In Romans 16, Paul tells the church in Rome that he has entrusted his letter to Phoebe. Phoebe was a servant of the church in Cenchreae. But why would one of the most prominent Christians in the early church give his epistle to a woman?
Unlike many of her contemporaries, Phoebe was also a deaconess. This role was all but unheard of in the early church, when men and women were not viewed as equals.
Phoebe distinguished herself as a servant leader, providing aid to congregants and church leaders alike.
She attended to Paul when he was in need. As a result, she opened the door for other women to follow in her footsteps.