Ministerial Resourcing

For clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders.

Wisconsin Ministers Council

ABC Wisconsin is grateful to be strong partners with the Wisconsin American Baptist Ministers Council. While the region staff seeks to support our ministers in various ways, the Ministers Council is an organization for the ministers, led by the ministers. Furthermore, the Wisconsin chapter is connected to chapters throughout our denomination. When ministers encourage one another toward collegiality, competence, and centeredness, the individual ministers are strengthened, as is the collective Body of Christ. The region office commends to all ministers to learn more about the Ministers Council and consider how you would be involved — and then act! Churches would do well to also support their professional ministerial staff by encouraging them to be connected to a life-giving and accountable circle of colleagues like the Ministers Council by allotting work time for them to attend such gatherings and for paying for their membership dues through an “Accountable Reimbursement Plan.”

To contact the leaders of the WI Ministers Council, Click HERE.
To read more about the national organization, Click HERE.

Trainings for Clergy & Lay Leaders

Scholarships from the Blumer Fund can be used for these courses and more. More information on the Blumer fund can be found further down the page.

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has a variety of webinars and single-day Zoom classes on conflict transformation, pastor-church relations, leadership skills, and more.

More information can be found here.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Center for Continuous Learning

ABHMS with MinistrElife hosts a variety of courses on Hybrid Church, Financial Literacy, and Strategic Planning, and more.

More information can be found here.

Central Seminary ReShaping Church series from Thriving Congregations

ReShaping Church is a guided process for capturing and integrating the innovation and adaptation resulting from disruptive life experiences, transforming churches into greater expressions of the body of Christ.

More information can be found here. Registration for the next series begins June 2022.

Clergy and Seminarian Grants/Scholarships

2023 Clergy and Seminarian Grants/Scholarship – Information Page – Click HERE

2023 Clergy and Seminarian Grants/Scholarship – Application – Click HERE

American Baptist Women’s Scholarship, for women entering ministry – Click HERE

Melvin J. Battle Scholarship application from Calvary Baptist Church – Click HERE

Information about a scholarship program from Church Mutual – Click HERE


Other Sources:

Louisville Institute Research/Study Grants
Four grant programs support religious and theological scholarship among three strategic constituencies: pastors, academics, and researchers for the broader church.

Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program:
“…open to Christian congregations whose pastors are serious about parish ministry and who can envision this program as a means of renewing the pastor’s commitment to the congregation and to ordained ministry. The program is designed for those congregations and pastors who have a strong relationship with one another, a high degree of mutual trust and support, and are eager to see their relationship strengthened, renewed and continued.”


ABHMS Grants for Ministerial Leaders

ABHMS offers additional grants for individuals serving in American Baptist Churches. Clergy, lay leaders, and individuals are encouraged to apply for our grants to enhance their skills for ministry through related conferences and events. More information can be found here. These grants can be used for any of the above continuing education opportunities.

For a full list of all scholarship and continuing education grants through ABHMS, click here.

Madison Learning Community

The Madison Learning Community (MLC) is an initiative of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary offering seminary-level courses to Madison-area pastors, church leaders, and others eager to deepen ministry skills and join a diverse community committed to the local Church.

The first course on preaching begins on January 24th and will be facilitated by our own Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen along with the Rev. Dr. Jessica Patchett. For more information, contact Lief Erickson at or 608-469-2261. A poster for this event can be found here, and Madison Seminary’s website can be found here.

Salzmann Library, St. Francis, WI

Through CENTRAL Wisconsin’s seminary site partnership with Salzmann Library, we strongly encourage seminarians, faculty members, and ABC ministers and church leaders to utilize the excellent resources available at Salzmann Library, located on the campus of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, WI. Not only can you benefit from the collections at Salzmann for theological studies, sermon preparation, christian education, and ministry resourcing, you can also benefit from the resources available throughout the SWITCH consortium of eight academic libraries throughout greater Milwaukee area.

To learn more about Salzmann Library, including becoming a patron, click HERE.



The Teaching Pastors Forum was first established in 2019 as a partnership between ABC of Wisconsin and Central Seminary. Though the seminary site is now closed, ABC of Wisconsin is again offering the Forum. TPF is an opportunity for a pastor or minister in the region to share her/his passion project in dialogue with colleagues in ministry. Participants share a simple lunch, followed by a presentation and the opportunity for extended conversation. This year we will be attempting a “hybrid” format for the Teaching Pastors Forum.

The Region is blessed to have pastors and ministers with a wide variety of helpful gifts and interests. Below you’ll find descriptions of our upcoming offerings. Please register at least 1 week prior.

