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BWNA is a women's network

...that encourages and engages Baptist women from 17 member organizations across Canada and the US. BWNA is an an acronym for Baptist Women of North America.

We are the North American branch of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department.

Our mission is to encourage women to live out Kingdom life, especially in the area of helping the vulnerable. We can help you in your work with the vulnerable in 4 ways: Networking, Leadership Development, Resources and Grants.


“As we continue in our endeavors to unify and empower Baptist women throughout Canada and the United States, we stand solidly on the firm foundation of those that have come before us and look we forward to new and exciting opportunities for Broadening Our Horizons in relevant Kingdom service to God.”

Dr. TaNikka Sheppard


Our Leadership

BWNA is a collaboration of the Women's Departments of seventeen member bodies. The Executive Director and/or President of each member body makes up the BWNA Executive Board. This collaboration includes well over 4 million Baptist women across North America.

  • The BWNA Board

Officers 2017-2022


TaNikka Sheppard

Dr. TaNikka Marie Sheppard is a mentor, minister and spiritual leader who helps churches, organizations and institutions positively engage and lead the next generations.

Jemell Moriah

Vice President of Day of Promotion, Project Grants and Prayer Partners
Jemell Moriah is a retired social worker who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband Lionel, a retired pastor and professor.

LaKeeyna Cooper

Vice President of Networking, Leadership Development and Mentoring
LaKeeyna serves as the Secretary of the Lott Carey’s Board of Directors and as the Coordinator of Young Adult Women for American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

Renée James

Vice President of Communications and Promotion
Renee is the been the communications director for Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec (CBWOQ) and editor of its award-winning magazine live.

Corinne R. Skerritt

Corinne Skerritt is a Revenue Officer with the US Dept. of Treasury. She has been working in Collections since 1982 as field personnel.

Member Bodies

BWNA is a collaboration of the Women's Departments of the following 17 member organizations.
This collaboration includes well over 4 million Baptist women across North America.


Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 122 countries comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches. The BWNA President, along with the other members of the BWA Women's Department Executive Board, is a member of the BWA General Council which meets annually in various areas of the world to determine resolutions and to advance the cause of the Baptist World Alliance.

The Baptist World Alliance Women's Department connects Baptist women from around the world.  It is made up of seven continental groupings. North American Baptist Women's Union is the North American branch of the BWA Women's Department and the BWNA President is one of the Vice Presidents that make up the Women's Department Executive Board. This board meets annually just before the BWA General Council meets, in the same location.

While BWNA is the North American branch of the BWA Women's Department, North American Baptist Fellowship (NABF) is the North American branch of the Baptist World Alliance. The BWNA President represents you and your voice on the NABF Executive Committee.

The Baptist World Alliance puts on a Congress every five years. In 2020, it will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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