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Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., announced the appointment of the Reverend Nicholas S. Richards as the new Executive Secretary of The Foreign Mission Board, in October 2012.

Reverend Richards was selected after a year-long exhaustive and prayerful search of applicants from across the country. Rev. Richards’ qualifications and recommendations were some of the highest received from among the applicants. Rev. Richards, most recently, an assistant pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church (NY) under the Rev. Calvin Butts, assumed leadership of the organization prior to the celebration of its 100th anniversary in Liberia, the home of its founding.

No stranger to the foreign mission field, Rev. Richards’ knowledge and work has prepared him to hit the ground running as he takes the lead at the Foreign Mission Board. In his role as assistant pastor of Global Missions, he was instrumental in the creation of the first all-girls high school in the eastern Kenyan province of Mwingi. He also helped to deliver emergency assistance to those devastated by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Most recently, Rev. Richards established The Abyssinian Fund, a non-governmental organization that provides training, equipment and market access to rural coffee farming communities in Ethiopia.

Born in Mandeville, Jamaica and reared in the Bronx, NY, Rev. Richards is an alumnus of Morehouse College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy. While at Morehouse, he studied at The University of Cape Town, earning a certificate in International Human Rights. In 2009, Rev. Richards earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.

An ordained Baptist minister, Rev. Richards’ sermons are regularly carried in the Sunday Edition of The Huffington Post. He has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, on NBC and The Africa Channel. He is a member of the 100 Black Men, The World Economic Forum Global Shapers Program and an active participant in the Aspen Institute.

Rev. Richards began his duties on November 1, 2012.    [Click here to print this announcement]


From "Paternalism to Partnership" - New Directions for the Foreign Mission Board

A Message from Board Chairman, Reverend William B. Moore [click here to print a copy]

April 2012

Dear Mission Supporter:

Thank you, on behalf of the Foreign Mission Board, for your support of our convention’s foreign mission work over the years. It is because of your prayers that we are able to carry on the work of global missions.

The search process for a new Executive Secretary is moving along smoothly and we hope to make an announcement between now and the Annual Session.

We have been forced to make some tough fiscal choices in order to bring the FMB’s finances under control; while keeping our witness strong. Now, God is prompting us to move in the direction of “From Paternalism to Partnership”. We are working to assist some of our partners in doing as much as they can for themselves; while we continue to do the rest. The goal is to empower and free them to chart their own courses and provide for their current and future needs; while we (FMB) provide only the necessary support.

We have two signed agreements with our partners in Malawi and Swaziland. Although we’re only in the beginning stages, we are encouraged by our early progress. Much, however, still needs to be done. While the partnerships are progressing, we want to remind you that the school and the clinic in Swaziland still need support; as well as the hospital and eighty pastors in Malawi. We still need your support for this work.

Listed below is information on some of our additional work in:
  • Guinea: Rev. Gwendolyn Traore {along with her husband, Musa and staff} continues her difficult ministry in a highly populated Muslim environment. Her health center statistics, which will be printed in the next issue of the Mission Herald, include services for: children placed in categories under and over 5 years old; simple to severe Malaria; OB/GYN and general consultations. Additionally they continue with church services {including Holy Communion and Baptism}; ongoing evangelism among Muslims and weekly Children’s Bible Clubs.
  • Nicaragua: Minister Clayton Gordon Moody continues to serve as mission supervisor until a Pastor can be assigned, which will replace the late Rev. Orlando Rigby. He has organized medical services for the people in this region, provided by the Mercy Medical Mission from Sugarland, TX. In addition to the Zion Baptist Church and School in Bluefields, Clayton ministers to our three other NBC churches: New Hope in Haulover, Calvary in Awas and St. John in Kukra Hill. 27% if all Nicaraguans suffer from undernourishment, which is the highest in Central America; 48% live below the poverty line and almost 80% live on less than $2.00 a day.
  • Sierra Leone: As many of you know, Rev. Henry C. Samuels, retired pastor of the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Freetown; and longtime mission supervisor died January 27, 2012. Rev. Samuels was 80 years old and served the FMB since 1990. His son, Rev. Henry A. Samuels, was assigned to that position late in 2011, during his father’s serious illness. Rev. H. A. Samuels is still formulating the structure for his administration. They have begun construction on a new church building, but lack funds to complete. The church is conducting fund raising activities themselves, but they need help. The Vine Memorial Baptist School for Girls is in desperate need of repair and some reconstruction.
  • Liberia: This year, 2012, marks one hundred (100) years that the Foreign Mission Board, NBC, USA, Inc. has been serving in the country of Liberia in West Africa. As many of you already know, we are planning a wonderful trip to Liberia from November 8 thru November 15, 2012 to mark this celebration and we would love for you to travel with us [for detailed information, visit our website or call our office and a brochure can be sent to you]. We are rebuilding our Suehn Industrial Mission Station there and are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
I hope this brief overview will encourage you to bring a generous gift to our Annual Congress of Christian Education in June or mail a donation before that session. Either way, please pray for us and remember your work through the Foreign Mission Board with a gift, as God has blessed you.

Make checks/money orders payable to:

Foreign Mission Board
P. O. Box 15783
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Serving with You,

Rev. William B. Moore


Dr. William B. Moore Attends Historic White House Briefing

Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board, Dr. William B. Moore was in attendance at an historic meeting with the Obama Administration at the White House on December 1-2, 2011.  At the invitation of the Obama Administration, our visionary President, Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, led a delegation of 86 of our Convention leaders to the White House on December 1- 2, 2011. On Friday, December 2, the Convention leadership met for a full day with a number of senior officials representing the Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs; the US Agency for International Development and the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Foreign Mission Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for providing leadership and general oversight to the work of the Foreign Mission Board.

Our current members include:

 Rev. William B. Moore
Tenth Memorial Baptist Church,
Philadelphia, PA

Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr.

Vice Chairman
Monumental Baptist Church,
Philadelphia, PA 

Rev. James Moore, Sr.,

Pastor, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA 

 Rev. Napoleon L. Divine
Recording Secretary;
Christ International Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Terrence D. Griffith
Director of Publications
First African Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA 

Rev. Frank D. Tucker
First Baptist Church
Washington, D.C.
Director of Fund Development
Rev. Albert F. Campbell
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA

 Rev. Guy Campbell, Jr.,
Evergreen Baptist Church
Palmyra, NJ
Rev. John Coger
New Hope Temple Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Edward Dorn
Second Baptist Church
Pedricktown, NJ
 Rev. O. C. Oden
Antioch Baptist Church
Fairfield, AL

 Rev. Charles W. Quann
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Springhouse, PA

Rev. Myron D. Barnes, Sr.

Bethany Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA 

Rev. Ralph Graves, Sr
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Magnolia, N. J. 

Not Pictured:

Mrs. Lula M. Wheeler, Director, Philadelphia Loyal Boosters, Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Albert G. Davis, Jr., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Ardmore, PA

Mrs. Pamela Edmondson, Columbia, MD