Women in Ministry

Women In Ministry: Servant Leaders, Leadership and Healing


Please plan to join as we gather to discuss and reflect upon leadership tools, spiritual healing and wellness and the connection between leadership and healing. Please register and reach out to Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain with questions, gjacobs-strain@abcnj.net. To register through Eventbrite, please follow this link


Saturday, October 29, 2016


ABCNJ Regional Office, 3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101, Trenton, NJ 609-587-8700


Continental Breakfast and registration at  8:30 AM, workshop  9:00-12:00 Noon




Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain, Assoc. Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry, ABCNJ

Rev. Jacobs-StrainReverend Gina C. Jacobs-Strain serves as the Transitional Pastor – First Baptist Church – New Market, Piscataway, N.J., Associate Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry for American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ), and an Associate Minister of Christian Education at St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. She lectures, leads Bible Study, and preaches at Nyack College where she is the Department Chair of Developmental Education. In her role as teacher, she especially enjoys facilitating and inspiring Christian Educators to share the Word of God in collaborative and interactive studies, helping teacher and student discover immediate application of the word of God to their everyday lives. Rev. Jacobs-Strain has served as a guest preacher/lecturer at Drew University Theological School, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, ABC-NJ Academy and the Wellness Lounge Webcast She recently contributed to “Testify: ABC-NJ Devotional” book released in 2015. She is grateful for every opportunity to come along side ABCNJ churches for fellowship and to share the preached word at worship services celebrating milestone events. In 2016, under ABCNJ, she co-launched Christian Education Workshop Series, Leading Interactive and Engaging Bible Studies (L.I.B.S.™) which will be included in Drew Seminary Spiritual Leadership Series this Fall 2016.

As the Assoc. Regional Pastor for WIM she continues to pursue ways for WIM to connect, lift up and support each other through mentoring and workshops that address areas of growth and ministry opportunities. She serves on the ABCNJ Professional Ministries Committee and has served on the Annual Session Planning Committee.

Reverend Jacobs-Strain earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and graduated from Drew University’s Theological School Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity. She also received the Old Testament Studies Scholar Award from the Biblical Studies Department. She recently received a Certificate of Excellence from Palmer Theological Seminary & ABC-NJ Academy. She will graduate from the Nehemiah-Leadership Program in 2017 and she is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Ministry at Duke Divinity School.

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Harris

marilyn-monroe-harrisReverend Harris is the fifth Pastor and the first female Pastor of First Baptist Church of Teaneck in Teaneck, New Jersey. She was licensed to preach in 1995 by Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, New Jersey under the pastorate of the Reverend Gregory J. Jackson, Senior Pastor and ordained to the gospel ministry in 2000 by Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. M. William Howard, Jr.

Reverend Harris’ experience has been shaped by a history of involvement and leadership in professional, community and religious organization to which she brings a unique blend of faith and personal commitment. As a leader, preacher and teacher, she has initiated and implemented a number of ministries, which reflect the diverse membership of First Baptist Teaneck and the community-at-large. She is a visionary who believes that God has a purpose and call for every living soul from the youngest to the eldest. It is her desire to promote an environment of health, hope and healing for all. Through her leadership, First Baptist Church of Teaneck continues to prosper as they are “Communing with Christ, Developing Disciple and Transforming Lives!” She is the founder and creator of the Christian Women’s Alliance which allows clergy women to come together in a safe environment to grow and bond together as Women in the Clergy.

Reverend Harris is the Vice President of Community Relations at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She is humbled to currently serve as 1st Vice President, United Missionary Baptist Convention State of New Jersey and 2nd Vice Moderator North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association, Past President of the Black Clergy Council of Englewood, Teaneck and Vicinity and the Past Moderator of the Essex Association of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, Newark, New Jersey, a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary where she received the Seminary’s highest academic honor, the Scholarship Achievement Award in Biblical Studies and Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary. Reverend Harris is a steadfast, devoted and faithful disciple of Christ who believes in the power of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Women in Ministry Prayer Breakfast this Saturday


Join other ABCNJ Women In Ministry this Saturday as they gather for prayer, friendship, and learning. The cost is free, so don't pass up this opportunity to grow in Christ!

