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Saturday, June 28, 2014

New preacher hails from India

Submitted to the Telegraph

On behalf of the members and friends of First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH, we would like to welcome the Rev. Moa Imchen and his family to our church, effective July 6, 2014.

Imchen and his family are coming from San Francisco to First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH to serve as our long-term pastor. They are originally from Nagaland, a small corner in the northeastern part of India. Imchen’s educational preparation for ministry began at Eastern Theological College in India. Imchen taught Old Testament and biblical languages at a seminary in India before coming to Union Theological Seminary, in New York, for his Master of Sacred Theology in Hebrew Bible. He is finishing up his doctorate dissertation in biblical studies, specializing in Old Testament, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. ...

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On behalf of the members and friends of First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH, we would like to welcome the Rev. Moa Imchen and his family to our church, effective July 6, 2014.

Imchen and his family are coming from San Francisco to First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH to serve as our long-term pastor. They are originally from Nagaland, a small corner in the northeastern part of India. Imchen’s educational preparation for ministry began at Eastern Theological College in India. Imchen taught Old Testament and biblical languages at a seminary in India before coming to Union Theological Seminary, in New York, for his Master of Sacred Theology in Hebrew Bible. He is finishing up his doctorate dissertation in biblical studies, specializing in Old Testament, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

He was ordained at First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco in 2010. He served as English Pastor at the Chinese United Methodist Church in San Francisco beginning in September 2009 and led his last official worship service there on April 20, 2014. He also served as Assistant Minister at First Baptist Church of Antioch in Antioch, Calif., from 2004-2006. Besides his church ministry, he also taught biblical Hebrew at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif., from 2006-2009. He also has been engaged in preaching ministry at several other churches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Imchen believes his call to ministry is to work as a minister, teacher, mentor and spiritual guide to the believers to help them grow from being disciples of Christ to becoming disciplers of others in Christ. As Jesus described the kingdom of God as growing from a mustard seed to become a large fruit-bearing tree, Imchen wants to be part of the mustard seed miracle of God’s new life – called for the realization of God’s shalom. He is passionate about being an effective intercultural leader, bridging between people of different generations, ethnicities and walks of life. He senses that God has called him to minister and to facilitate the holistic growth of the community of believers and to build an authentic faith community that is committed to reaching out in mission; that embraces the beauty of diversity; that is loving, friendly and open; and that lives out Christ’s mission in the world.

Imchen and his wife, Akum, met at seminary in India. Akum was raised in the mission center established by the American Baptist missionaries in Nagaland. After high school, she followed God’s leading to devote her life to following Christ. Akum comes with her ministry experiences as an active lay person and a youth and young adult minister in a Baptist church in Nagaland, and currently she is doing a doctoral program in homiletics (pastoral preaching) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. Imchen and his wife are blessed with two wonderful children. Ain Imchen will enter high school and Sanen Imchen will be in eighth grade in the fall.

The coming of Imchen and his family to First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH is a remarkable story. It is a story of the gospel coming full circle. They are the results of the seed sown by the American Baptist missionaries in Nagaland in the 1870s. Now, God, in his amazing way, is bringing them as missionaries to serve at First Baptist Church of Hudson, NH.

As a hobby, Imchen likes reading, photography, playing basketball with Sanen, collecting vinyl records and listening to music on his turntable.

If you’d like to learn more (including more about Nagaland where the Imchens are originally from), feel free to visit our website: www.firstbaptisthudson.com.

Imchen is scheduled to deliver his first sermon as pastor of our church on Sunday, July 6, at 10 a.m. All are invited to join us!