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.
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.
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.