A reception honoring Mrs. Hilda D. Gadsden, the sixteenth elected President of the Woman’s Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, was held on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This Red Presidential Affair hosted by the Low Country District Missionaries of the Woman’s Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina was held at the Alfred Williams Community Life Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Mrs. Gadsden was elected President at the One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Session of the Woman’s Baptist Educational Convention of South Carolina. She began serving her five year tenure January 1, 2019. The objective of the convention is to promote the cause of Christ in South Carolina by Christian education and missionary work.
Reflections were given on her behalf from well-wishers of the Baptist community expressing the confidence and gratitude in her ability to lead the convention over the next five years.
Dr. Leroy Staggers, President of Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina and Dr. Rosalyn Clark Artis, J.D. Ed. D., President of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina extended greetings on behalf of the colleges as they both look forward to working with Mrs. Gadsden and her support from the women’s convention. Dr. Donald E. Greene, Jr., President of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina gave remarks and prayer of investiture expressing his support on behalf of the Baptist E&M Convention of South Carolina and look forward to fulfilling the cause of the convention.
Mrs. Gadsden has served in various leadership capacities of the Woman’s Baptist Educational Missionary Convention of South Carolina. She is currently President of the South Carolina Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc. She is a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA , Inc. Women’s Auxiliary. Her work experience includes that of a Social Worker, Criminal Justice and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor with the State of South Carolina and County of Charleston.
Mrs. Hilda D. Gadsden is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She is married to Reverend Mack A. Gadsden, Sr., Senior Pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. She is the mother of three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mrs. Gadsden lives by the following motto: “If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain.” She has the capacity and compassion for helping others. Her favorite scripture to live by is the 23rd Psalm. She expressed in her remarks that we shall work together for the cause of the convention. By no means it cannot be her alone but by the grace of God we will move forward to fulfill the objective of the convention.