American Baptist Women Ministries (ABWM)

American Baptist Women’s Ministries became a national organization 1951, with the formation of the National Council of American Baptist women. But women’s ministries in our denomination began long before 1951. For well over a century, women have been strong partners in the American Baptist family- raising money for missions at home and abroad, sending missionaries, and ministering in local churches and communities.

Through the years, women have shaped their ministries to meet emerging needs. The Woman’s Baptist Society, organized in 1871 (the forerunner of the Woman’s American Baptist Foreign Mission Society), focused on women in other lands. The Women’s American Baptist Home Mission Society, formed in 1909, centered on evangelism in the United States. The World Wide Guild was established in 1915 to train, inspire, and empower girls for Christian ministry and leadership; it became a program of Educational Ministries. In 1992, AB Women’s Ministries affirmed and accepted all responsibility for the girls’ ministry and organized it as AB GIRLS.

(NOTE:  ABWM is made up of both lay women and women who are professional church leaders. If you want information aimed solely at women in professional ministry, then you need to search on “ABWIM” – American Baptist Women in Ministry – instead.)

Greetings from Jean Langdon, ABWM of IN/KY President

Since November 1, 2022, I have been serving as ABWM of IN/KY President. I am excited to serve alongside many women who have ABWM hearts. I look forward to meeting you in person, learning from you, and growing together with you as we serve our Lord and Savior. American Baptist Women’s Ministries is a vital, MUST HAVE organization in all churches.

I am sure some of you are wondering who in the world is Jean Langdon?

My husband, Bob, and I live in Columbus, IN. We have two grown children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter who will be five in January. We are fortunate to have our entire family living within two miles of each other. My husband is a retired minister, and I am a retired elementary school teacher. We were teenage sweethearts, and never dated anyone else. I knew a good man(boy) when I saw one and kept him. Hopefully, he thought the same of me. 🙂

Bob and I have had the privilege of going on several mission trips including to China, Tibet, the Republic of Georgia, Chile, and Brazil. The trips have opened our eyes and given us just a glimpse into the work done by our missionaries in other countries while balancing their own families’ needs. My challenge for you is to pray for our missionaries by name and pray for your American Baptist Women’s Ministries organization in your local church.  If you do not have one, I pray that you will seriously consider starting this vital ministry organization.  If your church would like to form an ABWM circle, please email me HERE for information. I look forward to hearing from you!

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…”  1 Peter 4:10a

For a complete list of 2023 ABWM of IN/KY Officers, go HERE.

Click on the following link to read the current ABWM of IN/KY bylaws but you might be interested to know they are under current review, so stay tuned here for any future changes:  2020 ABWM Bylaws (current)

Saturday, October 14, is Women’s Day at Anderson First Baptist (Anderson, IN) — Register HERE!


ABWM Fall Conferences throughout IN/KY will occur the weeks of October 15 to October 19 and October 23 to October 27. Find a location near you!

The 2023 ABWM Scholarship Application has now passed!

Once the 2024 scholarship application materials are ready, they will be made available on this website/page. (Annual Deadline:  Usually around February 15th)