Two New Development Workers to Serve Churches in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest

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Two New Development Workers to Serve Churches in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/8/15)—Karen Horsman of Plainfield, Indiana, and the Reverend Gregg Sneller of Portland, Oregon, have joined the home staff of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) as remotely-deployed development staff.

These additions to IM’s staff will allow the global mission organization to connect its various ministry opportunities with churches and individuals who are passionate about sharing the gospel and meeting human needs. Horsman will be working with current and potential supporters in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. Sneller will be reaching out to current and potential supporters in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

“As part of the Mission Advancement Team, Horsman and Sneller will assist in raising support for ministry operations, global staff, projects and other ministry priorities,” stated Al Evon, associate executive director of Mission Advancement. “They will serve as ambassadors of the organization, representing IM at various events within their geographic areas. Additionally, they will teach and implement principles and practices of biblical stewardship and generosity.”

“IM is a great match for the things I am passionate about,” comments Horsman. “It’s all about fulfilling my call to a ministry of fundraising, stewardship and development, the great family of the ABCUSA and showing the love of Jesus Christ to all.”

Horsman is a member of New Covenant Christian Life Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her most recent position, she served as Annual Fund Gift Officer at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She previously served with Baptist Homes of Indiana and as a representative for the American Baptist Foundation.

Sneller has served as an ABCUSA pastor to four churches over the past 30 years. Most recently, he pastored Grant Park Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. He is now attending this church as a member. “I love being part of the ABCUSA family,” he says.

When asked why he feels called to this ministry at IM, Sneller responded, “As a lifelong American Baptist, for me IM is a vital part of my family and life story. From childhood on I have been linked to IM missionaries and have visited mission sites. I cannot imagine a greater opportunity for my life at this time than to ask people to partner and share in the work God is doing around the world through IM.”

Both new staff members are looking forward to meeting and greeting pastors and donors and to learning how God is moving in local churches. They can be reached at their IM email addresses: and Find Karen and Gregg on Facebook.

American Baptist International Ministries is celebrating 200 years of ministry in 2014. Organized in 1814 as the first Baptist international mission agency in America, IM began its pioneer mission work in Burma and today works in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas serving more than 1,800 long-term and short-term missionaries. Its central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationships with God and change their worlds through the power of the Holy Spirit. IM works with respected partners in over 70 countries in ministries that meet human need.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.