Community Outreach Ministries

Bringing transformation and hope

The gifts he gave were … to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
—Ephesians 4:11-12

God wants all people to have the opportunity to be the best they can be. In our imperfect world, however, some people face barriers that prevent them from recognizing and developing their gifts.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Community Outreach Ministries, through its Christian centers, provides practical assistance that helps people identify individual gifts and overcome barriers that prevent them from becoming all that God intended them to be. This assistance may be as simple as offering friendship or an encouraging hand. Or it may include meeting basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, health care, job training or counseling.

More than a dozen and a half of these Community Outreach Ministries, in locations from Oregon to Puerto Rico, develop ministries that fill specific needs in their respective communities. Just as Jesus ministered differently in response to need—sometimes teaching, sometimes healing, sometimes encouraging or exhorting—so Christian centers vary the ways they touch people’s lives in Jesus’ name. As needs change, new programs are developed and lives are transformed.

In South Providence, R.I., a mother receives food for her children, along with counseling and prayer support, after her ex-husband ransacks her apartment. Teenagers in Denver, Colo., looking for positive ways to spend time, find fulfillment in matches with older adults who need companionship and help with snow removal and lawn care. And in Hamtramck, Mich., a 48-year-old man overcomes a cocaine habit and finds a job.

Recently, Peoria (Ill.) Friendship House received local media attention for its jewelry cooperative that’s producing “Matthew 25 bracelets.” The project, a Latina women’s cooperative, is helping women practice their English and math skills as well as earn extra money to help their families.

These Christian center ministries represent the heart of American Baptist home mission, as onsite mission staff work in partnership with local congregations and regional ministries. Each partner plays an important role, raising support and awareness or ministering directly among people in Jesus’ name.

Bethel Neighborhood Center
14 S Seventh St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Executive Director: Mang Sonna
Bob Burdette Center, Inc.
1401 Washington St., W
Charleston, WV 25387
Executive Director: Loren Farmer
Cameron Community Ministries
48 Cameron St.
Rochester, NY 14606
Executive Director: Jennifer Muniga
Columbia Street Project
63 Columbia St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Executive Director: Rev. Stan Moody
Corporacion Milagros del Amor
PO Box 6445
Caguas, PR 00726
Executive Director: Gladys Rodriguez
Dayton Christian Center
1352 W Riverview Ave.
Dayton, OH 45407
Executive Director: Tasha Johnson
Edna Martin Christian Center
2605 E 25th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46218
President & CEO: Barato Britt
Friendship House Detroit
9540 Conant St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Executive Director: Cathy Maher
Friendship House Peoria
800 NE Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
CEO: Marcellus Sommerville
Friendship House of Christian Service
3123 Eighth Ave., S
Billings, MT 59101
Executive Director: Matt Lundgren
Global Health Connections International
PO Box 80234
Raleigh, NC 27623
President & CEO: Enrico Copeland
Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries
PO Box 778
Youngstown, OH 44501
Executive Director: Mark Samuel
Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin
7 N Pinkney St., Suite 120
Madison, WI 53705
Executive Director: Carmen Porco
JOYA Scholars
PO Box 1457
Fullerton, CA 92836
Executive Director: Christian Esteban
Milwaukee Christian Center
807 S 14th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Executive Director: Karen Higgins
Mount Olive Development Corporation
1530 NW 6th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
President & CEO: Rosalind Osgood
Neighborhoods Focused on African- American Youth, Inc.
995 Roswall St.
Marietta, GA 30060
Executive Director: Cheryl Bursh
New Life Center for Recovery
1323 Worcester St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Executive Director: Rev. Brenda Lammie
Pathways to Promise
PO Box 63273
St. Louis, MO 63163
Executive Director: Jermaine Alberty
Preston Taylor Ministries
4014 Indiana Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209
Executive Director: Chan Sheppard
Rankin Christian Center
230 Third Ave.
(Rankin) Braddock, PA 15104
Executive Director: Darlene McGregor
Salama Urban Ministries
1205 8th Ave., S
Nashville, TN 37203
CEO: Dawana Wade
Shores of Hope
110 Sixth St.
W Sacramento, CA 95605
Executive Director: Nanette Fowler
Somerset Academy Early Learning Center
719 W Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Executive Director: Barbara Chavous-Pennock
The Place
PO Box 509
20 E Main St.
Norwich, NY 13815
Executive Director: Sharon Vesely
Weirton Christian Center
117 Ivy St.
Weirton, WV 26062
Executive Director: Kim Weaver
The Youth Enrichment Program of Greater Cleveland
c/o The Cleveland Baptist Association
12200 Fairhill Ave., Room C440
Cleveland, OH 44120
Executive Director: Rev. Yvonne Carter

Become a Community Outreach Ministries partner!

Experience the joy that comes from sharing the love and power of Christ:

PRAY in your home and church for the ministries of hope at ABHMS’ Community Outreach Ministries. Pray also for the centers’ staff, along with the people they serve.

VOLUNTEER for individuals and group work opportunities at Community Outreach Ministries centers through ABHMS’ Volunteer Ministries; call 800.ABC.3USA, x2449.

GIVE needed supplies through White Cross, the American Baptist mission support program for churches, youth groups, women’s and men’s ministries, and Sunday school classes. For more information, call 800.ABC.3USA, x2464.

Missions Notice

ABHMS regrets that we are not sponsoring mission trips at this time because of health risks related to travel and COVID-19. 

Please join us in prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic so that once again we can put ministry into action as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico.

 When travel is safe again, we will publish news of upcoming ABHMS-sponsored trips on our website.