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Robert Cochran, DCBC Executive Director/Minister, to Retire in March 2020

VALLEY FORGE, PA (7/12/19)—Dr. Robert Dennis Cochran, Executive Director/Minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC), has announced his planned retirement as of March 31, 2020. Dr. Cochran has served as the region’s Executive Director/Minister since February 2015. He has served the region for 25 years; prior to his call as Executive Director/Minister, he […]

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 […]

First Baptist Church of Salina, Kan., Receives 2019 George D. Younger Award

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/8/19)—First Baptist Church, Salina, Kan., received the 2019 George D. Younger Award for Excellence in Local or Regional American Baptist History from the American Baptist Historical Society.  Rev. Dr. Kevin Hazelton, the church’s pastor, accepted the award on behalf of the congregation during the Historical Society’s breakfast on June 23, part […]

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View Photos from the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit

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Prayer and Action: A Letter of Solidarity and Support from American Baptist Churches USA

The letter below will also be published in the local Virginia Beach newspaper, The Virginia Beach Beacon, on Thursday, June 20 and Sunday, June 23. Prayer and Action: A Letter of Solidarity and Support from American Baptist Churches USA (PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482; www.abc-usa.org) To the Virginia Beach Community, As American Baptists […]

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 […]

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ABCUSA Biennial Academy Tracks and Sessions Announced

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/24/19)—On Saturday, June 22, 2019, an ABCUSA Biennial Academy will be held during the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit. The ABCUSA Biennial Academy will offer continuing education and spiritual growth opportunities for both clergy and lay leaders. Many different options will allow for something for everyone, including learning tracks with […]

ABHMS Executive Director Signs Statement that Decries Launching War on Iran

VALLEY FORGE, PA (7/11/19)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray joined U.S. faith leaders in contributing to and signing a declaration that decries launching war on Iran. To be shared by the signatories with their respective constituencies, the statement was announced yesterday on Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill with a news conference […]

OGHS Funds Released in Response to Tornadoes, Flooding in Midwest, Central Plains

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/3/19)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has released two rounds of One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) disaster-relief funds, on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, in response to recent deadly flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest and Central Plains. To aid in recovery efforts, ABHMS distributed $10,000 to American Baptist […]

ABHMS Presents 4 National-Recognition Ministry Awards During Biennial Mission Summit

VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/26/19)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) presented four 2019 national-recognition ministry awards during American Baptist Churches USA’s Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach. While two were presented at the ABHMS-sponsored Friday evening worship, two others were presented during ABHMS’ luncheon on Saturday. On Friday, the Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, recently retired executive […]

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American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago Calls New Regional Executive Minister

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/17/19)—The American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago called Rev. David Gregg as its new Executive Minister in a special meeting of the region’s Family Council on January 12, 2019. The body, which comprises one pastor and one other representative of each member congregation, voted overwhelmingly to approve the search committee’s recommendation […]

ABC Ohio Calls Co-Executive Ministers Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/12/18)—At the November 3 meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Board of Region Ministries, the Board voted to call Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons as Co-Executive Ministers for the region beginning January 1, 2019.  Rev. Click will serve as Executive Minister for Administration and Denominational Relations, and […]

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“Devoted to Generosity” Complimentary Stewardship Subscription Available

American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary is pleased to offer the 2019 Year-Round Stewardship Resource theme Devoted to Generosity, published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. ABCUSA has purchased a quantity of licenses for American Baptist churches who would like to use this online subscription. Interested churches should send an email request […]

Encouraging Pastors and Churches – Sister Church Visit and Rededication Service

Kevin Walden, associate general secretary for Congregations and Pastors, recently traveled to Puerto Rico for a Sister Church visit to Iglesia Bautista de Quebrada and a rededication service of Iglesia Bautista la Esperanza de Caguas, which was destroyed in Hurricane Maria. Read more about Walden’s trip, below. It was my honor on December 2, the […]