• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Shalom Retreat

    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

        In God, whose word I praise—

    in God I trust and am not afraid.

        What can mere mortals do to me?

    Psalm 56:3-4


    Join us for our Shalom Retreat, October 6-8, 2023, in Euclid, Ohio. This will be a beautiful, life-changing experience where you have the opportunity to meet and learn from like-minded women. Relax, reflect and reconnect with yourself and God. Our Shalom Retreat is an unforgettable journey of transformation that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. We invite you to join us for this unique experience! Register now to begin your journey towards inner peace.

    The retreat will be held at the Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc., where Rev. Dr. Christine Smith, our national president, is the senior pastor. 

    Address: 140 Richmond Road; Euclid, Ohio 44143
    (Enter through the school building across the parking lot, far right door.)

    Register Today!
    By registering, you agree to the ABWM's safety guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees:
    • Masks will be required throughout the event
    • 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 contact the ABWM office.
    • On your arrival, you will be required to answer a few health screening questions (including having your temperature checked) and provide proof of vaccination.
    By registering, you understand you could be exposed to and/or contract COVID-19, despite American Baptist Women's Ministries' efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. By attending the event, 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. 
    Register Now! 
    $200 fee which includes the program registration, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner; all other meals are on your own ($225 after Sept 1). Click here to register. 
    COVID-19 Cancellation Policy – If COVID-19 makes it impossible to gather in-person safely, our event will be converted to an online only event. ABWM recommends purchasing trip insurance for your travel arrangements.

    Cancellation Policy – Refunds forfeit a $30 processing fee. Written cancellation notice must be received by June 1, 2023. No refund notification requests will be honored after June 1, 2023. Written cancellation notices should be emailed to info@abwomensministries.org.

    Friday Bible Study and Saturday Evening Plenary Preacher: Rev. Dr. Martina S. Moore
    Dr. Martina S. Moore holds a Ph. D. in counseling, education, and supervision. She is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., an organization with six locations throughout Ohio, providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling.
    Dr. Moore is currently a professor at John Carroll University and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide such services as building dispensaries, schools, and libraries in underdeveloped countries. In 2015, Dr. Moore traveled to Tanzania, Africa, to provide financial assistance for the completion of a medical dispensary. In 2017 and 2018, Dr. Moore traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she taught students and professionals best practices for treating substance use and mental health disorders.
         Dr. Moore received the Progressive Female Entrepreneur award from Smart Business Magazine in 2015. Then in 2016, she received the Community Service Pillar Award from Medical Mutual of Ohio. She was recognized as the 2017 Business Person of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Moore is also featured in the Women for Economic Leadership Development 2019 WELDing the Way calendar, which highlights high-impact women leaders in northeastern Ohio.
         Dr. Moore has been a member of Lake Shore Christian Church since 2009 and currently serves as an Associate Minister under her husband, Rev. Brian T. Moore, Senior Pastor of Lake Shore Christian Church. Dr. Moore and her husband founded Marketplace Christian Ministry Services, a parachurch ministry that supports area churches and their leadership. They are also the founding members of Kingdom Couples, a marriage ministry dedicated to assisting couples with maintaining their covenant of marriage.
         She has been the keynote speaker at various professional and Christian events throughout the United States. Known for impacting the lives of God’s people with her kingdom message, holistic teachings, and her prophetic gift, Dr. Moore is licensed and ordained by Rejoice International Ministries.
         Dr. Moore’s speaking and teaching style is engaging, interactive, and highly stimulating. She loves the Lord and His people and has dedicated her life to helping others reach spiritual wholeness.

    Workshop Leader: Ania Norori
    Ania Norori is the Director of Lilly Programs at The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB). Ania Norori holds a Master of Business Administration – Finance, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing from New Jersey City University, NJ, and a Certificate in Christian Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. 
         Ania’s professional career path has taken her through some of the major banks, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch, where she has served in both business operations and financial advising. Ania is delighted to be serving now as Lilly Project Director at MMBB, where she is integrating her financial education and experience with Christian ministry.
         Ania is currently serving as ABCNJ Vice President of Finance, and as ABCUSA National Hispanic Caucus Secretary. Ania has also held leadership positions with New Jersey’s Latino Ministries, including Vice Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the “Concentracion de las Iglesias Bautistas Latinas.” Ania is married to Rev. Santiago Norori, pastor of First Baptist Church of Laurelton, located in Brick, NJ where she serves as Multi-media Director.

