• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
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    Women and Girls Conference

     


    Let the Walls Fall Down

    Women and Girls Conference
    July 22-24, 2022
    Virtual and in King of Prussia, PA
     

    Join us for our Women and AB GIRLS Conference in July 2022! Our conference will be held virtually and in-person at American Baptist Women's Ministries' headquarters in King of Prussia, PA. We hope you'll join us as we seek to remove barriers that keep the body of Christ divided.


    Schedule
    The schedule is listed in Eastern Daylight Time and is subject to change.

    Friday, July 22, 2022
    Theme: 
    Sister-to-Sister 
    Wear Teal!

    11:00 AM – Registration Opens and onsite prayer room opens
    1:00 PM –
    • Welcome & Orientation
    • Bible Study with Jackie Murphy/ AB GIRLS Bible Study with Driana Arceneaux
    • Real Acceptance Panel
    • Human Trafficking Workshop with Kate Lee and Elise Choi
    • Sectional Meetings
    • AB GIRLS & Young Adult Gatherings with the Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team and the National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS
    5:30 PM – Dinner
    6:45 PM –
    • Evening Plenary with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Shannon Delay-Harris
    • Chat Back Session with Rev. Dr. Delay-Harris
    • Evening Activities:
    - Vital Partners Reception (not available virtually)
    - AB GIRLS Skincare Workshop with Joyce Moon
     

    "She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."

    ― Proverbs 31:26 ESV
     
    He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

    ― Micah 6:8, NIV


    Saturday, July 23, 2022
    Theme: Digging Deeper Roots for Ministry 


    7:30 AM – Morning Devotions
    9:00 AM –
    • Praise
    • Bible Study (Cultural Competency Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards and Bible Study for Girls with Minister Sadiqa Delaney and Dana Seville)
    • Workshops with Olivia Banks, Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain, Rev. Dr. Christine Smith, and Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan)
    12:00 PM – Lunch
    1:30 PM – Annual Meeting
    3:15 PM – President's Tea for Women Leaders, hosted by Rev. Dr. Christine Smith and Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain
    3:15 PM – Free Time and Dinner on your own
    6:30 PM – Ice Cream Social (not available virtually)
    7:30 PM –
    • Evening Plenary with guest preacher Rev. Marsha Scipio
    • Evening Activities:
    - Community Service Project (not available virtually)
    - Alumnae Gathering
     
     
    "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
    –Romans 12:6-8 NIV
     

    Sunday, July 24, 2022
    Theme: Trusting God

    Wear Purple!

    7:30 AM – Morning Devotions
    9:30 AM – AB GIRLS Gathering
    10:15 AM – Praise and Worship with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover
    12:00 PM  – Depature


    For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
    -- Ephesians 2:14, NIV
     
     That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
    -- Ephesians 1:15-19, The Message
     



    Programming Just for Girls
    Girls, who have completed sixth grade and up, will fellowship together, participate in Bible study for girls, meet girls from all over the US, including Puerto Rico, learn about self-care, and participate in outdoor activity.
    • AB GIRLS Coordinator Dr. Berquis Torres, ABWM's Intern Jackie Murphy, and YAWMAT (Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team) members Driana Arceneaux, Dana Seville will lead the Bible Studies
    • Joyce Moon of Defined Natural will facilitate a hands-on workshop where girls learn about and make skincare products,
    • Olivia Banks, Young Adult Women's Ministries coordinator and college soccer athlete, will lead the girls in a fun soccer workshop for all levels, beginner to intermediate
    • Intergenerational events for women and girls


    Registration
    Register Now! – Please read the below information about virtual and in-person attendees. Register by May 1, 2022, to get the best deal! Click here to download the PDF registration form or click here to register online.  
    • Virtual Attendee – $110 program fee if postmarked before May 1; $130 after May 1
    • Onsite Attendee – $150 program fee if postmarked before May 1; $170 after May 1 (fee includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch―other meals are on your own). Program fee does not include housing--see hotel information below. 

    Virtual Attendees – If you're unable to join onsite, we hope you'll be able to join our conference virtually (No registration limit).
     
    Onsite Attendees – To guarantee the safety of guests and staff, American Baptist Women's Ministries has limited registration to the first 70 registrants (first come, first serve basis).  By registering as an onsite attendee, you will agree to the ABWM's safety guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees:
    • Masks will be required throughout the conference
    • Attendees agree to assess their health prior to attending the event. If you are not feeling well or have been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay at home and attend virtually.
    • On the day of your arrival, you will be required to answer a few health screening questions (including having your temperature checked daily) and provide proof of vaccination.
    By registering, you understand you could be exposed to and/or contract to COVID-19, despite American Baptist Women's Ministries' efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. By attending the conference, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the American Baptist Women's Ministries and its related event organizers liable for any illness or injury. 

