An ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches, USA, Lauren Ng serves as Director of Leadership Empowerment at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies. In this role, she convenes a team of experts in the field of Christian leadership and cultivation. Lauren has a distinct passion for fresh, alternative and entrepreneurial models of ministry and the emerging leaders who pursue them. Rev. Ng is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Creative Leadership at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She earned her Masters of Divinity from the Berkeley School of Theology and was ordained in 2005. Rev. Ng earned her BA in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College.

Her 20+ years of professional experience include serving as Network Strategist for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), serving on development staff with American Baptist International Ministries, as an Advisor for American Baptist Women in Ministry, a Board Member of ABHMS and a Trustee of Bacone College. Lauren also served for five years as Associate Pastor at First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco.

Lauren  is married to Daniel and together they parent Sage (14), Story (12), Canon (9), and their miniature goldendoodle, Mochi. Her latest creative project is the indie band Whisperfight for which she is the songwriter, vocalist and bass player.



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The Reverend Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin assumed the role of Executive Director/Minister on August 17. She takes the helm of the D.C. Baptist Convention and becomes the first woman in this position in the organization’s 144-year history. It is historical. She represents hope for the future of denominational leadership. Manarin brings a plethora of experience, both denominational and pedagogical, having served as the Executive Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the former Director of Supervised Ministry at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia.


A former missionary, she brings a passion for local ministry and a global perspective informs her practice. She was able to bridge the two in her role as Coordinator for the Division on Mission, Evangelism, and Justice at the Baptist World Alliance.