Board of directors


CliffordJohnson_150wThe Rev. Dr. Clifford I. Johnson

Board Position: President
Church: Shiloh Baptist Church, Wilmington, Del.
Region: Philadelphia Baptist Association
Committees: Executive, Governance, Finance and Audit

In addition to being president of the board of directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), the Rev. Dr. Clifford I. Johnson is pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Wilmington Del.; director of the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board; president of Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corp.; and president of Marion T. Academy charter school. He is a graduate of what is now Palmer Theological Seminary, King of Prussia, Pa. Says Johnson: “It is my goal to provide quality collaborative and engaging leadership to American Baptist Home Mission Societies, enabling the organization to further its work in supporting justice and transforming lives.”

Chiles, LoisMrs. Lois Chiles

Board Position: Vice President
Church: First Baptist Church, Leavenworth, Kan.
Region: American Baptist Churches of the Central Region
Committees: Executive and Governance

Mrs. Lois Chiles is vice president of ABHMS’ board of directors as well as chair of the Governance Committee. In 2003, she began serving the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) as national president of American Baptist Women’s Ministries. In 2005, she was assigned to National Ministries. Her hope is for the board to demonstrate the caring heart, serving hands, going feet and prophetic voice of Jesus Christ within the denominational family and throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She and husband, Phil, have three children and six grandchildren.

Hagn, WendyMrs. Wendy Hagn

Board Position: Corporate Secretary
Church: First Baptist Church, Franklin, Ind.
Region: American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis
Committee: Executive

As admissions counselor/church relations director for American Baptist-affiliated Franklin (Ind.) College, Mrs. Wendy Hagn brings her administration and communication skills to the ABHMS board. She was church and community relations director for Baptist Homes of Indiana for 10 years. She has been active in the American Baptist Association of Colleges and Universities since 2008 and has served on the board of American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries. In the local church, Hagn has served on administrative, stewardship, Christian education and refugee resettlement committees and has been a worship leader, youth advisor and choir member.


alford-lacey-for-webThe Rev. Lacey Alford

Church: Wheat Street Baptist Church, Atlanta
Region: American Baptist Churches of the South
Committee: Governance

The Rev. Lacey Alford is president of American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS). She had served as a member of American Baptist International Ministries’ board of directors and as ABCOTS Area III moderator. As a child, her passion for home mission was ignited by her family, church and community. She holds a doctorate degree in Counseling as well as a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Education. Alford utilizes Judson Press resources in her skillful work as a preacher and teacher.

Board, KenThe Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board

Church: Pilgrim Baptist Church, Rockford, Ill.
Region: American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region
Committee: Governance

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board is senior pastor of the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church, Rockford, Ill., and an adjunct professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill., where he teaches Church Administration, Christian Leadership, Church in Community and Pastoral Care. Board is a member of the editorial board of the Rockford Register Star newspaper, for which he blogs weekly and provides editorial input regarding major regional issues. In addition, he is a motivational speaker, mentor to public school students, founding member of Rockford Project Transformation and serves on several other boards.

The Rev. David Gregg

Church: Grace Baptist Church of Chicago
Region: American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago
Committees: Executive and 588 Real Estate Council

The Rev. David Gregg is interim English language pastor on the non-hierarchical ministry team that leads the historic, multiracial, multilingual North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago. His ministry focuses on forming churches as places of personal spiritual growth, loving community and transformation of the world for the kin-dom of God. A doctoral student at the University of Chicago, he is writing from a process theology perspective about art as an echo of divine creativity. Gregg serves as president of American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago and teaches Baptist History and Polity, most recently at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. He also edited the most recent edition of Maring and Hudson’s classic “A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice” for Judson Press.

Lombardi, AntonioMr. Antonio Lombardi

Church: Norwood Baptist Church, Warwick, R.I.
Region: American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
Committee: Governance

Mr. Antonio Lombardi has served in various capacities within the American Baptist family. He has served on the planning team and as an intern for Immerse 2012, the national gathering of American Baptist youth, Washington, D.C., which was attended by more than 1,000 individuals. In addition to acquiring a music degree from the University of Rhode Island, he has been trained and mentored by a variety of individuals in organizational leadership, youth ministry and youth services. He currently works in Student Affairs at the Community College of Rhode Island. Lombardi is one of the youngest to serve in the nonprofit sector, having served on six nonprofit boards since age 18.

Mendez, MiriamThe Rev. Miriam Méndez

Church: Esperanza Church, Portland, Ore.
Region: American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
Committee: Governance

The Rev. Miriam Méndez is associate regional pastor for American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. A native New Yorker and Puerto Rican, she has served both English- and Spanish-speaking congregations for more than 15 years and has planted two churches in Portland. She taught spiritual leadership, reconciliation, prayer and coaching as an adjunct faculty member at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, for more than 14 years. She completed a one-year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, a Level-One Trauma Center in Portland, where she also serves on the Pastoral Care and Consultation Committee.

