call to ministry and marched into church leadership unafraid and undeterred by the history and reality of sexism within the church. I was unafraid to take on the mantle of leadership because of the women—the black women—who taught me to stand, to serve, and to testify. These women taught me to commit my life to the Lord and to the service of his Bride, the church. And when I stand in the pulpit, I stand with them. I stand for them. I stand on the shoulders of the women who are the propagators of the black church.

Tiffany Thomas is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She earned her BA from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She pursued her MDiv from Duke University. She is currently serving as senior pastor of South Tryon Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

February11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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