Marsha Scipio

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Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives and Partnerships Rev. Marsha Scipio, brings a commitment to public service and social justice along with twenty years of non-profit management experience. She is responsible for developing partnerships with organizations who share similar values to ABC and who can bring resources to our pastors and congregations. Scipio, an attorney, was born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.Prior to joining American Baptist Churches USA, Scipio was the Executive Director of the Berean Community & Family Life Center, the non-profit organization of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. As the Executive Director, Scipio oversaw the completion of an affordable housing complex and the new Family Life Center, managed diverse health and wellness programs, partnered with other social service entities to facilitate community-wide health fairs, and directed youth development programs.As the former Site Director of Legal Outreach, a non-profit law-related education program in Brooklyn, Scipio was able to expand the program to its full capacity through keen strategic planning, developing partnerships with members of the legal, educational, and social services community, while effectively managing the program’s resources. Prior to working with Legal Outreach, Scipio developed a college and career leadership preparatory program for underserved youth in the South Bronx and East Harlem at the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network. At Georgetown University Law Center, she represented clients in Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation. She also worked at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services in their Legal Division and at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in the Educational Section.

After seven years at Legal Outreach, Marsha decided to follow the calling on her life to go into Ministry. Her interest in interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural ministry has led her to study preaching and religious dialogue in India, to engage in pastoral ministry and community development in Liberia at the historic Providence Baptist Church, to do missions in South Africa and Haiti, and to journey to Israel and Palestine territories to participate in Christian-Jewish interfaith dialogue. She is an Associate Minister at Berean Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr., where she served as the Youth Pastor. Scipio is passionate about teaching and preaching God’s Word. She is the Founder and Convener of Women Who Minister – a conference to empower and equip women to serve in ministry in the pulpit and the marketplace. She also serves on the Board of American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan, NY.

Scipio is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies. She earned an M.A. in Psychology from New York University, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Scipio enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and eating good food! Quoting her favorite poet, Maya Angelou, she says, “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now!” Gratefully adding, “God’s got this!”

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One Great Hour of Sharing Gifts Invited Following Hurricanes Ian and Fiona

One Great Hour of Sharing is a tangible expression of love—walking with communities in times of crisis. In late September and early October, we saw major destruction from two Hurricanes, Ian and Fiona. As needs are assessed, gifts are encouraged to One Great Hour of Sharing to aid affected areas. Persons who wish to give to […]

ABC Creation Justice Network Offers New Free On-Demand Training

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/29/22)—The American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network is excited to offer the ABCUSA Blessed Tomorrow Ambassador Training, a new four hour on-demand training available online, for individuals to complete on their own schedule. The ABC Creation Justice Network worked directly with Blessed Tomorrow staff to create a training that highlights American Baptist […]

Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations Task Force Invites Survey Responses

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptists are invited to respond to a survey from the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, October 21. Take the survey here. Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, chair of the task force, notes: “All our lives have been changed as a result of […]

Update on the Work of the General Secretary Search Committee

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptist Churches USA President and Chair of the General Secretary Search Committee Rev. Dr. James O. Wolfe shares a report of the work of the Search Committee to date: The General Secretary Search Committee began its work with an in-person meeting in Tampa, Florida, January 27-29, 2022. In preparation for the […]

Prayer for Puerto Rico, One Great Hour of Sharing Gifts Invited

Please pray for the people of Puerto Rico who are experiencing the most dramatic flooding on the island since Hurricane Maria. The 2022 Hurricane Fiona has dumped over 25 inches of rain and caused massive flooding. Executive Minister Rev. Edgardo Caraballo lamented, “Currently most of the Island is without electricity service. Since Sunday we activated our […]

ABHMS Ramps up Relief for a Re-Traumatized Puerto Rico; Supports Mitigation of the Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis; and Continues Efforts to Help Struggling Kentucky Communities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/20/22)—In the wake of extreme weather that pummeled Kentucky, then Mississippi, and most recently Puerto Rico, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is responding purposefully. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) fund, ABHMS manages disaster relief donations to provide financial assistance to devastated communities. ABHMS is presently mobilizing support for […]

Rev. Dr. Daniel Cash Called as Executive Minister of ABC of the Dakotas

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/20/22)—The American Baptist Churches of the Dakotas Executive Committee, which served as the Region Executive Search Committee, unanimously voted in August to call the Rev. Dr. Daniel Cash as the region’s new Executive Minister. Cash will begin to serve in this new role on October 17. Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, American Baptist […]

A Generosity Project Reflection – What is your Congregation’s “Why”?

The Generosity Project is a collaborative effort between ABCUSA, regions, and local congregations. The Generosity Project aims to help pastors re-frame the conversation around stewardship and generosity in their congregations. Bi-monthly blogs help support new growth and understanding as we deepen our ministry and discipleship. The reflection below was provided by Rev. Stacy Emerson. What is […]

The American Baptist Foundation Establishes Mission-Supporting Endowment with Midwestern Couple

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/15/22)—For Perry and Dona Laten of Fremont, Nebraska, being involved in American Baptist mission was their priority. Throughout their more than 50 years of marriage the focus of their energy, as well as their financial support, was evangelistic work in the U.S. and abroad and ministries with children and youth. That is […]

Former Green Lake Conference Center and Lawsonia Inc. President/CEO Ken Giacoletto Dies

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/7/22)—Ken Giacoletto, former president/CEO of Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) and Lawsonia Inc., passed away peacefully August 23, 2022, following a two-year cancer journey. He was 77. Giacoletto was born on August 10, 1945, in Milwaukee, WI, son of Paul John and Erma (Velio) Giacoletto. This made him a lifelong Green Bay […]