Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision edited by John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Vol 8; Regent’s Park College, 2011)

Papers from the Baptist Historical Society Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2008

1. Conscience and Dissent in a Believers’ Church: Renewing Baptist Global Identity – Bill J. Leonard

2. Renewing the Vision: History for the Health of the Church – Catriona Gorton

3. Baptists and Fellowship: Praxis in Search of Theology – Mark Hopkins

4. A Particular View of the World: Evangelism in the Thought of Benjamin KEach (1640-1704) – Jonathan W. Arnold

5. ‘Rousing the Attention of Christians’: Scottish Baptists and the Baptist Missionary Society prior to the Twentieth Century – Brian Talbot

6. What About the Widows? An Appeal to Nineteenth-Century Baptist Women – Karen Smith

7. ‘Working women make happy homes’: Marianne Faringham and the Role of Women in the Late Nineteenth Century – Linda Hopkins

8. Modern Implications of John Clifford’s Theological Understanding of Socialism – Matthew Tennant

9. ‘Against the Tide’: Episodes Highlighting the Situation of Religious Freedom for Baptists in Central and Eastern Europe, 1908-2008 – Tony Peck

10. Re-Evaluating Baptist Mission in the Baltics – Toivo Pilli

11. Baptist-Anabaptist Identity Amongst European Baptists since the 1950s – Ian M. Randall

12. God’s ‘Moses’ for Pentecostalism: A Study of a Baptist Pastor, Joseph Smale (1867-1926) – Timothy B. Welch

13. The Era of British Pre-Eminence in the Baptist World Alliance – Richard V. Pierard

14. From Mission to Church: The Foundation and Expansion of The Evangelical Baptist Church in Angola – Jim Grenfell

15. On Baptist Identity in the Southern Hemisphere: Narrative Reflections on Similarity and Diversity within the Baptist Vision – Brian Harris

16. The 2008 New Baptist Covenant Celebration through Seminarians’ Eyes – William Loyd Allen and Bailey Edwards Nelson


To Express the Ineffable: The Hymns and Spirituality of Anne Steele by Cynthia Y. Aalders (SBHT Vol.40, Paternoster, 2008)

1. Introduction

2. ‘Sacred Posey … in the Service of Religion’: Anne Steele and Eighteenth-Century Hymnody

3. ‘How Shall These Poor Languid Powers …/ Display the Grace My Soul Adores?’: Anne Steele and the Problem of Language

4. ‘Depress’d By Pain and Sickness, All my Powers / Are Dull and Languid’: Anne Steele and the Problem of Suffering

5. ‘Teach the Breathings of My Heart / Dependence and Desire’: Anne Steele’s Faith in an Ineffable God

6. Conclusion

Marianne Farningham: A Plain Woman Worker by Linda Wilson (SBHT Vol 18, Paternoster, 2007)

1. A Plain Woman Worker

2. Marianne’s Life Journey

3. Afraid to be Singular? Marianne and the Role of Women

4. ‘A Great Work’: Marianne and Sunday Schools

5. Marianne and Public Life

6. Marianne’s Spirituality

7. Conclusion

Baptist Quarterly, January 2010

Visionary Women Among Early Baptists – Curtis W. Freeman

Henry Jacob (1563-1624): Pastoral Theology and Congregational Ecclesiology – Jason G. Duesing

Humphrey Gillet: Signatory of a Testimony to Truth (1659) – Larry J. Kreitzer

The French Baptist Historical Society – David Boydell

Reviews include Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality edited by Paul S. Fiddes and Challenging to Change: dialogues with a radical Baptist theologian edited by Pieter J. Lalleman.

[note to Ian Randall, Baptist Quarterly editor – it would be great to see some extended review articles of key recent British Baptist theology or maybe even an occasional issue dedicated to a book with opportunity for response, like Pro Ecclesia have done with Steven Harmon’s Towards Baptist Catholicity.  I would also encourage the Baptist Quarterly to do the occasional themed issue (like the one on children back in 1966 or women in 1986)]

British Baptist Historians 3: Karen E. Smith

Karen Smith is actually American, but taught at the South Wales Baptist College from 1991-2018. She was brought up in Georgia (U.S.A.) and graduated from Mercer University in Macon and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She then went to Oxford University where she did research on eighteenth century Baptist life under the supervision of B. R. White (DPhil 1987). She gave the 1994 Hughey Memorial Lectures at IBTS.