    Workshop 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.
    As a teacher, Gina especially enjoys facilitating and inspiring Christian educators to share the Word of God in collaborative and interactive studies, helping teachers and students discover the immediate application of God's word to their everyday lives. She contributed to the "Testify: ABC-NJ Devotional" book released in 2015. In 2016 she co-launched the Christian Education Workshop Series, "Leading Interactive and Engaging Bible Studies (L.I.B.S. TM)" at the ABCNJ annual Church Officers and Leaders Conference (COAL), and in 2017 created a conversation series, "The Intersection of Leadership and Healing."
    Rev. Dr. Jacobs-Strain earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and graduated from Drew University's Theological School Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree. She also received the Old Testament Studies Scholar Award from the Biblical Studies Department. In 2015 she received a Certificate of Excellence from Palmer Theological Seminary & ABC-NJ Academy and graduated from the Nehemiah-Leadership Program in 2017. In May 2020, she earned a Doctor of Ministry from Duke University.

    Workshop Leader: Erin Davis
    Erin A. Davis is a marketing executive and serial entrepreneur. She has over 15 years of experience in the marketing industry, beginning her career at Radio One of Atlanta as a Marketing Research Associate. There, she conducted marketing research studies for 61 broadcasts in 13 markets.
         From there, she became a Lifestyle Marketing Expert for Fader Magazine, where she executed special promotions and events for major recording artists, motion picture films, consumer electronics, and beverage companies. Eventually, Erin became an Account Executive for BH Media - a Berkshire Hathaway company. In this role, she was responsible for selling print advertising and multi-media products to Fortune 500 companies throughout the North Carolina Triad area - including The News & Record newspaper, 1808 Greensboro's Magazine, and a complete digital product suite, including Google, Facebook, SEO/SEM, Retargeting, Reputation Management and Email Marketing.
    Erin later worked in sales and marketing as an Advertising Sales Director for Professional Sports Publications, where she was responsible for selling national sponsorships, advertising, and branding packages for over 100 professional sports franchises and events throughout the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) as well as numerous universities sports franchises across the United States.
    Erin graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Howard University.
         Today, Erin is still involved in marketing; she is the founder of Elements Media, a full-service marketing agency.; however, her focus has shifted toward helping entrepreneurs build their businesses. She is also the Social Media Ambassador for American Baptist Women’s Ministries. She loves cycling, tennis and writing poetry but most importantly - she loves Christ, and desires to co-labor with the Lord in service through volunteering and growth in faith through personal time with God and fellowship at St Paul Baptist church, in Montclair, NJ. Erin’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. “

    Holiday Inn Cleveland-Mayfield
    780 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village, OH 44143
    • Pricing for non-smoking rooms: $124 for King Room (1-2 persons) or $132 for Double Room (1-4 persons); price includes breakfast, wifi, parking, and fitness center; does not include state and local taxes
    • Pool is currently closed for renovation. 
    • Check-in time: 3:00 PM / Checkout time 12:00 PM
    • Reserve by September 23, 2023: Reservations may be made online or by calling (440) 461-9200 and requesting a reservation under “American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) Shalom Retreat” 
    • Cancellation policy: all reservations must be canceled by the conferee at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled arrival; cancellations after this time will be billed for one night. 

    Cleveland Marriott East
    26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
    • Pricing for non-smoking rooms: $149 for Standard King Room (1-2 persons) or $149 for King with Sofa Sleeper (1-4 persons); price includes breakfast, wifi, parking  fitness center, and indoor pool; does not include state and local taxes
    • Check-in time: 3:00 PM / Checkout time 12:00 PM
    • Reserve by September 15, 2023: Reservations may be made online or by calling 1-888-236-2427 and requesting a reservation under “American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) Shalom Retreat” 
    • Canellation policy: all reservations must be canceled by the conferee at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled arrival; cancellations after this time will be billed for one night.

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