About Us

A Few Words About Washington Metro Area Women's Ministries (WMAWM)

The Washington Metro Area Women’s Ministries organization was established in the early 1990s to meet the needs and concerns of women in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. It is governed by the Office of Women’s Ministries, Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Leaders and advisers are appointed by this body with a mandate to direct its local activities.

Our focus is to work with women’s ministries coordinators of the local churches and to aid them in the implementation of programs that will assist them as they seek to meet the needs of their congregations.

The group’s first activity was a statewide retreat held in November 1992 at the General Conference Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists. Since that time, one-day and weekend retreats have been held biennially in an effort to motivate and energize the women of God–to deepen their faith; to aid in spiritual growth and renewal; to build networks among women in the world church; to encourage bonds of friendship; and to give mutual support through the creative exchange of ideas and information. Speakers, presenters and attendees from diverse faiths and geographic areas throughout the United States are invited to share in our ministry.

Washington Metro Area Women’s Ministries – with help from many of you – has supported local, national, and global projects. Included was aid to Katrina victims in Louisiana; financial assistance to meet special needs in South America; and the Havilah Village Project in Africa which aided in the construction and furnishing of a denominational boarding school. Special projects have allowed us to provide scholarships and financial aid to young women in our two junior academies and Pine Forge Academy. 

It is our prayer that the Lord will continue to bless our efforts to bless you.

Our Approach

The Adventist Church follows Christ’s example by reaching out to women all over the world and offering love, support and enrichment. Adventists minister to women by establishing a support system for hurting women and creating a forum to address topics and issues that affect women in and out of the church.

The church also promotes programs to mentor young women and support their academic achievements through a scholarship program. The six primary areas of concern that guide the church’s outreach to women are health, abuse, poverty, women’s workloads, lack of leadership training, education and illiteracy.

These issues affect women of all cultures, social standings and countries. The Adventist Church strives to nurture women in the church and in the community while empowering them to become stronger women of God in the areas of Bible study, prayer, personal growth and outreach in the community.
Christ’s ministry lifted women up, and in turn, the church empowers women to lift Him up.

Our History

  • 1991

Established to meet the need and concerns of women in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

  • 1992

First activity held at the General Conference Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists—a retreat.


Our Management Team

Jennifer Berryman

Jennifer Berryman

Young Women's Coordinator
Florence Williams

Florence Williams

Administrative Assistant -Correspondence
Debra Anderson

Debra Anderson

Special Assistant to the Area Leader
Gail Ellison

Gail Ellison

Administrative Assistant -Recording