American Baptist International Ministries and the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey invite you to participate in a unique mission opportunity. A week of friendship-building and cross-cultural engagement in South Korea!
On Sunday, April 30th 2017 at 5:00 PM, the ABCNJ Annual Asian American Worship Service was held at First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church in Newark.
We celebrated the ordination of Rev. Jay Park on Sunday June 12, 2016, 6 PM at Stelton Baptist Church in Edison, N.J. The Power of the Holy Spirit Ordination Service was a witness to God and the Holy Spirit of the calling of Jay Park to be a servant of the Lord and share the Word. ABCNJ Regional Staff, ABCNJ Asian Pastors, Raritan Council of Churches, Stelton Baptist Church, and friends and family of Rev. Jay Park were in attendance to celebrate this calling.
May God bless our brother, Rev. Jay Park and his family as they enter into this next phase of his life.
The Asian Conference & Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches Convocation was held this year in New Jersey, hosted by First Baptist Church Haddonfield. There approximately 180 people in attendance, representing the Asian Churches throughout the United States, gathering under the theme “Let young eagles fly”. Eleven workshops were presented, each allowing time for questions and discussion. Culturally diverse meals were prepared and shared by the different area Asian and local churches. A fantastic outdoor barbecue picnic gave all the opportunity to fellowship on a more personal level, and cultural differences were shared and embraced by all. The theme "Let young eagles fly" focused on encouraging our young people to be an integral part of the church – specifically to take on leadership roles, not only in the church, but also in their personal lives. We were very pleased and excited in the number of young people in attendance. The amount of involvement by our younger generations was the greatest we've ever had, making our theme wonderfully appropriate. The interest and involvement of our youth is so important to the growth of the church and needs to be addressed and accepted by all.
I am very proud of ABCNJ regional team staff, GDVA, Asian Churches and local churches for coming together in a partnership to make the conference such a success. Thank you all for your selfless involvement and outward show of friendship, love and welcome to everyone in attendance.
Thank you ABHMS Asian Ministries and AABC/Asian Alliance for allowing us At ABCNJ to be in partnership with you and host the conference this year.
We are happy to announce the 2016 Asian Conference and Convocation, June 21-24, 2016, hosted by ABCNJ at First Baptist Church of Haddonfield. The Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches and Asian Ministries ABHMS would like to invite all ABCNJ churches, families and friends to the opening service, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Haddonfield - (124 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033) We will be presenting a diverse, multicultural worship service to celebrate the theme of the conference which is geared to the next generation and titled "Let young eagles fly".
A special thanks goes out to Rev. Dr. Michael Feicht, as well as the congregation of First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, for allowing us to use their facilities. We also want to give special thanks to Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, ABCNJ Executive Minister/Senior Regional Pastor, all of the ABCNJ Regional team and GDVA association for their support and Partnership in Christ.
Please encourage your church family to join us for our opening worship service. I promise you it will be a very awe-inspiring experience for all. [raw] [column size="1/2"]
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On April 19, 2015, at NextGen Church in West Windsor NJ, ABCNJ Asian Churches met for worship and fellowship. This gathering was unique and inspirational due to the fact that we expanded the invitation to entire church families and asking for youth and children participation. We have never had this many people in attendance. The service lasted longer than usual but was enjoyed by all due to the mulitcultural hands on involvement. There were about 75 people in attendance, including pastors, lay leaders, and many members of the church family. We had worship, praise, mission sharing, testiomony, and special music from several churches' youth and children. Our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, ABCNJ Executive Minister and Senor Regional Pastor, spoke on the revival of our own communities. The need to witness the power and life of Jesus Christ being the main focus, right here. We actually practiced what was preached by participation and involvement of our church communities.
We want to offer a special thank you to NextGen church, congregation, and their pastor Rev. Dr. Mia Chang, for hosting this event and preparing a wonderful meal for all in attendance.
