When American Baptist scholar and theologian Walter Rauschenbusch was ministering to the poverty-stricken of New York at the height of the Industrial Revolution, he was already setting the path for American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries that has led us into the 21st century.
It was through this personal experience that he was led to create, in 1907, his groundbreaking work, “Christianity and the Social Crisis,” in which he called upon Christians to not only strive through Jesus for salvation after death, but to use Him as an example of how to live and serve others during time on Earth.
It was the inspiration of Rauschenbusch — as well as the American Baptist tradition of fighting for social justice through the abolition of slavery and care for orphans, the elderly and indigent — that led to the creation of the American Baptist Homes and Hospitals Association in 1935.
Since then, the type of care we offer has evolved, and our name was eventually changed to reflect that. As American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries, we have kept pace with advances in juvenile justice, family services, and care for older adults and those with special needs.
We still believe Rauschenbusch’s words that “religious experience is not Christian unless it binds us closer to men and commits us more deeply to the Kingdom of God.” And because we believe, we still strive for and seek that experience every day.
Peace and blessings,
The Rev. Garth Brokaw
ABHCM President of the Board