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J. Merritt Johnston

J. Merritt Johnston has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years and has been blessed to lead a nonprofit, provide care as a hospital chaplain, guide communications for a seminary, serve with an international broadcast ministry, shepherd women at a multi-site church, and travel the world teaching God’s Word. She is currently honored to serve as the Director of Communications and Media for the Baptist World Alliance. Merritt and her husband, Jeremy, make their home in Brenham, Texas (USA), where they are raising their three children and are often found eating Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Made to Last

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Do you long to have longevity in ministry but struggle to see how your current pace is sustainable? Join us to unpack how the concepts of seasons, rhythms, and boundaries can be game-changers as you daily live out your calling.

Baptist Women Conference Speakers

Karen Wilson


Asha Sanchu

(Nagaland, India)

Workshop Presenters

Laura McDaniel and Sonya Habimana

Finding and Forming Promising Young Leaders

Laura McDaniel is passionate about identifying and mentoring young leaders through UPTICK.
Sonya Habimana is the Chair of the UPTICK board and strives to cultivate the ministry to reach emerging young leaders everywhere.

Analia Tofful

Lift Women’s Honor

Analía Tofful de Castelao was the President the Baptist Women of Uruguay (2009-2013) and a Vice-President of UFBAL (2009-2018). Analia is married and has two children and 2 grandchildren.

Elissa Macpherson

Finding your self confidence to serve God fully

Elissa is the president of BWA Women’s branch, Baptist Women of the Pacific. She is a speaker and author of two books.

Gaopalelwe Seleka

Arousing the Deborah Spirit/Attitude (Judges 5:7)

Gaopalelwe, or more commonly known as Gao, is a mother, wife & community builder. She is an ordained pastor and pastor's wife at Revival Baptist Church, Pretoria, South Africa.