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“Faces and Places of Hope” is a weekly podcast series from American Baptist Home Mission Societies that shares good news stories about discipleship, community-building and social justice ministries across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Date Title Length
08-27-2014 The Rev. Beverly Lowell, pastor of United Baptist Church, Saco, Maine, talks about the church's special outreach programs. 8:28
08-20-2014 The Rev. Dr. Leroy Thompson, vice president of Christian Ministry at Bacone College, Muskogee, Okla., talks about the mission and ministry of the school, which has been described as one of the most racially and ethnically diverse campuses west of the Mississippi River. 8:19

08-13-2014 Jay Nussel, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, W.Va., discusses the university's focus on developing leaders committed to service. 8:30
08-06-2014 The Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains, describes new ways that churches are reaching into their communities. 8:28

07-30-2014 Laura Alden, American Baptist Home Mission Societies associate executive director of Publishing and publisher, Judson Press, recommends various books that provide hope. 8:29
07-23-2014 The Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, associate executive minister of American Baptist Churches of New York State, discusses enhanced missional engagement. 9:00

07-16-2014 Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, American Baptist Home Mission Societies managing director of Resource Development, discuses Faiths United Against Tobacco along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's "Tips from Former Smokers" ad campaign. 9:23
07-09-2014 The Rev. Sandra Hasenauer, associate executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, discusses AB GIRLS. 8:26

07-01-2014 Happy Holiday! 0:00
06-18-2014 American Baptist Action Learning Team facilitator the Rev. Alan Selig discusses
pastoral attrition.
7:59

06-11-2014 The Rev. Lisa Harris, national coordinator of American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Justice for Children Initiative and Christian Center Relations, discusses greed, poverty, awareness
and hope.
8:31
06-04-2014 The Rev. Juanita Steenbakkers, pastor of First Baptist Church, Stanley, N.D., discusses the impact of oil industry development on the community and the church. 7:57

05-28-2014 The Rev. Jabulani McCalister, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Providence, R.I., shares about social ministry through the South Providence Neighborhood Ministries Neighborhood Action Program, as well as welcoming the challenge of sharing the Gospel outside his congregation to those with no exposure to the church. 9:13
05-21-2014 Stan Lemons, historian at First Baptist Church in America, Providence, R.I., talks about taking inspiration from a church's history to identify its present sense of purpose. 9:06

05-14-2014 The Rev. Matt Sturtevant, senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kan., shares about hope—hope provided to his congregation by a medical missionary as well as hope offered by his church through local outreach. 8:52
05-07-2014 The Rev. David Weatherspoon, campus minister at Franklin (Ind.) College, talks about the importance of receptive campus ministry in shaping future ministry leaders. 8:51

04-30-2014 Mark Samuels, executive director of Ohio's Neighborhood Ministries, shares the transformational ministry story of three community centers serving low income families with family assistance, after-school programs and much more. 8:49
04-23-2014 The Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, pastor of First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb., discusses what it means for a church to be mission-minded today. 8:54

04-16-2014 May you be blessed during this Holy Week. There will be no new podcast this week but watch for next week's interview with Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs. 0:00
04-09-2014 Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, American Baptist Home Mission Societies' managing director of Resource Development, discusses the work of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition, which focuses on public policy relating to increasing education and employment opportunities for those who are disabled. 8:59

04-02-2014 The Rev. Steve Bils, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast, shares ideas related to shifting perspectives about what it means to be a successful congregation. 8:52
03-27-2014 The Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky, talks about churches that are providing new life to mission outreach. 8:26

03-19-2014 The Rev. Yamina Apolinaris, executive director of Corporación Milagros del Amor, an ABHMS Neighborhood Action Program Christian center in Caguas, Puerto Rico, talks about the center's ministry. 8:38
03-12-2014 Rev. Dr. James Kelsey, executive minister of ABC of New York State, shares how his decade as an international missionary shapes his current ministry seeking common ground with those in the region who sometimes find the church suspect. 8:28

03-05-2014 The Rev. Fela Barrueto, American Baptist Home Mission Societies national coordinator of Prisoner Re-entry and Aftercare Ministry, discusses the ministry. 9:16
02-26-2014 Benjamin Ross, historian for Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., discusses the ways in which the church embraces mission on its doorstep. 9:04

02-19-2014 The Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray, immediate past president of American Baptist Historical Society, discusses the organization's role in informing American Baptist identity. 8:25
02-12-2014 The Rev. Dwayne Williams talks about his radio ministry, which broadcasts worldwide in both English and Spanish. 8:23

