ABHMS Promotes Valued Strategist to National Coordinator Role

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ABHMS Promotes Valued Strategist to National Coordinator Role

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/20/23)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is pleased to announce that the Rev. Abigail Medina Betancourt, a member of the Intercultural Ministries team, has been promoted to National Coordinator of Intercultural Engagement. Her new role includes an expanded portfolio of responsibilities focused on supporting ministries in multicultural and intercultural contexts and strengthening the capacity of American Baptist leaders to implement effective ministries.

“I am excited to see Abigail grow in her calling at ABHMS,” commented Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABHMS executive director, on the transition. “She has been both inspirational and fruitful throughout her tenure, having led collaborative mission work through the ‘Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico’ initiative over a five-year period and effectively navigating a reorganization of Intercultural Ministries in 2022 as a full-time strategist.”

The Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, director of Intercultural Ministries, praises Medina Betancourt for her abundant gifts and eagerness to apply them. “Abigail’s passion for mission defines every aspect of her ministry,” said Dr. Onwubuariri. “She sees and advocates for emerging leaders and communities and nurtures interactions across cultures and geographies, all with a goal of more fully experiencing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Medina Betancourt earned a Master of Divinity at Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico in 2018 and holds a certificate in project management. Further, she is an ordained American Baptist minister.

Additional information about the work of Intercultural Ministries at ABHMS is available at abhms.org.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.