As social media specialist, Joshua Kagi enjoys exploring American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) nearly two centuries of stories and determining new ways to share them in today’s digital age.
During his upbringing at Emerald Baptist Church (EBC), Eugene, Ore., Kagi soaked up discussions about ABHMS’ ministry throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
“My grandparents, also members of EBC, spent many years as volunteers for various missions. It’s their example that inspired my passion for storytelling and advocacy,” he says. “In this role, I get to be closer to the heartbeat of these missions and get to tell the story of the organization’s great work, so other people and generations can be raised in a similar environment to my own and, hopefully, be inspired.”
No stranger to mission, Kagi helped to organize and live stream the American Baptist prayer vigil at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014.
Kagi looks forward to continuing to connect American Baptists via technology.
He says: “I hope to utilize new media tools to better connect ABHMS to its constituents, to tell our stories in new and fresh ways and to inspire millennials—who consume and participate in social media almost exclusively —to become advocates and participants in ABHMS mission.”