    COVID-19 Cancellation Policy – American Baptist Women's Ministries follows the CDC and our county guidelines for COVID-19. If COVID-19 makes it impossible to gather in-person safely, our event will be converted to an online-only conference. ABWM recommends purchasing trip insurance on your travel arrangements.
     
    Cancellation Policy – Refunds forfeit a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of American Baptist Women's Ministries. Written cancellation notice must be received by July 1, 2022. No refund notification requests will be honored after July 2, 2022. Written cancellation notice may be emailed to info@abwomensministries.org.



    Scholarships
    American Baptist Women's Ministries has limited scholarships for girls, young adult women, and women to attend the Women and Girls Conference. Scholarships will only be used towards the program registration fee. Applications are due on April 1, 2022. Click here to apply.
     
    Support a girl, young adult women, or women to attend by giving to American Baptist Women's Ministries. Your donation will allow women and girls to experience an American Baptist Women's Ministries conference, build a stronger relationship with God, and learn how to break the walls down. Give now!




    Hotel Options
    American Baptist Women's Ministries has negotiated special rates for our conferees attending onsite. Hotel reservations are based on room availability – book your hotel today!
     
    Individual conferees are responsible for contacting the hotel for reservations (see instructions below). Conferees will not be charged a deposit at the time of reservation but must provide a valid credit card to guarantee a reservation. All individual conferee reservations must be canceled by the conferee at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled arrival (the "Conferee Cancellation Deadline"). A conferee canceling after the Conferee Cancellation Deadline will be billed for one night at the Group Room Rates, along with applicable tax, to the credit card on file.
     
    Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia
    260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406
    • $129.00* for King (1-2 per room) and Double (1-4 per room) rooms--includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, and fitness center
    • Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m/ Check-out Time: 11:00 a.m.
    • Reservations may be made online or by calling 610-265-7500 and requesting a reservation under "ABWM 2022 National Women and Girls Conference".
     
    SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia
    875 Mancill Mill Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
    • $139.00* for King (1-2 per room) or double (1-4 per room) – includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, fitness center, and outdoor pool
    • Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m/ Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.
    • Reservations may be made online or by calling 610-783-1400 and requesting a reservation under "ABWM 2022 National Women and Girls Conference".
    *Price does not include state and local taxes




    Special Guests

    Evening Plenary Preachers:  

    Friday Evening Plenary Session Preacher: Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris
    The Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris has served the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) for more than thirty years. While serving as CDF's Director of Religious Affairs, she created the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths in 1992 and launched CDF's Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry in 1995. Since 1998, Shannon has served as CDF's Senior Religious Advisor, directing CDF's Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Daley-Harris' full bio.

    Saturday Evening Plenary Session Preacher: Rev. Marsha Scipio
    Rev. Marsha Scipio is the Director of Baptist World Aid for the Baptist World Alliance and serves as an Associate Minister at Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY.  She is the Convener of Women Who Minister, a conference to empower women to serve in the ministry and marketplace. Rev. Marsha has served as the Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives and Partnerships for American Baptist Churches USA and the Board of American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan, NY. Click here to read Rev. Scipio's full bio.
     
    Sunday Morning Worship Preacher: Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover
    As a dynamic preacher of deep conviction, Rev Dr. Bernadette Glover is considered a "gem" in the Gospel Ministry. Dr. Glover is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair, New Jersey. Prior to assuming the role of Senior Pastor, Dr. Glover was Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She also served as Executive Pastor at The Cathedral International Church, Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Glover's full bio.


    Workshop Presenters: 

    AB GIRLS Workshop Leader: Olivia Banks
    Olivia began with ABWM in 2019 as a member of the Young Adult Women's Ministry Advisory Team (YAWMAT). She currently serves as the Coordinator of Young Adult Women's Ministries and enjoys participating in the various ABWM events. She graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Business Management as well as played varsity soccer all four years. She works full-time in logistics and engineering for Ryder as a logistics specialist. Click here to read Mrs. Bank's full bio.

     
    Young Adult Women Workshop Leader: Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan
    The Rev. Leslie D. Callahan Ph.D. is the fifth pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. Having earned degrees from Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary, and Princeton University, before her call to St. Paul’s, Pastor Callahan taught African American religious history at the University of Pennsylvania and New York Theological Seminary. Her chief joy is being the proud parent of 9-year-old Annabelle.
     
    Women Workshop Co-Leader: Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain
    Reverend Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain is the executive director for American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) and is a member of the National Executive Council for American Baptist Churches, USA. Rev. Dr. Gina served as the Transitional Pastor for First Baptist Church of New Market in Piscataway, New Jersey; Interim Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey; Associate Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry for American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ); and is an Associate Minister of Christian Education at St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Jacobs-Strain's full bio.

