American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.

Elizabeth "Betty" Wyckoff Passes Away

Elizabeth "Betty" R. Elizabeth "Betty" R. Wyckoff, 97, of Bowling Green, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011. Betty was born in Philadelphia, PA, August 4, 1914. She went to Eastern Baptist Seminary, in Philadelphia, PA. where she was ordained a pastor in 1938. She was the first woman to become an American Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania. She has been the assistant pastor in many churches over the course of time in Pennsylvania , California, Kentucky and in the late 60's to the early 80's, she was the director of Christian Education and Youth Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Toledo, on Collingwood and Central. Upon retirement, she took on another assignment to pilot a program called National Minister-at-Large in which she would interview members seeking information and resolving any conflict within the church. She then traveled throughout the American Baptist churches across Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, New Jersey and Ohio. She retired to the Bowling Green community thirty years ago and has loved every minute of her time here. She was active in visiting people in the hospital, nursing homes, playing the piano and volunteering at the Senior Center and was the church organist at Village View Church of Christ for many years. 

Western Reserve Community Church Celebrates 150 Years

On April 10, 2011, the members of Western Reserve Community Church joined together for a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Western Reserve Community Church in Boardman.  Pastor Angelo LaCivita serves as Senior Pastor. The church is part of the Trumbull Baptist Association.  Mrs. Lynn Clark, chairperson of the Deacon Board serves as the Moderator of the Association.

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Oakfield Baptist Installs Rev Robert Woodrum

On March 13, 2001, Oakfield Baptist Church of the Zanesfield Baptist Association celebrated with an installation service of Robert 'Bob' Woodrum as Pastor.  The installation service included the participation of Rev. Bob Cassady (ABC Ohio Regional Minister) along with Rev. Jim Allison who mentored Pastor Woodrum.  Deacons from the church assisted in the installation service.

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Ed Sollenberger Installed at Lena Baptist Church

An installation service was held for Pastor Ed Sollenberger at the Lena Baptist Church (Western Baptist Association) on Sunday afternoon, February 27, 2011.  The sanctuary was filled to capacity as church members, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the occasion.  Rev. Pamela Wantz of the Linden Avenue Baptist Church of Dayton delivered the sermon, followed by several offerings of special music, and an additional word of encouragement by Rev. Dan Bellavia of the First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo.  The WBA pastors were well represented as they welcomed Pastor Sollenberger into the association.  Pastor Sollenberger is a graduate of the ABC/OHIO Leadership Academy and former Associate Pastor of the Linden Avenue Baptist Church.

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Duane Binkley Ordination

International Ministries missionary, Duane Binkley began 2011 with a service of ordination at Springfield Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio, where Duane and Marcia, his wife, are members.  Duane’s ordination comes after more than 20 years of service as a long-term missionary with Marcia for IM in Thailand. The couple serves ethnic Karen (pronounced Kuh-ren’) and Chin refugees from the country of Burma.  Living and serving in the U.S. since 2007, the Binkley’s ministry focuses on the tens of thousands of refugees invited to come to the U.S. starting in 2006 though the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.  While in the U.S. the Binkleys also continue to work with those still remaining in refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar (Burma) border.

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