The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones Memorial Service in New York on March 3, 2018

Join the celebration of the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones at 1 PM on March 3, 2018. The memorial will be held at Greenwood Baptist Church (461 6th Street at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215). Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the Chapel.

Dr. Lawrence O. Swain Named Interim Executive Minister for ABC Ohio


Greetings American Baptist Churches of Ohio,

We pray that all is well with each of you and your families.  We have just finished a two-day ABC/OHIO Board Retreat, which was held in Dublin Ohio on February 9th and 10th, 2018.  This was a first-time experience for the Region, as we just finished celebrating the life of our Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones on February 3rd, 2018. Though untimely, God, in His Infinite Wisdom called Dr. Jones from labor to reward. With heavy hearts we were still able to meet as a Region and make future plans for the Region to go forward. We are still requesting your continued prayers for Denise and the children as they begin the healing process.

In the passing of Dr. Jones, it is important that we as a Region continue to move forward with the progress and ground work that has been laid before us.  The Theme that Dr. Jones presented to us in 2017 was “Transformed by The Journey,” from Luke 24:32, and the new theme for this year is “Discovering God's Plan,” from Jeremiah 29:11-13, which our Regional Ministers placed before us.

With all of that information at hand, in order for the Region to continue in the direction that's needed, we are pleased to announce that retired Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, will serve as Interim Executive Minister, effective immediately.  Dr. Swain will be present at the office 2 days a week through April of 2018, after which the  time may increase at the Board's request.

We are Blessed to have Dr. Swain agree to come back on board, in as much as he already has the experience. We ask that you continue in the spirit of love and cooperation, which you have shown over the years.  We thank you in advance for the love you have shown in making progress in the Region, and your continued dedication, as we continue  “Building Healthy Churches that Impact the World for Christ.”

Yours in Christ,
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr
American Baptist Churches of Ohio Region Board President

Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries Women's Conference March 15-17


Get ready for the Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries Women's Conference with the theme "POWER OF LIGHT ~ LIVING FROM THE SPIRIT" at Linden Avenue Baptist Church (101 Linden Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45043) March 15-17, 2018. REGISTER HERE NOW!

Let God’s light shine in as you experience an infusion of hope, joy, and victorious mindsets. Get set free from your past and empowered for your future. Be healed as expert panelists tackle tough women’s issues & minister healing. Expect to Gain Hope, Joy and Freedom in Your Life! Enjoy great guest speakers and worship:
 
Meet Wendy Backlund
It's a privilege to sit under Wendy Backlund's teaching, speaker and author from Redding, California. Wendy and her husband Steve are part of the ministries of internationally-known Bethel Church, led by Pastor Bill Johnson. Their personal ministry is called Igniting Hope Ministries and their message does just that. Wendy encourages and empowers Christians in revival culture and victorious mindsets, and her experiences with God's love, his Word and the Holy Spirit have transformed her life and will impart breakthrough to you too. Get ready for a joy infusion and many ah-ha moments as you listen to Wendy. 
 
Meet the Women's Issues Experts 
Julie Weyandt, founder and director of Beauty for Ashes Ministry, is a gifted clinical counselor. She is also a presenter at seminars and workshops, and an author who has developed recovery group curriculum for adult survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. She will bring her Godly and professional expertise as we explore sensitive women's issues of abortion and post abortion trauma.  
 
Aurora Newton, Prayer and Encounter Pastor at Dayton Vineyard  is also founder & CEO of Assert Now, Inc. She is currently finishing her doctoral program in organizational psychology. She is an advocate who is passionate about the safety and well-being of children, teens, and women. Her vast experiences have equipped her to empower others, especially those who are vulnerable or at risk. 
 
A Full Experience!
Enter into God's Presence with singing, and into His courts with praise, as we are led in worship by Olivia Sandlin.  There will a Pamper Time and space for fun, food and fellowship!

ABC Ohio Executive Minister Has Passed


Dear ABC Ohio; 

It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the death of our Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones.

Please continue to keep Denise, Candace, Adam and the entire family in prayer during this difficult time.

When funeral arrangements are available we will share them with you.

Blessings,
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr. 
President, American Baptist Churches of Ohio

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Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones made history as the first African-American Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio. He was born on October 24, 1961 in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Jones gave his life to Christ as an adolescent, and by the age of 12 was a licensed preacher. For over 40 years, he devoted his life to the Gospel ministry. His pastor, Rev. Dr. Perkins, says at the age of 16 he seemed like a 40 year old in his maturity, wisdom and faith. He was a bridge builder for God.

He earned a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA in 1989. In 1994, Dr. Jones became the first African American to assume an executive level position with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. In 1998, Dr. Jones was called to serve as the Pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016 he became the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

For those desiring to show their love for Denise not only through prayer but with a love gift please send to Leslie Hoskinson at the Regional Office.

In lieu of flowers you may give to ABC of Ohio or to the James Cancer Hospital in memory of Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones.

Face to Face April 20 & 21, 2018


Face to Face is a day and a half event which brings clergy, church search committees and seminary seniors and/or recent graduates in the ordination process together in one location for a series of 45 minute “first time interviews.”  Church search committees are assigned an interviewing space and pastors move from interview to interview. Deadlines for participation are approaching! Make your reservation now by using the link below.

A limited number of interview slots are available which may be scheduled during the event. Interviews are scheduled based on a preference request and matching process prior to the event.

Participants are scheduled with churches or clergy who have requested to meet with them and also scheduled with other matches that have been determined by the matching team based on interests, experience, gender and other background information. Get more information including registration forms by CLICKING HERE!