02-05-2014 Dr. David Laubach, chair of the board of Green Lake (Wis.) Conference Center, talks about the center's encouragement of home mission. 8:38
01-29-2014 Dr. Marshall Peters, executive minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches, discusses the impact of the Missional Church Learning Experience on a small church in Iowa. 8:32

01-22-2014 Matt Lundgren, executive director of Friendship House of Christian Service in Billings, Mont., talks about the Neighborhood Action Program's outreach in response to its neighborhood's generational poverty. 8:18
01-16-2014 Kelli Williams, Spiritual Life director at Alaska Child and Family, discusses the organization's ministry. 8:21

01-08-2014 The Rev. Dr. David Carrico, executive minister of American Baptist Churches USA's
West Virginia Baptist Convention, talks about his region's 2014 theme, "Living as People
of Hope."
8:29
01-01-2014 Happy Holidays! 0:00

12-25-2013 Happy Holidays! 0:00
12-18-2013 The Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries, ABC-USA, talks about the increase in local church commitment to missional outreach. 9:21

12-11-2013 The Rev. Robin Stoops, ABC of Nebraska executive minister, talks about the region's exciting "Missional Immersion" with young adults, made possible by an ABHMS
Palmer Grant.
8:39
12-04-2013 The Rev. Craig Coster, Southwest Area minister of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, discusses church collaboration in local mission outreach. 9:21

11-27-2013 Happy Thanksgiving! 0:00
11-20-2013 Rev. Felipe Candelaria, pastor of Iglesia Bautista de Quebrada in Puerto Rico, talks about the music academy his church created that impacts the community. 8:57

11-13-2013 The Rev. Alan Rudnick, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ballston Spa, N.Y., and author of "The Work of the Associate Pastor" (Judson Press, 2012), discusses engaging every congregant in hands-on ministry. 9:00
11-06-2013 The Rev. Dr. Don Rasmussen, former executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, details the ways in which he and wife, Ginny, continue to pursue discipleship in retirement as volunteers. 8:38

10-30-2013 The Rev. Dr. Heather Entrekin, professor of Congregational Health at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kan., considers the congregational-health-vs.-mission-outreach debate. 8:37
10-23-2013 The Rev. Dr. Harry E. Simmons, senior staff Chaplain and CP supervisor for the Hunter homes, McGuire medical center, Richmond, Virginia, and the chair person of the American Baptist Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor endorsement committee, provides information about Pastoral Care week, October 20-26, 2013. 19:30

10-16-2013 The Rev. George Schoonmaker, pastor of Westview Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Ind., discusses the amazing growth that the church experienced only a year after beginning missional outreach in its neighborhood. 8:47
10-09-2013 The Rev. Wallace R. Smith of Journey Community Church, Shawnee, Kan., shares thoughts about mission outreach. 9:29

10-03-2013 The Rev. Joan Friesen, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis, discusses the growth of Burma diaspora congregations in the region. 9:37
09-25-2013 The Rev. Dr. Joe Kutter, past executive director of American Baptist Churches USA's Ministers Council, talks about helping churches find a missional spirit.

