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Who we are . . . God's Word to Women was founded in 1998, having its beginning as three founders from Texas--Barbara Collins, Gay Anderson and Pat Joyce--we now are two as Pat Joyce has moved on to other ministry. Barbara and Gay received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the charismatic renewal, having been saved in earlier years. When we found our identity in Him, the Lord became our life. Here are some truths we discovered.
God is presently calling women to the full redemption for which they were created and which He purchased for them on Calvary. He wants woman to walk in the fullness of the original, pre-Fall relationship that He had with her as well as Adam. As only a tiny part of this great move of God, we pray we will be faithful to the call He has given.
Dr. Katharine Bushnell wrote, "The church which silences women will be found to silence the Holy Ghost," and "a sect or sex, or race which attempts a monopoly of the Spirit's voice and power, will find that the Holy Spirit will flee far from it." Don't you believe it is time for the emancipation of women? However, if Christ doesn't win the lives of today's women, the devil will. Let it come, Lord!
We are honored to have been mentioned in Vinson Synan's new book The Century of the Holy Spirit in the section on Spirit-filled Women written by Dr. Susan Hyatt.
Women at the Close of the 20th Century
"As the Internet became a primary means of communication in the latter 1990s, spirit-filled women were ready. Many women and women's groups, once isolated by geography, took advantage of the unlimited freedom to teach and minister via Web sites, chat room, and Email without the restraints of time or space. Of particular note is God's Word to Women (www.godswordtowomen.org), operated by three Texas women who are encouraging and teaching women around the world on a personal level. Barbara Collins (b. 1935), former dean of student affairs and faculty member at Dr. Pickett's Fountain Gate Bible College, joined forces with Patricia Joyce (b.1938) and Gay Anderson (b. 1933) to provide a comprehensive yet personal communications link for spirit-filled women. In 2008, Pat Joyce moved on to other ministries. This innovative site draws its name and much of its theological position form Dr. Katharine Bushnell's classic book God's Word to Women. As a result the classic work of Dr. Bushnell is now reaching the nations."
In the summer of 2011 the GWTW founding board asked Dr. Susan Hyatt to take leadership of God's Word to Women and form a new board that would take the ministry into its next phase. Dr. Hyatt graciously accepted, merging GWTW and the Int'l Christian Women's Hall of Fame (www.icwhp.org), and forming the new executive team, introduced below.
DR SUSAN HYATT
Dr. Susan Stubbs Hyatt (b. 1946) is a church research historian, Bible scholar, ordained minister (1983) and life-long, professional educator. A Canadian by birth and citizenship, she was awarded the Governor Generals Medal, the highest award given to outstanding High School Graduate (1964), and she went on to graduate with honors from the University of New Brunswick Teachers College (1966) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In college, she fellowshipped with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and attended IVCF’s Urbana Missionary Conference at the University of Illinois in 1967, 1970, and 1973. While teaching, she sponsored IVCF groups and taught the Bible.
After several years of teaching public school and college in New Brunswick, she graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute (1976) and summa cum laude from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (1987) in Northeast Texas. She earned two M.A.s with honors from the Oral Roberts University Graduate School of Theology and Missions, one in Historical/Theological Studies with emphasis in Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies (1989); the other, in Biblical Studies (1994). She did a year of post-graduate studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (1994-95) and has an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Divinity at Regent University (2000). Dr. Hyatt is the recipient of many academic awards, such as WHO’S WHO Among Students, the National Religion and Philosophy Award, National Dean’s Honor’s List, Academic All American, and Delta Epsilon Chi (Honor Society of the American Association of Bible Colleges).
For almost 20 years, Susan served as a ghost-writer for Pentecostal/Charismatic ministers known for their global impact. She now focuses with her husband, Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt, mainly as a visionary administrator of three inter-related teaching organizations.
She is a published author. Some of her works include: Where Are My Susannas?, 10 Things Jesus Taught about Women, Who’s the Boss?, In the Spirit We’re Equal, The Nature of Biblical Unity, Thinking Biblically, and The Spirit, The Bible, and Women. These works, as well as her doctoral dissertation from Regent University (2000): A Biblical Theology of Womanhood for Spirit-Oriented Believers, are available in various formats.
She was also commissioned by Thomas Nelson Publishers to write the chapter “Spirit-Filled Women” in their benchmark publication, The Century of the Holy Spirit, edited by Dr. Vinson Synan, preeminent Pentecostal/Charismatic historian and Dean Emeritus of Regent University School of Divinity.
At the invitation of the French Community of the Belgium Government, she represented Pentecostal-Charismatic women of North America at the Women in Religion Colloquium in Brussels (2001).
