The latest news from many resources for American Baptist Churches.
Rev. Jennifer Easley, a former ABC/Ohio minister who served on staff at the First Baptist Church of Middletown passed away on July 9, 2015. Rev. Easley had a passon for the earth and physical science. She taught and had a love for protecting the environment. She also often hosted foreign exhange students in her home. We lift up Rev. Easley and her family during this time and praise God for her service!
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.
Read more: Churches and Pastors: Important Tax Law Changes
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!’
Read more: Rev. Bob Cassady Announces Retirement
Loretta A. Swanson, age 78 passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015. She worked at the American Baptist Churches of Ohio as the assistant to John Sunquist for over twenty years in Granville, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her husband, Garland Swanson for whom she was married to over 44 years. We praise God for her service for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.