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

Ralph Carrico Passes

Ralph E. Carrico, 82, of Ironton, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Ralph was a deacon and active member of First Baptist Church, Ironton. Ralph not only served in his local church, but he also gave of his time and wisdom to ABC/Ohio where he served in a number of capacities throughout the years. He also served as a member of the Region's Baptist Foundation Trustee Committee.  He prayed for the Region's ministry and expressed appreciation for ABC/Ohio. He is survived by his wife Phyllis also served as President of our board and in many other capacities. Ralph and Phyllis were married in 1951 and were celebrating 62 years of marriage. Our prayers go out to the Carrico family as we thank them for so many years of serving God!

Toledo Area American Baptists Hold Annual Picnic

The Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) was blessed to have favorable weather for the TAABA Annual Picnic bringing together churches from across Northwest Ohio. TAABA was blessed to welcome Rev. Jane Gibbons. Enjoy a video of the day's events!

ABC Ohio Celebrates the Ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser

Members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Delaware, the Marion Baptist Association, and the wider Christian family gathered to celebrate the ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser to the ministry.  The First Baptist Church of Delaware is pastored by the Rev. Tim Chesser, who is also Sam's father.  As a seminary student Sam served as pastor of the West Mansfield Baptist Church.  Sam and his wife leave this week to Connecticut where he will begin his first pastorate as an ordained American Baptist minister. 

Read more: ABC Ohio Celebrates the Ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser

Rev. Al Wilkes Goes to Be With the Lord

Reverend Allan G. Wilkes went home to be with the Lord on December 20, 2012. Rev. Wilkes once served the First Baptist Church of Tiffin, along with other ABC/Ohio churches. He was born June 10, 1929 to the late Albert and Mary Wilkes in Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Esther Ruth Helman whom he married on October 9, 1954. 

Read more: Rev. Al Wilkes Goes to Be With the Lord

TAABA Churches Gather for Fall Rally

The Fall Rally & Pig Roast for all Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) churches gathered for a Fall Rally and Pig Roast on November 12, 2012 at Third Baptist Church.  Everything kicked off with a pig display and photo shoot followed by a wonderful dinner.  It was a lively scene as everyone enjoyed fellowship with our sister churches.  Worship followed featuring a testimony and report from our International Ministries missionaries Emerson and Ivy Wu. Great music was presented by Third Baptist's Unity Choir and we celebrated the installation of our 2013 TAABA officers.  A wonderful evening was had by all!  Here is a video report of the evening's events: