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Executive Minister Dr. Ernest Jones Receives Award

Our own executive minister of ABC Ohio Dr. Ernest Jones has received the McKee Bible Encouragement Award. This is a presentation to an individual who in the past year has experienced difficulties in their ministry work and/or personal lives. It is given as a form of encouragement and uplifting by fellow McKeeites. It is tradition that an African American Study Bible is given and signed by planning team as a part of the award. The McKee Bible Encouragement Award is one of the William T. McKee Memorial Consultation Awards presented to deserving members. Congratulations to Dr. Jones and we continue to pray for him and his leadership daily!

The 191st Annual Gathering

The 191st Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 3rd and 4th, 2017. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE). Please note that there will be no one day registrations. 

The Gathering is highlighting and celebrating the Region's 2017 Ministry Theme, "Transformed by the Journey" from Luke 24:32.

The ‘Gathering’ will be only two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be only three meal functions, the cost of which will be included in the Registration Fee. The three meal functions will be a Tuesday luncheon – Celebrating  ABC/Ohio Region Ministries, a Tuesday dinner – Celebrating  International Ministries, and a Wednesday All-Convention luncheon. Also included in the cost of registration is a continental breakfast on Wednesday morning. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning. Lastly, Rev. Dr. Jones, ABC Ohio Executive Minister will share an inspirational message as we close the ‘Gathering’ at the All-Convention Luncheon on Wednesday.

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Dr. William Shiell Keynote Speaker for Annual Gathering October 3 & 4

Our Keynote Speaker for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering is Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Shiell will preach on Tuesday evening at the worship service. There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon and the other on Wednesday morning.  Our mission speakers will be Emerson and Ivy Wu, American Baptist International Missionaries.

Dr. Shiell holds a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University and has pastored for seventeen years. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Shiell obtained his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He completed his PhD in 2003 and has served as an adjunct professor at Carson-Newman College. The author of several books and numerous articles, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Bill and his wife Kelly were married in 1995, and they have two sons: Parker (2001) and Drake (2007). His hobbies include golf, reading, and writing.


Former ABC Ohio Staff Member Passes

Former ABC Ohio staff member Martha Sue Buckenberger passed away on March 28, 2017 at the Selma Markowitz Center, Newark, Ohio. Sue retired from ABC Ohio as an office manager.

She attended Grace Pointe Community Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed going to Florida and gardening.  She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, H. Mack Buckenberger; daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Joe Pfister; son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Katy Buckenberger; five grandchildren, Alli, Brock and Jarrett Pfister, A.J. and Ian Buckenberger; brother and sister-in-law, James and Patty Stephens; sisters, Norma Jean Cline and Lillie Keylor; and many nieces and nephews.

Our love and prayers go out to her family.