Recognized for Biblical Counseling and Other Significant Ministries
Dr. Janie D. Wilson, founder, and president of the Peninsula Biblical Counseling Ministries (PBCM) was presented with the state’s highest award, The Order of the Palmetto, at a small gathering at the Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul in Charleston on Thursday, March 31, 2022. The Order of the Palmetto is the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service, and contributions on a national or statewide scale.
“This is, indeed, an honor,” said Dr. Wilson. “And not only an honor, but I’m also very humbled by it. I’m very surprised by it at the same time.”
Wilson was nominated by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina, who presented her with the award.
“Dr. Wilson has certainly made a significant impact in our local faith community as the founder and president of The Peninsula Biblical Counseling Ministries,” said Lawrence. “This non-profit was created to equip women in Biblical Leadership within their church, home, and community. Her faith and vision for ministry to women from all walks of life is a testimony to her commitment to serving the people of Charleston, South Carolina, and the wider church community of our state.
“It should also be noted that she founded the African American Family Center for Biblical Dialogue that sponsored the “What Are Little Girls Made Of” (Pink Bus Ministry) for young African-American girls on the East Side of Charleston, introducing them to wholesome educational and life opportunities to develop character, values, and virtues that shall assist them in becoming people of integrity who contribute to local, state and national citizenship. Furthermore, she has supported her husband, The Rev. Dr. Dallas Wilson, at St. John’s Chapel.
“There’s a scripture that always balances my life,” said Wilson. “It’s Galatians 2:20, and in the amplified version, it says. ‘I have been crucified with Christ. That is in him I have shared his crucifixion. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live now in the body I live by faith, by adhering to relying on and completely trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.’ That’s the quote I’m learning to live by more and more every day.”
“Dr. Janie Wilson certainly embodies many of these same qualities upheld in The Order of the Palmetto,” said Lawrence, “working diligently—opening her arms to those in need—wise—hard-working and faithful.”
An individual must be nominated for the Order of the Palmetto. This once-in-a-lifetime award may only be presented to natives or residents of the State of South Carolina.