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Episode 56 A Different Language with Rev. Courtny Davis Olds 5-27-15

May 27th, 2015

CourtnyDavisOlds.jpgIn this episode, American Baptist Women's Ministries Executive Director Virginia Holmstrom speaks with Rev. Courtny Davis Olds, Associate Director of Mission Design for International Ministries, ABCUSA. Rev. Davis Olds preaches a sermon for us, entitled "A Different Language," based on Acts 2:1-21. (Virginia reads the Scripture prior to the sermon.) After the sermon, Virginia and Courtny continue their conversation about the meaning that this passage from Acts has for our congregations and women's and girls' ministries today. 


Episode 55 Ministry in Retirement with Susan Gillies 9-15-14

September 15th, 2014

Susanpic23.jpgThe retirement years can be a challenge for some, but in this conversation Susan Gillies shares with us what she has learned about retirement in the last four years since her own retirement from professional church leadership in 2010. We discuss how she decided it was time to retire; emotional and spiritual preparations she made prior to retiring as well as what she had been unprepared to experience; and how she has learned even more about herself through the retirement experience.


Episode 54 Ministry with Adults with Developmental Delays–Rev. Dr. Christine Roush 8-11-14

August 11th, 2014

Rev. Dr. Christine Roush serves as Chief Operations Officer and Advancement at Rainbow Acres, a residential campus in Camp Verde, Arizona, for adults with developmental delays. In this episode, we talk a bit about Rainbow Acres, but spend most of the conversation discussing ways for congregations to be in ministry with families who have members with developmental delays.

To visit the website for Rainbow Acres:
The other two websites referenced by Rev. Dr. Roush in the conversation:


Episode 53 Ministry at a Motorcycle Rally–LaVonna Cline 6-13-14

June 13th, 2014

Every year, over 400,000 motorcyclists descend upon Sturgis, South Dakota, for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally, the largest motorcycle rally in the world and one of the longest-running, nearly doubles the population of the state for that week in August. In this episode, we hear from LaVonna Cline who volunteers with the ABC Emergency Services Center, set up each year at the rally, to provide services, transportation, and counseling to rally attendees.

Links mentioned in this episode:

ABC Emergency Services Center:

BeFree58--a ministry committed to ending human trafficking:

Christian Motorcyclists Association:


Episode 52 Homelessness and Family Promise 5-8-14

May 8th, 2014

In this episode, high school senior Mary Burnett interviews Tony Milner, executive director of Family Promise of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mary and Tony discuss homeless youth, women with children, the effects of homelessness, and some special challenges. They end with a story of hope.

For more information about Family Promise Salt Lake, visit their website. For information about the national Family Promise organization, click here.


Episode 51 A Conversation with Virginia Holmstrom about Haiti 3-25-14

March 25th, 2014

VirginiaHolmstrom-color.jpgAB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom recently returned from a trip to Haiti, in the company of AB Women's Ministries national officer Bonnie Sestito. American Baptist missionaries Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga served as their guides. Kihomi introduced Virginia and Bonnie to many women who are working to improve the lives of their families and of all the people of Haiti.

For more information about Kihomi and Nzunga's work in Haiti, click here.

For information about the Women and Girls Mission Fund, click here.


Episode 49: Prison and Aftercare Ministries with Rev. Errol Cooper 2-10-14

February 10th, 2014

Rev. Errol Cooper, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, talks with us about prison and aftercare ministries. The congregation at First Baptist is deeply engaged in this ministry with members and with the community. Our conversation includes why there may be more people connected with the judicial system in your congregation than you're aware; why this ministry is so critical, and some ideas for how you can engage in it yourself.

Visit the website of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., pastor.
Click here to find out more about Healing Communities
Visit American Baptist Home Mission Societies' page on prisoner re-entry and aftercare ministries.


Episode 48 Self-Care and Women–Interview with Rev. Nancy Leport 1-13-14

January 13th, 2014

Welcome to 2014! In this episode, we hear from pastor and life coach Rev. Nancy Leport about the importance of self-care. Self-care can be a very difficult thing for anyone, but perhaps especially women, to address in their lives. We feel pulled in so many directions, and for many self-care can seem self-ish. However, self-care allows us to be renewed and replenished to be even more present and effective in our workplaces, our homes, and our ministries. Get inspiration and ideas for ways to integrate more self-care into your life this year.

Resources on self-care:

The Power of a Positive No, by William Ury
The Art of Extreme Self-Care, by Cheryl Richardson
The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Resources from Nancy Leport:

Sabbath Moments blog
Time4Yourself blog
Monthly de-stress newsletter: to subscribe, email Nancy.


Episode 47 Being Advocates–with Peggy Burke 12-16-13

December 16th, 2013

Peggy Burke has been deeply engaged in advocacy around issues of human trafficking in the state of Ohio. In this episode, we discuss how to discern if you are called to be an advocate on a particular issue, and some things you will want to keep in mind as you engage in advocacy.

As mentioned in this episode, AB Women's Ministries has historically been engaged in advocacy and hopes to provide tools to better enable women to address issues that have impact upon women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Click here to find the page on our website that lists several bills currently in various stages of Congress--you can see at a glance where they are in process, and follow links to send your opinion to your congressional representatives.


Episode 46 Depression and Women–Rev. Dr. Judith Craik 11-19-13

November 19th, 2013

Depression is a very real problem in the lives of many women, and it can become particularly difficult during the holiday season. In this episode, we have conversation with Rev. Dr. Judith Craik, American Baptist pastor and pastoral counselor. Our conversation looks at depression from the perspective of faith: It includes definitions, symptoms, and healthy ways to address depression in our lives.