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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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A Pastoral Letter from ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer

Read a pastoral letter from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, written April 29, 2019, below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here. “Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith” A Pastoral Letter to the American Baptist Family By Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCUSA General Secretary This is […]

ABCUSA Board of General Ministries Endorses National Call for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/19/18)—At its recent meeting, November 9-11, 2018, in King of Prussia, Pa., the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) voted to endorse the National Call for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). “Through this effort we join other denominations across our […]

Mission in 5: A Podcast Interview with General Secretary Lee Spitzer

Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary for the American Baptist Churches USA, was recently featured in a Mission in 5 podcast interview. Mission in 5 the Podcast asks five simple questions to ministry leaders to learn more about who they are as people and how they see God moving in their community. Mission in […]

American Baptist Leaders Join Baptist Leaders in Urging Baptists to Call Elected Reps to Protect Dreamers

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer and American Baptist Home Mission Societies Executive Director Jeffrey Haggray joined other Baptist leaders in issuing a statement and urging Baptists to take action by calling their elected representatives on March 1. The article below was originally published by Ethics Daily.  To view the original article, click here. […]

“A Higher Way” Pastoral Letter Translated into Spanish; “Una manera más alta: Bautistas Americanos y nuestros vecinos”

American Baptist Churches region Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico has translated “Una manera más alta: Bautistas Americanos y nuestros vecinos” – Una Carta Pastoral del Rvdo. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, Secretario General ABCUSA, (“A Higher Way: American Baptists and Our Neighbors” – A Pastoral Letter from Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCUSA General Secretary), into Spanish […]

A Higher Way: American Baptists and Our Neighbors

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/1/18)—American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer published a pastoral letter today entitled, “A Higher Way: American Baptists and Our Neighbors.” Read the full letter below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here. “A Higher Way: American Baptists and Our Neighbors” A Pastoral Letter from Rev. […]

American Baptists Visit Puerto Rico on Pastoral and Mission Fact-Finding Trip

SAN JUAN, PR (ABNS 1/30/18)—A delegation of American Baptists and partners led by American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) traveled to Puerto Rico January 26-29, 2018, to meet with pastoral and lay leaders to survey damage and devastation caused by last year’s hurricanes Irma and Maria. The delegation, invited […]

At the Right Time: A Pastoral Message

Read a pastoral message from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here. Dear American Baptist Family, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4) Have you noticed that in our fast-paced modern world, we […]

Responding to Violence in Our Society – American Baptists Express Love and Not Fear

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/6/17)—American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer published a pastoral letter today entitled, “Responding to Violence in Our Society – American Baptists Express Love and Not Fear.” Read the full letter below. A Pastoral Letter from Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary, ABCUSA November 6, 2017 Dear American […]

In Between Hurricanes

Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, shared his five key ministry priorities for the denomination in June 2017: unify our family based on core convictions and joyful mission; strengthen our regions as they serve our churches and clergy; promote the mission of our national agencies and mission partners; lead […]