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We had a very inspirational Asian Pastors and lay leaders retreat at Evergreen Baptist Church in Teaneck, NJ, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Our theme was "I will build my church." Matthew 16:13-20 Rev. Joshua Pyon, Senior Pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church and his congregation hosted the gathering and prepared wonderful refreshments and a delicious Korean style meal following the service. We had a very diverse ethnic group in attendance. Children and young adults were also in attendance.
We had a Praise Worship service together and Mission sharing from India, and Myanmar. There was a challenging interaction session about new Asian churches with New Church Development Committee Representatives.
Our guest speaker was Rev.Dr. Lee Spitzer, Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of ABCNJ, used Scripture and other illustrations to meditate on the question, "How can I build my church?"
We prayed together and in groups as well as individually, for family and ministry concerns as well as encompassing all areas of our life, church and countries.
We thank God that our Asian churches, Pastors, lay leaders are able to work together to the glory of God to build, and expand our churches.
On May 5, 2013, Sunday, 4 PM, There was a dedication service for one of our ABCNJ NCD, Overflowing Joy Church, in Paramus, NJ. It was held at the local VFW building, which has been granted for their use on Sundays. This church is pastored by Pastor Dong Soo Lim. We had a blessed worship with Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, Senior Pastor and Executive Minister of ABCNJ, speaking and giving words of encouragement to the new church and congregation. Rev. Sung Gyun An, pastor of Lord's Baptist Church, Fairlawn, NJ, gave the dedication prayer. Rev. Joshua Pyon, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church, Teaneck, NJ, sponsoring church and congregation participated and encouraged this new church. Rev. Pyon gave the benediction.
I, Rev. Hojin Yu, Associate Regional Pastor of Asian Ministries, presented the introduction and background of Pastor Lim and origin of the church. I also shared an appropriate scripture and short message of encouragement. We had a wonderful fellowship and meal following the service.
Pastor Lim has a wife (Taeseon Kim) and two daughters (Haeun Lim, Hajeong Lim) and one son (Hajin Lim) and has been a member of Evergreen Baptist Church for 5 years before getting the call to start the Overflowing Joy Church with the blessing of Pastor Pyon. The church has about 6 adults and 9 young adults.
May God use this new church to spread the gospel to the younger generation in that area.
I attended as a representative of ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Asian Ministries. The opening worship service of the Chin Community Baptist Church, Philadelphia on April 28, 2013. Sunday, 1:30 PM. I received an invitation from them for sharing and benediction. One of our First Asian Baptist Church lay leader from Haddonfield NJ, Rev. James Lian Ve, a Falam chin Pastor, will be preaching there every Sunday-not as the regular pastor but sort of interim. They are using the facilities of the American Snyder Ave Congregational Church in South Philadelphia with a service from 1:30-2:30. There are 5 different Burmese churches and including First Asian Baptist Congregation attended to celebrate with them on their opening service. Rev. Florence Li, ABHMS Asian Churches Strategist and Burma Refugees Task Force, participated by giving encouragement words. May God use that church to spread and witness for Christ.
On Friday, April 26th, 11 children and youth from First Asian Baptist Church of Haddonfield volunteered to clean the outside areas surrounding The First Baptist Church of Merchantville. They worked diligently and joyfully competing with each other to fill trash bags with leaves and debris from the surrounding area and parking lot of this building, which is currently under the care of the region. They worked for about 4 hours and filled 25 bags which will be collected by the township next week. They learned the meaning of volunteering and working together to help our region as partners in Christ.
We had a wonderful Asian Pastors and lay leaders retreat at NextGen church in West Windsor, NJ, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Our theme was "Here I am, Send me." Isaiah 6:8. Pastor Mia Chang, Senior Pastor of NextGen Church and her congregation hosted the gathering and prepared a wonderful program and meal following the service. We had a very diverse ethnic group about 60 in attendance. There was much sharing via PowerPoint, highlighting each church's ministries. Rev. Liz Congdon, Senior pastor of FBC of Trenton shared her ministry with Burmese congregation. There was, also regional staff members, Rev. Dr. Luciano Marquez, Latino Ministries, and Rev. Dr. Peter Ely, ABCNJ Academy, in attendance celebrating and sharing.