Ng, LaurenThe Rev. Lauren Ng

Church: First Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco
Region: Growing Healthy Churches
Committee: Finance

The Rev. Lauren Ng is a trained Adaptive Challenge Coach for ABCUSA’s Transformed by the Spirit initiative and serves on the advisory team for American Baptist Women in Ministry. She has served on International Ministries’ development staff, the planning and leadership teams of various national gatherings of American Baptist youth, four ABCUSA Biennial program committees and as an area coordinator for American Baptist Asian Ministries. A graduate of American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, Calif., Ng has served as associate pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco.

ponton-sanetta-for-webThe Rev. Sanetta Ponton

Church: First Baptist Church, Englewood, N.J.
Region: American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
Committee: Audit

The Rev. Sanetta Ponton is assistant pastor at First Baptist Church, Englewood, N.J., for which she assists in leading worship, preaches twice monthly, teaches weekly adult Bible study, advises the music ministry, counsels congregants and visits the sick. In addition, she is the full-time managing director of academic programs for a law-related college preparatory organization in New York City. Ponton earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., and a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

The Rev. Jay Rambo

Church: First Baptist Church, Bordentown, N.J.
Region: American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
Committee: Audit

The Rev. Jay Rambo has been an American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ) pastor for 40 years, serving for the past 31 years at First Baptist Church, Bordentown. He has put his mathematics degree to good use on the finance and investment committees of ABCNJ’s state council, for which he also served on the personnel committee. He is chair of the board of Riverview Estates, an ABCUSA-affiliated nursing facility in New Jersey. Says Rambo: “My goal is to use my gifts to further the ministry and financial stability of American Baptist Home Mission Societies.”

medina-xyomara-for-webMs. Xyomara Medina Ramos

Church: Primera Iglesia Bautista de Castañer, Puerto Rico
Region: American Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico
Committee: Finance

Ms. Xyomara Medina Ramos is a board member of American Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico, for which she previously served several committees. A former president of both the Baptist Youth of Puerto Rico and its south region, she recently traveled with a youth mission group to West Virginia. All of these experiences solidified her perspective regarding mission and servant/leadership. She earned a master’s degree in Architecture and is gifted in marketing/public relations, research and strategic planning. Ramos is soon to marry and relocate to Florida.

The Rev. Kevin “Scotty” Robertson

Church: Millcreek Baptist Church, La Porte, Ind.
Region: ABC of Indiana and Kentucky
Committee: Audit

The Rev. Kevin “Scotty” Robertson is pastor of Millcreek Baptist Church, La Porte, Ind. He had been pastor of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, W.Va., and Judson Baptist Church, Winfield, W.Va. A graduate of Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va., he is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill. He is married to Jami Hefflinger of Port Clinton, Ohio, and they are parents of twin boys, Jacob and Chase, and daughter, Karlee.

Scott, RobertThe Rev. Dr. Robert C. Scott

Church: St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.
Region: American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region
Committee: Finance

The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Scott is senior pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C. He focuses on preaching and servant leadership development. He and his wife, Pier, are parents of daughter, Charis. Scott brings to the board energy, technological savvy and passion for getting things done. He says: “I am into making joyous disciples for Christ.”

Sinclair-Laura IMG_0335 for webThe Rev. Dr. Laura B. Sinclair

Church: Parkchester Baptist Church, Bronx, NY
Region: American Baptist Churches of Metro New York
Committees: Audit and Representative to the World Relief Committee

The Rev. Dr. Laura B. Sinclair is a retired pastor of Parkchester Baptist Church, Bronx, N.Y., where she served for ten years. She is known for her teaching, preaching and workshop facilitation. She is a Prepare/Enrich Trainer and a coordinator for Perspectives, a global missions’ organization. She has been serving in ministry for 36 years, and her expertise is in congregational studies and mentoring. Sinclair earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., and a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry at Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford (Conn.).

thurman-brazilian-dsc_0271-edit-for-webMrs. Brazilian Thurman

Church: Calvary Baptist Church, Milwaukee, Wis.
Region: American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
Committees: Executive and Finance

Mrs. Brazilian Thurman holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin and has taken post-graduate courses in law, financial management and resource development. Now retired, she was an administrator for a social service nonprofit organization and director of financial aid at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her work experience has provided her with the skills to develop and monitor budgets, hire and supervise staff, write grants and develop financial resources.

Wolfe, JamesThe Rev. Dr. James O. Wolfe III

Church: First Baptist Church, Pontiac, Ill.
Region: American Baptist Churches of Great Rivers

James “Jim” O. Wolfe III is pastor of First Baptist Church, Pontiac, Ill. Prior to serving in Pontiac, he served two American Baptist churches in New Jersey. A lifelong American Baptist, Wolfe was ordained in 1981. He earned a doctorate in Theological Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, Ind.; a doctorate and master’s degree from what is now Palmer Theological Seminary; and a bachelor’s from Alderson-Broaddus University, Philippi, W.Va. He is author of “American Baptist Women in Pastoral Ministry: A Contemporary Survey.” Says Wolfe: “I look forward to utilizing my training and experience to support the ministries of ABHMS and the entire denominational family.”