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

    Leadership

    Staff
    Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain — Executive Director
    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 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 to read full bio.


    Rev. LaThelma Yenn-Batah — Associate Executive Director
    Reverend LaThelma A. Yenn-Batah, ordained in 2018, is a minister of the Gospel and a faithful disciple of Jesus the Christ. As a post-graduate Parish Pulpit Fellow through Princeton Theological Seminary, LaThelma participated in extensive cross-cultural and urban ministry in Costa Rica. While there, she studied Spanish and lived as an on-campus resident at the Latin American Biblical University. During her fellowship, she was deeply inspired by women who used their educational, biblical, and theological experiences to achieve the following goals: to understand and assume their personal and legal rights, to take leadership roles in their churches and communities, and to continue or begin their formal education. Click here for full bio.


    Wendy Clemmer — Project/Business Manager
    wendy.clemmer@abwomensministries.org



    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 Churches USA and 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.


    2018-19 National Executive Committee
    (Click on each name below to read the member's bio.)
    Lori Hill
    — President
    Colleen Charsky —  Treasurer
    Leslie Ma Miller — Coordinator of Mission with Women and Girls
    Rev. Yana J. C. Pagán — Coordinator of Young Adult Women's Ministries
    Dr. Berquis Torres— Coordinator of AB GIRLS
    Rachel Price — AB GIRLS Convenor
    Nola Crooks — Coordinator of Events
    Jackie Arnold — Coordinator of Western Section
    Rev. Dr. Lachaka Askew — Coordinator of Midwestern Section
    Joanne Strauss — Coordinator of Eastern Section


    2019-20 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.

    Dr. Berquis Torres — Coordinator of AB GIRLS
     — AB GIRLS Convenor
     — Promotions Coordinator
    Mahsha Jarvis — Missions Coordinator
    — Events Coordinator


    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 AB 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.







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