Closed Doors Lead Baptist Women to Minister in Other Areas

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Isabel Docampo was ordained a year after messengers to the 1984 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting passed a resolution opposing women’s ordination and limiting women’s roles in ministry to positions other than the pastorate.

But ever since she was a child, Docampo had participated in the church and in ministry.

Docampo is director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions and professor of supervised ministry at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, but she grew up in a Louisiana Baptist church and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

At her church, she served as youth minister. She translated Vacation Bible School programs for the local Baptist association of churches, and she taught VBS classes.

“In a small church, you must do everything,” Docampo said.

However, she saw ministry not just as a task but as a calling she had received from God.

Before her ordination, Docampo had been director of Christian Social Ministries for the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge. But the funding for her department stopped soon after her ordination, she said.

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SOURCE: Baptist Standard, Isa Torres

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