President | President Barbara L. ShawWomen's Home Overseas Missionary Society
...Dr. Barbara L. Shaw President
...Dr. Barbara Louise Shaw General President Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society Of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church A product of four generations in the A.M.E. Zion Church, born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Barbara L. Shaw was spiritually developed and reared in the Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church (Baltimore, Maryland).
was educated in the public schools in Baltimore; Morgan State College
(now University); Notre Dame College; and graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Writing.Professionally, she has served as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System; a producer with Maryland Public Television; and a prison administrator with the State of Maryland, where she retired after 30 years of service.In August 2003, Ms. Shaw was elected the 16th International President of the Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
In this position, Barbara L. Shaw
presides over 800,000 women on five continents.She
is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hood-Speaks Theological Seminary of the University of Calabar (Cross River State, Nigeria, West Africa) in June 2005 and in February 2006, an Honorary Doctorate from Livingstone College
(Salisbury, North Carolina).Ms. Shaw is a member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Negro Women and National Chair of the 2005-2006 Affiliates Assembly; member of the Balm in Gilead (a National AIDS Advocacy Organization)Advisory Board; member of the Executive Board for Church World Services, National Council of Churches; and member of the Executive Committee of the World Methodist Council.On July 16, 2006 at the 11th Assembly of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, held in Jeju Island, Korea, Dr. Shaw was installed as President of the North Area of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.
The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4) was her
campaign prayer and continues today as she
travels to conferences on all continents utilizing her
leadership skills and sharing God's Word with all she
comes in contact with: "O That you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory ... and God granted the request."