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


    Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain — Executive Director

    Reverend Dr. 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 which encourages and empowers women, young women, and girls to serve God. AB Women’s Ministries equips women, young women, and girls to lead in their churches, communities, and beyond, addressing immigration, cross cultural relationships, intergenerational mentoring, economic empowerment, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Click here for Rev. Dr. Jacobs-Strains' full bio and speaking engagements.

    Wendy Clemmer —  Director of Operations

    Wendy began her journey with American Baptist Women’s Ministries in September 2006, working as the Administrative Assistant. Wendy has a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management and two   Associate of Applied Science degrees in Web Design Emphasis and Office Information Emphasis from Pennsylvania College of Technology. 

    Executive Committee
    American Baptist Women’s Ministries' executive committee is comprised of 10 nationally-elected officers who serve 3-year terms on the board. Our organization benefits from the leadership of these volunteers who are committed to the mission and purpose of American Baptist Women’s Ministries, and who have expertise in needed areas, demonstrate teamwork, and help financially support the organization’s mission. Women interested in serving as a national officer are encouraged to complete and submit a Application for National Positions Form.

    2022-2023 National Executive Committee
    (Click on each name below to read the member's bio.)
    Rev. Dr. Christine Smith
     — President
    Rev. Dr. La-Tonia Jackson —  Treasurer
    LaRose Karr  — Coordinator of Mission with Women and Girls
    Olivia Banks— Coordinator of Young Adult Women's Ministries
    TBD — Coordinator of AB GIRLS
    TBD — AB GIRLS Convenor
    Dawn Doerr-Johnson — Coordinator of Events
    Carol Wright — Coordinator of Western Section
    Lovena Van Haaften — Coordinator of Midwestern Section
    Julie Tankersley — Coordinator of Eastern Section

    National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS
    The national leadership team of AB GIRLS is comprised of four teen girls and two adults who oversee our organization's ministry with girls. For more information about the national leadership team, click here.

    Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team (YAWMAT)
    The recently-formed young adult women’s ministries advisory team serves with our young adult women’s ministries coordinator to envision American Baptist Women’s Ministries outreach and support for young adult women. Women interested in volunteering their gifts and skills by serving on the YAWMAT should complete the YAWMAT application form.

    Olivia Banks — Coordinator of Young Adult Women's Ministries
    Sadqia Delaney 
    Dana Seville
    Driana Arcenauex

    Po Box 851 · Valley Forge, PA · 19482-0851
    (610) 768-2288 · info@abwministries.org