Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley
Regional Executive Minister
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The Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley has served as the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York since May 1, 2015. She was ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA tradition in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was raised, but through the years she has served in several locations. She is glad to call New York City her home, having lived in the metropolitan area since 2006. Cheryl has earned degrees from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, with a BA in Sociology; Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, with an MDiv; and a DMin in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Dudley has been in involved in pastoral, community, as well as global and philanthropic ministries for many years. She has served as the Senior Partner of her own consulting group; Global Religions Director at a local foundation; Senior Advisor to the President of Church World Service; Associate Executive Director of Church in Community Transformation, American Baptist Home Mission Societies; Acting Director of African American Studies at Bradley University, and Executive Director of Peoria Friendship House. She has also served on the pastoral teams of several churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Dudley has served on several national and international boards and committees. Cheryl holds her membership at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan. She is a past President of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and the current Board Chair InspirAction USA, a start-up faith based humanitarian response organization. Currently, Rev. Dudley represents the Region’s interests by providing spiritual and religious resourcing to Project SAFE which seeks justice and restoration for black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Dudley is also a part of the board of Flemister Housing Development Fund Corporation.
In this era and in changing realities within churches, Rev. Dudley is interested in strengthening our collective expression of mission, vision and purpose. “In this time of decline and suspicion about many institutions, and sometimes especially toward churches, we have an obligation to be faithful in fresh, consistent and surprising ways, even in our hard-edged city. In the midst of the hard edges though, we can find people with soft hearts and open spirits and are hungry for God. We need to do best we can to feed their hunger.” Toward this understanding, ABCMNY has adopted the Living our Vision & Values (LOV) strategic plan to guide our work through 2022.
Additionally, Dudley continues, “There is a need in challenging times to offer a pastoral and prophetic voice within our rapidly changing and often volatile culture to proclaim justice and mercy for historically disenfranchised persons and communities. It is faithful to offer a word of continuing hope, justice and accompaniment, so that no soul will find themselves alone, friendless or feel unimportant in the eyes of God and the church.”
We welcome our members and friends into our mission and work with thankful hearts and open arms.
Rev. Dr. Isaac J. Castañeda
Associate Regional Minister
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Rev. Dr. Isaac J. Castañeda is the Associate Regional Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Among his responsibilities include managing the ordination and church development processes for ABCMNY. This means he provides leadership for ministerial credentialing processes, new member churches, and coordinates training events. He is the ABCMNY liaison to Spanish-speaking churches in our region, and provides leadership to the Association of Spanish Speaking Churches. Isaac joined the ABC Metro New York in January of 2000.
Prior to coming to ABCMNY, Isaac was a pastor in three churches in Wisconsin and the Chicago. Additionally, he was the Minister of World Mission Support for the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, where he engaged in raising the mission funds, mission education, and the coordination of international mission exchange trips.
Isaac has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and a M.Div and D.Min from Northern Baptist Seminary. His doctorate emphasized the Integration of Congregational Leadership. Rev. Castañeda was ordained to the sacred ministry in the American Baptist tradition by the North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois in 1991.
Rev. Duvales Cineus
Consultant for Haitian Ministries
Rev. Duvales Cineus serves as a consultant to region in respect to our Haitian and/or Creole-speaking congregations. He also helps the region navigate our key mission commitment, which is the Haitian Hospital located in Quatier Moren in north Haiti.
Mr. Geronimo D. Desumala, III
Special Assistant to the Regional Executive Minister
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Geronimo Desumala serves as the Special Assistant to the Regional Executive Minister. Prior to joining ABCMNY in February 2016, he was the Advocacy Officer for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical United Nations Office in New York. Since 2010, he advocated on behalf of the Council’s 345 member churches for gender justice, climate justice, and the human rights of indigenous peoples at various fora and mechanisms in the UN system. Prior to the WCC, Geronimo's work supported a global coalition of religious leaders and activists working towards the decriminalization of LGBT persons around the world, and to improve the resettlement of LGBT refugees in the US. Geronimo joined the UN civil society community in 2008 as an intern for PDHRE People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning, assisting the Executive Director in program development, social media marketing, and in the publication of Human Rights Cities: Civic Engagement for Societal Development. Geronimo is also an advisory board member of the Center for Earth Ethics, a regular liturgist of his church, and a member of the parish council. Although living in New York since 2006, Geronimo is a native Californian and a graduate of Colby College.
Ms. Yvette Hinds
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Ms. Yvette Hinds is the Controller of the ABCMNY region. In her role, through generally accepted and financially responsible accounting practices, she assures the safeguarding of the region's financial resources that have entrusted to us by our churches and other donors. Ms Hinds joined the ABCMNY staff in 1999 and has through the years, become the nexus of the region's accounting department. Ms Hinds is a graduate in accounting of Hunter College.
Although an accounting professional and a layperson, Ms Hinds sees her role as ministry and considers the ABCMNY family as her own. Yvette is mother of one son, who is in college and has lived in New York since 1989.
Rev. Peter Loew
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Rev. Peter Loew is the longest tenured staff person on the ABCMNY team. His life passion is the local church. Throughout his more than 23 years working in the region, he has planted a church, and helped other churches to be planted churches in the New York City region. Rev. Loew is the key liaison to Asian churches in the Metro New York region, but also is a member of the ministry team that resources the variety of churches in our area. Loew cherishes the learning he has gained through the years in counseling and resourcing our churches, and being present with them in celebrating anniversaries and other special occasions. He has worshiped in congregations in different native ethnic languages, and prayed with their leaders and pastors. According to Loew, "I learned to respect and appreciate each and every local congregation as they seek ways to accomplish their mission as the body of Christ within the American Baptist family. Throughout our diverse languages, cultures, traditions, and sizes, it is beautiful to see various expressions of faith in worship, discipleship, and the many forms of doing ministry. It is my passion to support and strengthen the churches in our region."
In his spare time, Rev. Loew loves reading and solitude. The books and materials he appreciates most are church related, such as building healthy churches, creating changes in local churches, developing a vision for the local church, and how to strategic planning for local churches. Spending in solitude includes travel, walking in nature and cooking.
Rev. Dr. Campbell B. Singleton, III
Associate Executive Minister
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Campbell Singleton serves as the Associate Executive Minister of ABCMNY. As Associate Executive, he is responsible for motivating churches to spiritually and financially support ABC ministries through the mission giving program.
In addition to these responsibilities, he coordinates the Annual and Spring Meetings, the Regional Orientation, the publication of the newsletter and the Public Witness Committee. He believes, “the growing edge and the joy of my work is openness to the diversity of our constituents and discovering the many ways God can use us to accomplish ministry in our global community.”
Dr. Singleton’s academic credentials include a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut (June, 2011); a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (May, 1994); and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut (May, 1990).
Additionally, Singleton is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc, and avid fan of the New York Knicks. He enjoys the theater, golf, music, and has a wide circle of friends. He is married to the lovely wife, Mrs. Nicola Black-Singleton, who is the joy of his life. They are blessed to with a son, Campbell B. Singleton, IV.