Getting to know Virginia
Since 2001, Virginia Holmstrom has been Executive Director of American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM), a Christ-centered ministry organization related to American Baptist Churches USA and based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Virginia leads a three person staff and 42 member representative board of managers to develop and provide Christ-centered ministries that encourage and empower women and girls to serve God. Widely recognized for leader development of women and girls, AB Women's Ministries and its AB GIRLS ministry cultivate vital partnerships to advance mission and ministry locally and globally.
Ten years ago, she introduced ABWM's "Break the Chains" initiative against sex trafficking, which generated a half million dollars of funding to begin 25 initiatives addressing the sexual exploitation of women and girls in the U.S. and other countries. Since 2012, ABWM's Women and Girls Mission fund is providing funding for partnership projects that empower women and girls in the U.S. and worldwide.
She was instrumental in organizing a series of spiritual pilgrimages to the Republic of Georgia to build bridges between lay and clergy women, Baptists and Muslims, Americans and Georgians. Her interest to foster respect and understanding through interfaith dialogue led ABWM to offer experiential Baptist-Muslim dialogue evetns.
In 2014, American Baptist Women's Ministries facilitated a cultural audit among hundreds of constituent leaders, which prioritized pressing needs to reach out, engage, and communicate with its diverse constituency. The resulting "Becoming Beloved Community" initiative is reshaping how ABWM strengthens relationships, assures inclusive leadership, provides relevant and vital programming and ministries, and tools its key leaders in cultural competency and responsiveness.
How Virginia will be involved in new dreams
On Friday at 3:15, Virginia will be leading a workshop in the Working with Non-profits track. "Finding, Empowering and Equipping Leaders" will be informative and practical as you listen and learn from this experienced woman of God!