On Sunday, November 24, 2013, American Baptist Churches of New York State calls upon our congregations to set aside time in the morning worship service to celebrate the calling of Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, our new Associate Executive Minister. Earlier this summer, Rev. Hugenot (HUGH-gah-no) began his service after a time in local church ministry in Kansas and Vermont. Rev. Hugenot oversees the Regional Enhancement Team, providing support across our sixteen associations for pastoral placement assistance and provides opportunities for churches to engage in strategic planning and navigate times of uncertainty or transition. He works from his home in Albany, NY, providing our Region with additional staff presence to churches east of Syracuse.
Sunday morning, Rev. Dennis Christiansen, Second Vice President of the ABC/NYS Board of Mission, will lead in an installation service at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, NY. Prayers of thanksgiving and dedication will be offered for Rev. Hugenot’s new ministry calling. The congregation at First Baptist Trumansburg does this on behalf of her 289 sister churches in the Region.
We are asking churches throughout the Region to join in this service of installation in worship on the 24th by offering the following prayer.
O God, for the work of Christ and the churches, for the work of leading and being led, for the work of uplifting and leaning into the gospel’s call upon our lives, we give thanks for your call upon Jerrod Hugenot’s life to serve in ministry among us. Grant him humility and gentleness, bless his efforts to draw us closer one to another and empower him for this new call. May he rejoice in times of growth and blessing. Give him patience in times of challenge. May he sense your abiding enabling presence as he ministers throughout our State. As he plants and waters, may You Lord, the provider of all good things, add the growth. And to You we will give the glory. AMEN.
in the Philippines have reported on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan
on November 8. The people of the Philippines are desperately in need of
water, food, medicine, and construction materials. For more information you
can read the press release by the Baptist World Alliance
Baptists have already sent $10,000 in emergency relief, using contributions
that churches have made to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering.
Our ABC/USA missionaries Debbie Mulneix and Jonathon and
Thelma Nambu are
fine and have already begun working with those affected by the typhoon. You
can find information about how to donate additional gifts at the American Baptist Churches/USA website
If you do not wish to donate online, you can send a gift through the regular American Baptist Mission Support of your local congregation. Please clearly indicate to your church treasurer that the gift is for: "OGHS-Philippine Typhoon relief." Or you can send a gift directly to:
American Baptist Churches/USA
Valley Forge PA 19482-0851
Please indicate on your
check memo line: "OGHS Philippine Typhoon relief." One hundred percent of
money given through OGHS goes directly to relief of human need in the
Our own Randy Palada (pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Oneonta) reported that all of his family members who still live in
the Philippines, on the mountainous island of Negros, are safe. Rev. Palada
is also organizing relief efforts. You can contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to assist him.
-Your Region Staff
American Baptist Churches of New York State
Missionary in the Mirror
Don't miss out on the ABC/NYS Mission Conference coming to Rome, NY this Fall! Brochures have been mailed to each church and mission chairperson! Make plans to join your Baptist brothers & sisters for this amazing program!
One of our regional objectives in sponsoring the Mission Discovery Trip to
Thailand early this year was to discover ways in which our churches can partner
with and support the work of our International Ministries missionaries in Thailand and our Baptist
brothers and sisters in the refugee camps.
Each of the refugees camp has a Bible School --- typically offering a B.Th.
curriculum. However, often these schools have little or no library resources.
One of the pressing needs we saw is for theological books for these schools.
We believe this is an area in which we can make a significant
Attached is a document from Duane Binkley outlining a theological book
collection project for the Bible Schools in the refugee camps. I believe this project will have a
big impact on the lives of young men and women preparing to serve Christ and the
Church in Thailand and Burma.
- Rev. Dr. Mark S Caruana, Tabernacle Baptist Church of Utica
are aged 18-23, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages you
to apply for the pilot of its exciting new Young Adult Leadership Experience to
take place, in conjunction with the Biennial/Mission Summit, Sunday, June
16-Friday, June 28, 2013.
To apply, please visit ABHMS Application & Information and
complete the application online or print it and mail or fax it to ABHMS. Ask
your pastor or regional executive to write a letter of recommendation on your
behalf on his or her own official letterhead.
All materials must be received by
ABHMS or postmarked no later than midnight on Tuesday, May 28,
American Baptist Men's Gathering will be held August 9-11 at Keuka College, Keuka Park. For more information, please go to the ABMen's website
YORK BAPTISTS MOVE FORWARD
committee seeking an Associate Executive Minister for the ABC/NYS is delighted
to announce that the position has been offered to Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, and he
has accepted. Jerrod wrote in his
ministry is a vital part of the American Baptist tradition. Such work is fundamentally about equipping
the saints in local congregations, providing support and encouragement to
pastors and lay leaders and working together to navigate changing contexts for
our ministry and mission. I look forward to collaborative work with Dr. Kelsey,
the Board of Mission, the Regional Enhancement Team, and each of the 300+ local
churches within the ABC/NYS family.
writes of Jerrod:
He brings a deep appreciation and
knowledge of our Baptist distinctives and history and belief. His expertise will help our churches sharpen
their sense of identity and clarify their place and purpose in their
A lifelong American Baptist, the Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot comes to ABC/NYS
Regional staff with pastoral experience in congregations in rural Kansas, metro
Kansas City and most recently as the Coordinating Minister of the First Baptist
Church of Bennington, Vermont (2006-2013).