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Women in Ministry Annual Prayer Breakfast


Join us for a morning of fellowship, prayer and discussion about two urgent topics. This year the Annual Women In Ministry Prayer Breakfast will be on Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, December  7, 2013.  Our guest speakers are Rev. Malva Wise-White, "Wellness and Self Care"  and Rev. Tamara Davis, " Holy Hush and Domestic Violence."  This year you can choose the date and location best for you, or  you can attend both breakfasts. Rev. Malva Wise-White, an Associate Minister at First Maplewood Baptist Church is a certified Holistic Health Coach with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her ministry and private practice includes seminars and workshops in lifestyle management, spiritual formation and holistic wellness.

Rev. Tamara Davis launched a new initiative in 2013 for ABCNJ to educate churches about domestic violence and to assist congregations as they seek to be "safe places" for victims of violence and abuse. We will dialog about cultivating safe spaces within communities of faith and ways we can work toward prevention and properly responding to issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse as neighbors, called by God to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Dates and Locations

For more information please feel free to contact Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain by using the form below.


Please follow this link and follow the steps in order to register for the breakfast.


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Growing in Christ, Women's Clergy Retreat


The retreat was a day to remember, we traveled from Teaneck, Trenton, Toms River and many towns in between to meet  at Princeton University to fellowship and to praise God!  Spearhead by Dr. Karen Jackson-Weaver and Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain, nearly 100 women set aside this time to focus on, "Growing in Christ", a time to nourish our souls so that we could be more available and more prepared for kingdom building. We reconnected, prayed with and for each another. The day proved to be a time of refocus, re-energizing and rethinking how we do ministry. Each speaker encouraged us to examine our spiritual disciplines, balance and fervor in our ministry and to embark on new ministry opportunities that God is calling us to answer.

2013-06-15 WIM 17Rev. Borquist (right) lead us in a Bible Study of 2 Peter 1:3-6 encouraging us to pause and reflect on our spiritual disciplines and challenges that will make us stronger in our faith walk.

Rev. Dr. Glover helped us to focus on sustaining balance and fervor consistently so that our efforts are aligned with the task of sharing the gospel, from a place of well being through consistent dialog with God. Rev. Kathleen Rooney, asked us to think about prison ministry so that we do not forget or miss the opportunity to share the gospel with those that society has tried to forget.

We also had time to enjoy lunch together and to talk in small groups, allowing us to reflect upon and to share  the ways that we were inspired by the wisdom we gleaned on this day, not only from our speakers but from each other, sharing heart to heart and sister to sister.

Our next Women in Ministry events will be the Annual Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday November 2, 2102 at Living Word Baptist Church, Beachwood, NJ  and Saturday December 7, 2013 at St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair, NJ.  Both events will take place 9-11:30 am and registration will be on-line. Rev. Tamara Davis and Rev. Malva Wise-White will be the speakers at both breakfasts.

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Growing In Christ, Women's Clergy Retreat

Hosted by New Church Development and Women In Ministry


Saturday June 15, 2013, 9-1 pm, Princeton University

Bible Study Leader

Rev. Ann Borquist, ABC IM Missionary for Brazil

Workshop Leaders

  • Rev. Bernadette Glover, Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, New Brunswick Theological
  • Rev. Kathleen Roney, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Morristown, NJ.


Click here to register online for this free event.


Princeton University, Carl Field Center, 58 Prospect Ave (Corner of Prospect and Olden) Princeton, N.J. 08544

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If you have any questions Please call ABC NJ  office at 609-587-8700.

Humanity Baptist Church 2nd Annual Women's Conference

Humanity Baptist Church, Newark,  where Rev. Robert L. DeVeaux is the senior pastor,  recently celebrated their second annual women's conference.  The theme was, Bondage Free, lifted from       Galatians 5:1.  Rev. DeVeaux noted, " as we strive to be better servants, we occasionally have to be reminded through the word of God to stand firm in the liberty of Christianity".  Our sisters came to the conference with excitement and expectation.  It was a weekend of  fellowship, reflection and renewal.  Rev. Lula A. Baker, Sr. Pastor for Cross and Crown Christian Church, Kenilworth, ignited the conference on Friday evening with the preached word and then followed up with a  Saturday workshop on the biblical definitions of bondage, facilitating a deeper understanding. On Saturday afternoon, Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain focused on biblical examples of women that intentionally claimed both their calling and their blessing of liberty.  The workshops were filled with fruitful and thoughtful discussion. Our weekend concluded with a joyful worship service on Sunday, as Rev. Jacobs-Strain shared the preached word. The women's committee lead by Sister Carol Gilliard, thought of every detail and it was a wonderful weekend filled with blessings for all that attended.

