Linda Bryan, an assistant dean at Shaw University's Divinity School and an associate minister at Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh, agrees with Fuller's theory.
Times have changed, she
says.Once silent, black women have deliberately risen from the pews, making new roles for themselves. "They are no longer the traditional missionaries with little white dresses," says Bryan, who has been a minister since 1987.
For the first time, last semester, the school had more women in divinity school than men, according to Bryan
.This semester, the school has one more man than women.
Women are realizing that they may not be called to pastor a church, so they are seeking positions as counselors or chaplains.It's rare that African-American women are called to pastor in the Baptist tradition, Bryan says.
Bryan points to the work of Fuller and the Rev. Minnie McCoy, an associate minister at Martin Street Baptist Church
That, says Bryan
, is what church is all about.