Rev. Mary Miller has been called to serve as the new Associate Executive Minister of Mid- American Baptist Churches. Rev. Miller has 23 years of experience as an American Baptist pastor, serving congregations in urban and rural settings. In addition to pastoral ministry, Rev. Miller has served as Coordinator of the Conflict Management Network for ABC of Ohio and has been on the faculty of their Lay Pastor Training Program, teaching conflict management and ethics. While serving in Indiana, Rev. Miller was a Field Education Supervisor for Christian Theological Seminary.
Leadership positions held within the American Baptist family include serving on the National Ministries Small Church Team, Women in Ministry and Minister's Council in ABC of Indiana, the Ohio Baptist Education Society, and camping ministries in both Indiana and Ohio. Rev. Miller has a strong commitment to American Baptist missions, and last spring led a team of sixteen on a mission trip to serve with ABC missionaries in Nicaragua. For the past 12 years, Rev. Miller has served First Baptist Church of Fredericktown, Ohio, as pastor.
Iowa Religious Media Services (IRMS) is announcing a new partnership with the Mid-American Baptist Churches when IRMS moves to shared space later this summer. "This arrangement will benefit both of us," said IRMS Executive Director Sharon E. Strohmaier. "In these times, denomination and individual church dollars are increasingly precious. Sharing space and amenities will allow us both to provide even better stewardship of our financial and educational resources."
"We're looking forward to this new partnership," said Mid-American Baptist Executive Minister Marshall Peters. "Iowa Religious Media Services is a vital resource for our churches and we were only utilizing half of the space we own. To fill that space with such a dynamic denominational resource is a plus for us and IRMS's five other covenanting denominations."
In addition to the Mid-American Baptist Region, IRMS serves the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest, the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies Presbyterian Church (USA), the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, providing churches theologically solid, professionally produced media resources for Christian education for all ages, worship, spiritual growth and healing, as well as strategies for effective use of those resources.