Time for Equality in Adventist Ministry (TEAM)
Brilliance Award Announcement (PDF, 376 KB)
TEAM: Cultivating Ministers through a Team Effort
2013 Recipient of the WRC Brilliance Award for Excellence in Leadership
By Marjorie Ellenwood, Women’s Resource Center | November 9, 2013
Time for Equality in Adventist Ministry (TEAM), established in Takoma Park, MD in 1988, grew out of the concerted efforts of women and men who believed that God’s calling is not exclusive to men; that women in ministry required support to flourish; and that race, social class, and gender should not prevent anyone from becoming a pastor or serving God.
At the forefront of TEAM’s efforts was Dr. Patricia Breedlove Habada who, from TEAM’s beginning as a sub-committee of the Association of Adventist Women, envisioned an organization that would supply the Church with women in ministry and who aimed to support those women with scholarly and financial resources—ranging from scholarships for female students studying theology, religion, or ministry in Adventist institutions, to assisting advocates of women’s ordination by publishing and distributing scholarly resources discussing the validity of women’s ordination from a biblical and authentically Adventist perspective.
TEAM’s decision to give scholarships to women studying for ministry created the impetus for the Women's Ministries departments at the General Conference and NAD to start doing similar work. TEAM’s involvement of GC and NAD personnel in reviewing the scholarship applications and making decisions about the women who would receive them, helped create that original impetus which has reaped still further benefits for women.
Over 25 years later, TEAM’s has hosted numerous conferences and special events advocating for gender equality within the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, and disbursed more than $500,000 to assist over 400 women preparing for ministry.
The Women’s Resource Center is awarding TEAM with the Brilliance Award, which recognizes extraordinary Seventh-day Adventist men and women whose personal and professional lives have improved the way that women are viewed and treated around the world. The Brilliance Award is funded this year by the Virginia Richards Cason endowment. Awards, which carry a $500 contribution to continued action by the recipient, celebrate excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service to humanity.
The legacy of Dr. Habada, whose daughter Beverly Habada now continues on in the position of executive director, is a strong one. She used innovative ideas and creative strategies, along with a strong commitment to Adventist education—having herself been an Adventist educator for over 30 years—to advocate for change and infuse TEAM with the compassion, dedication and energy needed to create opportunities for networking and building a community of people committed to gender equality.
Before heading up TEAM, Dr. Pat Habada served on the board of the Association of Adventist Women and taught in a one-room schoolroom in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was principal and associate superintendent of education for the Pennsylvania Conference. She developed and edited denominational curriculum for grades K-8 which was widely well-received. All who have known Dr. Habada recognize her strong relationship with Christ, and her courage, passion, and integrity for advocating for women in ministry.