    Women Workshop Co-Leader: Rev. Dr. Christine Smith
    Rev. Dr. Christine A. Smith is the national president of American Baptist Women's Ministries and the senior pastor of Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc. in Euclid, Ohio. She is the founder of "Women Together in Ministry of Greater Cleveland" and author of a weekly blog, "Shepastor," dedicated to equipping and encouraging female clergy. In addition to her service as pastor of a local congregation, Rev. Smith is engaged in community service and outreach through work with local clergy groups, hospitals, and educational institutions. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Smith's full bio.

    Human Trafficking Workshop Co-leader: Kate Lee
    Kate Lee is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She has a BA in Politics from the University of Warwick in the UK, and spent most of her working career as a BBC Radio News and Current Affairs Producer in London. Kate relocated to Tokyo, where she worked for NHK - Japanese public radio and television, and then moved to the US. She has served as the chair of the New Jersey Junior Leagues’ State Public Affairs Committee and was the President of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills during its Centennial year in 2013. Kate was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence in 2009 and served as its co-chair from 2013-2018. Kate is married with three sons in college.

    Human Trafficking Workshop Co-leader: Elise Choi
    Elise Choi is a high school senior in New Jersey. She has been a member of the Education Committee for the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking since October 2020. At school, she is a member of the National Honors Society, Debate Team, Model United Nations Club, President of the Northern Highlands Leo Club, and President of the Leo Multiple District 16 Cabinet.
         Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer, Girl Scout Representative to the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey’s Board of Directors, and a researcher assistant for the Korean American Grassroots Conference in Washington D.C. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in May of 2021. For her project, Elise created a digital campaign with the target audience being students. The digital campaign includes an animated video on a brief overview of human trafficking and prevention methods, red flags, and reporting platforms. Click here to read Ms. Choi's full bio.


     
    Real Acceptance Panelist:

    Olivia Banks
    Olivia began with ABWM in 2019 as a member of the Young Adult Women's Ministry Advisory Team (YAWMAT). She currently serves as the Coordinator of Young Adult Women's Ministries and enjoys participating in the various ABWM events. She graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Business Management as well as played varsity soccer all four years. She works full-time in logistics and engineering for Ryder as a logistics specialist. Click here to read Mrs. Bank's full bio.

    Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards
    Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards answered her call to ministry in 2002 while serving as a Chapel Assistant at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she received her Master of Divinity. Prior to her enrollment at Duke, in May of 2005, Kadia graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. Kadia recently graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Her DMin concentration in Theology, Ethics, and Narratives informs her multivalent methodological approach to racial healing. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Edwards' full bio.
     
    Rev. Dr. Charlotte Myers
    Rev. Dr. Charlotte W. Myers is an ordained American Baptist Churches minister with extensive pastoral, certified clinical pastoral counseling, governance of women's ministries, and church administrative management experience and newsletter editor experience. She has a heart of compassion for pastoral and hospice chaplaincy ministry. Her best skills are for ministry management. She is currently employed as a Spiritual Support Clinical Chaplain for By the Bay Health Hospice. While serving as Church Women United State Unit President and Church Women United, Inc. National Chair of Communications as Editor of CWU ChurchWoman News. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Myers' full bio.

    Rev. Beatrix Weil
    Rev. Beatrix Weil currently serves as the Chaplain of Rhodes College and Parish Associate of Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Management Consulting and Psychology. After graduation, she attended Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender in 2017. She was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in July of the same year. Chaplain Beatrix has served at a hospital, a high school, religious organizations of various denominations, and three colleges.  Click here to read Rev. Weil's full bio.
     
    Shileah Huggins
    Shileah Huggins is currently the Convenor of the National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS (NLT). She is active at her church doing projects, being an usher, and helping out with the Baptist Cafe, which provides meals for those in need. Shileah is currently a junior in high school and plans to go to a four-year university majoring in different paths such as psychology, marketing, and fashion. In school, she is in several clubs such as Social Justice which she advocates for, Academic League, College Bound, and many others. She is also proudly in the National Honor Society for almost two years. 


    Bible Study Leaders
     
    Cultural Competency Bible Study Leader: Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards
    Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards answered her call to ministry in 2002 while serving as a Chapel Assistant at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she received her Master of Divinity. Prior to her enrollment at Duke, in May of 2005, Kadia graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. Kadia recently graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Her DMin concentration in Theology, Ethics, and Narratives informs her multivalent methodological approach to racial healing. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Edwards' full bio.
     
