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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ABHMS Center for Continuous Learning Offers Lifeline to Struggling Ministry Leaders with Vocational Discernment Course

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 5/3/24)—Years of unprecedented challenges stemming from the pandemic and political division have significantly strained servant leaders in ministry. The result: many are contemplating leaving the vocation altogether according to recent research. In response to this plight, the ABHMS Center for Continuous Learning announces Listen to Your Life, a four-day intensive […]

ABHMS Issues Appeal for OGHS Donations Following Tornadoes, Flooding in Central US

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/29/24)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) issues a call for prayers and financial donations for those across the Central United States, from Texas to Wisconsin, who were ravaged by recent weather. Since Friday, April 26, tornadoes, flash floods and severe winds have resulted in lives lost, devastated property and widespread power […]

The Christian Citizen, Its Editor Are Honored at RCC Annual Awards Banquet

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 4/23/24)—For work completed in 2023, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) publication The Christian Citizen and its editor, Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, received seven DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) at an April 4 banquet during the RCC’s annual conference. In the category Writing for Periodicals: Magazine Article or […]

Registration Deadline Extended for 2024 PBA Missiological Conversation on Authoritarianism at the Intersection of Faith and Politics

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 4/23/24)—The deadline to register for the 2024 Missiological Conversation on May 2 has been extended. Individuals wanting to convene in person now have until Friday, April 26, to sign up. The cutoff for virtual attendees remains the morning of May 2. Themed “Christian Belief + White Supremacy + Authoritarian Governance […]

2024 PBA Missiological Conversation: Addressing a Surge in Authoritarianism at the Intersection of Faith and Politics

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 4/18/24)—The Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA), in partnership with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), is proud to announce the 2024 PBA Missiological Conversation on May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT. Themed “Christian Belief + White Supremacy + Authoritarian Governance = Fascism,” this hybrid event, with on-site and […]

ABHMS Urges Immediate Student Action on Scholarship Applications, Encourages Thoughtful Reflection on Careers

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 4/5/24)— With its scholarship application deadline approaching, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges all eligible undergraduate, graduate and seminary students to take advantage of this valuable opportunity for financial assistance. The application window for 2024-2025 scholarship cycle closes April 15 at 5 p.m. EDT. To be considered for an […]

2024 Lenten Devotional from the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region

This year, the region staff with the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region compiled a Lenten devotional guide featuring insightful reflections penned by regional pastors and lay people. The guide features an introductory devotion, and devotions for Ash Wednesday, the 5 Sundays of Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.  Click here […]

Facing Jerusalem Podcast Series – A Lenten Series from ABC of Nebraska

Facing Jerusalem Podcast Series Join Pastors from the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska as they offer Biblical reflections from the Gospel of Luke during Lent 2024. Pastors who chose to participate in this special “Facing Jerusalem” Lent series are all preaching from the same passage each week. Some of them are also sharing in a […]

Love. – A Lenten Reflection Written by Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley

Love. Beloved, “9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”  (Genesis 4:9) God left the question that Cain spit out unanswered. Afterall, he had been caught – red-handed. When we do harm to another, sometimes we are caught red-handed. Other times, that which […]

ABCOPAD Calls New Executive Pastor

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 2/21/24)—The American Baptist Churches of PA and DE (ABCOPAD) Board of Directors met Tuesday, February 13, 2024, to unanimously affirm the Rev. Mark Mahserjian-Smith as the next Executive Minister for the region, effective immediately. Search team Chairperson and ABCOPAD Board President, Bryon Luke, said the search team, after a 10-month […]