Samuel Stillman Association

An Association of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts

About Us

The American Baptist Churches of the Samuel Stillman Association is named after Samuel Stillman, an American Revolutionary minister. He served at the First Baptist Church in Boston from 1764 to 1807.  As a minister of Christ his praise was in all the churches. Nature had furnished him with a most commanding voice; the very tones of which were admirably adapted to awaken the feelings of an audience; and he always managed it with the greatest success. His eloquence was of the powerful and impressive, rather than of the insinuating and persuasive kind, and his manner so strikingly interesting, that he never preached to an unattentive audience. There was a fervor in his prayers that seldom failed to awaken the devotion of his hearers; for coming from the heart, it failed not to reach the hearts of others.  His subjects were often doctrinal, but he commonly delivered practical inferences from them, and every one acknowledged his great usefulness. He preached much to the feelings and the heart; and numbers on whose minds naked reason and simple truth could produce no serious effects, his powerful eloquence was a means of both touching and reclaiming. Nor was he only a preacher of righteousness; what he taught that others should do, he lived himself. *

(* See the Palladium and New York Advertiser of March, 1807.)


Purpose and Polity


The purpose of The American Baptist Churches of the Samuel Stillman Association is to unite American Baptist Churches in the community of Christian concern for the furtherance of their common mission through worship, fellowship, education, and outreach.

In carrying out the ministry to which Jesus has called us, we cooperate fully and effectively with The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and American Baptist Churches, USA.

The association is the agency through which churches may apply for and become members of American Baptist Churches USA.

The association is an agency for dialogue in discerning the mind of Christ as American Baptist Churches.

The association is an agency for strategic planning and programming on matters of area concern for its churches.


The Executive Committee


Moderator: LIsa Deeley Smith
Vice Moderator:
Clerk: Audrey Jones Childs
Treasurer: Nancy Dodge
Samuel Stillman Association Area Resource Coordinator: Rev. Charles Hightower, Jr.


Members At-Large:
Earl Norman
Chairperson of Ordained Ministry: Rev. Dr. Scott Arnold
Chairperson of Nominating Committee:

Earl Norman (TABCOM representative)


Meet the Area Resource Coordinator


Rev. Charles Hightower Jr. is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up at Ben Hill United Methodist Church under the leadership of Rev. Walter Kimbrough. 

Rev. Hightower considers it an honor, privilege, and blessing to serve the people of God.  He loves the body of Christ.  Rev. Hightower is dedicated and committed to equipping all of God's people for works of service and obtained full maturity in Jesus Christ.

Click here to contact Charles Hightower.


Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules



Admittance


A church may be received into the Samuel Stillman Association by requesting in writing through its clerk to the executive committee setting forth its desire to be admitted, its faith, its practice, and its willingness to cooperate fully and effectively with the American Baptist Churches of the Samuel Stillman Association, the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) and American Baptist Churches, USA.

Requests for admittance should be forwarded to Stillman's clerk, Audrey Jones Childs.


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