"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9

Dr. Martin: Oct/Nov 09 E-newsletter

Letter from the President, Dr. Paul M. Martin

Throughout my ministry I have been an advocate for a prepared ministry. The time for picking up the Bible and declaring that God has called you into ministry is over. When God calls one into ministry, I believe, it is a clear call to prepare oneself for the work that God calls you into.


In support of this, Jesus called twelve persons of various backgrounds, inviting them to leave everything, take up the cross and follow him. Following him, meant that they commit to sitting at his feet and learning of the things that would ultimately serve them as they were commissioned to bring God's kingdom to earth.


To this end, I believe that, as a seminary, we must commit ourselves to the following:  

  • Restoring the confidence and trust between the seminary and communities of faith;  
  • Reconnect with clergy leadership who have graduated from our historic seminary;  
  • Establish new areas of support for the mission and ministry of our seminary;
  • Affirm the historical principles that have made our seminary distinctive;
  • Establish new and innovative paradigms for developing leadership that will guide the life of churches of the 21st century;
  • Hear and respond to the issues of diversity that emerge from the center of our communities;
  • We must commit to go where no others have gone in the pursuit of theological education in our complex world.


I invite those who have disconnected with the American Baptist Seminary of the West to prayerfully reconnect with us. We need the support of all who have received preparation for Christian Ministry from these hallowed halls and sacred grounds called ABSW. We are here for you and we pray that you are there for us.


God Bless You and Yours!


Dr. Paul M. Martin