Teaching Pastors Forum #2 — Thursday – March 2, 2023

12:00 pm at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee.

“Paul and Barnabus: Clergy, Colleagues, and Conflict”

SPEAKER: A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Williams just celebrated 40 years of ministerial experience and 30 years of pastoral and teaching ministry. He served as senior pastor of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dorchester, MA from 1992-1996 and as interim pastor at the Beecher Memorial UCC church, New Orleans, LA from 2000-03. He has also served as a supply preacher for several churches in the New Orleans area. In his pursuit of higher education Dr. Williams received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Comparative Religion in 1986, a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) in 1988 and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 1990, both from Harvard Divinity School. He completed in 1997 a Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D.) also from Harvard Divinity School. Formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Director of the Religious Studies Program at Tulane University, New Orleans, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor in theology at Marquette University and at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Shawnee, KS) at its Wisconsin site. He currently teaches at UW-Milwaukee in the Comparative Literature department and in the Religious Studies program. He has published several books.

Dr. Williams has been pastor of Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee since January of 2009.

TOPIC: Pastor Williams will again share his stellar biblical scholarship, drawing on the story of Paul and Barnabus for lessons in ministry. A careful reading of Paul’s story reveals common experiences in the pursuit of ministry, particularly in working together with fellow ministers.

LOCATION: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 2433 W. Roosevelt Dr., Milwaukee, WI

REGISTER HERE for TPF#2 to be held on Thursday, March 2.



Teaching Pastors Forum #3 — Tuesday – April 18, 2023

12:00 pm at the ABC/WI Region Office in Elm Grove.

“Spiritual Resources to Sustain Ministry”

SPEAKER: Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez (aka “Pastor Karen”) is pastor of Federated Church in Green Lake, Wisconsin, having been called to that position in 1996. Raised in the First Baptist Church of Waukesha, Karen remembers the power God’s presence warming her soul in the Sunday morning worship, preaching, praying and music. After teaching at a bi-lingual Catholic Middle/High School in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico for her first years after college, Karen responded to the call to go seminary. Karen attended Colgate Rochester Divinity School as its first Rauchschenbush Scholar. Throughout her ministry, Karen has embraced continuing education, particularly in the area of spirituality. She has trained with Pete & Jeri Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality; Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal and Dr. Ruth Haley Barton’s Transforming Communities (both TC-13 and TC-16).

TOPIC: Pastor Karen will be presenting on “Spiritual Resources to Sustain Ministry.” A guiding question for the session will be, “How do you listen to your soul to sustain your ministry during challenging times?”

Some items for consideration:

  •  Finding and/or cultivating spiritual resources
  •  Listening to what your soul is saying (and getting permission to do so)
  •  Spiritual resources for longevity in ministry
LOCATION: ABC of Wisconsin Region office, 15330 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, WI 53122

REGISTER HERE for TPF#3 to be held on Tuesday, April 18.

We’re working on TPFs on Design Thinking for building usage and ministry practice and Comprehensive self-care for pastors. Check back here for more information.



Teaching Pastors Forum #1 — Tuesday – February 14, 2023

12:00 pm at Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee.

“The Influence of Hindu Nationalism in the U.S.: Lessons for Christians”

SPEAKER: Rev. Chakravarthy Zadda, Ph.D. has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Waukesha since 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Managers for ABC of Wisconsin, provides leadership for Asian Churches at the national level as the moderator/administration coordinator for the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches, and is part of American Baptist Churches USA’s Emerging Theologians Task Force. Rev. Zadda received his PhD in World Christianity and Missions from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2015. He served as the Associate Regional Minister of American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. Rev. Zadda also worked six years for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago as the Director for International Student Affairs Office. He has lectured in the area of missiology at both Baptist and Lutheran seminaries in United States and in India. His research interests include missiology, history of evangelical & ecumenical movements, world religions and interfaith witnessing, modern history of India.

Before he moved to United States in 2005, Rev.Zadda served his home church, Stanton Memorial Baptist Church as its Associate Pastor. Along with his ministry with the local Church, he was actively involved in the denominational life of Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches (STBC), mission church of ABC-USA. He has provided leadership both at regional and national levels for the Church in India. Rev.Zadda served The National Council of Churches of India (NCCI) on the Dalit and Adivasi Commission, actively advocating for their rights.

TOPIC: Pastor Zadda will be speaking about the troubling movement of Hindu nationalism and the support offered in some parts of the United States. This topic opens up important questions of religious freedom as well as Christian nationalism. The discussion will inform our understanding of the experience of brothers and sisters in India and how religion is used for nefarious purposes in the United States.

LOCATION: Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church – 2479 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI