The AnnualGathering 2020
September 21-26, 2020
Renewal. Breathe into us, O God.
Mission Mondays | Bolivia |
COMPLETED | Sept. 28 *ONLINE
JD & Rhonda Reed
The Reeds have served in Bolivia since 2011. J.D. is a regional consultant for Theological Education throughout Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. He is the Coordinator for the Masters of Theological Studies Latino/a Ministries Program and the liason to Palmer Seminary of Eastern University. He works to help train pastors and church leaders throughout the region. Rhonda is a nurse (MSN) who oversees the health initiatives at the House of Hope and the Fundación Proyecto de Esperanza in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
Mission Mondays | Mexico |
Recorded | Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Juan & Denise Aragon
Juan and Denise serve in partnership with the Council of Rural Indigenous Evangelicals of Mexico (Consejo Indígena Campesino Evangélico de México, CICEM) in Chiapas, Mexico. They both work in training, prevention and education as they learn the community needs and look for ways to emotionally and economically empower leaders in their communities. Juan focuses on theological education and leadership training as he accompanies, coaches and disciples new church leaders. Denise’s ministry seeks to empower women, especially those who are victims of domestic abuse.
Mission Mondays | Dominican Republic |
Recorded | Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Vital & Ketley Pierre
The Pierres work in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members. One way they do this is by leading and coordinating seminars and workshops. Through these sessions, pastors and leaders of local congregations learn how to start and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities. The Pierres also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, and encourage and facilitate Haitian mission work both within the D.R. and abroad. Visit their IM Web site for more information.
Mission Mondays | Lebanon |
Recorded | Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.
Dan & Sarah Chetti
Melanie works with the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and focuses on learning the Arabic language and culture, building relationships and preparing for future ministry in Arabic-speaking cultures. Dan and Sarah both work with the seminary, and they also lead a number of sensitive ministries to help foreign migrant workers, to fight against injustice, and to help end human traf-ficking. Dan is an adjunct professor at the seminary, where his wife is a librarian, and together, they coordinate home groups and host mission outreaches.
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Mission Mondays | Global |
Recorded | Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
David & Joyce Reed
The Reeds serve as IM’s Global Coordinators for Spiritual Care. Building on 20 years of ministry as global servants in Mexico and service as Regional Consultants in Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, they seek to cultivate a culture of health in which IM personnel around the globe can thrive and be effective in ministry. They offer spiritual guidance, support and presence, and walk with colleagues through significant times of transition, transformation, grief and loss; and mentor global servants during their first years on the field. Visit their IM Web site for more information.
Workshop Series 2020
Listed below are the various national and regional reports for our 2020 Annual Gathering. We invite you to please review the reports before the Business Meeting at 9-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, so that you might contact the appropriate individual with any further questions. We also encourage you to bookmark this page so that you might be able to reference these video reports as often as needed in preparation for the Business Meeting. Thank you for taking the time to walk this "Ruach" journey with us this year in an unprecedented manner as we participate TOGETHER in the Annual Gathering.
UPDATES FROM THE ABC-USA
Acting General Secretary Jeff Woods
A National ABC Outlook for 2020 and Beyond.
Dr. C. Jeff Woods serves as Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Prior to serving as Interim General Secretary, Woods served as Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries. In this role, Dr. Woods worked to encourage the health and vitality of the 33 regional judicatories coast to coast throughout the United States. Other denominational positions include serving as the Executive Minister of the Ohio Region and four pastorates within the ABC Region of Indiana. Read more.
UPDATES FROM INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
IM CEO Sharon Koh
A Year to Remember ...
As the CEO of the organization (International Ministries) that both supports and also sends forth our Global Servants, Sharon Koh has taken the time to share some reflections about God's missional work in 2020, as well as to share some optimistic outlooks for the year ahead. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETIES
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
As executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press, Dr. Jeffrey Haggray finds the heart of his ministry in motivating Christians to impact communities with their deeply-held faith; encouraging emerging leaders to discern and respond to God’s call; and emphasizing God’s loving concern for humanity’s well-being, wholeness and justice.
UPDATES FROM MMBB SERVICES
Louis P. Barbarin
Louis P. Barbarin, CPA, initially joined MMBB’s staff as assistant treasurer and has since served as treasurer, CFO and deputy executive director before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining MMBB, Louis served as the deputy executive director and treasurer of the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication. Other experiences include serving as controller and acting vice president of finance at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and a professional career at the accounting firm of KPMG. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMENS MINISTRIES
Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain
Reverend Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain loves the Lord and gave her life to Christ when she was in elementary school. She presently serves as the executive director for American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) and is a member of the National Executive Council for American Baptist Churches, USA. American Baptist Women’s Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry which encourages and empowers women, young women, and girls to serve God. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran is passionate about local churches and helping them become the incarnated body of Christ in their community. He has served as Executive Minister for ABCRM since March of 2008 and has been involved in coaching pastors and local churches since 2003 after 18 years of pastoring local churches. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Karen joined the ABCRM staff in 2007 with a strong financial and hospitality background. After spending over 35 years in the restaurant industry, she enjoys using her technical skills (CPA and EMBA) to help the ABCRM staff work with churches, camps and individuals in the Rocky Mountain region reach their world for Christ. Read more.