BWA names Virginia Baptist as divisional coordinator

Trisha Miller Manarin, executive coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship based in Virginia, assumed duties Sept. 1 as part-time coordinator of the Baptist World Alliance division of mission, evangelism and justice.

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WASHINGTON—Trisha Miller Manarin, executive coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship based in Virginia, assumed duties Sept. 1 as part-time coordinator of the Baptist World Alliance division of mission, evangelism and justice.

She succeeds Fausto Vasconcelos, who retired Aug. 31. The division she leads combines two previous areas of BWA work—the division of mission, evangelism and theological reflection and the division of freedom and justice.

Manarin, the director of supervised ministry and an adjunct professor at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, is a member of the BWA Commission on Mission. She was elected a vice president of the North America Baptist Fellowship in July, after serving as the regional fellowship’s recording secretary.

“Over the last nine years, I have gotten to know Trisha and her interest in, and commitment to, BWA and its mission,” BWA General Secretary Neville Callam said. “Her intellectual gifts and her communications and organizational skills will prove helpful to the organization as we inaugurate the new division on mission, evangelism and justice.”

Manarin holds a degree in music education and vocal performance from Samford University in Alabama, a master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) in Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

She and her husband, Tim, a member of the BWA Commission on Human Rights Advocacy, have three children.

Based on reporting by Eron Henry of the Baptist World Alliance.

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