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Board of Directors

Rev. John E. Simmons
Board Chair
West Virginia Baptist Convention
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Rev. John E. Simmons – John is the Associate Executive Minister of Missions and Administration for the West Virginia Baptist Convention. John is also the Treasurer and CFO for the Convention. His passion is missions and works to get churches and individuals involved in mission through: prayer, personal involvement and financial support. He holds a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the regional staff, he served as a missionary with the Thailand Lahu Baptist Convention through International Ministries.
Rev. William Carlsen, M. Div.
Vice Board Chair
American Baptist Foundation
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The Rev. William A. Carlsen ("Bill") served as Interim Director since July of 2010. Effective November 1, 2011 he has been appointed Chair of the Foundation Board. Bill is a native of New York State and has been very active in American Baptist mission, serving pastorates in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Rome New York and as the Executive Minister for the ABC of New York State for sixteen years. Additionally, he was Field Counselor for World Mission Support for The American Baptist Churches USA for fifteen years. Bill graduated from Houghton College with majors in Philosophy and Psychology and holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He is currently President of the Board of Springbrook, Treasurer of the Interim Ministry Program of ABC/USA and is a member of the board and adjunct faculty for Keuka College.
Marcus Pereira
Board Treasurer
Citizens Bank
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Marcus has been in sales and business development for the last 10 years representing large and small corporations, and providing excellent customer service and satisfaction. He currently works as a Business Banker for Citizens Bank covering the North East parts of Pennsylvania. Also he is very involved in the Spanish Community in the Lehigh Valley as a Bi-Lingual speaker. He believes that integrity and going the extra mile for a customer pays off in the long run.
Nichole Tillman
Board Secretary
American Baptist Churches
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A Norfolk State University graduate who focused on Journalism and Public Relations, Nichole is now a senior communications and public relations executive. With nearly 20-years of experience as a leader and a change agent, she has done publicity for USA Today and The Harlem Globetrotters just to name a few. Nichole's areas of expertise include national and international media relations, public relations, crisis and corporate communication, brand management, community and government relations.
Rev. Jesse Brown
Chair of Board Advancement & Nominations
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Rev. Dr. Jesse M. Brown is the 27th Pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Chicago. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. For 18 years Rev. Dr. Brown was a Finance and Insurance Consultant for General Motors Acceptance Corporation and pastored FBCC. Rev. Dr. Brown started his service to the American Baptist Foundation Board in 2013.
Rev. Dr. Norman G. Bullock
Board Member
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Rev. Dr. Norman G. Bullock is an ordained minister, non-profit executive, and public intellectual with a rich experience in urban ministry contexts. He currently serves as the Interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles. He also holds a senior finance management position at KCETLink, the the nation's largest independent public television station. He has held many other senior management roles in the corporate, non-profit and faith-based sectors and in public accounting as an Audit Manager for a large CPA firm. He has served in many pastoral leadership capacities including Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Assistant to the Pastor and most recently Executive Pastor of a non-denominational church plant in Los Angeles before assuming his current role at First Baptist Church. He also formed the Bullock Group, LLC, a management consulting firm as a conduit and ministry to providing interim financial management, strategic leadership, organizational development, executive coaching to both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Dr. Bullock possesses an undergraduate degree from UCLA in Sociology and Economics with a concentration in Business Administration. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in Social Ethics & Urban Ministry, with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership, an MBA degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Walden University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Leadership in the Urban Context.
Patti Glasser
Board Member
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Patti is the Associate Executive Director for Administration for International Ministries. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, Patti served in the US Air Force and then the Pennsylvania Air National Guard where she attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During her career she served in the positions of Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Human Resources, Base Civil Engineer, and Operations Manager. She then entered state government as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, PA. In that role she oversaw Directors of IT, HR and Legislative Publications as well as an Office Manager, Comptroller, Payroll Manager and others. Most recently, Patti came to IM from the position of Director of Operations for Mission Central, an international faith-based non-profit based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
David Gnirk
Board Member
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Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
Executive Director, ABHMS
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An ordained American Baptist minister, Haggray has deep roots in the life of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and the greater Baptist family. He served DCBC as executive director/minister from 2001 to 2009 and currently serves as a member of the American Baptist Extension Corporation's Board of Directors. He is a member of ABCUSA's Adaptive Challenge Team and chairman of the Baptist World Alliance's Commission on Social and Environmental Justice. Haggray also serves as co-chairman of the National Planning Team of New Baptist Covenant, a movement focused on uniting Baptists in service and Christian love to promote justice and overcome racial, theological and geographic boundaries. Haggray holds a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., a master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, W.V., awarded Haggray an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 2005. In 2006, he received the James F. Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award for outstanding contributions in the greater Washington, D.C. spiritual community. Haggray is a member of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. His wife, Shelby Martin Haggray, is an ordained American Baptist minister. The couple has three children.
Sarah Hodges-Austin
Board Member
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Sarah was born into First Baptist of Washington DC where her parents met in the early 1950's. She was baptized when she was 10 and has called the Lord her savior ever since. Sarah is currently a member of the Diaconate and a member of the choir at FBC of Washington. Sarah has supported many of the Church activities either with her own labor and funds and currently works for the Federal Government in budget and contracting.
Rev. Sharon T. Koh
Board Member
Executive Director International Ministries
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The Rev. Sharon T. Koh is the Executive Director of American Baptist International Ministries. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Rev. Koh is a graduate of the Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (B.Sc.) and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (M.Div., M.A.T.). During her eleven-year pastoral ministry, Sharon served as the Mission Pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles. In 2016 she became the Executive Director of American Baptist International Ministries with oversight of American Baptist mission work in more than 70 countries.
Kenneth Marsenburg
Director of Development, Office of the General Secretary
American Baptist Churches
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Kenneth C. Marsenburg, Jr. is the Director of Development for ABCUSA and has served for over 25 years as a fundraising/management consultant for countless religious, educational, community-based, healthcare associations, and various NGO institutions. He has help procure over three quarters of a billion dollars for mission and ministries.
Reverend Jacquline L. Saxon
Vice President for Student Affairs and Vocation
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Reverend Jacquline L. Saxon, currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vocation for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has held the position since May of 2009. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as the Associate Pastor of University Baptist Church in Austin, Texas for eight years. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration –with an emphasis in Finance and Banking from Howard University in Washington, DC, in 1984 and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary that she earned in 2000. Prior to seminary, Jackie was employed as a Financial Analyst with IBM for over twelve years holding positions in upstate New York and in Austin. Texas. She is an ordained American Baptist pastor and is member of Church of the Savior, an American Baptist Church in Cedar Park, Texas.
Lianne Wright
Board Member
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Lianne Wright has been an active member of First Baptist Church, Columbus, Indiana, since 1995. She has served as church treasurer and on the church council for 16 years. Music ministry, children's programs, and teaching adults, particularly in the area of personal finance, have been areas of ministry. Currently Lianne is helping to organize First Baptist's resource guide for seniors who are working to "make decisions by choice, not by crisis".

