Ministry in a New Key

Fred Oaks, President, ABC WI Board of Managers  Last May on this page Rev. Dr. John Jones acknowledged how coping with the pandemic had disrupted our cherished routines. Then he suggested that the Holy Spirit might be stretching us toward something needed and new: “Just maybe the changes, skills, and habits that have been forced […]

ABC/WI Calls Interim Regional Executive Minister

The American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin called Rev. Dr. John A. Jones IV as its Interim Regional Executive Minister. Jones will begin his service January 1, 2021. “Dr. Jones is a faithful minister and educator deeply committed to the values and mission of our region,” said Fred Oaks, President of the ABC WI Board of Managers. […]

Transformation Continues…

By Marie Onwubuariri, REM Guided by Romans 12:2, at the Annual Gathering I noted the transformation I have begun to see in and among ABC/WI over the past six years. We have… …realigned practices and structures to foster the pursuit of mission, evident in our governance, gathering themes, standards of ministries, & our interactions. …resisted […]

Mercy, Truth, Justice, Peace

By Marie Onwubuariri, REM I will hear what God the Lord will speak, For He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. […]

ABC/WI Regional Executive Minister Transition Announcement

On behalf of the Board of the Managers and staff of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, we are writing to inform you that Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri has announced her resignation as Regional Executive Minister. After over six years, she will depart at the end of December 2020 to become the Associate General Secretary of […]

Stretched by the Spirit

May 2020 Wisconsin Baptist Lead Article by John Jones, Associate Regional Minister – Education “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.” Philippians 1:12    I was planning on writing about Graduation and Mother’s Day for this May WB, days of […]

“In This Together” More Than Lip Service

A Pastoral Letter from Regional Executive Minister, Marie Onwubuariri April 20, 2020 Dear fellow leaders and culture-shapers of American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, It has been over a month since those in our state began to make adjustments to our way of living in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We now know that […]

An Invitation from your ABC/WI Board President

With a look to the future, a word from the ABC/WI Region President by Fred Oaks, President, Board of Managers | fredrick.oaks@gmail.com “Without counsel, plans go wrong,                                   but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 You’re invited to become one of the many advisers who will thoughtfully and prayerfully shape plans […]

Eager for Easter?

April 2020 Wisconsin Baptist Lead Article by Marie Onwubuariri, Regional Executive Minister I have come to truly appreciate the annual movement through Holy Week—the celebration and irony of Palm Sunday, the journey through the events of Jesus’ last days of life, the commemoration of the Last Supper, the gravity of Good Friday, the stillness of […]

COVID-19 | Faith Leaders | Response and Responsibility

The emergence and spread of the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as designated by the World Health Organization, has faith leaders considering appropriate response and responsibility. This developing situation reminds us of the interconnectedness of the world; we are all connected as part of God’s good creation. People of faith respond to such developing situations with compassion […]