Rev. Dr. Brenda R. Halliburton-Williams
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Work Phone: 800.222.3872, x2443
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Halliburton-Williams has been called to a ministry of bridge building. “In my role as National Coordinator for Intercultural Ministries – Black Churches Strategist, I serve as a bridge of support for 1,165 American Baptist Black Churches seeking programs and resources from American Baptist Home Mission Societies,” she says. “Ultimately, the program will help to strengthen and revitalize ministries in our existing congregations, while helping other congregations perhaps to envision the new thing God has in store for them where they serve.”
This is an exciting time of transition for Black Churches, according to Halliburton-Williams. “Ours is a rich tradition of education, emancipation/liberation and empowerment, undergirded by much prayer,” she explains. “However, in the 21st century Black Churches must seek renewal. We need a renewed sense of holistic ministry, through which we pass on the healthy elements of the Black Church tradition. We must continue to serve our communities through ministries that once again speak to the spiritual, physical, political and social issues that confront African Americans and persons from across the African Diaspora.”
Halliburton-Williams finds these ministry challenges exciting. “God has given me a new challenge and an exciting opportunity to do ministry within the church community that nurtured me from birth. I can now take all that I have learned working in evangelism, new church planting and church renewal and direct it in ministry with Black Churches.”
Brenda Halliburton-Williams is co-editor of “Woman to Woman: Approaches to Witness and Outreach,” an evangelism resource packet.
- D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa.
- M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
- B.A. English/Business Communications, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.
- Associate director of Evangelism, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
- Director of Community Evangelistic Strategies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
- Executive director, D. Abbott Turner Village and Conference Center, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
- Fellow with the Congress of National Black Churches working with the Atlanta Housing Authority
- Associate Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., and Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Became director of Black Church Ministries: 2002
- Commissioned an American Baptist Home Missionary: 1993
- Joined American Baptist Home Mission Societies staff: 1992
- Birthday: Jan. 25
HOME MISSION HIGHLIGHTS:
- “The pioneers of the tradition … believed that their mission consisted of the task of freeing black folk’s souls from sin and their bodies from physical, political and social oppression and of setting the conditions of existence so that they could achieve their full humanity … From these simple beginnings came a movement that now is called the Black Church movement.” (James Stallings, Telling the Story: Evangelism in the Black Church, Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1988, p. 20)
- More than 46 percent of American Baptists are African Americans, worshiping and serving in 1,165 Black Church member congregations.