Women in God’s Mission
Rebekah Ann Naylor MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern, Director of Health Strategies-International Mission Board
Synopsis - Women in God’s Mission
This session focuses on women on mission and will highlight the role of women on mission, the challenges faced and some ways to overcome these challenges. Examples of women on mission in the past as well as present day experiences will be used to bring to life the opportunities and the difficulties as well as the great joys of a woman on mission.
Rebekah Ann Naylor graduated from Baylor University and subsequently from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She then became the first female resident in general surgery at Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, completing training in 1973. Rebekah was appointed by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as a missionary to India in 1973. Arriving at the new Bangalore Baptist Hospital in early 1974, she launched a missionary career that included clinical practice, administrative responsibility, and teaching. In the 1990’s she organized training programs in allied health disciplines, set up accredited residency training programs for doctors, initiated a training program for chaplains, and established the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing. During all the years, Rebekah was involved in church development in the state of Karnaaka. Returning to the States in 2002, Rebekah joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery. Since 2010 she is serving as director of health strategies for the International Mission Board, Awards include the Surgical Humanitarian Award from the American College of Surgeons, an honorary doctorate of missiology from Oklahoma Baptist University and the 2022 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service from Baylor University. A biography is available entitled Rebekah Ann Naylor, M.D.: Missionary Surgeon in Changing Times.