Lee Spitzer

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Since accepting the call to serve as the General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA in June 2017, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer has cast a vision calling for the American Baptist family to unify around the historic Baptist movement’s core convictions and mission, and to enter into a new era of church growth, evangelism, prophetic witness and creative service in cooperation with our national and regional partners. He thoroughly enjoys the ethnic and racial diversity of our American Baptist family, which includes approximately 5,000 churches and 1.3 million members.

Prior to his new call, Dr. Spitzer served as Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey for 14 years. He encouraged the region to journey as a Christ-centered, mission focused and pastoral (loving) community of churches. From this vision, many new ministries were developed. Dr. Spitzer brings to his new position decades of pastoral experience; he was pastor of First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, the Seaview Baptist Church in Linwood, New Jersey, and the First Baptist Church in East Providence, Rhode Island. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 1981. His Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees are from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and in 2016, he was awarded a PhD degree in Theology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre.

Judson Press has published two books by Dr. Spitzer. Making Friends, Making Disciples (2010) explores how relationships impact our lives and the discipleship and evangelism ministries of churches. His newest book, Baptists, Jews and the Holocaust: the Hand of Sincere Friendship (2017), reveals how Baptists in the United States responded to Nazism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

Dr. Spitzer has written other scholarly articles and books, including Endless Possibilities: Exploring the Journeys of Your Life (1997) and the companion Endless Possibilities Course Book (2001). In A Summer’s Journey (2001), he chronicled his unique pilgrimage to Israel during a summer of terrorism and turmoil. He authored three articles on children’s spirituality for the Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development (2006), and a chapter on “Friendship” in Learning to Lead (2012), edited by Dr. Willard Ashley. In 2017, LERBAN (the publishing ministry of the Convenção Batista Nacional, Brazil), published a Portuguese language adaptation of Endless Possibilities, entitled, Possibilidades Sem Fim.

Dr. Spitzer has been married for forty-one years and has two children, Joshua and Larisa, and one grandson, Restyn Joshua Skinner. His wife, Lois, is an associate professor at Stockton University. Both Lee and Lois were born into Jewish homes and converted to Christianity as teenagers in the early 1970s. They enjoy sharing with Christians about the Jewish foundations of Christianity.

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ABHMS Lifts Up Resources to Promote Peace, Justice, Unity

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/18/21)—In light of the turmoil that recently took place at our nation’s capitol, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) lifts up resources intended to promote peace, justice and unity. These include a special edition of The Christian Citizens’ Justice. Mercy. Faith. podcast, developed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day […]

Prayer for Truth and Action from the ABC Anti-Racism Task Force

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Nominated ABCUSA Officers Announced for 2022-2023 Biennium

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/14/21)—The American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons to serve as Officers for the term running from January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023. The nominees are ABCUSA President, James O. Wolfe III; ABCUSA Vice President, Michelle Nickens; and ABCUSA Budget Review Officer, Paul Higgins. Officers will be […]

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2021 Online Biennial Mission Summit Speakers Announced

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/12/21)—We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit. Rev. Dr. Winterbourne LaPucelle Harrison Jones will address attendees on Friday Evening, June 25, and Rev. Dr. Brianna Parker on Saturday Evening, June 26. The 2021 Biennial Mission Summit: An Online Experience will meet June 24-26, 2021, […]

Where Do We Go From Here? A Response to the Attack on the Capitol

The article below, written by Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, was originally published by the Christian Citizen on January 11, 2021, and is posted here with permission. Click here to view the original article. When I was in college, I participated in a rally and march in Washington that began at the Capitol and ended at the White […]

ABHMS Board Releases Statement Decrying Jan. 6 Violence at U.S. Capitol

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/19/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) board of directors has released a statement decrying the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The statement reads as follows: We lament and condemn the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, which sought to prevent a joint session […]

ABCUSA President and Interim General Secretary Release Statement Following Unrest

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/7/21)—Interim General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods and ABCUSA President Karen Podsiadly released a statement to American Baptists on January 7, following a day of unrest in Washington, D.C. at the United States Capitol building. Read the statement below. The events of yesterday will live with us for many years. Scenes of […]

ABHMS’ MinistrElife Announces Partnership with Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/7/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) networking platform for ministry professionals—ministrElife—announces its partnership with The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc. The partnership delivers a platform for like-minded individuals, passionate about engaging issues affecting the African-American community, to connect, collaborate and mobilize leaders in churches, academies and communities through education, advocacy and […]

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Announces Staffing Transitions

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/15/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces staffing transitions that will help the organization to cultivate leaders, equip disciples, and heal and transform communities for the 21st century and beyond. “I am truly humbled that, even as we celebrate the long-term contributions of dedicated staff members who are retiring, God continues […]