Support Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund

Support Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund

The Rev. Chris Smith had a vision of providing support to African-American women ministers who were leading small congregations, many struggling financially. Buoyed by this prophetic calling, Smith authored her groundbreaking book, “Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors” (Judson Press, 2013).


Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland Inc., the church pastored by Smith, has established a $70,000 endowed gift with American Baptist Home Mission Societies that will support at least two African-American female pastors yearly who serve congregations of 300 or fewer members as senior solo pastor.



Herself once a struggling pastor, Smith points out that African-American women in ministry are often called to economically depressed, small churches that are unable to pay a living wage.

Your gift to Beyond the Stained-Glass Ceiling Endowment Fund helps ABHMS to support, encourage and advocate for the well-being of black female pastoral leaders by helping to alleviate the economic challenges and related stress they face. Your gift helps to ensure that those who are called to serve are equipped to serve.

A story of financial ressurection

Pastor Chris Smith of Restoration Ministries Inc. shares with Jennifer Sanborn, ABHMS In Support of Excellence program director, her story of financial challenge and recovery, both personally and as a congregational leader. Her testimony is offered as a source of hope for pastors who are similarly striving to respond faithfully to God’s call while staying financially afloat.

To support Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund, give online or mail your check with “Stained-glass Endowment” in the memo section to American Baptist Home Mission Societies, 1075 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Questions should be addressed to

Vincent Dent
Chief Development Officer