8:24

09-19-2013 Joe Greemore, pastor of Children and Youth at Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., describes a youth mission trip to Alaska, hosted by Shiloh Baptist Church, Anchorage. 9:25
09-11-2013 The Rev. Dwight Lundgren, manager of American Baptist Personnel Services and a conflict mediator, reflects on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. 10:48
09-04-2013 The Rev. Tom Wiles, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, talks about home mission challenges and opportunities. 9:30
08-28-2013 The Rev. Kim Wilcox, pastor of North Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan., discusses a joint mission encounter. 8:14
08-21-2013 The Rev. Dr. Gale Mack, pastor of the American Baptist Church of Lakeland, Fla., discusses his mission-focused mature congregation. 9:12
08-14-2013 Retired physicist Bill Mankin talks about his work as Ministry and Mission coach for American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. 8:20
08-07-2013 In this message from a recent ABHMS board of directors meeting, the Rev. Lauren Ng reminds us that not all Americans are First World people and that mission opportunities abound on our own doorstep. 12:54
07-31-2013 Rev. Dr. Dwight Stinnet, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Great Rivers Region, talks about churches discovering paths to respond to mission opportunities at home—right across the street. 9:12
07-24-2013 The Rev. Monica Harmon, chaplain at Crossroads Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio, talks about her June visit to Topeka Correctional Facility with American Baptist chaplains and pastoral counselors, sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Chaplain and Pastoral Counseling Ministries. 12:41
07-17-2013 The Rev. Dr. Leo Thorne, associate general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, discusses developing passion for stewardship in missional churches. 8:56
07-10-2013 Elena Jurado, convener of American Baptist Girls' National Leadership Team, talks about how the organization fosters the growth of faith in girls and young women, ages 8-18. 08:15
07-03-2013 Gary Wagner, President of Rainbow Acres, a Christian residential community in Camp Verde, AZ. for adults with disabilities. 8:22
06-28-2013 The Rev. Kent Harrop, senior pastor at First Baptist Church, McMinnville, Ore., talks about mission at the church's doorstep. 08:18
06-19-2013 Kim & Reggie Harris, musicians and storytellers, talk about the songs of hope in their DNA and how they educate, motivate and touch people. 10:42
06-12-2013 The Rev. Dr. Judy Allbee, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, talks about her region's response to gun violence. 08:53
06-06-2013 The Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton, executive minister of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches USA, explains the unique way that the association is organized. 08:49
05-29-2013 Diana Shutt, president of American Baptist Women's Ministries of Pennsylvania and Delaware, details the support the organization provides to Cordova (Alaska) Community Christian Center. 08:28
05-22-2013 Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, Neb., talks about the nonprofit organization as a place of hope and justice. 08:33
05-15-2013 Virginia Holmstrom, executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, shares about the organization's engagement in home mission today. 08:49
05-08-2013 Retired Veterans Affairs hospital chaplain the Rev. Robert Roesler discusses
hospital chaplaincy.
08:10
05-01-2013 Glenn Miller discusses his Missouri business, which provides accounting services to churches and other nonprofit organizations. 08:46
04-26-2013 Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, regional executive minister of ABC of New Jersey, talks about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on his state's American Baptist churches. 08:28
04-17-2013 The Rev. Mike Oldham, ministry and mission coach for American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains, talks about the Backyard Mission Project. 08:35
04-10-2013 Lucky Ray, president of American Baptist Men-USA, discusses Phase II of the Hopi
Mission Project
.
08:08
04-04-2013 Amber Shearer, administrator of Camp Wyoba, Casper, Wyo., talks about the camp's life-changing ministry. 08:15
03-27-2013 Ruth Skar, associate executive minister of ABC of the Dakotas, talks about North Dakota's Camp Bentley and Christian camping. 08:24
03-21-2013 The Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, coordinating minister of The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vt., talks about the impact of community ministry analysis on its outreach ministries. 10:58
03-13-2013

Retired Chaplain (Major General) Lorraine K. Potter talks about making women’s
history as the first female chaplain in the United States Air Force.

For more information about military chaplaincy, e-mail cpcs@abhms.org or visit  www.abhms.org/caring_ministries/chaplaincy/documents.cfm.

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03-07-2013 The Rev. Dr. Arlo Reichter of American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin explains a creative approach to seminary. 08:57
02-27-2013 We are taking a vacation this week. 00:00
02-20-2013 The Rev. Lisa Harris talks about American Baptist Home Mission Societies grants that support ministries with Children in Poverty in America. 07:57
02-13-2013 The Rev. Aundreia Alexander Esq. discusses holistic and compassionate immigration reform from a faith-based perspective. 09:13
02-06-2013 Honoring Black History Month: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley tells the story of her father Amos Dudley, a commissioned American Baptist missionary who ministered at a Christian center in Phoenix, Ariz. 09:26
01-30-2013 Rev. Christine Smith, president of the board of Cleveland Baptist Association, talks about leading in a season of transition. 08:56
01-23-2013 The Rev. Manny Santiago, pastor of University Baptist Church, Seattle, Wash., talks about ministering to young adults. 09:35
01-17-2013 Curtis Ramsey-Lucas talks about American Baptist Home Mission Societies' advocacy efforts related to stopping gun violence in America. 08:10
01-09-2013 Laura Alden, American Baptist Home Mission Societies' associate executive director for Publishing Ministries, talks about the ministry and mission of Judson Press. 08:55
01-04-2013 Rev. Glynis LaBarre, American Baptist Home Mission Societies transformation strategist, discusses the Missional Movement and her book "Learning Mission, Living Mission: Churches that Work," recently published by Judson Press. 08:29
12-26-2012 Happy Holidays! 00:00
12-19-2012 Rev. Don Ng, pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and vice president of American Baptist Churches USA, talks about the church’s mission in the chinese community. 09:38
12-12-2012 The Rev. Tom Wiles describes the “Living Christmas Tree” at First Baptist Church of North Platte, Neb. 08:29
12-05-2012 Upon return from his sabbatical discipleship experience, the Rev. Joel Frederickson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan., reflects on his time away from congregational life. 08:34
11-28-2012 Victoria Goff, ABHMS national coordinator of Volunteer Ministries, talks about award from mayor of New Orleans for work in the city's Ninth Ward. 10:08
11-21-2012 Happy Thanksgiving! 00:00
11-14-2012 Rev. Ron Lott, pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Iowa, describes the joy that resulted from his church's community outreach, inspired by American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Missional Church Learning Experience. 09:01
11-07-2012 Dr. Lee Spitzer, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, describes Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in the region and tells American Baptists how they can help. 08:39
11-01-2012 Retired American Baptist home missionary Mary Mild continues to make a difference in various areas, including refugee resettlement. 09:18
10-24-2012 The Rev. Cassandra Carkuff-Williams, Ed.D., American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) national coordinator of Discipleship Resource Development, lifts up the legacy of ABHMS’ Biennial/Mission Summit ministry awards and shares information about making nominations. 12:04
10-17-2012 We are taking a vacation this week. 00:00
10-10-2012