Women In Ministry Growth and Fellowship Events


WIM support ABW’s Annual Conference

American Baptist Women Christian Women Conference and Retreat; May 30-June 1, 2013

Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Center, Harvey Cedars, NJ :

For more information go to www.abwminnj.org

Call or email Joan Moyer 609-706-9074 or moyerjb@msn.com



ABCNJ New Church Development & Women In Ministry

Growing in Christ:  Women Leadership Workshop

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1: 3-8

Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:00-1:00 pm

Bible Study Leader: Rev. Ann Borquist, ABC-IM Missionary in Brazil

Workshop Leaders:

Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Assoc. Professor of Preaching and Worship, “Sustaining Fervor and Balance in Ministry”

Rev. Kathleen Roney, First Baptist Church , Morristown, NJ; “Ministry in Prison”

Location: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Register online. There is no charge.

Women In Ministry, Day of Dialog


A Day of Dialog was a full and wonderful morning of praise, sharing and ministry affirming dialog. As we embraced Lectio Devino worship we began our dialog by listening to Psalm 61:1-5 in both the NRSV and The Message; thinking about the scripture and listening to the Holy Spirit. Each of us paused to hear the Word of God read to us, pour over us and absorb us. We listened to the word of God, patiently anticipating the rich dialog to follow and the blessings that would ensue. Reverend Mayra Castaneda took us on a “Dirt Road Journey”, sharing her call to ministry, the turns, bumps and curves. She shared the benefits of a dirt road journey versus the deceiving ease of paved roads. She shared her challenges and her triumphs which enabled her to yield to God’s call to serving as a senior pastor even without role models. God guided her all the way. Rev. Patrice Hernandez shared the national landscape for WIM and a closer look at WIM in New Jersey. She expressed the necessity of a partnership between male and female clergy so that there is equal access for women to share the gifts that God has given them to share with the people of God. Living into your calling and being obedient requires each of us to serve God’s people by sharing the full array of gifts that God has given us. After each workshop we separated into small breakout groups and reflectively discussed the content that was shared with us. We found similarities in our journeys, advice, affirmation and encouragement. We recognized that while our ministry and our calling is ordained by God we may need to seek alternate venues for our ministry to be realized. We discussed the need to shadow WIM that are serving in senior pastor positions, to form alliances within clergy and that it is essential to raise congregational awareness about the biblical and ethical basis for equity in ministry.

ACCESS has defined by Rev. Hernandez, serves as a catalyst for the national emphasis and the newly formed Advisory Team that will continue to look for ways to educate, advocate and support Women in Ministry. The vision of ABWIM is to seek the full participation and full partnership of men and women in ministry in which both women and men are able to fully utilize their God-given gifts and fully live out their God-given call. Moreover, through Shining the Spotlight on Women in Ministry, their mission emphasis, Rev. Hernandez will continue to encourage and guide WIM. In many ways ACCESS both summarizes and establishes the goals for ABWIM and the focus for WIM within New Jersey.


  • Advocating for equal access in placement and opportunities for ministry
  • Cultivating women’s call to ministry
  • Celebrating the gifts women bring to ministry
  • Educating congregations about the biblical basis for women in ministry
  • Shining the
  • Spotlight on American Baptist Women in Ministry!

All in all, it was a blessed and inspiring day. WIM will meet again on December 1, 2012 for our annual Women In Ministry prayer breakfast. Location and time will be shared soon.

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Sharing the Gospel in Maplewood


On Sunday, January 29, 2010, it was a blessing to fellowship with First Baptist Church of Maplewood as they kicked off their Fifth Sunday Series. Under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. Marsha Butler and Asst. Pastor Rev. Malva Wise-White, this series will enable a lay person to share the gospel on these designated Sundays. Brother Debo Gbadebo preached the first sermon lifting up Psalm 77:1-14,

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.1I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

He inspired each of us to be encouraged in the midst of our trials, for in struggle there is triumph as long as we keep our eyes on God. First Baptist has partnered with the Sierra House of East Orange, a transitional living program for homeless and at risk women, by sharing God’s love by providing gifts to the women that are both personal and practical. On Sunday, February 19, 2012 they will celebrate their 14th church anniversary at 11:00 am. Rev. Dr. Edgard Nicolas, Associate Regional Pastor for Haitian Ministries, ABCNJ, will be the guest preacher. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by February 13, 2012 to www.firstmaplewood@aol.com or 973-762-3778.