Photo courtesy of Priscilla Walters

December 3, 2020

AAW Awards Five Women and Three Men

Association of Adventist Women awarded Ginger Harwood the Outstanding Achievement Award on November 15 at its Woman of the Year program via Zoom.

Harwood ordained, spoke on global issues needing Christian commitment and service. She helped found the La Sierra University Women’s Resource Center, has presented papers on Bible women and SDA women officers in our earlier church history, published in Spectrum magazine, Andrews University Seminary Studies, and will soon publish a book. “She is appreciated by her theology students at La Sierra and PUC,” says colleague Fritz Guy. 

Community Life awardee Dynnette Dee Hart, Associate Dean at LLU School of Nursing, recognized for inspiring Christian nursing students at LLU, San Manuel Gateway College,Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya. She helped organize the Norton Clinic Social Action Corps Health System.

Community Life awardee  Pastor-Chaplain Nyslie Guerrier, of New York, elder, preacher, Director of Family Life, Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Mount Rubidoux Church, CA,, dynamic speaker, has a Sabbath online Chat on women’s issues, addictions,  socio-economic and health injustices, and has plans for a non-profit organization. 

Spiritual leadership recipient Dina Salas Montoya, dean, chaplain in Peru, preached her first sermon at age 7, served as missionary, and spent 3 months evangelizing in New York City.  A Theological Studies Program, Brazil graduate, she was the first and only woman missionary district leader in Peru. She participated in many world congresses and conferences in different countries.  She is member of the UN Council of Ambassadors for Peace, was Outstanding Miraflorina Woman, and awarded the Medal of Honor for Merit, for her spiritual healing ministry. She brought over 500 souls to Christ.

Spiritual Leadership awardee Hilde Torkildsen Huru gave Bible studies as a teen. After earning her BA in theology, she pastored and was the first female member of the Norwegian Union Conference executive committee, helping draft their statement of equality for all in ministry and to only commission new pastors after 2012. Member of the Trans-European Division executive committee, she helped draft their statement to the GC explaining the TED  could not go against conscience, and would treat clergy fairly, following the Bible and many Ellen White statements; it is a religious liberty issue.  She translated Harwood and Beem’s, “Your  Daughters Shall Prophesy” for Advent News Norway, which also published her call to ministry story.

Champion of Justice awardees former NAD President Dan Jackson  (2019 award was to be presented at the cancelled GC Session), Columbia Union Conference President Dave Weigley, and Pacific Union Conference President Ricardo Graham-see their powerful acceptance speeches online. “These champions have stood for truth, following conscience and the will of their constituents to treat all clergy equally,” says AAW President Nerida Bates.

Go to, for information on awardees, past awardees, women’s stories, AAW goals, and to join.

Visit to see the award presentation!

Priscilla Walters, AAW Officer