The Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA) is staffed by a dedicated team that is committed to serving and holding in trust the congregations, missions and ministries that make up this region of the American Baptist Churches.
The Reverend Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr. has served as Executive Minister of the PBA since 2002. Dr. McJunkin provides administrative leadership to PBA’s 124 congregations with more than 60,000 members from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. He assists the PBA Board of Directors in visioning, goal-setting and building healthy and productive relationships among its congregations and the American Baptist Churches. He is committed to envisioning and promoting PBA regional goals and objectives and designing and implementing educational strategies for discipleship, evangelism, congregational transformation, and mission interpretation.
Passionate about missions, Rev. McJunkin actively participates in co-creating opportunities for PBA churches to live out their American Baptist call to missions. Together with PBA staff, he provides meaningful support to local pastors and congregations. His leadership in building and maintaining positive and productive relationships are viewed positively within PBA and across the country.
This is the second time that he has served in executive leadership of PBA. From 1986 to 1995 he was PBA’s Associate Executive Minister for Community Outreach and Area Ministry. As associate executive director, he helped minister to several social concerns and community ministries such as the homeless, environmental justice, immigration policies, cross-cultural communication, and clergy training for pastors helping people with AIDS.
Dr. McJunkin came to PBA in 2001 to serve as Executive Minister after providing executive leadership to African-American Interdenominational Ministries (1993 to 2001). There he led a coalition of 400 African-American pastors across several Protestant denominations in Philadelphia. He also developed and secured funding for programs that addressed issues such as Christian education, evangelism, clergy training, mentoring programs for high-risk youth, health care-initiatives, and HIV Aids prevention.
Rev. Dr. McJunkin was ordained in 1983. He has a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary, a M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts from Livingston College, in Salisbury, NC.
Reverend Betty Wright-Riggins
Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins serves as PBA Consultant for Area Ministry and Communication. She is the founder and Principal of TrustOne, a ministry of Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching. She is an educational consultant for Bacone College and adjunct professor at Palmer Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Ministry.
Betty served as Church Relations Manager/Regional Benefits Consultant with the Ministers & Missionaries Benefit board. She also served as pastor of The First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT helped to plant the Solid Rock Community Church, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She was Head of School at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA.
Rev. Wright-Riggins holds a M.Div. degree from Palmer Theological Seminary, a MA of Education Administration, and a MA Speech Pathology from California State University, Los Angeles, CA. She is certified as a Contemplative Spiritual Director by Oasis Ministries. She is also a certified Christian Coach with the Coaching Center in Green Lake, WI.
She is an avid reader and movie buff. She is a proud member of the Valley Forge Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, where she serves as Chaplain. Her life scripture is Ephesians 4:12, “…to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” She positions her life toward a message from the ancients of spiritual formation… Live daily with one’s head planted below one’s heart. Yielding a heart that is open filled with compassion and quiet enough to hear the whisper of God’s voice. She has been married for over thirty years to The Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins. They have three adult children and are raising their beloved granddaughter, Nyla Jean.
Betty is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House, PA.
Reverend Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thorne
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thorne is a PBA Consultant for Area Ministry and Communication. In this capacity, Dr. Martinez Thorne is responsible for supporting and implementing the executive minister’s vision for the region and providing pastoral and administrative leadership to PBA pastors, lay ministers, and their congregations. Dr. Thorne’s commitment to the region and church leadership is rooted in her belief that are called by God to greater wholeness and wellness. This call emerged out of her personal and professional experiences as a pastor’s spouse, faith-based psychologist, adjunct faculty at seminaries in New Jersey and Kansas, and Associate Director of Midwest Ministry Development Service in Kansas City, Missouri. Yvonne believes that the wholeness and wellness of pastors and lay ministers are important for church renewal and for meeting the challenges of the 21st century church.
Dr. Thorne is also a bilingual (English/Spanish) counseling psychologist and founder and CEO of Cultivating Wholeness Counseling Associates, PC. This faith-based counseling practice provides secular and faith-based individual, group, couple/marital and family counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults who desire relational healing.
Yvonne is a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Columbia University (Ed.D.) where she majored in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.
Rev. Thorne is a member of the First Baptist Church of Lansdale, PA. She is married to Rev. Dr. Leo S. Thorne, associate general secretary for Mission Resource Development.
Mrs. Rosalyn L. Martin
Mrs. Rosalyn L. Martin is a member of the PBA staff since 1982. As PBA staff, Mrs. Martin has provided support to Administration, American Baptist Men of PBA, Area Ministry, Board of Directors (and sub-committees), Christian Education, Church Growth Coordinating Council, Commission on the Ministry, Congregational Life & Witness, Local Church Ministries, Ministers Council, New Church Development, Youth Ministries, and World Mission Support. Since 1988, she has served as Executive Secretary/Assistant and has worked with three executive ministers and a host of associate executive ministers, program associates, office managers, and support staff persons.
Rosalyn was born and raised as an only child in Philadelphia, PA. She lived most of her growing-up years in Southwest Philadelphia where she and her parents attended church regularly. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior when she was 12 years old. Throughout her Christian journey, she has been a member of New Welcome Baptist Church (North Philadelphia), Wayland Memorial Baptist Church (Southwest Philadelphia), and Pinn Memorial Baptist Church (Wynnefield); she is currently a member of Sharon Baptist Church (Wynnefield). Rosalyn is married to Keith Martin and they have one grown daughter and three grandchildren.
Ms. Janet Reedy
Ms. Janet Reedy has served as Administrative Assistant with the PBA since 1990. Over the years, she has been responsible for many portfolios including Regional Outreach, Local Church Ministries, Discipleship and World Mission Support. Currently, she provides support for the Consultants for Area Ministry & Communication and the Finance Office. She also is responsible for missions receipt and distribution, record keeping, statistical data and reports.
Janet is a graduate of Gordon College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), with a Masters in Religion.