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

Mohican Baptist Association Greets Dr. Jones

The clergy of the Mohican Baptist Association welcomed our new Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones to a special gathering. Region Minister Rev. Jane Gibbons also joined in the gathering.

Mohican Baptist Association Fall Rally

The Mohican Baptist Association Fall Rally was held October 4, 2015 hosted by the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.

American Baptist Missionaries Vital and Ketley Pierre were the keynote speakers. They shared about their work in Nicaragua and their upcoming move to the Dominican Republic.

It is wonderful to hear the work of our Associations and see how God is using His people to reach the world for Christ!

Rev. Jennifer Easley Passes

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!

Loretta Swanson Goes to be with the Lord

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.
 

Mary Belle Jansen Remembered for a Life of Service

One of our own, Mary Belle (Meadows) Jansen, 93, passed away on May 17, 2015. Mary graduated from Ottawa University before leaving Kansas to achieve her Master of Religious Education at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Following graduation, she served as Minister of Christian Education for churches in Rochester, N.Y. and Toledo, Ohio. In 1959, she joined the staff of the Department of Christian Education of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio, Granville. While there, she met the love of her life, Bob Jansen, a widower from Akron with three sons. On September 11, 1965, she and Bob married and Mary began an elegant transition to life as a wife and mother to teenaged boys.
 
Over the years, she eagerly and joyfully shared her commitment to Christian service in various leadership roles at Goodyear Heights Baptist Church while serving the larger community through her work with the Akron Area Association of American Baptist Churches as well as the Ohio region. Mary was a faithful participant in ecumenical activities of the Akron Area Association of Churches, which she served as president, the Interfaith Council and the Interfaith Council Givers Program.
 
Mary radiated a strong but soft spoken Christian witness, generously offering comfort, guidance and a helping hand wherever and whenever she was needed. She was devoted to her family - immediate, extended and adopted - and embraced her friends and neighbors equally. She relished her role as the family's news center, and woe be to those who forgot to share their news with her. 
 
Mary requested memorials be made to the Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarships (ABC-Ohio, 136 Galway Drive North, Granville, OH 43023). With simple acts of kindness, her family will seek to honor her every day.