Selected Publications

‘Beyond Public and Private Spheres: Another Look at Women in Baptist History and Historiography’, Baptist Quarterly 34.4 (1991), 79-87

‘The Role of Women in Early Baptist Missions’, Review and Expositor 89.1 (Winter, 1992), 35-48

‘The Liberty Not to Be a Christian: Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Cambridge and Freedom of Conscience’ in Distinctively Baptist essays on Baptist history: a festschrift in honor of Walter. B. Shurden (Mercer, 1995)

‘The Covenant Life of some Eighteenth-Century Calvinistic Baptists in Hampshire and Wiltshire’ in Pilgrim Pathways: essays in Baptist history in honour of B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Forgotten Sisters: The Contributions of Some Notable but Un-noted British Baptist Women’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History?: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘British Women and the Baptist World Alliance: Honoured Partners and Fellow Workers?’, Baptist Quarterly 41.1 (January 2005), 25-46

‘The Liberty not to be a Christian: Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Cambridge and Freedom of Conscience’ in Marc A. Jolley & John D. Pierce (eds.), Distinctive Baptists: Essays on Baptist History. A Festchrift in Honor of Walter B. Shurden (Mercer, 2005)

‘Preparation as a Discipline of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century England: A Lost Facet of Baptist Identity?’ in Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Paternoster, 2006)

‘Women in Cultural Captivity: British Women and the Zenana Mission’ Baptist History and Heritage 41.1 (Winter 2006), 30-41

Christian Spirituality (SCM, 2008)

‘James Fanch (1704-67): The Spiritual Counsel of an Eighteenth Century Baptist Pastor’ in John H. Y. Briggs (ed.), Pulpit and People (Paternoster, 2009)

‘What About the Widows?: An Appeal to Nineteenth-Century Baptist Women’ in John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision (CBHHS Vol. 8.: Regent’ s Park College, 2011).

‘Nonconformists, the Home and Family Life’ in Robert Pope (ed.), The T & T Clark Companion to Nonconformity (T & T Clark, 2013)

‘Charles Frederic Aked (1864-1941): “A Fighting Parson” for Social Reform’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 42.2 (Summer 2015)

‘Female Education’ among Baptists in the Eighteenth Century: Martha (Smith) Trinder (1736–1790) and Henrietta Neale (1752–1802)’, Baptist Quarterly 48.4 (2017)

‘Baptists at Home’ in Stephen Copson and Peter Morden (eds.), Challenge and Change: English Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 2017)

‘Baptists’ in Andrew Thompson (ed.), The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions Vol II: The Long Eighteenth Century(Oxford, 2018)

‘”Holy Living and Holy Dying”: The Response of some British Baptist Women to “Come Out” of the World’ in Come Out from Among Them, and Be Ye Separate, Saith the Lord: Separationism and the Believers’ Church Tradition edited by Evan L. Colford (Pickwick, 2019)

British Baptists, Women and Gender

Violet Hedger, ‘Some experiences of a women minister’, Baptist Quarterly 10.5 (1941)

Gwenyth Hubble, ‘Women in the Ministry,’ The Fraternal 119 (Jan. 1961): 11-15.

Leonard Champion, ‘The Ministerial Service of Women’, Baptist Quarterly 20.5 (1964)

Women in the Service of the Denomination (Baptist Union, 1967)

Margaret F. Jarman, ‘The Ministry of Women,’ The Fraternal 147 (Jan. 1968): 11-16.

Ruth Matthews, ‘On Ministry and Ordination’ in The Experience of Ordination edited by Kenneth Wilson (Epworth, 1979), 129-47.

Judy Reece, ‘Women in the Ministry – a personal view,’ The Fraternal 192 (July 1980): 10-15.

