Testify! The Flyer


[lead]It's February, and the preparation for Annual Session is already under way! Mark your calendars now and get ready to register as soon as it becomes available.[/lead] Annual Session is a week earlier this year. Our pastors academy will be meeting [highlight]September 18[/highlight] and Annual Session will be held [highlight]September 19[/highlight].

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ABCNJ Pastors, you have been summoned to testify!


[lead]ABCNJ summons our region’s clergy to help create a devotional book for 2016 which will be released at this year’s Annual Session! We are looking for clergy to submit one testimony (250 words maximum) focused on one of the 4 following journey themes:[/lead]

  • My Conversion Experience - “When or how did you first become aware that God was working in your life?”
  • My Baptism - “How did your baptism serve as a transformational moment in your life?”
  • My Call to Ministry - “How did God call you to ministry?”
  • An Encounter With God - “Describe a moment or story when you knew God was present or active in your life.”

Get involved! Submit your testimony by June 1, 2015! Send it to this dedicated address - You can submit your text in an email, or attach your word processing file to an email. [highlight]Please do not format your testimony, and do not send a pdf file[/highlight]. We will need your full name, your ministry position, and the name of your current church or organization. Testimonies will be edited for space and clarity. The final version will be sent to authors for approval prior to publication.

ABCNJ @Live s01 e03 - "Fast Tracks"


Rev. Vernl Mattson and Rev. Dr. Peter Ely sat down in the ABCNJ @Live studio and discussed the missions and Christian education tracks being offered at COAL 2015. We'll have great people, terrific teaching, good food, and a whole lot of fun. Register today and make sure your church won't miss out! [raw] [column size="1/4"] [button color="default" link="/coal-2015" size="default" target="_self" block="false"]More Information[/button]
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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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For more information, please download the flyer by clicking or tapping the image below.

WIM Prayer Breakfast December 2014 Flyer



On Friday November 14, 2014 the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly opened it's doors to host Fused, an event for Middle and High School students.. About seventy youth and youth leaders from First Baptist Church- Westfield, First Asian Church of Haddonfield, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, First Baptist Church of Collingswood and First Baptist of Bordentown responded to the invitation. Praise and worship, led by Mount Holly's teen praise team, kicked off the evening. Pastor Scott Warren of Mount Holly then spoke a message of encouragement to the crowd, encouraging all to be "conquerors" in their daily lives. Rev. Marella Holmes, ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Youth Ministry, built upon the conqueror theme through a group exercise which called to teamwork to be brave for Jesus in daily life.

After such a packed program you'd think those in attendance would have been exhausted, but they weren't! Food and more fun capped off the evening as teens and youth leaders made connections with one another.

Greater Delaware Valley Association has an opportunity for you


On October 4 the Greater Delaware Valley Association will host a "Youth Initiative Work Day" at UrbanPromise.  The event is for grades 6-12 and will take place between 9AM and 3PM, volunteers are asked to pack a lunch and wear work clothes! For more information, use the form below to contact Randy Van Osten. Come out and make this day a great success for the GDVA, UrbanPromise, and the kids in the Camden area!

Click on the image below to download a PDF flyer for your churches.

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RSVP no later than September 21.

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Don't forget to sign up for the Minister's Council retreat!


Pastor's don't miss this wonderful opportunity of learning, friendship, and rest at this year's Minister's Council retreat! This event on May 20, is free for Minister's Council members (or $25 at the door for non-members)!



See the event page at this link for more information.

ABCNJ Academy Presents – Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries


Course Description

Come embrace an opportunity for spiritual growth and formation within the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for clergy and laity. Paricipants will be guided through one of two teaching/workshop tracks. One for laity and one for clergy. The day will end with a panel discussion and question & answer time with the teaching team from Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries.

Date and Time

Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)


We are pleased to be hosted by Columbus Baptist Church:

24260 West Main Street Columbus, NJ 08022
Follow this link for directions.


  • There is a $25 registration fee to attend this event.

Register Online

To register for this Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries event, follow this link.

Leadership Team

  • Dr. John Piippo, Professor of Spiritual Formation at Payne Seminary and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Baptist Church, Monroe, MI
  • Norelle Lutke, workshop leader and Vice Chairman of Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries, Witchita, KS
  • Dr. Clay Ford, workshop leader and Chairman of Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries, San Diego, CA
  • Dr. Ed Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church, Lansing, MI


If you would like to promote this event in your church, feel free to download the flyer listed below.

ABCNJ Academy Presents – "Idea Painting"


Course Description

As our society continues its shift to visual communication, instructors must find new ways through which information may be communicated with students. While the tools for effective instruction are common (digital projectors, laptops, tablets, etc.) our teaching methods often fail to match the new reality they create. This course will focus on helping instructors explore a new method of communication while freeing a digital projection screen to be true to its design as a visual medium. Students in this class will be introduced to the concepts behind "Idea Painting" through lecture and practical exercises. By the end of the course they will have put together a five minute presentation using the skills they have acquired throughout the course's progression.

Course Goals

Participants will be introduced to the theory of visual presentations, and a basic method for putting a visual presentation together. Throughout the course, participants will work collaboratively to create a visual presentation –which they will then present to the class.

Course Schedule

  • 02/18/2014 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Getting into the idea - Learn the basic theory of Sermon-Painting and watch some “painting” clips. Receive presentation assignments.
  • 02/19/2014 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Plugging the images - Learn how to mark up a manuscript with media tags and how to search for images. Practice “tagging” manuscripts.
  • 02/25/2014 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Freeing your slides - Minimizing slide-clutter and using speaker-notes. Collaborate on polishing the slides for the final project.
  • 02/26/2014 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Taking the stage - Present final projects!


