Dr. Joe Kutter
ABCCR Interim Executive Minister

On Jan. 1, Dr. Joe Kutter
becomes Interim Executive Minister
of American Baptist Churches
of the Central Region.

During his 39 years in American Baptist pastoral ministry, Dr. Kutter served five congregations, most recently as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan.

Prior pastorates include: First Baptist Church, Royal Oak, Mich., from 1987 to 1997; Cherry Hill Baptist Church, Dearborn Heights, Mich., from 1980 to 1987; First Baptist Church of Arlington, Kearney, N.J., from 1972 to 1980; and Assistant Pastor, First Baptist Church, Haddonfield. N.J. from 1970 to 1972. Dr. Kutter has also served as president of the American Baptist Ministers Council, chaplain to the General Board and General Board Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and in a variety of regional and community leadership roles.

Dr. Kutter retired as the Executive Director of the ABC-USA Ministers Council. While in that position, he directed the approximately $2.7 million “Together in Ministry” program, a clergy health initiative (funded by the Lilly Endowment) focused on clergy collegial covenant groups and effectiveness of such groups in promoting clergy health and effectiveness. More than 1,000 American Baptist pastoral leaders participated in the process.

In retirement, Dr. Kutter serves as Director of the Interim Ministry Program for American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, and he accepts interesting projects as they come along
Dr. Kutter received his education at Drew University, Madison, N.J., D.Min., 1978; Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, N.Y., M.Div., 1971; and Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., BA, 1967.

The son and grandson of Baptist pastors, he and Peggy have been married for nearly 49 years and are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of 11.

Dr. Kutter is the author of Praying for Ministers, a small book of prayers written for men and women who are practicing pastoral ministry.
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