The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

ABC Ohio Welcomes New Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest H Jones

It is official! After ten months of diligently seeking God’s leading, the Executive Minister Search Committee, chaired by the Rev. Dr. Marva Hughes of Dayton, recommended a candidate to the Region Board at their November 7, 2015, meeting. After meeting with the candidate, the Board voted unanimously to extend a call to the Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones of Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Jones has officially accepted our call and will begin his service with ABC/Ohio on January 1, 2016, succeeding Dr. Larry Swain who will be retiring on December 31, 2015. Please join us in praise and thanksgiving to our Lord for His abiding presence with our Search Committee during their time of discerning His will for ABC/Ohio. We ask for your prayers and support for Dr. and Mrs. Jones as we welcome them in 2016 to help us continue our mission of Building Healthy Churches that Impact the World for Christ. A formal installation service will be planned for Dr. Jones in the Spring of 2016.

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Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative

American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC Ohio) assist local and regional congregations. In an effort to provide long term financial stability, the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative has established the Rise Up and Build Fund to support key ministry initiatives. These include congregational development consulting, coaching, training, pastor and famiily care, crisis counseling to congregations and pastors, promoting the congregations shared mission and more. Your financial commitment is important to the support of these ministries and more. In addition to cash gifts, there are other ways to contribuite including wills (bequests), gifts of stock, life insurance, real estate and other property along with charitable trusts and annuities. For more information about this fund and ways you can give, contact ABC Ohio at 740-587-0804 or our partners the American Baptist Foundation at 650-768-2035. You can make a difference and join the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative!

Churches and Pastors: Important Tax Law Changes

On July 1, 2015 the Affordable Care Act rules officially change for many churches. Tax advisors are warning churches who previously provided health insurance reimbursement as part of a salary “package” that it is now against the law. Unless your church employees are on a group plan or pay only one employee, an employer is not permitted to reimburse individual health care insurance premiums on either a pre- or post-tax basis. If your church continues to do this, the church is required to pay a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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Rev. Bob Cassady Announces Retirement

Rev. Bob Cassady has announced his intention to retire as of December 31, 2015. His letter of retirement may be downloaded HERE or you may read it in full here:
 
To All ABC/Ohio Pastors, Ministry Leaders, Church Members & Friends:
 
It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve Christ through the ministries of our ABC/Ohio Region for almost 25 years. God has richly blessed me with the opportunity to establish many friendships and ministry partnerships for which I will be eternally grateful. 
 
Over the years I have experienced God doing some incredible ministry during our time together. Both our ABC/Ohio Region and many of our churches are going through significant ministry-changing transformations. God is truly in our midst and doing great things. We continue to partner to work together in ‘building healthy churches that impact the world for Christ!’

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Executive Minister "Intent to Retire" Letter

Our Excutive Minister Dr. Larry Swain will be retiring this year. You may read his Resignation Letter (Intent to Retire) HERE.