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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ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary Invites Participation in Golden Rule 2020

Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you! VALLEY FORGE, PA (10/3/19)—The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary invites participation in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics. On Sunday, November 3, 2019⸺exactly one year before the 2020 election⸺American Baptist Churches USA is joining with more than a […]

Creation Justice Network Active at this Year’s Biennial Mission Summit

The mission of the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network (CJN) is to build a movement among Baptists that seeks peace, justice, and reconciliation with all of God’s creation with a vision of a just and sustainable future. In a variety of ways, American Baptist congregations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico have been […]

American Baptists Called to Prayer; Burma Refugee Commission Representatives Send Letter Expressing Concern to UN Secretary-General and US Government

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/14/19)—On behalf of the Burma Refugee Commission, American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer, Rev. Sharon Koh, executive director/CEO of International Ministries, and Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, sent letters this week to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as to officials […]

Biennial Youth Conference Brings Over 100 Young People to Virginia Beach

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/8/19)—As American Baptists gathered from across the country to celebrate at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, God was doing a new thing. Just down the hall from the Grand Ballroom in the Virginia Beach Convention Center, over 100 young people from as far as Wisconsin to those who […]

Join the ABC Creation Justice Network in Virginia Beach

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/21/19)—The American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network invites you to join in discussion at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 21-23, 2019. The “Summit by the Sea” event will include an ABCUSA Biennial Academy Track for all participants to learn, share, pray and plan to be more […]

An Advent Reflection by Associate General Secretary Marsha Scipio

During the 2018 Advent season, weekly reflections will be posted from the Acting General Secretary and Associate General Secretaries of American Baptist Churches USA. Each reflection will be posted prior to the Sundays in Advent. Below is a reflection written by Associate General Secretary Marsha Scipio. Read the reflection posted for the first week of Advent here. […]

Just give them something to talk about…

Labor Day marks the beginning of a new school year for many youth in New York City and across the United States. Along with the arrival on school grounds comes the question: “What did you do this summer?” Some students will talk about their trips to exotic places, unique camping trips, their summer jobs, or […]

American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York Spring Rally Tackles Some Tough Issues

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York (ABCMNY) held their Annual Spring Rally at Union Baptist Church in Harlem. “Our Spring Rally is the mid-year meeting for ABCMNY. In some ways it is our most dynamic or multi-lateral larger gathering as a region because we not only learn from our […]

American Baptist Churches USA launches Partnership with the National Institute for Civil Discourse

On April 23, 2018, Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) joined American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary, Dr. Lee Spitzer for the Annual Clergy Retreat of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan, held in Dewitt, Mich. Drs. Spitzer and Lukensmeyer spent two days with pastors and leaders from […]

American Baptists to Join Faith Partners in Washington DC for Unite to End Racism Rally

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/29/18)—On April 4, American Baptists from across the country will join our faith partners on the Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Unite to End Racism Rally. April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In his book, Where Do We Go from Here: […]