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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. 


NYS Website :

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


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Prefer to give a donation to ABWM? Click here to give or send a check to American Baptist Women's Ministries, 1075 First Ave STE C-210, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

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Iron Sharpens Iron: Birthday Celebration
Sunday, September 19, 2021  6:00 PM EDT

Join American Baptist Women’s Ministries 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!  

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.


As women and girls who come from all walks of life to join together in worship and praise of our divine creator, to follow the way of our redeeming Christ, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we are, indeed, beloved community.
In this section of the website, you will find information, ideas, and inspiration for how to be beloved community in your women's and girls' ministries.
May God bless us in this endeavor.

Relationship Matters 
It is critical that we nurture a culture that builds and strengthens relationships. It is by knowing one another that we can allow our differences to strengthen us, to make each of us more complete. Our women's and girls' ministries are the perfect place to find ways to build relationships. In this section, you will find ideas for growing stronger relationships in your women's and girls' ministries, as well as reaching out to others.

Leadership Matters
Leadership should include women and girls who reflect the women and girls we are reaching with our ministry. Pathways to leadership should be open and welcoming to all. When leadership more fully reflects generational, racial/ethnic, and social status realities, everyone’s voice may be heard. God created diversity; God’s intentional desire is for us to embrace God’s gift of diversity. In this section, you will find resources and information to help you grow your vision for developing leadership in your ministry.
Ministry Matters
This section provides ideas, program suggestions, and resources to help you explore, and develop as, beloved community in your ministry.
Culture Matters
In order to lead amidst our diversity, we must learn new skills as leaders and provide and receive training on cultural competency. We must learn new ways of having dialogue together, and ways of making decisions together. As a result, women and girls will leverage the craft of making quality decisions amid differences, similarities, and related tensions. In this section you will find information about discussion and decision-making techniques, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and other ways to better understand how our interactions are influenced by a variety of cultures every day.

Education Matters
American Baptist Women's Ministries provides resources, webinars, and other educational materials to help women and girls learn more about being beloved community. Visit this section for updated materials regularly.

Community Service

During Women's Day, participants will break-out into small groups to create a project that the participants will mail to an American Baptist Home.

  • Make a small packet of Useful Items
    Supplies needed: Felt or heavy fabric, four small packets of Lens Cleaning Wipes, emery board for filing nails, Velcro stick-on (or sew-on), embroidery floss, and large eye needle.
  • Make a Simple Beaded Bracelet
    Supplies needed: Different Color beads, Elastic bead cord, Bead Stoppers, and scissors. 
  • Make a Greeting Card Puzzle
    Supplies needed: Scissors and 8" x 5.5" or any size greeting card. 
  • Make a Card
    Supplies needed: Cardstock paper, colorful paper, glue, and scissors.
  • Make a Bookmark
    Supplies needed: Cardstock paper, colorful paper, glue, and scissors.
ABWM Event Page

There are many events happening with American Baptist Women's Ministries.  Take some time and visit the event page and view all  upcoming events

Dear Sisters of the East,

It was a blessing to see so many of you on Saturday at our annual board meeting.  Thank you for your kind words and again it has been a privilege and pleasure to serve ABWM, to serve you,  represent you and get to know so many of you.  I look forward to the day when we can meet in person.  

Please invite your women to our annual meeting for ALL ABWM women on July 17.  Info is at the end.  I’m also attaching info about the ABGIRLS summer STEAM event.  I helped last year in one of the Zoom break out rooms and the girls were engaged and had so much fun. They also had Bible Study and discussion.  Scholarships are available.

THEME SCRIPTURES FOR Let the Walls Fall Down:

Ephesians 2:14,   Micah 6:8 ,  Isaiah 1:17,  John 13:34

Attached are the Candle lighting piece to use as our Monday prayer focus. You can use it at your meetings if you want to.  I chose the scripture, wrote the prayer and adapted the litany from the prayer of St Francis of Assisi before we voted on the scriptures for our theme and then this was one of the scriptures we chose.  That’s God at work!  May we truly be instruments of God’s peace, mercy, justice, kindness and walk humbly with our God.

Micah 5:6, 8. (NRSV)

6. With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

8. He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


M Joanne Strauss

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