News from American Baptist Churches USA that might be of interest to ABC Ohio.

Biennial Mission Summit June 29-July 2, 2017

The American Baptist Churches Mission Summit will be held June 29 to July 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. A number of exciting events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates - so plan to come for the full event!
Chaplains and pastoral counselors will gather June 29. Additional information will follow. Registration will begin in early 2017. Please continue to check online for more information at
Experience a gathering of American Baptists like no other, as our diverse family joins together for faith-stretching worship, Mission Summit conversations, preaching and fellowship.

American Baptist International Ministries Calls New Executive Director

In a historic celebration before a gathering of hundreds of mission supporters, the Rev. Sharon T. Koh of Los Angeles, California, was installed as executive director elect of American Baptist International Ministries (IM). She began her service as executive director elect on July 1, 2016, and will assume the role of executive director on September 1, 2016, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Reid S. Trulson on August 31. READ MORE HERE!

MMBB Announces New Executive Director

MMBB Financial Services announced that Mr. Louis P. Barbarin will assume the role of executive director on March 1, 2013, following Rev. Dr. Sumner Grant's retirement. The MMBB Board of Managers met in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to make its unanimous decision to appoint Mr. Barbarin, MMBB's current deputy executive director, chief financial officer and treasurer, to this position.

"Louis has served MMBB with distinction for the past 14 years," said Rev. Dr. George H. Tooze, Jr., president, MMBB Board of Managers. "He knows the organization and the people. He is dedicated to our ministry. The decision to appoint Louis was not a hard one for the Board--we are confident that he will continue to lead MMBB forward as a financial services organization dedicated to real planning and real solutions."
Mr. Barbarin initially joined MMBB as assistant treasurer; he was elected treasurer in 1998. In 2010, Louis assumed the role of deputy executive director, assisting The Rev. Dr. Grant with strategic and tactical initiatives that support MMBB's mission. 

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Region Congregation Appears in ABC-USA Video

Learn more about "Transformed by the Spirit" from ABC-USA and note that we have a congregation profiled in the video!

Dr. Marvin McMickle New CRCDS President

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, a distinguished church leader and theological educator, was elected the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) by the School’s Board of Trustees on May 17.  Dr. McMickle will assume some part-time duties over the summer and will begin his full-time service on January 1, 2012.  Following his election, Dr. McMickle commented: "How could I ever have dreamed that I would be called upon to serve the school that opened its doors to Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman in a city that was home to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass? I am humbled by the honor and mindful of the challenges that await. Nevertheless, I am encouraged by the words of Paul in Philippians 1:6 that say, 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.' Pray for me and pray for God's grace to be showered on Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School!”

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