Classes will be held in the ABCNJ Regional Office:

3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101Trenton, NJ 08690


  • Idea Painting has a $25 registration fee.


To participate in this course participants will need to have the following:

  • Basic knowledge of a presentation program (Power Point, Impress, Keynote, etc.)
  • A laptop or other mobile computing solution

About the instructor

Rev. Wesley T Allen is the Communications Director for the American Baptists Churches of New Jersey and the pastor of the Central Baptist Church of Riverton-Palmyra. His "Idea Painting" concepts emerged from his ten-year reflection on the integration of technology and preaching.

Register Today!

Follow this link to register for Idea Painting. Space is limited, so don't delay!


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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Hurricane Sandy Response - Awesome Deeds of Righteousness!


ABCNJ/ABHMS Sandy Work Week

Making a Difference!



ABCNJ and our American Baptist partners are making a difference on the Jersey shore (and beyond)!

Volunteers from FBC Westfield

The third of four Hurricane Sandy Relief work weeks, sponsored jointly by ABCNJ and the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, is coming to a successful close.  Volunteers from New Jersey (ABCNJ), Pennsylvania (ABCOPAD), Indiana (ABC Ind/KY), Rhode Island (ABCORI) and West Virginia (WVBC) are among those participating - 94 in all!

As Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of ABCNJ, I am so proud of how our region and its churches have responded to the storm.  We have repaired and rebuilt buildings, and more importantly, have served our communities in countless ways.These work weeks demonstrate that we are not alone - the entire ABCUSA family is alongside us!  And we are making a difference in the lives of families along the shore and beyond.  Folks keep letting us know how much they appreciate what the volunteers are doing.

I had the opportunity to visit some of the work sites on Tuesday (August 16), accompanied by Victoria Goff (ABHMS), Denise Gratzel (ABCNJ Disaster Relief Coordinator) and Mark Mahserjian-Smith (ABCOPAD).

A refrigerator damaged by the storm.

This has been an extraordinarily hot week, but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of our volunteers.  Each day they keep on serving!

Our Hurricane Sandy Response volunteers are involved in many activities, including painting interior walls of homes damaged by the storm, cleaning up and beautifying yards, hauling debris from homes (like refrigerators!), preparing a community center for future relief activities, and preparing the building adjacent to ABCNJ's Pilgrim Baptist Church, for future ministry.

But it is not just the physical labor that is touching peoples' lives.  Our volunteers have also been listening to the stories of and then praying with those they are helping.  Many have been through so much trauma and they deeply appreciate a listening and compassionate friend.

Victoria Goff, a homeowner, Denise Gratzel and Lee Spitzer

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2013-07 Sandy Work Week 8As I reflected on what is happening in our midst, I was led to read Psalm 65.  In verse 5 and 7, David exclaims: "You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, ...who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves."  This week, I witnessed the "awesome deeds of righteousness" of God's people in response to the storm of a century, and from their actions, God's grace and love brought a measure of peace and consolation to those whose lives have been tossed about.

Looking to the future, we still have a work week scheduled for August 10-17, 2013.   In 2014, we hope to sponsor two more work weeks.

Essex Association Meeting Set for August 3!

Essex Association 43rd Annual Meeting and Rally:Saturday, August 3, 2013 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church 27 Lincoln Avenue Newark, New Jersey 07104 Rev. Handel Roberts, PastorThe theme (“Relevancy in Ministry”) text is Mathew 25:35-36 (NIV): "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. ABCNJ's Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, will preach at the Worship Service. We are also having two workshops: “Technology in Ministry” (led by ABCNJ's Rev. Wes Allen) and “U.S. Immigration Law and Ministry.” Yours in Christ, Dr. Rodríguez
 ABCNJ-Associational Life

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.

Bible Study at the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan


Bible Study at the  Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA) St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair, where Rev. Deborah L. Spivey is the Interim Pastor- visited the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA), to experience the, "Ashe to Amen Exhibit", which "investigates the intersections and crossroads of aesthetics and belief in African American art. For more than two centuries, the Bible has been a catalyst for this multicultural and initially disenfranchised artistic community and has been inspiring the creation of sacred, spiritual, and religious spaces and identity. The exhibition's title takes its name from praise terms commonly used in African and African American communities. "Ashe", a Yoruba word, refers to the creative power of an artist to make something happen. "Amen" is an affirmation meaning essentially "so be it".  The visual continuum on display in Ashe to Amen presents the inventive, deeply personal, and ongoing interpretations of the Bible created by artists from the African American community."

Each artist shared biblical scriptures and stories through art, in the form of paintings, sculptures, photos, crochet, and quilting.  It provided another opportunity for St. Paul members and neighbors to fellowship together.  The trip was inspired and organized by Minster Gwen Parker Ames, Minister of Youth and Family Ministry at St. Paul; together she and Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain collaborated to create an experience that enabled families to study the word of God through this exhibit and to more broadly consider art as a useful vehicle to study the gospel.

As we arrived at the museum, the kids were given clip boards and asked to draw pictures or share their thoughts about the art that seemed to represent these six themes; creation, faith, liberty,  identity,  hope and  revelation. The kids rendered beautiful pictures and insightful observations.  In addition to this exhibit some explored the Museum's collection of Bibles.  After the exhibit,  Rev. Jacobs-Strain lead the participants in a bible study discussion centered around the themes and scriptures discovered in the exhibit.  It was exciting to experience the word of God through a collage of artistic commentaries; and to captured a glimpse of the artist's spiritual journey and a introspective view of our own journeys.  It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday studying the word of God in community and in a museum dedicated to sharing the Good News.   Ashe to Amen, reminded  us of God's omnipresence and providence.

Check out the website by following this link.


The exhibit should be available on their website shortly and will move to Baltimore.

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

Call or email Joan Moyer 609-706-9074 or



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.