American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.
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.
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.
Edith W. Keucher died at Memorial Medical Center on Monday, January 10th, 2011, surrounded by family members at her bedside. Mrs. Keucher was born on November 1, 1916 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. She was born on All-Saints Day, which seems very fitting, as everyone whose lives she touched felt that she was a saint! Mrs. Keucher was a fine musician, and was organist at Gage Park Baptist Church in Topeka, KS and First Baptist Church in Granville, OH. She directed the handbell choir there as well. Most recently she played piano for the Sunday evening chapel services at Concordia Village where she resided. She loved flowers as well as music, and she planted and maintained beautiful flower gardens everywhere she lived. Edith will be missed by us all.
A man of the deepest faith, Kenneth W. "Pastor Ken" Kinner’s strength was again renewed and he will never again grow weary as he went to be in the presence of the Lord Friday morning, January 7, 2011 following a brief illness. With a love for the Lord, Ken was an active member in several American Baptist churches, including First Baptist Church of Fredericktown, First Baptist Church of Mount Gilead, and Trinity Baptist Church in Marion. After completing lay pastor training through the American Baptist Churches of Ohio, he pastored Auburn Baptist Church, officiated his daughter Jennifer’s wedding, was licensed to preach, became an ordained minister, and most recently pastored the First Baptist Church of Bucyrus. Please be in prayer for all those who have been touched by the life of Pastor Ken but most of all, his family in their time of grief.
First Baptist Church of Girard, Rev. Sarah Jay - Pastor, opted to create a rather unique “Manger Scene” for this past Advent Season. The sign reflects ‘There Shall be Peace on Earth, and the Lion shall lie down with the Lamb.’ What a beautiful picture, as reflected in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 11.