Dear Friends:

Women play a major role in church life. They provide church administration services run many of the ministries in the Church and several Para Church organizations within the community.

They are also active in the wider community, running businesses, ministries and charities, as well as supporting, helping and inspiring others whether at work, church or in the home. However, no awards event currently exists to recognize their achievements.

In 2018, The Women’s Fellowship Ministry of First Shiloh Baptist Church established the “Purposeful Women of Faith” (PWOF) Awards, and since that time have recognized and celebrated 40 women for their achievements across denominations who are making an impact in Western New York.

We invite you to nominate a woman in ONE of the categories who exemplify the characteristics of a Purposeful Woman of Faith. Nomination forms are due on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

PWOF recipients will be notified by April 1, 2020. PWOF recipients will be recognized on Saturday, May 16th at a breakfast program at First Shiloh Baptist Church at 9:00 am. Guests may attend the breakfast for a donation of $25.00. As seating is limited, reservation and payment is required by Friday, May 1, 2020. Checks should be made payable to First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

For more information, please call 716.847.6555.

One of the purposes of the Purposeful Women of Faith Awards is to create an environment within our community where the stories of women in ministry can be shared and celebrated. With that in mind, we encourage all nominators to share the profile that is written with the woman who has been nominated and to celebrate her and her ministry in your group and/or congregation.

If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Staples, Chairperson at 716-847-6555 or via email at







First Shiloh Baptist Church