We also had a special event celebration, for our ABCNJ Executive minister and Senior Regional Pastor Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer for his 10 years of service to our ABCNJ and Asian ministries. He was the keynote speaker, enlightening us about our response to God's call- "Here I am, send me."
We thank to the Lord for our Asian Pastors and lay leaders worship and celebration. Please continue pray for our Asian ministries and their response to God's calling.
I went to a special service on Friday, December 21st, at 9 PM in Teaneck NJ for Rev. Dong Soo Lim, Mission Pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church, where Joshua Pyon is senior pastor. The congregation had a special service for Pastor Lim. Pastor Pyon led the service and Pastor Lim shared about his new church planting. His sermon was about the filling of the Holy Spirit, God will support us. After the sermon, I was the representative of the ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Asian ministries giving a word of encouragement to Pastor Lim and the congregation, and a thank you to Pastor Pyon and the congregation since they have been working well together with Pastor Lim for the pastor five years. I gave Pastor Lim and the congregation some guidance as to what was needed to join our region and new church planting. After the service we had fellowship and blessings for his new journey. Now Pastor Pyon and Evergreen Baptist church want to support Pastor Lim and his new church. They proposed to mission support Pastor Lim for 10 months at $800.00 a month, through the ABCNJ region.
Pastor Lim already has a place to rent and plan to begin the first week of January. The Church name is "Overflowing Joy Church" in Paramus. What a blessing it is that he has such a wonderful relationship with his old church and partnership with our region. May God bless Pastor Lim and his family's new beginnings to the glory of God.
We had a wonderful Korean Pastors family fellowship on Sunday, December 23rd at 7 PM in Kumhojeong restaurant in Edison. There were 6 families in attendance. We shared, praised, and prayed together. I shared with them our region ministries and events, 2012-2013. This year we have 2 NCP's Korean pastors and hopefully next year we will have more. We praise God for his blessing on the growth of our Asian ministry in our region.
I would like to invite you to the 2012 Asian Pastors and lay leaders retreat which will be hosted by Evergreen Baptist Church in Teaneck NJ. Rev Joshua Pyon, who is the senior pastor, and the congregation will be preparing delicious Asian refreshments upon our arrival and a great Korean style luncheon for us. The retreat will be Monday, September 10, 2012 -10AM-3PM. Our retreat theme is “Who are your friends”, John 15:13-15. The major focus of this retreat will be to hear your suggestions regarding Asian Churches cooperation and working together in Partnership with the region. Our Keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, Executive Minister and Senior Pastor of ABCNJ. Also, Karen Jackson-Weaver, Ph.D (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for New Church Development), Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor), and Rev. Florence Li (American Baptist Home Mission Society) will share their ministry with us.
Thank God that we are able to have this retreat to worship together with prayer, fellowship, and sharing with each other in partnership with Christ.
Attached is a copy of the agenda. Please come celebrate our work together. If you have any questions, please contact me by clicking here.
Evergreen Baptist Church, 1321 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
- 10:00 AM – Registration, refreshments, fellowship
- 10:20- 10:40 – Praise service, Rev. Sung Kyun An (The Lord’s Baptist Church)
- 10:40 -11:00 – Welcome and introductions
- 11:00 -12:00 – Keynote speaker- Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer
- 12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch – prayer by Rev. Joshua Pyon/sharing about Islam Mission
- 1:00 - 2:00 – Leadership stories.
- 2:00- 3:00 PM – Discussion: Working together for a better ministry.
- Benediction – Rev. Felix P. Tingson, First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church
I want to share with ABCNJ friends and family about the ABC Asian Conference and Asian Caucus Convocation at the First Baptist Church in Waltham, Massachusetts, August 20-22, 2012. Our theme was Challenges and Opportunities for Asian and Asian American Churches. I was the representative for ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastorfor Asian Ministries and First Asian Baptist Church, Haddonfield, NJ. Our region was represented by my church (11 people - 4 adults and 7 teenagers.) and Evergreen Baptist Church in Teaneck, Rev, Joshua Pyon(1), First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Newark, Rev. Felix Tingson and Lay leader Felix Colinco, Calvary Baptist Church of Clifton, Rev. Manual de la Fuente and his daughter, Catherine.
