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

    Iron Sharpens Iron: Birthday Celebration

    Join American Baptist Women’s Ministries on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 6:00 PM EDT, as we celebrate 70 years of ministry with an online celebration! Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Pamela Durso, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. We hope you’ll join us for this free celebration!

    Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Durso
    The Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Durso is the 11th president of Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. She began her tenure on June 1, 2020. Durso served from July 2009-May 2020 as executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, where she was a resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry. She has long used her voice as an advocate for women ministers and leaders, calling on Baptist churches to re-imagine their futures, to re-think their leadership, and to re-create their identities. She is committed to assisting congregations, organizations, ministers, and leaders as they move toward embracing more creative, entrepreneurial ways of living out and sharing the gospel. Durso earned her PhD in church history from Baylor University in 1992, served on the faculty of Campbell University Divinity School as assistant professor of church history and Baptist heritage. From 1999-2003, and worked as associate executive director-treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society from 2003-2009. Her writings include numerous articles and books on women.

    Special Music: Christa Deana 
    Christa Deana is an award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, actress, worship leader, educator, and CEO of ChristaCourt Music Group. With a goal to make music that impacts the world, her music is being played in 52 countries, including charting in the top 5 gospel music charts in Nigeria. Christa is not only known for her talent, but also for her authenticity and bubbly, kind-hearted personality. She sings with passion from the heart and writes her own music. With each song, the listener is invited to step into a vulnerable and honest space where healing meets music. She has made the cover of MusicLovers Magazine, performed at Philadelphia’s 2019 and Atlanta’s 2021 Juneteenth Festival, and has been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists, including Fresh Gospel. 
         Drawing from her own experiences as a musician and educator, she writes music in response to a need for more art that calls humanity to move beyond passive existence and into her mantra of, “H.O.P.E”, which she defines as, “health, optimism, power and experience.” In pursuit of this endeavor, Christa Deana also shares this message of purpose through her social media platforms where she challenges others to live by their hope and not by their sight. She also collaborates with artists from other countries including Jamaica, Japan, and Nigeria. She took home the Kindred Awards for Regional Christian Music award for Best R&B Artist in 2017 and Artist of the Year in 2019.
         She is currently performing in musicals and community events based in the Atlanta area. She also adores teaching private voice and piano lessons to her students virtually around the country through her company, ChristaCourt Music. Christa Deana seeks to live out her message each and every day, on and off stage. It is her desire that each word and musical note will serve as a healing modality for the listener that calls them to pursue their optimum health physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

    Liturgical Dance: Kyrie Hills
    Kyrie Hills is a Brooklyn native and active member of Berean Baptist Church. She has been dancing since the age of six when the instructor of the Dance Ministry at Berean Baptist Church noticed her talent and encouraged her to join. And that moment, her passion became clear, and her love for God was able to grow and be expressed artistically and creatively.
         From that moment, Kyrie began to dance anywhere she could. She took classes at Creative Outlet, had the opportunity to dance with Restoration Junior Dance Company for BAM’s Dance Africa, joined the Berean Community Drumline as the Dance Captain until her high school graduation. Upon entry into college at Clark Atlanta University, Kyrie became a member and rose to principal dancer and president of the Clark Atlanta University Dance Theater and studied dance with Spelman College’s Dance Department. After Graduating in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology, Kyrie began working as a Dance specialist in after-school programs and became the Dance instructor for the Berean Community Drumline.
         She continued her training by taking classes at Mark Morris Dance Center and Fit 4 Dance. Kyrie is currently a High School Dance and AP Psychology teacher, where she dives into both of her passions and has developed the school’s dance department enhancing the arts department. She knows that God has truly ordained her steps so that she can be in the position to notice the natural talents and push her students to be their best selves as it was once done for her.

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