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2015 ABWM Leadership Team

The AB Women's Ministry Leadership Team gathered for a fall meeting in Carlisle, PA. Mark Mahserjian-Smith had a great honor of dedicating the new officers and association presidents, as well as telling the ladies about recent mission trips. This is an incredible group who remain a powerful force for mission in our Region.

Additional pictures are available HERE





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/27/2015

TOUCH A TRUCK at FBC Waynesburg

The Touch a Truck event at FBC, Waynesburg is HUGE! You really had to be there to appreciate everything that was happening. Air horns were blasting as kids climb into the cabs of the trucks. And every truck that drove by sounded their greeting. Kids were running from truck to truck pulling their parents along. The church was prepared to distribute more than 600 bibles to children attending. Rev Ed Pierce is lead pastor at FBC. What an awesome community event! 

More photos are available HERE





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/27/2015

ABHMS Welcomes New Executive Director


Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, ABCOPAD Regional Pastor With Congregations, spent the day at our ABC Mission Center in Valley Forge. He was there to welcome the incoming executive director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray. He will begin his ministry at ABHMS on November 1 following the 24 year tenure of the Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins, III, who will be retiring.




Pictured above are the Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins, III, present Executive Director of ABHMS, Jeff Johnson, and the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director-elect.



Pictured above are Jeff Johnson with the Rev. Dr. Clifford Johnson, Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington, Delaware and also President of the ABHMS Board of Directors, and the Rev. Dr. Alonzo Patterson who is Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska and Director of our ABC work in that state.


You will remember, when Jeff came on board to ABCOPAD five years ago, he retained his executive position with the American Baptist Churches USA as the National Director of Evangelism and New Church Planting under the auspices of ABHMS, a position in total he has now held for fifteen years.


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/25/2015

Leadership Learning Communities

Leadership Learning Communities (LLC) are small groups of pastors gathering together locally to empower each other to have healthy vital relationships personally and professionally. This is a crucial part of fulfilling the region's vision to build healthy partnerships with Churches, Pastoral Leaders and the wider ABC Family.

Here are some recent photos of recent LLC meetings across the region. To learn more, click HERE


The Delaware Association LLC with Jeff Collins, Mark Mahserjian-Smith, CG Coats, Dan Taylor, Louise Barger, and Kevin Walden.



The Northumberland Association LLC held its September meeting at PNC field, taking in a Pirates game! Included in the group are Pete Wilson, and Rob Rice


The Pastor's Spouse LLC met for fellowship in State College. A few of the group: Kevin Walden, Kelly Hartman, and Jen Rice.


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/21/2015

FBC, Mansfield, Pastoral Installation

The First Baptist Church of Mansfield recently installed their new minister, Rev. Cheryl Filson. The service included the Mayor of Mansfield, County Commissions, Clergy from Mansfield and many other who have been partners in ministry with Pastor Cheryl. It was awesome seeing so many pastors and members of the Martin Luther King Baptist Church (Harrisburg) where Pastor Cheryl previously served come to the installation service. Congratulations!!!

Additional pictures are available HERE 




by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 9/21/2015

Watsontown Baptist 175th Anniversary

Congratulations to the members of Watsontown Baptist Church who celebrated their 175th anniversary. The sanctuary was filled with great music and preaching, the pews were filled with faithful members and former pastors, and there was plenty to eat at a family picnic. The weather was glorious, but no match for the spirit of God among those gathered in worship and fellowship. Rev. Jim Ritter serves as pastor.

Additional pictures are available at Photobucket 







by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/20/2015

Drawing Closer


Rev. Robert Rice, pastor at the Muncy Baptist Church, has recently published a book entitled Drawing Closer. The book is a compilation of his daily devotionals. Each morning Pastor Rob sends his church family and friends a morning devotional thought to help them start their day. The book is available via Amazon. Below are the links.

For more information, you can also contact Pastor Rob at


Drawing Closer [Kindle Edition]

Drawing Closer [Print Edition]


Congratulations, Rob! 



by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 9/4/2015