• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Guest Speakers

    Rev. Aracelis Vázquez Haye
    Keynote speaker at Harvesting Shalom: A Retreat about Wellness

    Rev. Aracelis Vásquez Haye is a native of New London, Connecticut. Her passion and commitment to children and youth advocacy, education, social justice, and worship embodies her holistic approach to ministry. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and has earned graduate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago (M.Ed.), and Yale Divinity School (M.Div.). Pastor Aracelis was ordained at Church of the City, New London, in September 2014, where she serves as associate pastor. She also serves as the Protestant chaplain at Connecticut College and at The Waterford Country School, and as a board member of the New London Public Schools Board of Education and the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board. Pastor Aracelis is married to her beloved husband, Kenyon Haye, and they are the proud parents of Kaylani.

    Linda Wiles
    Music leader at Harvesting Shalom: A Retreat about Wellness

    Linda Wiles has been actively involved in church music her entire life. She began as a young chorister, and accompanist for Sunday schools and Bible schools in grade school, and is currently the Director of Music, organist, and director of the Performing Arts Academy for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Warwick, Rhode Island. She has directed choirs, accompanied choirs, participated in and directed handbell choirs, and led in workshops as a Keyboard Music Specialist for the Arizona Baptists. Since moving to Rhode Island four years ago she has presented several piano duet concerts with Cheryl Casola in the Brother’s Keepers Concert Series in Narragansett, the solo “keyboard conversation” entitled Ragtime, and, most recently “Resistance Music” for the Rhode Island Baptist Peacemakers Fellowship, a performance of music written by classical musicians in response to war and political conflict. In addition to her musical work, Linda has taught math in public schools and now tutors mathematics for the Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services agency. Her husband, the Reverend Dr. Tom Wiles, has pastored churches in Texas, Arizona, Nebraska, and is now the Executive Minister for American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.


    Rev. Tamara R. Jackson
    Guest speaker at Dating Violence Across The Ages Webinar

    Rev. Tamara R. Jackson is an ordained minister of the Gospel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Trauma Specialist. The passion of her calling involves walking along side individuals who have faced life altering trauma as they traverse the hard road to wellness. Tamara developed the “Sacred Safe Spaces” Special Project for the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, and served as its inaugural coordinator. As coordinator, she  spearheaded the region’s Congregational Covenant of Nonviolence campaign, and remains committed to aiding churches in helping victims of abuse journey toward healing.
         She is well-equipped in serving the Body of Christ, as counselor, advocate, and leader, and has availed herself of opportunities to work with diverse populations on issues connected to healing trauma. She possesses dual Masters Degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Rutgers School of Social Work (MSW), and is a licensed clinical social worker. While a seminarian, Rev. Jackson traveled abroad to Kolkata, India where she was able to work with women and children living in brothels. Tamara was the ABCNJ Seminarian Scholar of the Year for 2009-2010. For her work dealing with violence in communities of faith, Rev. Jackson was named the 2010-2011 Verizon Wireless Hopeline Violence Against Women and Children Scholar from Rutgers School of Social Work, and she is a member of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work. Rev. Jackson served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Syracuse located in Jamesville, NY. She also served as interim pastor of First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, and Stelton Baptist Church in Edison. In each assignment, she emphasized spiritual formation and discipleship and worked to develop and deepen relationships among church members and the surrounding communities. In addition to her education, missionary, and pastoral service, she has developed and sown her gifts working with opiate dependent addicts and prisoners.
         Rev. Jackson has also built strong partnerships with advocacy agencies across the state as well as out of state, realizing the power of this work is strengthened when the sacred and secular are joined. Tamara seeks to live out Romans 12:1 through her ministries: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” It is not uncommon for her to fuse her gifts of spoken word, poetry, mime, dance, playwriting and step, to aid in transforming the minds of all who have come in contact with her. She is married to Damon Jackson; together the couple has a son, Jireh, and a daughter by marriage, Teleya Jackson.

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