VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/4/21)—As part of its Asian and Burmese Ministries Leadership Training, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will present “Spiritual Leaders in Times of Crisis” 3-5 p.m. PST and 6-8 p.m. EST Thursday, March 18. Presenters are the Rev. Dr. Timothy Geoffrion, a visiting professor to the Myanmar Institute of Theology in Yangon, Burma, and the Rev. Dr. Gerald Mann, lead pastor of Sunset Ministries, San Francisco.

The coronavirus has impacted every level of human life, including that of the church. In 2020, many people faced numerous challenges from health care and food shortages to unemployment and mental health issues. These crises and challenges have taken a toll on church leaders, as they have had to adapt to a new normal, including conducting church services and ministry online and maintaining social distance with church members.

On Feb. 1, 2021, Burma diaspora members were shocked to hear that the military regime in Burma had launched a coup. They witnessed human lives, democracy, freedom, and religious liberty being stripped away.

In addition to his visiting professorship, Geoffrion is president and teaching minister for Faith, Hope, and Love Global Ministries, an organization founded by him and his wife. An American Baptist, he is a resource person to many in the Burma Diaspora Community. He teaches, leads, and works with pastors and leaders in Myanmar. Prior to the pandemic, he spent much of his time in Myanmar but now is connected to his constituencies via Zoom. He has published five books, two of which have been translated into Burmese, Lai Chin and Sagaw Karen.

Mann is an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif., and Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. For more than 40 years, Mann has been involved in discipleship, teaching, and evangelism ministries. He had served as a youth minister, teacher, pastor, and counselor. Mann holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary. He is the former dean of Fellowship Bible Institute and College of Theology and Urban Studies. He has sat on the executive committee for the National Network of Youth Ministries and Bridgemont High School. Author of several Bible studies and booklets, Mann has received awards for mentoring and for various youth leadership programs.

The event is free, but online registration is required. The meeting ID is 981 3146 4501. The password is C323. For more information, contact ABHMS’ Florence Li at [email protected].

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.


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