    AB GIRLS Bible Study Leader: Driana Arceneaux
    Driana Jamila-Lesan Arceneaux, affectionately known as "Dri," is an accomplished scholar and woman of faith. Driana was selected to serve the National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS (NLT) as the Events Coordinator (2016-2017) and then the Convenor (2017-2018). She currently attends Norfolk State University, where she is pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology. She intends to further her education in law school and fulfill her dreams of becoming a lawyer. Driana is a member of American Baptist Women's Ministries' Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team (YAWMAT). Click here to read Ms. Arceneaux's full bio.

    AB GIRLS Bible Study Leader: Minister Sadiqa Delaney
    Minster Sadiqa Delaney serves as an Associate Minister at the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. Sadiqa is a graduate of Virginia State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, where she received her Master of Divinity in Theological Studies. Sadiqa's greatest passion is serving young people, trying to navigate this world while maintaining a set a part attitude. Sadiqa is also currently sitting on the American Baptist Women Ministries' Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team (YAWMAT), where she gets to live out her other passion of serving young women across the region. Click here to read Minister Delaney's full bio.

    Bible Study Leader: Jackie Murphy
    Jackie Murphy is American Baptist Women's Ministries Intern for Summer 2022. She is a New Mexico native and a Baylor University graduate. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Practical Theology and is interested in ministry run by and for women. For the last four years, Jackie worked in a large Christian nonprofit theatre creating shows for the community and teaching acting classes for children and youth. She also worked in a church-based ministry for college-aged individuals that built a community of discipleship and support. She loves to walk in nature, listen to musicals, and try new recipes in her free time!

    AB GIRLS Bible Study Leader: Dana Seville
    Dana Seville is a member of the Berean Baptist Church, where Dana is a role model and leader amongst her peers who unapologetically loves Christ. Dana is currently a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts as a Sociology Major, where she is a part of the Daughters of Zion and Mount Holyoke African Caribbean Association. Dana served on the National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS (2019-2020) and currently serves on the American Baptist Women Ministries Young Adult Women in Ministry Advisory Team. Click here to read Ms. Seville's full bio.
     

    Programming Just for Girls

    Skin Care Presenter: Joyce Moon of Defined Natural
    Joyce R. Moon is a successful MOMprenuer, beauty brand creator, strategic thinker, marketing lover, AAAI/ISMA Certified Personal Trainer, and Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach. In 2014, Joyce joined the beauty industry as a novice when life's adversities came her way that forced her to gain a more intimate relationship with beauty care. Joyce became a leader in the natural beauty-making industry, launching her beauty brand, Defined Naturals beauty products. Defined Naturals products included items to help fight problematic skin, such as theirs, named Double Combat Eczema Relief Cream and Honey Dew Salve. Click here to read Mrs. Moon's full bio.




    Music
    Sunday Worship Leader: Pastor Lisa Bray-Jones
    Pastor Lisa Bray-Jones accepted God's call to ministry after over two decades as a soloist, church musician, choir director, and piano instructor. She has written and recorded over 30 songs and recently published her first book, "The Adjutant's Eyes," a guide for those serving senior church leaders.
         Pastor Bray-Jones currently serves as the Assistant Pastor of The Fisherman's House Church in Philadelphia, the Music Ministry Director, and the Women's Ministry Leader. Pastor Pastor Bray-Jones strongly advocates prayer and applying God's Word to every situation.  She is widely respected as an inspiring worship leader, Bible teacher, preacher, conference speaker, and as a woman of Godly wisdom, maturity, and strength. Click here to read Pastor Bray-Jones' full bio.



    Conference Co-Chaplains
    Minister Sadiqa Delaney
    Minster Sadiqa Delaney serves as an Associate Minister at the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. Sadiqa is a graduate of Virginia State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, where she received her Master of Divinity in Theological Studies. Sadiqa's greatest passion is serving young people, trying to navigate this world while maintaining a set a part attitude. Sadiqa is also currently sitting on the American Baptist Women Ministries' Young Adult Women's Ministries Advisory Team (YAWMAT), where she gets to live out her other passion of serving young women across the region. Click here to read Minister Delaney's full bio.

    Carol Wright
    Carol Wright is a person of strong faith. She is very committed to ABWM. Carol is solid in leadership, is a self-starter, and is an excellent presenter and speaker. Carol is a leader in her community. She is the CEO of Graham-Kapowsin Community Council, a nonprofit organization that engages the community through education, activities & programs that foster self-esteem, self-reliance & empowerment. Carol has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master's Degree in Science and was a college professor in computer science. Carol has great ideas, is inviting and creative, she can put into plan and accomplish.
     

     

    Event's Sponsors
    American Baptist Women's Ministries is very thankful for the Women and Girls Conference sponsors! 


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