Lianne holds an accounting degree from Iowa State University and worked in public accounting and financial institutions during her early career. Tax and nonprofits were areas of emphasis. Her work experience has translated well as she has served as treasurer and finance chair for her church and various nonprofit boards.

Lianne is married to Darrell (Kip) Wright and has two young adult sons, Drew and Nile. Lianne's parents served as her model of servant leadership in the church and in carrying Christ's love into her community.
Ken Hines
Investment Committee Only
Wealth Management Advisor Merrill Lynch
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Ken Hines is a First Vice President and has over 20 years of experience providing financial advice and services throughout the United States. Ken's concentration is in the open architecture design of customized investment solutions to address individual financial goals. A primary focus of Ken's practice is individual retirement planning for corporate retirees. Ken holds the prestigious CIMA certification which is an advanced education program developed by the Wharton School of Business as well as that of Wealth Management Advisor (WMA).
Anne Mills
Investment Committee Only
President Loring Consulting Company
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President, Loring Consulting Company since 2001; Vice President for Business Management and CFO, Ottawa University, 1992-2001; 2006-2008; IBM Corporation, 1965-1991; currently active with various charitable, educational and religious organizations.
David Moore
Investment Committee Only
Director of Investments at American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)
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Debra Schill
Grant Committee Only
Owner Debra R. Schill, CPA
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