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Can a woman baptize?

Submitted: 2/24/2009
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Question: Can a woman leader have the authority to baptize in the name of Jesus?

Answer: We do not know of any verses in the Bible that forbid a woman from baptizing someone in the name of Jesus Christ. We also do not know of any verses that authorize a woman to serve as a pastoral leader of an assembly. Please see our article called 'The Role of Women in the Local Assembly' on Shelf 4 of the Apostolic Free Libraray on this website.