Rev. Rothangliani R. Chhangte
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, Pa. 19482-0851
Work Phone: 800.222.3872, x2450
email: [email protected]
As American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) senior associate for Strategic Initiatives and Relationships, the Rev. Rothangliani R. Chhangte engages American Baptist congregations, regions and affiliated institutions in finding new ways to connect and collaborate to make a greater impact throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Invigorated by challenges, Chhangte notes that she is undeterred by today’s dwindling church attendance, church closings and increase of the “nones,” or individuals unaffiliated with religious denominations.
“ABHMS has a history of being in the forefront of mission work in the United States, and I am thrilled to be able to help explore new ways of doing ministry and mission at this particular point in time,” she says. “I am ready to help our churches find new ways of doing mission by reaching out to new neighbors with the love of Christ. I am excited about working with ABHMS to enhance its mission of cultivating Christ-centered leaders and disciples to heal and change communities.”
Chhangte is no stranger to reaching out and connecting individuals from all walks of life, including the marginalized and alienated. In a post-seminary position, she worked with a large influx of refugees from Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—most of whom were Buddhist and had never heard of the Gospel. And, as a pastor, she engaged in mission among newcomers in her church’s back yard.
In 2013, Chhangte received American Baptist Churches USA’s Luke Mowbray Award for outstanding contribution in ecumenism at local, national and international levels. In 1998, Philadelphia’s mayor presented Chhangte with the Human Rights Award from the Human Relations Commission of the City of Philadelphia. In 1996, she received a community service award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Asian American Educators.
“I know firsthand the joys and struggles of working with people from different backgrounds, and the challenge of building trust between communities that have little in common when it comes to language, beliefs and culture,” she says. “I am ready to use the knowledge I’ve gained to help all access the abundant life promised by Jesus Christ.”
From the arts to outdoor activities, Chhangte enjoys a wide variety of interests, including reading, jogging, hiking, canoeing, cooking, traveling, photography, reading, playing piano, visiting museums, and attending the symphony and theater.
- M.Div., Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., 1991
- M.B.A., Economic Development, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa., 1987
- B.A., Business, Bethel University, St. Paul., Minn., 1984
- Diploma, Oxford (U.K.) Graduate Summer Institute of Theology, 2006
- Diploma, Ecumenical Studies, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Switzerland, 2002
- Director of BWAid, Baptist World Alliance, 2012-2016
- Liaison for Burma refugees, ABHMS, 2009-2012
- Interim associate, Relationships and Witness, Church World Service, 2007-2009
- Director, Ecumenical Formation, American Baptist Churches USA, 2000-2007
- Pastor, Woodland Baptist Church, Philadelphia, 1994-2000
- Ordained: 1993
- Birthday: Oct. 8
HOME MISSION HIGHLIGHTS:
- Chhangte assists the executive director in developing, clarifying and communicating objectives, goals and actions steps related to advancing ABHMS’ “Connect. Cultivate. Change.” strategy.
- In addition, she assists with overall strategic outreach by managing relationships with ABHMS’ historical partners.