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WELCOME to the American Baptist Churches of the South, (ABCOTS) website.  ABCOTS is a Maryland non-profit corporation associated as a covenanting Regional organization with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. See us in Missions, Evangelism and Denominational Work, supporting the local congregations serving the District of Columbia and 15 states throughout the southern United States. Join us in reaching the world for Christ believing and perpetuating His identity, His message and His ministry! 

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Online Annual Session Registration is now Open. Click here to register

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The speakers/lecturers for the Ministers Council sessions

Dr. John W. Kinney - Professor of Theology

Director, Center for African American Pentecostalism and Leadership Development, Virginia Union University, Richmond - Morning lecturer 

Dr. Jessica Young-Brown, LCP (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) - Afternoon lecturer. She will be lecturing on her book: "Making Space at the Well: Mental Health and the Church"


Please note, payment of Ministers Council dues is required for participation in Annual Session Minister Council Session. You can pay you dues online at or mail your payment to : MINISTERS COUNCIL ABCUSA 221 South High Street West Chester, PA 19382 610-314-7837

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ABHMS Urges Immediate Student Action on Scholarship Applications, Encourages Thoughtful Reflection on Careers


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (ABNS 4/5/24)—With its scholarship application deadline approaching, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges all eligible undergraduate, graduate and seminary students to take advantage of this valuable opportunity for financial assistance. The application window for 2024-2025 scholarship cycle closes April 15 at 5 p.m. EDT.

To be considered for an ABHMS scholarship, student applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;

  • Be enrolled at an accredited college or university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico;

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50, as reflected on a current transcript;

  • Reside in the U.S. or Puerto Rico; and

  • Provide a reference completed by the leader of the church where the student is a member.

Scholarship amounts vary, and awarded funds are paid directly to a recipient’s school for credit toward tuition. Further, students who maintain their eligibility may receive funding for up to six years (consecutive or non-consecutive) for any single course of study pursued either full time or part time. Visit to learn more about the ABHMS Scholarship Program, including the availability of other, more specialized scholarships, and then apply online by the April 15 deadline.

In addition to combatting the cost of higher education through scholarship awards, ABHMS strives to nurture a vibrant community of scholarship recipients who may grow to partner with the organization in other beneficial ways. To that end, ABHMS’ national coordinator for Scholarship and Emerging Leaders, Alexzandria Sanchez, reconvened members of the 2023-2024 scholarship awardee cohort from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico in mid-March. The group first gathered in August of last year.

Attendees enjoyed an icebreaker activity and then were introduced to ABHMS staff members who elaborated on select ABHMS opportunities. Breanna Pettiford of Healing & Transforming Communities described the Summer Passionary Institute and the newly created Emerging Leaders Program, both of which focus on young adults. The former is a summertime internship centered on social justice, while the latter spans a full academic year of learning and leadership development with an emphasis on advocacy, networking, organizing and storytelling. Pettiford encouraged her audience to investigate and apply by the April 15, 2024, deadline.

Senior Writer Anna Piela, who is also associate editor of The Christian Citizen, an ABHMS publishing ministry, invited those students with an interest in writing to pitch their stories to the predominantly online publication. Piela stressed that The Christian Citizen is open to new voices and perspectives and does not limit itself to previously published authors.

Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABHMS executive director, concluded the gathering. He reiterated ABHMS’ commitment to providing students with financial resources and then reinforced the concept of building relationships.

“We are delighted to be in partnership with you as you pursue your educational goals,” said Haggray. “Even as we look for ways to increase our scholarship funds and give more scholarships, we hope to create more partnerships in all areas of higher education.”

To learn more about ABHMS scholarships, visit

[Click here to view the news release.]

American Baptist Churches Of the South

2024-2025 Calendar of Dates


Every Tuesday “Connecting ABCOTS…” A Virtual Conversation 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Meeting ID 929 6541 9729 Passcode 6Qi4WF

April-May One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (OGHS) (Funds Received to Support Disaster Relief)

April 30 - May 2nd, 2024 - 54th Annual Session of ABCOTS

April 30 ABCOTS Board of Directors Meeting 5:00 p.m.


May-June One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) (Funds support disaster relief)

July 14 “ABCOTS DAY” Region Offering - (Funds Received to Support ABCOTS administration)

Aug 23-25 Area 7 Annual Meeting

September-October World Mission Offering (WMO) (Funds Received to Support International Ministries)

September 20-21 - 6 Annual Gathering

September 27-28 - Area 5 Annual Gathering

October 5 - Area 1 Annual Gathering

October 11 - 12  - Area 2 Annual Gathering

October 18-19 - Area 3 Annual Gathering

October 25-26 - Area 4 Annual Gathering

November 6-8 ABCOTS Board of Directors Meeting

November 27-29 ABCOTS Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November-December Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) - (Funds Thank You Gifts to MMBB Retirees)


December 23 ABCOTS Office Closed for Christmas Holiday


January 6, 2025 ABCOTS Office Re-Opens

March 22 Region Event America For Christ (all virtual)

April 21-25 55th Annual Session of ABCOTS

July 13 ABCOTS Day in our Churches

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