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The CBA Ministers Council is an official regional chapter of the Ministers Council ABCUSA.

What is the Ministers Council?

We are an independent, non-profit organization of ordained, commissioned, licensed, and lay Christian leaders. Seminarians are also eligible for membership and are encouraged to join. 

We are the only ABC organization dedicated solely to the well-being of ministers. We serve in increasingly diverse settings including the local church, specialized ministries of chaplaincy, counseling, coaching, and spiritual direction, as well as administration, education, and community organizing. 

Individuals are eligible for membership in this body if they are eligible for inclusion in the Leadership Status list maintained by the American Baptist Churches Information System (ABCIS) and if they pay national dues to this body. 

What do we do? 

We nurture, encourage, and strengthen more than 2000 clergy, counselors, seminarians, and lay leaders. We provide fellowshipping opportunities; spiritual enrichment; and educational programming to fuel the effectiveness of the men and women called of God to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

What do we provide?

  • Support for regionally based Ministers Council chapters 

  • Annual gatherings, workshops, retreats for respite, and spiritual and professional development 

  • Models and best practice guidelines for creating clergy peer groups 

  • Informative articles and writings for ministers 

  • Discounts to value-added services through partnerships 

  • A sense of community for clergy so that no one has to go it alone 

When do we meet?

The CBA Ministers Council meets monthly on the fourth Saturday from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Meetings are via Zoom unless stated otherwise. A portion of our meetings are dedicated to face-to-face education and fellowship events. 

Membership Dues

  • All active members of the CBA Ministers Council must annually pay local and national dues. 

  • Annual dues for membership in the CBA Ministers Council are $25.

  • National dues are based on a sliding income scale.

    • $10 - Personal income less than $10,000/yr

    • $25 - Personal income from $10,000 - $24,9

    • $50 - Personal income from $25,000 - $59,999

    • $100 - Personal Income over $60,000

  • All dues may be paid online by clicking the button below. When the new window opens up be sure to select "Ministers Council Dues" in the "To" dropdown menu and add the total amount of your local and national dues.

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May 25th - Preaching Symposium II

  • Time: 1:00 pm

  • Location: Avon Avenue Baptist Church

  • Details: This event will feature a guest preacher and a new panel of homilists to continue our discussion on expository preaching. 


June 22nd - Spiritual Walk

  • Time: TBD

  • Location: TBD

  • Details: This event will feature a time of walking in the spirit using a labyrinth. 

September 28th - Summit on Emerging Preaching

  • Time: TBD

  • Location: Warrensville Community Baptist Church

  • Details:  This event will feature four styles of preaching, using four of our emerging CBA preachers.

Upcoming Events

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Leadership Team

Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Gilmore, President 

Rev. Camille Brown, Vice President 

Rev. Dr. Dianthia Gilmore, Senator 

Rev. Itherine Spencer, Secretary 

Min. Charles Chavers, Treasurer/Membership Chair 

Rev. Yvonne Carter, Chair of Education 

Rev. Gloria Chaney, Chair of Fellowship 

Contact Us

The CBA Ministers Council 

C/O Antioch Baptist Church 

8869 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 

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