Former First Lady of Pennsylvania Ginny Thornburgh talks about the importance of advocacy with political candidates and about issues of importance to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Election 2012: Questions for Candidates

13:59
10-03-2012 Sandra Marlatte of Ottawa (Kan.) University talks about taking students to Ecumenical Work Week in New Orleans. 8:18
09-26-2012 Aida Pluss, leader of the Missional Church Learning Experience team at Calvary Baptist Church, Springfield, Vt., discusses the church’s community project—responding to those in need after Hurricane Irene. 9:55
09-19-2012 Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty, Washington, D.C., discusses the organization’s work. 9:57
09-12-2012 Part 2 - Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, pastor, First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb., talks about his church’s ministry to Karen refugees. 9:30
09-05-2012 Part 1 - Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, pastor, First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb., talks about his church’s ministry to Karen refugees. 8:16
08-29-2012 Dr. Reg Mills, chair of the 2013 Biennial/Mission Summit, talks about discipleship development through denominational gatherings. 8:10
08-22-2012 Kylen Rowland, 11, shares her inspiration for The Penny Project that she launched
at age 9.
7:15
08-15-2012 Jen Kane, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Olathe, Kan., discusses the impact of Immerse, the national gathering of American Baptist youth. 7:37
08-08-2012 The Rev. Steve Bils, executive director of American Baptist Churches of Oregon, discusses the emergency services program that he helped to found at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D. 9:42
08-01-2012 The Rev. Stan Moody, pastor of Manchester, Maine’s Meetinghouse Church—recipient of a 2011 grant from the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust— shares his passion for prison ministry. 14:33
07-25-2012 We are taking a vacation this week. 00:00
07-18-2012 The Rev. Chad Hale, executive director of Atlanta’s Georgia Avenue Community Ministry food cooperative, discusses the program, which received a 2011 grant from the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust. 11:35
07-12-2012 American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Curtis Ramsey-Lucas discusses the significance of the prayer walk on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, which was held during Immerse, the national gathering of American Baptist youth. 8:55
07-04-2012 Happy Independence Day! 00:00
06-27-2012 The Rev. David Lundholm, retired associate executive director of American Baptist Churches of Nebraska, talks about participating in The Penny Project. 8:01
06-22-2012 The Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kan., discusses the role that seminary plays in church leader preparation. 8:46
06-13-2012 The Rev. Joel Frederickson, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan., considers his sabbatical a discipleship experience. 8:47
06-06-2012 The Rev. Judy Gay, pastor of Fremont Baptist Church, Seattle, discusses the Missional Church Learning Experience. 8:00
05-30-2012 The Rev. Terry Provance, executive director of Oikocredit USA, talks about the organization’s goal to empower people out of poverty. 12:49
05-23-2012 Diane Jorgensen, former chaplain for an American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries facility, discusses the meaning of “little green shoots.” 9:44
05-16-2012 The Rev. Cassandra Carkuff-Williams, Ed.D., ABHMS national coordinator of Discipleship Resource Development, talks about Immerse, the national gathering of American Baptist youth. 9:44
05-09-2012 American Baptist Churches of the Dakotas Executive Minister Riley Walker describes the positive impact of Karen people on First Baptist Church, Huron, S.D. 9:47
05-02-2012 Kathy Brown, former minister of Missional Support for American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, talks about the mission connection between the central region and Alaska. 8:55
04-25-2012 Lucky Ray, president of American Baptist Men-USA, discusses the Hopi Mission Project. 15:40

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