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Former ABC Ohio Staff Member Passes

Former ABC Ohio staff member Martha Sue Buckenberger passed away on March 28, 2017 at the Selma Markowitz Center, Newark, Ohio. Sue retired from ABC Ohio as an office manager.

She attended Grace Pointe Community Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed going to Florida and gardening.  She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, H. Mack Buckenberger; daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Joe Pfister; son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Katy Buckenberger; five grandchildren, Alli, Brock and Jarrett Pfister, A.J. and Ian Buckenberger; brother and sister-in-law, James and Patty Stephens; sisters, Norma Jean Cline and Lillie Keylor; and many nieces and nephews.

Our love and prayers go out to her family.

Longtime Baptist Pastor and Leader Passes

Rev. Dr. John H. Krier passed away on March 20, 2017. John was born October 7, 1922 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Krier graduated from Eastern Baptist College and Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Divinity in May, 1950. Rev. Krier was ordained by the Philadelphia Baptist Association in 1950. He then came to Youngstown, Ohio as the Associate Pastor of the Baptist Temple in 1950. In 1953 he became Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church on Oak Hill. Under his leadership the congregation moved to their present location on Shields Road in the spring of 1966. Rev. Krier received his Master of Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in May 1960. He then received a Doctor of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May, 1972. In 1977 Rev. Krier became the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lima, Ohio where he served until his retirement in 1988. Since his retirement he has served 13 interims including Canfield Christian Church, Mount Olivet in North Lima, and Pleasant Grove Presbyterian in Youngstown. Rev. Krier served as President of the Ohio Baptist Convention, Chair of the World Mission Support Commission of the Ohio Baptist Convention, and Chair of the Bible and Missions Conference of the Ohio Baptist Convention.

2017 National Shine the Light Awarded to Three ABC Ohio Women

Ms. Maria Averhart, Ms. Helen Hawthorne and Ms. Valerie Moore of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio will receive the 2017 Shine the Light Award from American Baptist Women's Ministries. The award is presented to outstanding light-bearers for Christ in mission and ministry. A time of special recognition takes place during Women's Day, on Friday, June 30 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Shine the Light Award was created in 2011 by the American Baptist Women's Ministries national board with the goal of recognizing Amercan Baptist women who have made outstanding strides in sharing the Gospel.  The  ABWM National Board is pleased to present this  award to Ms. Averhard, Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Moore who have heeded the call to "let [their] light shine before others, so that [all] may see [their] good works and give glory to [their] Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5:16). Continue reading to find out more about our ABC Ohio women who will receive this special award...

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Dorset Baptist Church Struck by Lightning

Dorset Baptist Church (North East Association) in Ashtabula County was struck by lightning on March 1, 2017. Please lift this congregation and their Pastor Randy Brookes in prayer!  Pastor Brooks is also the site manager of Camp Koinonia

Neighbors said the lightning struck the peak of the steeple. Firefighters found a fully involved fire in the steeple and immediately called for mutual aid from other departments. The church is located on State Route 193.  In addition to the destruction of the church steeple, there was significant water damage to the inside of the church.

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