Having served in many ministry roles, the Rev. Erica Van Brakle is well-suited to her roles as director of ministrElife—ABHMS’ social networking platform—and national coordinator of American Baptist Personnel Services, the computer-based, data-storage-and-retrieval system.
“The work is meaningful to me because I have been in the field in roles that I am now able to support,” she says. “I am so excited about supporting ministry professionals from start to finish—and even keeping them connected to the American Baptist family in retirement!”
Noting that ministry is not done in isolation, Van Brakle says she is passionate about connecting ministry professionals who share a sense of call to collaborate.
“I want to make ministrElife the platform that ministry professionals rely on to do the work that God has called them to,” she says.
A unique aspect of ministrElife is its ability to adapt as new models of ministry, delivery of continuing education and resources emerge.
“The MinistrElife platform,” Van Brakle says, “is able to not only speak into these facets but connect those who are doing the work in the field to communicate in real time.”