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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


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Upcoming Webinars
2021 Fall Webinar Series 
Let the Walls Fall Down
  • Empathy As A Tool For Transformational Change
    September 9, 2021; 9 PM EDT/6PM PDT
    Presenter: Carmelle Beaugelin, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary 
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  • The Power of Storytelling for Racial Healing
    September 23, 2021; 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT
    Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards, National Coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministry, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
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  • Understanding and Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
    October 7, 20219 PM EDT/6 PM PDT
    Presenter: Kate Lee, Executive Director, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
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  • God is Preserving You
    October 21, 2021; 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT
    Presenter: Linnita Hosten, award-winning speaker and student success strategist
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  • Debunking Domestic Violence Myths Through A Biblical Lens
    November 4, 2021
    9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT
    Presenter: Tara AdayDirector of Prevention and Education, Safe Haven Ministries
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  • God is in the Details
    November 18, 2021; 9 PM EST/6 PM PST
    Presenter: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching
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Saturday, October 9, 2021
4:00 PM - 9:00 EDT

Join women from across the country for a virtual reteat! 

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$40 Registration fee.

Keynote Speaker: Linnita Hosten

Award-winning speaker and student success strategist, Linnita Hosten is the founder of the Dream Career Academy. 
   Linnita’s work with students began at age 19 as a recreation summer camp counselor and expanded through numerous roles: Resident assistant, orientation team leader, cheerleading coach, private tutor, college advisor, and college professor.
   The high-energy edutainer provides content-packed and research-based success strategy programming for organizations, universities, and community groups; and group coaching to students.
   Linnita has been honored with various awards, including Excellence in Education; Youth Speaker of the Year; 40 Under 40 in Education; Education Book of the Year; and Alumni of the Year.
   Linnita received a bachelor of science degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a masters of science degree in Nonprofit Management and Association Leadership from the University of Maryland University College.
   Linnita believes that education investments- like college- should be strategically planned. She is passionate about preparing students to get clear on their plans and confident about what they want.

Entrepreneur Panelist:

Nellie Thomas acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. She continued her education at McNeese University in Lake Charles, LA, and acquired a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling. Upon becoming a McDonald's franchisee, she became certified as a McDonald's Owner and Operator.

     From 1987 to the present, she is the owner of six McDonalds with sales volume in excess of $20 million and a staff of 250 employees. Before McDonald's, her career included teaching in Calcasieu Parish in Louisiana, managing a federal funded program that prepared disadvantaged youth for college at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ, developing executive training for Avon Products Inc. in New York City, and developing staff training for United Jersey Bank Financial in Princeton, NJ.

Bridgette Petrino (left) and Emily Rittenhouse (right) are two friends who fell in love with the comfort and style of light-weight, leather earrings and decided to learn how to make them. 
     After sharing their designs with their friends and family, their jewelry became increasingly sought after. The two friends quickly realized that they were on to something and decided to take the next step by turning their creations into a business. 
     Bridgette and Emily are both married, each with three daughters, who are the lights in their lives. Wanting to incorporate their families into their business purpose, they chose the name “Astraea” which means “Goddess of the Stars” and put three stars in their logo to represent each of the three precious lights in their lives. 
     Today, just two years after Astraea was born, Bridgette and Emily’s jewelry can be found in a dozen local boutiques, as well as online. It is their mission to not only create beautiful and comfortable jewelry that is affordable for the everyday woman, but to also impact the local community through fundraising for local charities, donations of jewelry for women who may not have the means to purchase a luxury item for themselves, and by supporting other local, women-owned businesses. 

Join American Baptist Women’s Ministries on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 6:00 PM EDT, as we celebrate 70 years of ministry with an online celebration! Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Pamela Durso, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. We hope you’ll join us for this free celebration!
                                   Click here to register for this free celebration. 
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Durso
The Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Durso is the 11th president of Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. She began her tenure on June 1, 2020. Durso served from July 2009-May 2020 as executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, where she was a resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry. She has long used her voice as an advocate for women ministers and leaders, calling on Baptist churches to re-imagine their futures, to re-think their leadership, and to re-create their identities. She is committed to assisting congregations, organizations, ministers, and leaders as they move toward embracing more creative, entrepreneurial ways of living out and sharing the gospel. Durso earned her PhD in church history from Baylor University in 1992, served on the faculty of Campbell University Divinity School as assistant professor of church history and Baptist heritage. From 1999-2003, and worked as associate executive director-treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society from 2003-2009. Her writings include numerous articles and books on women.

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