Ordained in 2004 to ABC ministry, Rev. Hugenot brings his pastoral
experience with missional church development, small church ministry, and
ecumenical and interfaith work.
During his Bennington pastorate, Hugenot offered leadership in fostering
missional thinking and collaborative action among his congregants and in his
efforts within the Bennington area interfaith movement, particularly in the area
of basic human needs initiatives.
Denominationally, Hugenot has board experience with the ABC General Board
(2002-07), including the AB Home Mission Societies, the Committee on Christian
Unity, and the former Board of Educational Ministries. Presently, he serves on the Christian Ethics
Commission of the Baptist World Alliance (2011-15). His writings and book reviews appear in
various Baptist-related journals as well as Sharing the Practice, the
journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy.
Jerrod received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Ottawa University
(Kansas) and a M.Div. and a M.A. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary
(Kansas). He did a semester of study at
Spurgeon’s College, London (UK).
Rev. Hugenot will reside in the Albany area with
his wife, Kerry Shermer, and their peaceable (?!) kingdom of three cats (Biblia,
Paige and Codex) and a refined elder beagle mix (Gentil). He will begin work in June.
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The American Baptist Churches of New York State is beginning a search for an
Associate Executive Minister. The deadline for applications is February 15,
2013. We are asking for an ABPS Profile, a resume, and a letter of interest.
All applications should be sent to Dr. James Kelsey at the Regional office or
A SHARED HISTORY
Rev. Dr. Mark S. Caruana
Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church - Utica
In recent months, Americans’ attention has been drawn to a forgotten corner of the world: Burma (also known as Myanmar). In September, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democratic leader who has spent much of the last decade and a half under house arrest, made a seventeen-day tour of the United States. “The Lady” as Suu Kyi is popularly known, is now a member of Burma’s recently formed parliament. Her historic visit included an address to Congress and a presidential welcome to the White House. Following his re-election, President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Burma. During his brief visit, the President paid a call on Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Yangon.
Aung San Suu Kyi and President Obama’s visits dramatically symbolize the important, yet very initial, and tentative democratic reforms made under current Burmese President Thein Sein. Prior to Thein Sein’s election in March 2011, the military junta that ruled Burma for much of the previous half-century was one of the world’s most secretive, brutal and repressive regimes. The nation’s ethnic minorities (particularly the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Chin, Kachin, and Rohingya) have been targets of the Burmese military’s genocidal tactics. As a result, hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced, fled to nearby countries, or are resettled as refugees in nations around the globe.
Since the late 1990’s, many refugees from Burma have been resettled in communities along the New York State Thruway corridor. Currently, ethnic peoples from Burma number in the thousands in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica; and in the hundreds in the Capital District and Ithaca. Many of our new neighbors from Burma (especially the Karen, Chin, and Kachin) are Baptist believers. They are the fruit of seeds first planted in 1813 by pioneering Baptist missionaries Adoniram and Ann Judson and the generations of Baptist missionaries who followed in their footsteps for next 150 years.
Baptists from the United States and Burma share an intertwined history. The same movement of God’s Spirit that carried the Good News to Burma also birthed the first the national organization of Baptists in the United States. American Baptists first came together across our nation out of a common commitment to support mission in Burma. Two hundred years after the Judsons brought the gospel to Burma, Baptist believers fleeing oppression in Burma are now arriving on our shores. They may come to the United States as displaced people, but they also come as missionaries.
Across upstate New York, new Karen and Chin Baptist fellowships are forming. Some ABC/NYS congregations are hosting immigrant congregations from Burma in their facilities. Others have been reborn as they have welcomed their new neighbors from Burma into their church family. Associations are mentoring and guiding fellowships of Baptist brothers and sisters from Burma as they form churches. ABC/NYS recently welcomed two such new congregations into the region and a third congregation’s application for regional membership is pending. A few weeks ago, the region hosted a one-day event for pastors and leaders of fellowships serving our new neighbors from Burma. This well-attended event was an effort to build relationships and introduce our new partners in ministry to some of the resources offered to American Baptist congregations by ABC/NYS, ABHMS, MMBB, and International Ministries.
Perhaps you would like to learn more about the shared history that binds American Baptists and Baptists from Burma together. There is no better place to start than by reading Rosalie Hall Hunt’s engaging biography, Bless God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy (Judson Press: 2005).
Another option is to visit Burma. In December 2013, The Myanmar Baptist Convention will honor our shared history in a significant way. December 3-8, 2013 Baptists in Burma will celebrate the Bicentennial of Adoniram and Ann Judson’s arrival in Burma. Thousands of Baptists from across Burma and around the world are expected to attend. International Ministries is sponsoring a trip to Burma for those wishing to participate in this historic event. More information is available at the International Ministries website (www.internationalministries.org – click on “get involved”).