Courtny Davis Olds ‘20

Rev. Dr. Courtny Davis Olds Rev. Dr. Courtny Davis Olds ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) became Executive Minister/CEO of American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island in April 2022. In this role, Dr. Davis Olds provides strategic leadership to the organization that resources the 68 American Baptist churches in the state and functions as a link between the local churches and the national denominational body. She also works directly with churches, guiding them through pastoral transitions and congregational change initiatives, and she serves as a representative to the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.

Earlier this year, Dr. Davis Olds’s working group from the 2021 ILA Women and Leadership Colloquium published “Employee Workload and Retention in an Environment of Unpaid Labor: Acknowledging and Supporting ‘Women’s Work’” in SAGE Business Cases. This was the first publication to result from the Colloquium, and it has led to possibilities for conference presentations and other articles.

Read Rev. Dr. Courtny Davis Olds dissertation Perspectives from the Pew: A Phenomenological Exploration of Congregants’ Experiences of Change in Their Churches here.