GO RED SOX! Just a quick note--at the time of this podcast the Red Sox had a 6-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East! But as a sign of Baptist unity even a Yankee fan and a Red Sox fan can agree on Jesus and the mission of God.
Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer is the General Secretary for the American Baptist Churches USA. Prior to becoming General Secretary, Dr. Spitzer served as Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey for 14 years. He encouraged the region to journey as a Christ-centered, mission focused and pastoral (loving) community of churches. From this vision, many new ministries were developed. Dr. Spitzer brings to his new position decades of pastoral experience; he was pastor of First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, the Seaview Baptist Church in Linwood, New Jersey, and the First Baptist Church in East Providence, Rhode Island. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 1981. His Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees are from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and in 2016, he was awarded a PhD degree in Theology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre.
Judson Press has published two books by Dr. Spitzer. Making Friends, Making Disciples (2010) explores how relationships impact our lives and the discipleship and evangelism ministries of churches. His newest book, Baptists, Jews and the Holocaust: the Hand of Sincere Friendship (2017), reveals how Baptists in the United States responded to Nazism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
American Baptist Home Mission Society: http://abhms.org/
International Ministries: https://www.internationalministries.org/
Making Friends, Making Disciples (2010): https://www.amazon.com/Making-Friends-Disciples-Authentic-Relationships/dp/0817016457/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524082059&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=leo+spitzer+judson+press
Baptist, Jews and the Holocaust (2017): https://www.amazon.com/Baptists-Jews-Holocaust-Lee-Spitzer-ebook/dp/B075FYDQ47/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1524082115&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=leo+spitzer+judson+press
Civil Discourse Partner: https://nicd.arizona.edu/
Fresh Expressions: https://freshexpressionsus.org/
Baptist Holocaust Studies website: https://www.baptistholocauststudies.org/
2019 Mission Summit by the Sea: http://www.abc-usa.org/2018/04/17/journeying-toward-the-summit-by-the-sea/