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Our Founder - Rev. Dr. Toni D. Hawkins


The Rev. Dr. Altonnette D. Hawkins fondly known as "Dr. Toni" or by her diva handle, "Revdiva" is the Founder and President of Divas for Christ, Inc., a virtual self-care support network started in 2001 for women serving in ministry. D.I.V.A.S. stands for Divinely, Inspired, Virtuous. & Victoriously. Anointed. Sisters.  In addition, she is CEO of Deepwaters Ministries, LLC, which focuses on clergy care, caregiver care, self-care, and life transitions. She is author of two self-care books; Self-care Reflections for Caregivers and Me Time: A Self-care Coloring Book and Journal. Dr. Hawkins is an ordained minister who is dually aligned in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Christian Church (DOC). She serves as pastor of Open Door Christian Christian Church (DOC) and a UCC Associate Conference Minister for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference.

Dr. Hawkins earned a B.A. in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ; attended American University in Washington, DC but later chose seminary where she earned a M.Div. at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. and a D.Min at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is a licensed pastoral counselor with the American Association of Christian Therapists and certified in Church Administration from the Institute for Church Administration in Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate of Focus Louisville Leadership & HOPE Partnership for Transformation - Leadership Academy in the Christian Church (DOC). Among her many honors, she is most proud of being listed among Who’s Who in Louisville: African American Profiles and being a recipient of the National Council of Negro Women – Bethune Community Service Award (Louisville Sector).

She is the First Vice Moderator for the Christian Church of Kentucky, member of the African American Women in Ministry (AAWIM) Steering Committee in the UCC, Co-chair of the AAWIM's Yvonne V. Delk and Bernice Powell-Jackson Leadership Institute, member of the Kentucky Council of Churches, Justice & Advocacy Commission, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Franklinton Center at Bricks, a social justice conference and retreat center in Whitakers, North Carolina.

Dr. Hawkins is passionate about helping women and girls live into their full purpose through leadership development, mentorship, and community building. Her goal is help empower them to make a difference in their ministry settings while focusing on their self care. Her hope is to help reduce overfunctioning and strengthen connections among women and girls in prevent a sense of isolation, loneliness, and a lack of support.