Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
At the heart of Dr. Jeffrey Haggray’s ministry lies his passion for developing and implementing creative strategies that express God’s love and God’s concern for all people. That passion drives his leadership at American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), as he works with national and regional American Baptist-related organizations—along with other diverse partners—to provide a clear vision of mission, cultivate relationships and develop resources for transformational ministry with congregations, communities and regions across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Twenty years of experience pastoring American Baptist congregations, along with close to a decade leading a region of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), provides Haggray with a broad perspective about ministry at the national level.
As a senior pastor serving congregations in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Georgia, he came to understand the day-to-day needs of local congregations involved in disciple-making, worship, leadership development, evangelism and mission engagement. As a regional executive minister, Haggray learned that ministry at the “macro” level is most productive when its constituent congregations and institutions can access the human and material resources they need to transform their communities.
“When a compelling mission-driven vision is coupled with faith and a strong determination to succeed,” he says, “the required resources often follow.”
Even as his ministry has expanded to more national settings, Haggray has remained committed to the local church. During his tenure as executive minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, the organization shifted its focus from region-driven and region-centered initiatives to congregation-driven and community-centered, resulting in increased enthusiasm and engagement among member congregations.
Haggray is committed to strengthening ABCUSA as a foremost Christian movement that empowers congregations, develops disciples and transformational leaders, and promotes a gospel of reconciliation, unconditional love, mercy and justice. At ABHMS, that commitment translates, in part, to his goal of ensuring that staff members continue to provide the highest quality support to congregations, regions and institutional partners to advance God’s mission... read more.