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

    Rev. LaThelma A. 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.

    Prior to the Parish Pulpit Fellowship, LaThelma served as the Minister of Worship and Music at NextGen Church, a multi-cultural church in West Windsor, NJ. In addition, she served as the Assistant Director of Capital City Academy, an after-school outreach ministry in Trenton, NJ. Through hands-on experiential learning, leadership training, and mentorship, she worked to enhance the academic performance and promote the socio-emotional growth of students. LaThelma has also had the unique opportunity of leading ministry in churches in South Korea, Nicaragua, Philadelphia, PA, and Newark, NJ.  These rich multi-cultural and ecumenical experiences have cemented her passion for building intergenerational and intercultural communities committed to social transformation. As the associate executive director of ABWM, LaThelma is excited to continue the work of affirming the Imago Dei of all women and journeying with them down a pathway towards self-actualization that will empower them to become agents of change.

    LaThelma graduated cum laude with a BA in Sociology and Africana studies from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded the Aaron E. Gast Award in Urban Ministry and The David Allen Weadon Award in Sacred Music. In addition, she earned certificates in Theology, Women, and Gender and Black Church Studies.

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