February 2, 2011
(Kensington, MD) – The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, an association of churches who have come out in support of people from all sexual orientations and gender identities being welcomed into the full life and ministry in the Baptist family of churches, has named Robin R. Lunn, M.Div. as its new Executive Director.
Ms. Lunn (left), Chair of the Board of Directors of AWAB since June of 2009, will be in charge of implementing the mission and vision of AWAB which is to support churches in being and becoming Welcoming and Affirming as well as supporting the organization in being the National Voice for LGBT Baptists. AWAB, which is a pan-Baptists organization based in the United States, is looking forward to a time of real growth and expansion particularly within more conservative Baptist communities. Ms. Lunn is excited to be heading up this effort.
"The hiring of Robin into this position allows AWAB to move with strength into the future," noted Jill McCrory, New Chair of the Board of Directors of AWAB. "Robin Lunn brings a deep passion and commitment to this work enhanced by a strong historic understanding of AWAB and an expansive vision for the future.”
Lunn said, “This is a very exciting time to be at the helm of an organization like AWAB! The cultural landscape is shifting and the opportunity to witness with, to and for LGBT Baptists is expanding every day. We are committed to the day when being an active member or clergy person of a Baptist church and being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered is not an oxymoron.”
Before joining AWAB, Ms. Lunn worked as a church development coach and consultant. In addition, she has pastored churches in New Hampshire and Vermont. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School.
Ms. Lunn and her partner live in Milford, NH.
—from AWAB reports
Headquartered in Kensington, MD, AWAB has supported churches in being and becoming Welcoming and Affirming for almost 20 years. The Association is made up of 76 member churches and has many Friends who have come out in support of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity being welcomed into the full life and ministry in the Baptist family of churches. AWAB's core services include helping member churches through education and training opportunities, supporting outreach and fellowshipping, and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people within the Baptist church and beyond. www.awab.org