American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.
The Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) is excited to announce the official licensing of Jose S. Abodij at Good Shepherd Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor) in Toledo. The licensing took place on Friday July 20, 2012 at 6 PM. Pastor James Willis and Pastor Truett Fogle were in attendance along with fourteen other church members who celebrated this wonderful event! TAABA continues the work we are called to by nurturing new pastors, churches and leaders in the communities we serve. We are building for the future with God as our guide!
The Rev. Dr. James Kelsey, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionary in Italy, has been called as the executive minister of American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABC-NYS). This announcement was made by the Region Board on Wednesday, July 11. Kelsey will begin serving in this position on August 16, 2012.
Jim’s wife Debbie, also an ordained American Baptist minister, will continue to serve as a missionary with IM. “We are in conversation with the European Baptist Federation and Italian Baptists about the scope of her ministry,” commented Charles Jones, IM area director for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Debbie is currently on U.S./Puerto Rico assignment.
Rev. Mary Miller has been called to serve as the new Associate Executive Minister of Mid- American Baptist Churches. Rev. Miller has 23 years of experience as an American Baptist pastor, serving congregations in urban and rural settings. In addition to pastoral ministry, Rev. Miller has served as Coordinator of the Conflict Management Network for ABC of Ohio and has been on the faculty of their Lay Pastor Training Program, teaching conflict management and ethics. While serving in Indiana, Rev. Miller was a Field Education Supervisor for Christian Theological Seminary.
The Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) sister churches gathered for the TAABA Annual Picnic on June 10, 2012 at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee. Over 180 gathered for the festivities. It was an awesome time of Fellowship, Food, and Fun. We were blessed to have Rev. Jane Gibbons and Dr. Marva Hughes in attendance. Our planning committee of Deacon James Sebrees and Chairman and Deacon General Bobbitt did a wonderful job in preparations. This was an outstanding event! Pastor Truett Fogle gave an informative reflection on his trip to Mexico in addition to the greetings from Rev. Gibbons and Dr. Hughes. TAABA member churches present included Church of The New Covenant, Good Shepherd, First Antioch, Third Baptist, St. Paul's and Cass Road. Enjoy a video of the day's events:
The Toledo Area American Baptist Association held a Church Growth Workshop on April 14, 2012 at St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Jane Gibbons was the workshop leader and it featured a look at factors that contribute to healthy and stable churches. The video is a visual report of the events on that special Saturday morning!