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Consuming Fire Music Festival August 19

American Baptist Youth Ohio are invited to attend the Consuming Fire Music Festival. This is a one day gospel event hosted by First Baptist Church, Newark. It is a FREE concert event with bands and speakers on fifteen acres. On site tent camping will be available for groups who want to stay over on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, First Baptist Newark will host a special American Baptist Youth Ohio Worship Service. Area hotels are available in Neward and Heath.  Download the American Baptist  Youth Ohio 2017 Event Brochure HERE!


West Virginia Youth Mission Trip June 18 to 24

The West Virginia Mission Trip June 18 to 24, 2017  is an opportunity for ABC Ohio students to work with adult supervision as they seek to make a difference in the lives of families and communities impacted by last year's flood. The group will work in and around Clendenin, West Virginia. This experience will seek to build faith, community and compassion while being a witness for Jesus Christ. Pastor Howard Thompson of Market Street Baptist Church in Zanesville is the mission team leader.  Download the American Baptist  Youth Ohio 2017 Event Brochure HERE!

On June 23, 2016, thunderstorms brought torrential rain to most of West Virginia. Accumulations totaled up to 10 inches in many areas in only 24 hours qualifying this as a 1,000 year rain event.

There was widespread destruction throughout the state. This trip will give our students an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as a part of the on-going cleanup of the flood damage.

Longtime ABC Ohio Pastor Goes to be with the Lord

Rev. Robert W. Newman, age 93, a longtime resident of Brookville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Bob was a veteran of WWII having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Theological Seminary.

For over 50 years, he was Pastor and his wife of 71 years, Flora Mae was the church organist for several American Baptist Churches in the area. We lift up the family in prayer during this time.

Former ABC Ohio Pastor and Leader Passes

James Edwin Ohde, 78, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born October 25, 1938 in Cincinnati, to the late Robert and Dorthea (Lauderbaugh) Ohde. Jim was a member of Brandon Baptist Church. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1956 and from Mount Vernon Bible College. Jim served in the Air Force from 1959 – 1963. After serving in the military, he worked at Cooper until he became a minister in 1979. Jim served several congregations in the American Baptist Churches of Ohio including Bryn Zion Baptist Church in Mount Gilead, Clear Fork Baptist Church in Kimbolton, and First Baptist Church of Loudonville. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Ohio Leadership Academy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ohde family and friends.