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 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 […]

ABHMS Fills Key Positions on Leadership Empowerment Team

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/20/23)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is pleased to announce that Alexzandria Sanchez was hired as National Coordinator for Scholarships and Emerging Leaders after an exhaustive national search. She previously served as a digital content coordinator for ABHMS. In her new role, Sanchez will manage ABHMS’ comprehensive scholarship and continuing education […]

Legacy Sunday is February 19, 2023

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/20/23)—On Legacy Sunday, you can plan a service on generosity, as well as provide informational resources to your potential donors about how they can use planned giving with the help of the American Baptist Foundation to empower your ministry and mission. Planning a Legacy Sunday Planning a Legacy Sunday involves several […]

ABHMS Calls for Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award Nominations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/18/23)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks nominations for the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award to be announced at the 2023 American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit to be held June 23-25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award is given to an individual or church for […]

General Secretary Search Nominations and Applications Invited Through February 24

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/17/23)—Information about the American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Search is now available on the American Baptist Churches USA website. Please visit the General Secretary Search page for more information about American Baptist Churches USA and the General Secretary Search Process, to view a position profile, and to learn more about […]

ABHMS Calls National Coordinator for Latino Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABSN 01/16/2023)— American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has called the Reverend Abner Cotto-Bonilla to serve as National Coordinator for Latino Ministries, effective January 2023. In this key position, he will focus on cultivating and nurturing relationships with and among Latino and Latina-identifying individuals in the United States and Puerto Rico. Dr. […]

ABHMS Calls National Coordinator for Asian Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABSN 01/16/2023)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has called the Reverend Michele Turek to serve as National Coordinator for Asian Ministries, effective January 2023. In this vital role, she will connect partners and cultivate leaders within the Asian community, with a focus on building relationships, sharing resources, and coordinating training, organizational and […]

Special Prayer Service in Observance of the Two-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/12/23)—American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission are issuing a Call to Prayer for Burma (Myanmar) for a special prayer service at 8:30PM ET on Tuesday, January 31. (The service will be live in Burma at 8:00 AM local time, and live in Thailand at 8:30 […]

“Looking Back and Giving Thanks” – Personal Memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Dr. Albert Paul Brinson

“Looking Back and Giving Thanks” – Personal Memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shared by Dr. Albert Paul Brinson, retired associate general secretary, American Baptist Churches USA in January 2023. Brinson was the 2021 recipient of the Cora and John Sparrowk President’s Award. Learn more here. My first memories of Martin Luther King, […]

General Secretary Search Committee Announces Update on Search Process

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/23)—After a year of research and extensive analysis of survey results, in-person meetings, and focus groups the General Secretary Search Committee is pleased to announce that the Position Description for a new General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA will be available on the ABCUSA website beginning January 17, 2023. The […]