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For my parents
Elder and Mrs. A. C. Griffin
from whom I first learned the joys of ministry

Copyright 1990 by Josephine Benton

Printed in the United States of America
Blackberry Hill Publishers, Smithsburg MD

Cover Picture:  Ellen White preaching at the 1901 General Conference Session, Battle Creek Michigan. Used by permission of Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Scripture quotations are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise credited.  Scripture quotations from the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible, copyrighted 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, are used by permission.  The Scripture quotation marked (NIV) is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. 

Josephine Benton's book is an easy-to-read collection of stories of Seventh-day Adventist women ministers spanning more than a century. In it she introduces her readers to many women who have been called into the ministry of God and whose gifts have been officially recognized by the church, but only one of whom was an ordained minister—Ellen White. The commitment, resourcefulness, tragedies, and joys of these women ministers will provide inspiration for the reader as well as for other women in today's church.

Table of Contents

  "I Knew a Woman Minister"
Chapter 1   Urged to Preach
      Helen May Stanton Williams
Chapter 2   Farmer's Wife Becomes Evangelist
      Minnie Day Sype
Chapter 3   Minister to Legislatures
      Lulu Russell Wightman
Chapter 4   Innovative Administrator
      Anna Knight
Chapter 5   Evangelist and Teacher of Ministers
      Jessie Weiss Curtis
Chapter 6   That Little Black Book
      Mary E. Walsh
Chapter 7   Church Founder
      Ellen Harmon White
Chapter 8   Other Women Ministers from the Past
      Short Sketches
Chapter 9   Active and Retired Women Ministers
      A Brief Sampler
Chapter 10   Can Any One Forbid?"
      A Biblical Analogy
  The Spirit of the Future
Appendix A   Documents and Notes
Appendix B   Partial List of Women Ministers
      1884 to 1975
Appendix C   General Conference Proceedings
      1881 and 1990

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