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

Pastor Gerald Bentley Installed

First Baptist Church of Jefferson installed Rev. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bentley as their new pastor in a service held on Sunday, August 3, 2008.

Participants sharing in the service included Sherry Cornell – Special Music, Brad Woodworth – Bagpipes, and Bob Cassady, ABC/OHIO Minister of Congregational Development.


Pictured left to right are Reverend Gerald Bentley, wife Cathey, and son Jonathan.

First Baptist Church of Columbus in New Home

After many wonderful, fruitful years of ministry in downtown Columbus, Ohio the First Baptist Church of Columbus has relocated to the east side of Columbus.


FBC Columbus moved to their new facilities in April of this year.

Read more: First Baptist Church of Columbus in New Home

Ordination of Rev. Brian Moser

The Ordination Service for Rev. Brian Moser was held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Canton. Participants in the Service included Rev. Ed Holland of First Baptist Church of Akron, Pastor Beverly Frank of Emanuel Baptist Church in Donora, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Cortney Bavera, Revs. Kevin Slyh and Kevin Thomas of First Baptist Church of Canton, Rev. Dr. Larry Swain, Executive Minister of ABC/OHIO and Robert Cassady, Minister of Congregational Development for ABC/OHIO. Rev. Moser (wife Amanda) currently serves as Interim Pastor for Chesterland Baptist Church, in the Ashtabula Association.

Pastor Eric Cochran Installed

On Sunday, March 30, 2008, Mr. Eric Cochran was installed as the pastor of the Oakfield Baptist Church in the Zanesville Association. The service of installation was part of the morning worship and was followed by a covered-dish dinner. Eric began serving the church officially as pastor in January after filling the pulpit for a few months. He is the grandson of Pastor Raymond Lemity, who before his death, served the Oakfied church as pastor for nearly 50 years. Pictured left to right are: Rev. Dan Taylor, Minister of Congregational Development, Pastor Eric Cochran, his wife, Karen, and their daughter Allyson.

Pastor Richard Runion Installed

On Sunday, March 2, 2008, Richard Runion was installed as the pastor of the Torch Baptist Church, Marietta Association. He served as the co-interim for 18 months before being called as pastor. Pictured are Mr. Gary Frye, Marietta Association Moderator; Pastor Runion; Sandy Runion; and Rev. Dan Taylor, Minister of Congregational Development.