Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust Grant Awardees Announced

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Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust Grant Awardees Announced

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/16/13)—In partnership with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), Multi-Region Corporation (MRC) and International Ministries (IM), American Baptist Foundation (ABF) is pleased to announce that the successful expansion of the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Trust Grant Program has resulted in the funding of greater than 50 ministry projects affiliated with our American Baptist Family in 2013.

The Virginia and Gordon Palmer Trust of the American Baptist Foundation (VGPTABF) Grant seeks to fund priority ministries of our partners: American Baptist Home Missions Societies (ABHMS), the Multi-Region Corporation (MRC), and International Ministries (IM). All partner 2013 cycles are closed.  Please visit this page for updates regarding partner cycles dates and themes for 2014.

The Virginia and Gordon Palmer, Jr. Trust was created in 1999 as a permanent endowment to the American Baptist Foundation. The Trust is to be administered by the Foundation in accordance with established guidelines and principles.

2013 Awardees

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Cycle

1. First Baptist Church of Wallingford CT
College and Career Christians Group

2. Seattle First Baptist Church
Simply Love, Served with Food

3. American Baptist Church of Wisconsin
Disciples Joining God in the Neighborhood

4. American Baptist Women’s Ministries
Bridging the Gap

5. University Baptist Church and Burien Community Church
Pub Theology – “The Alternative”

6. Ottawa University
Kindling Faith Through a Culture of Servant Leadership

7. First Baptist Church of Chicago
Boys to Men Program

8. First Baptist Church of Hastings NE
Christ Conscious Collective

9. Alliance of Asian- American Baptist Churches
Asian American Intergenerational Covenant Circles

10. American Baptist Assembly (Green Lake)
Commissioning Disciples for Kingdom Service Initiative

11. American Baptist Church of Massachusetts
Leading Edge Discipleship

12. American Baptist Church of Nebraska
Young Adult Ministry Experiment

13. American Baptist Church of Rhode Island
Keep the Firs Alive

14. American Baptist Churches of PBA/NJ/PA and DE
YATMA Young Adults Together in Ministry

15. Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
Companioning Program for Young Adults

16. Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue
Internship for Community Involvement

17. Benedict College
Yes we C.A.R.E.

18. Brown Community Development Corporation
Disciples for Community Action

19. Calvary Baptist Church
Theology on Draft

20. Central Baptist Church
Discipleship for a New Era: Engaging Young Adults

21. Iglesias Bautista de Puerto Rico and WV Baptist convention
Proyecto HOPE

22. McKinley Memorial Baptist Church
Faith in the Future

23. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
Young Adult Vocational Exploration in the African American Context

24. Third Baptist Church of Chicago
N.O.W. Young Adult Ministry of Third Baptist Church

25. Zion Baptist Church
The Renaissance Project

Multi-Region Corporation (MRC) Cycle

1. ABC Great Rivers Region
Journey Team Leadership Transformed by the Spirit

2. American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis
Shared Learning Experiences for Pastors

3. American Baptist Churches of Michigan
Expansion of Ministry Leadership Groups

4. American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
Fresh Expressions: Transformed by the Spirit Experiments

5. American Baptist Churches of Ohio
Turn Around Pastors: Transformed by the Spirit in Regional Ministry

6. American Baptist Churches of the Dakotas
Dakota Journeys

7. American Baptist Churches of the NorthWest
Renewing Churches through the Church Unique Process

8. American Baptist Churches of the Rochester Genesee Region
Gaining Skills for Adaptive Change

9. American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains
Rural Church and Missionary/Mission Field

10. American Baptist Seminary of the West and Evergreen Association
Latino Initiative

11. Chin Evangelical Baptist Church
Transformed by the Spirit in Regional Ministry

12. First Baptist Church of Holdrege
2013-2014 Intentional Outreach Vision

13. Mid-American Baptist Churches
Transforming Regional Ministries with Burmese Congregations

14. Nebraska Baptist State Convention dba American Baptist Churches of Nebraska
Mission Study Tour

15. West Virginia Baptist Convention
A Season of Transformation

16. American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
Mission from the Gospels: A Congregational Resource

17. Chinese Baptist Church
Greater Seattle Children’s Youth Ministers Network


International Ministries (IM) Cycle

1. The Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Develop Theological Educator From and For the Church in China

2. China Christian Council
Empower Pastors to Grow Churches in Rural China

3. Macau Bible Institute
Bless Macau with Mind and Heart: Mission Research and Teaching for a Better Macau

4. American Baptist International Ministries and Covencion Bautista de Cuba Oriental
Empowering the Ministry to the Deaf in Cuba

5. Tartu Theological Seminary
Education and Church Ministry

6. American Baptist International Ministries, Instituto Teologico Bautista de Chile et al.
Empowering Partners in Chile, Cuba, Nicaragua, Spain and Colombia

7. American Baptist Churches of the USA, International Ministries & CICEM, Mexico
Empowering Women in Ministry with CICEM

8. American Baptist International Ministries & Seminario Bautista de Mexico
Overcoming Educational Challenges

9. Nepal Baptist Church
Supporting Development Worker Evangelists in their fight against Poverty

10. Baptist Union of Poland
Training Polish Baptist Leaders

11. American Baptist International Ministries
Akha Radio Ministry

12. American Baptist International Ministries
Assessing Healthcare needs of Karen Partners

13. American Baptist International Ministries
Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers

14. Baptist Churches of Vietnam
Educating New Leaders

Since 1985, the mission of the American Baptist Foundation has been to support and strengthen the Christian witness fulfilled by the Foundation’s partners in ministry and mission, which include American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist International Ministries, and a majority of American Baptist Regions.  The Foundation encourages individuals to support the endeavors of these partners through what is known as “planned giving” — establishing wills, life income gifts, endowments, and other charitable estate plans.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with 5,500 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.