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 American Baptist Womens Ministries 

American Baptist Women's Ministries is a diverse community of American Baptist women and girls serving in ministry in Christ's name. With local, area, region/state, and national levels of ministry, AB Women's Ministries creates a community of passionately faithful, mission-minded women and girls engaged in worship, service, and friendship.

The ABWM NYS is a Charitable Non-Profit Corporation/Organization under the umbrella of American Baptist Churches of NYS; which is under the umbrella of American Baptist Churches of USA. We have our very own ByLaws and operate as our own entity under the umbrella of ABC NYS.

All 38 states that participate in the organization have their own presiding President who represents their particular state at all local, national, and international conventions, bi-annual gatherings, and national meetings,

As the President my duties include conducting all meetings, develop all agendas for the year and oversee 52 women on the ABWM NYS Board as we host a State Convention each year. 


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Rev. Grace Kelley- Neal
President- American Baptist Women's Ministries of New York State

Saturday Night Fever Gala

Friday, June 11, 2021  8:00 PM EDT 

Join American Baptist Women’s Ministries Gala as we celebrate the disco era in music, dance, and message. We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and best disco swag as we relive those YMCA dancing days. Participants will participate in two dance lessons and inspired by our keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley. There will be prizes for best disco outfit, best disco hair, and Name that Tune.

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Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley

The Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley has served as the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York since May 1, 2015. She was ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA tradition in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was raised, but through the years she has served in several locations. She is glad to call New York City her home, having lived in the metropolitan area since 2006. Cheryl has earned degrees from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, with a BA in Sociology; Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, with an MDiv; and a DMin in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Dudley has been in involved in pastoral, community, as well as global and philanthropic ministries for many years. She has served as the Senior Partner of her own consulting group; Global Religions Director at a local foundation; Senior Advisor to the President of Church World Service; Associate Executive Director of Church in Community Transformation, American Baptist Home Mission Societies; Acting Director of African American Studies at Bradley University, and Executive Director of Peoria Friendship House. She has also served on the pastoral teams of several churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Dr. Dudley has served on several national and international boards and committees. Cheryl holds her membership at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan. She is a past President of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and the current Board Chair InspirAction USA, a start-up, faith-based humanitarian response organization. Currently, Rev. Dudley represents the Region’s interests by providing spiritual and religious resourcing to Project SAFE which seeks justice and restoration for black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Dr. Dudley is also a part of the board of Flemister Housing Development Fund Corporation.

Dance Instructor:  Diane Capurso

Diane fell in love with Dance at the age of 7. She studied tap, jazz and ballet with the Margaret Pike School of Dance in Yonkers, New York, for more than 25 years. Her first dance employment was teaching Dance Exercise through the City of Yonkers Recreation for 33 years. Line Dancing became a craze and Diane learned many of them and began choreographing her own. In the past decade she has taught adults and seniors Dance Exercise and Line Dancing for the City of Yonkers, Bronxville & Tuckahoe and Dobbs Ferry, NY.  Her adoration of music and dance movement makes her classes fun and easy to follow. Diane lives in Valhalla, NY, with her husband, John (who learned to waltz for their wedding) and daughter, Lauren, who plays cello and takes jazz dance lessons. They have a new puppy, named Mocha and a gecko named Geo.

PLEASE WELCOME OUR 2021 Keynote Speaker: Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain
PLEASE WELCOME OUR 2021 Keynote Speaker: Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain

We welcome  Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain, Executive Director of American Baptist Women’s Ministries as our 2021 keynote speaker. Reverend Gina C. Jacobs-Strain loves the Lord and gave her life to Christ when she was in elementary school. She presently serves as the Executive Director for American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) and is a member of the National Executive Council for American Baptist Churches, USA. American Baptist Women’s Ministries is a Christ centered ministry

American Baptist Wm's Ministries of NYS & AB Girls of NYS  Convention 2021

April 23rd & 24th

Are you ready to Register?  There’s 2 ways to Register Registration is easy!


  •  Click here:
  •  Click on the Convention 2021 tab
  •  Click on the Register Here link and you’re on your virtual way!
  •  For online, simply hit the payment button and you’re almost done.

Tithely is a secure payment site  Some things to know: Ø You will receive a receipt to your email. Ø We will be sending your welcome package by postal mail including a full program and other great things.

By Mail

  •  If you must register by postal mail, please print the paper registration and send out as instructed with your check. Please NOTE: the deadline for mail in registrations is March 29th so we can get you what you’ll need in time.

Don’t forget to choose one AM and one PM workshop.

Grab your purple attire and you will be all set … See You Soon!

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