January 23, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/23/17)—Judson Press garnered four medals in the 2017 Illumination Book Awards. The books are judged with an emphasis on innovation and creative ways of expressing a Christian worldview. The Judson Press titles won one Gold Award, two Silver Awards, and one Bronze award.
Illumination Book Award Gold Award Winner
CAROLINA, PR (1/23/17)—American Baptist Churches USA continues the tradition of the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) well into the New Year even though many congregations launch their campaign in December. This year MMBB Financial Services hopes to raise $1.2 million and needs your help to reach this goal. It is through generous giving from ABC congregations who sustain and promote the annual RMMO campaign that we can continue to provide financial...
January 19, 2017
January 18, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/18/17)—Peter and Sarah McCurdy of Ridgeway, New Jersey, began their missionary service in Costa Rica in December 2016. The couple’s four children, ages 7 to 16, are serving with them.
The McCurdys serve at the invitation of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) partner the Federation of Baptists of Costa Rica.
Peter McCurdy’s ministry priorities are spiritual renewal and formation. He serves local pastors, seminary students...
January 13, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/13/17)—The Rev. Dr. Roy L. Thompson, 94, who had served American Baptist Home Mission Societies in several capacities when it was known as National Ministries, died Jan. 8 in Cleveland, Ohio.
He had been National Ministries’ director of New Church Development in the Church and Community Development Unit. In addition, he had been interim manager of the Church and Community Development Unit and manager of the Division of Congregational Development....
January 12, 2017
January 11, 2017
In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, we invited Dr. Albert Paul Brinson to provide a reflection for our website. Brinson served as associate director of World Mission Support and as interim associate general secretary for American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) before retiring in 2004. A leader in civil rights and a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Rep. John Lewis and others, Brinson was one of the original organizers of the Atlanta Student Movement that beginning in...
January 10, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/10/17)—The ABCUSA Nominating Committee in fall of 2016 has nominated the following persons to serve as ABCUSA Officers for the term running from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2019. The nominees are ABCUSA President, Josue D. Gómez-Menéndez, Esq.; ABCUSA Vice President, Dean Parker; ABCUSA Budget Review Officer, Paul Higgins. Officers will be elected at the Biennial Mission Summit, June 30-July 1, 2017, in Portland, Ore.
Rev. Judy Fackenthal,...
January 9, 2017
January 18-25, 2017 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2017 is Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20).
January 6, 2017
A $1,000 Matthew 25 grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) is supporting a free clothing ministry and school supplies initiative in New Albany, Pa., a community of about 300 families in rural western Pennsylvania.