Designed for each generation from children, youth, young and mature adults to seniors, Abyssinian’s ministries seek to address the varied needs of our diverse congregation.

“If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

—John 12:16

Archives and History Ministry

Archives and History collects and preserves historical artifacts about the church to educate the congregation, community, and constituencies at large about the legacy of faith, Christian witness, and significance of the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Cornelia Medley

Devoted member, Cornelia Medley, seems unassuming as she quietly sits among the Cathedral Choir preparing to sing on Sunday mornings. Most see her regal countenance but don’t know that her fascinating story began in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, during the Great Depression. Read more about Cornelia Medley.

Robert Garland

When Robert Garland joined Abyssinian in 1997, he had just retired as a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH). Under the leadership of ballet icon and DTH co-founder Arthur Mitchell, Robert became Resident Choreographer and Director of the DTH School. Read more about Robert Garland.

Dr. Patricia James Jordan

Even in the first grade, Dr. Patricia James Jordan knew she wanted to be a teacher. Armed with a BA from Vassar College and later, a Masters and PhD, Patricia Jordan’s 30-year career as an educator has taken her from schools in New York to the White House. Read more about Dr. Jordan.