She contributed "Women in Ministry" to the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization published by Blackwell (Oxford and Boston) in 2008 and to the Revival Bible edited by Winkey Pratney.
As an advocate for Biblical equality, she is the founding coordinator of the Int’l Christian Women’s Hall of Fame & History Project (www.icwhp.org), a multifaceted undertaking that equips women to be change agents in society and the Christian community by honoring women of the past and present, and by providing interactive education, strategic resources, significant relationships, leadership training, and ministry opportunities.
In the summer, 2011, she accepted an invitation from the founders of God’s Word to Women, Inc. (est. 1998) to assume responsibility for the organization (www.godswordtowomen.org). As a result, with the help of a new executive board of directors and advisors, she has merged GWTW with ICWHP and the Int’l Christian Women’s Hall of Fame.
Eddie & Susan and Friends have launched GWTW-TV, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (Grapevine), TX. They have also launched God's Word to the World TV program, that airs on Channel 99/Cable in Paris, TX.
Susan is also founding director of the Christian Historical Society of Canada, Inc. (www.ChristianHistoricalSociety.ca).
She and Eddie have ministered internationally in many nations of the world. Married in 1976, they are equal partners in marriage and ministry (www.eddiehyatt.com).
DR EDDIE HYATT
Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is a seasoned minister of the Gospel, having served as a pastor, teacher, missionary, and professor of theology in the U.S. and Canada and having ministered in India, Indonesia, England, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, and Bulgaria. His ministry is characterized by a unique blend of the anointing of the Holy Spirit with academic excellence and over 40 years of ministerial experience.
Eddie has made a life-long commitment to the study of Scripture, church history, and Spiritual renewal. In addition to his on-going personal study and research, Eddie holds a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University where he majored in church history and spiritual renewal. He also holds the Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Pentecostal-Charismatic Studies from Oral Roberts University.
Eddie has lectured on revival, church history and various Biblical themes in churches, conferences and some of the major educational institutions in the world today. These include Oxford University in England, Oral Roberts University, Zion Bible College, Celebration Bible College, and Christ For the Nations Institute. He has authored several books, including the highly acclaimed 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, which is used as a textbook in colleges and seminaries around the world.
The Lord’s mandate to Eddie for this season of his life is to "feed My sheep." He is obeying this commission by teaching and preaching wherever God opens the door, by continuing to write and publish, and by making use of modern media, particularly the Internet, for delivering the message God has given him. Eddie’s goal is to see each believer grounded in the word of God and able to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in a mature and responsible manner. With hearts awakened by the Holy Spirit and minds renewed by the word of God, he believes that authentic revival can transform the church and impact the world in the 21st century. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Grapevine, Texas, from which they carry on a ministry of teaching, preaching, writing, and publishing.
Speaking invitations should be sent to DrEddieHyatt@gmail.com
Valarie Owen is an ordained minister who has taught the uncompromising Word of God throughout the United States and Canada and in other nations, as well. She has authored several books and her teachings have been recorded and utilized in literally hundreds of Bible schools around the world. Her theme has been: Know your rights and stand your ground.
Valarie is a graduate of North Texas State University and taught in the Texas public school system before God sent her forth to teach His Word. For the past 24 years, she has been a faculty member at Calvary Cathedral International Bible College (www.calvarycathedral.org) in Fort Worth, TX, where she teaches several courses in both the Old and New Testaments. She makes her home in Irving, TX, where she continues to write and teach God’s Word.
She was noted in The Century of the Holy Spirit, the premier book reporting on the 20th Century Pentecostal/Charismatic Revival, edited by Dr. Vinson Synan and published by Thomas Nelson.
Video and Satellite. The technological revolution that became popular around 1980 opened a whole new way of reaching and teaching. Word of Faith Bible College (est. 1979) in Dallas, Texas, was the pioneer in video Bible schools. By videotaping the lessons at its home base, the school was able to reproduce and provide them in a packaged curriculum for local churches who otherwise could not provide high-quality Bible teaching on a regular basis for their hungry constituents. The first and only woman to participate as a regular Bible teacher in this school was Valarie Owen. Through this medium, she taught thousands of students in hundreds of schools around the globe, and when the Bible school switched to live satellite communication in 1983, Valarie was the first and only woman to teach Bible school regularly via satellite across America and Canada (p. 260).
Other Books by Valarie Owen: The Blood Covenant, Healing in His Wings, Wonderful Wisdom, In the Beginning–God, Let My People Go, Possess the Land, Christ, Resurrection Life, Forgiveness–A Covenant of Love, The Holy Spirit of God