George Beasley-Murray, Man and Woman in the Church (Baptist Union, 1983)

Edward Lehman, ‘Reactions to Women in Ministry: A Survey of English Baptist Church Members’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

Shirley Dex, ‘The Church’s Response to Feminism’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

Margaret Jarman, ‘Attitudes to Women in Baptist Churches in the Mid 1980s’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

Ruth Matthews, ‘God, Women and Men: Language and Imagery’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

Carol McCarthy, ‘Ordained and Female’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

John H. Y. Briggs, ‘She-preachers, widows and other women: The Feminine dimension in Baptist life since 1600’, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986)

Paul S. Fiddes, ‘”Women’s head is man”: A doctrinal reflection upon a Pauline text’, Baptist Quarterly 31.8 (October 1986)

Dianne Tidball, ‘Walking a Tightrope: Women Training for Baptist Ministry’, Baptist Quarterly 33.8 (1990)

Karen Smith ‘Beyond Public and Private Spheres: Another look at women in Baptist history and historiography’ Baptist Quarterly 34.4 (April 1991)

Karen Smith ‘The Role of Women in Early Baptist Missions’, Review and Expositor 89.1 (Winter 1992)

Ruth Gouldbourne, ‘Identity and Pain: Women’s Consultations, 1987-1992), Baptist Ministers’ Journal 243 (1993)

Ruth Gouldbourne, Reinventing the Wheel: Women and Ministry in English Baptist Life (Whitely, 1997)

Jenny Few, ‘Hats and WI(w)GS: Personal Reflections of the Baptist Union’s Women’s Issues Working Group’ in Theology in Context (Whitley, 1999)

Linda Wilson, Constrained By Zeal: Female Spirituality Amongst Nonconformists, 1825-75 (Paternoster, 2000)

Myra Blyth, ‘Women in Leadership: A British Baptist Perspective’ in Harriet Harris and Jane Shaw (eds.), The Call for Women Bishops (SPCK, 2004)

Karen Smith ‘British Women and the Baptist World Alliance: Honoured Partners and Fellow Workers’, Baptist Quarterly 41.1 (January 2005)

Karen Smith, ‘Forgotten Sisters: The Contributions of Some Notable but Un-noted British Baptist Women’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History (Paternoster, 2006)

Women, Baptists and Ordination (Baptist Union, 2006)

Simon Woodman, ‘A Biblical Basis for Affirming Women in Ministry’, Baptist Ministers’ Journal 296 & 297 (2006)

Pat Took, ‘In his Image’, Baptist Ministers’ Journal 300 (2008)

The Story of Women in Ministry in the Baptist Union of Great Britain (Baptist Union, 2011)

Faith Bowers, ‘Liberating Women for Ministry’, Baptist Quarterly 45.8 (2014)

Paul Goodliff, ‘Women’s Ministry: An Exploration at an Historic Moment’, Baptist Quarterly 45.8 (2014)

Michele Mahon, ‘”Sisters with Voices”: A Study of the Experiences and Challenges Faced by Black Women in London Baptist Association Church Ministry Settings’,Black Theology 13.3 (2015): 273-96.

Beth Allison-Glenny, ‘ “That We Might See Ourselves as We Could Be”: Baptist Interpretations of Scripture on the Complementarity of Male and Female’ in Gathering Disciples: Essays in Honor of Christopher J. Ellis edited by Andy Goodliff and Myra Blyth (Pickwick, 2017)

Ruth Gouldbourne, ‘Baptists, Women and Ministry’, Feminist Theology 26.1 (2017)
A Short History of Baptist Women in Ministry (Baptist Union, 2018)
Beth Allison-Glenny, ‘Performing Baptism, Embodying Christ’ in Reconciling Rites: Essays in Honour of Myra N. Blyth edited by Andy Goodliff, Anthony Clarke and Beth Allison-Glenny (Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies, 2020)
Leigh Greenwood, ‘Rebel Hearts and Radical Traditions: Learning from the experience of women in ministry’, Baptist Ministers’ Journal 350 (April 2021)
Mary Cotes, Women Without Walls: How God Shapes Ordinary Women for Extraordinary Kingdom Work (Graceworks, 2021)
Stephen Holmes, ‘Women and Ministry, Once More’ in Re-Remembering the Body: The Witness of History, Theology, and the Arts in Honour of Ruth M. B. Gouldbourne edited by Anthony R. Cross and Brian Haymes (Pickwick, 2021)