Rev. Dr. Brenda R. Halliburton-Williams
As senior strategist of Cultural Competency & Education for American Baptist Home Mission Societies, the Rev. Dr. Brenda Halliburton-Williams leads the organization’s efforts toward “Beloved Community”—an inclusive, intercultural community of Christ followers—in a world growing increasingly fragmented by race, ethnicity and social class as well as sexual and gender identity.
American Baptists enjoy a rich heritage of cultural diversity, and Halliburton-Williams helps congregations work toward a just and inclusive church through cultural awareness and sensitivity-skill development, racial-reconciliation training and dialogue, intercultural-development tools and coaching, and coordination of activities that promote cross-cultural learning opportunities.
Essentially, it’s a ministry of building bridges on several levels.
“I serve as a bridge of support for American Baptist churches seeking programs and resources from American Baptist Home Mission Societies,” she says. “Intercultural Ministries strengthens and revitalizes existing ministries in our congregations, while helping other congregations perhaps to envision the new thing God has in store for them where they serve.”