The Keynote speaker was Dr. Russell Yee, Author of Worship on the Way (Judson Press 2012). Yee is an ordained American Baptist minister on the pastoral staff of New Hope Covenant Church (Oakland, California). Another guest speaker was Dr. Sydney Park, One of the editors of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations. (Judson Press 2012). Park is a biblical scholar and assistant professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.
As a representative of ABCNJ for Asian Ministries and Pastor of First Asian Baptist Church of Haddonfield and First Baptist Church of Trenton, Pastor Elizabeth Congdon, Rev. Mary Mild and I attended the conference of “Together in Ministry Retreat for Pastors ministering to the Burma Diaspora Community.”
What a special retreat with pastors from Karen and Chin communities from all over the United States as well as pastors of host churches to the Burmese. There were about 40 pastors and lay leaders in attendance at the National Conference Center in Valley Forge.
Dr. Joe Kutter, Executive Director of the ministers council welcomed us. Then we had introductions, fellowship and panel discussions. Rev. Dr. Brenda Halliburton, ABHMS, Coordinator for inter-cultural ministries spoke on Building Inclusive Communities using case studies from both a Karen church (Rev. Saw Ler Htoo) and a Chin Church (Rev. Rollin Van Bik). Opportunities were given by ABHMS office of immigration and Refugee Services, National Coordinator, Rev. Aundreia Alexander, for identifying ministry issues in Congregations followed by small group discussions led by Dr. Kutter.
An update of the Burma Refugee task force was given by Rev. Florence Li, National Coordinator, and Asian Churches Strategist. There was also an in depth discussion of ministry issues and the formation of TIM groups with Dr. Kutter facilitating. TIM groups were formulated and evaluated.
We learned a lot about culture, history, and political situation knowing that we are all brought together through Christ and how to work together through Christ in our own ministries.
This letter from Rev. Rothangliani Chhangte (liaison for Burma Refugees American Baptist Home Mission Society) is about an invitation for a second Together in Ministry (TIM) retreat, on April 23-25, 2012 at The National Christian Conference center in Phoenixville, PA.
Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas celebrations went well and you’ve had a good break from all the activities.
Joe Kutter, Florence Li and met last year in November of 2011 to discuss holding a second Together in Ministry (TIM) retreat. We all felt that it would be beneficial to bring all the pastors together again to see what the “learning” has been in the six TIM group over the past year. Therefore, I am writing to invite you to the second TIM Retreat to be held at the National Christian Center in Phoenixville, PA (5 miles from the Mission Center) on April 23-25, 2012.
At our meeting we discussed expanding the retreat to other pastors who did not Make it last year, but we wanted to give the first timers first dibs. If you would Like to be part of the Second TIM Retreat in April please respond to me by email At Rothang.Chhangte@abhms.org no later than February 6, 2012. After the deadline date we will open the retreat to other pastors who were not at the first meeting. We also want to make this retreat be a more inclusive group and so we will invite more Karen/Chin/KaChin pastors who currently serve a ABC congregation.
More details regarding registration and room reservations will be forthcoming after we hear from you and others. The retreat will start with dinner on April 23rd and end at 2:00pm on April 25th, if you wish to go ahead and make travel plans. Similarly like last year, we will reimburse you up to $100 for those traveling over 200 miles round trip. Lodging for 2 nights and meals during the retreat will be covered by the TIM grant.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. If you have any questions you may contact me by phone at 1-800-ABC-3USA, ext.2426, or Rev. Florence Li at ext. 2468. I will be back in the office after January 18th. Peace,
Rev. Rothangliani Chhangte, Liaison for Burma Refugees