American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.
Rev. Richard "Dick "Harold DeMott, age 95, died at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis, Indiana August 28, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Dick was born January 15, 1916. Dick was an ordained pastor of the American Baptist Churches, USA. He served in many churches throughout the Midwest. Dick was a veteran of WWII where he served in the Navy's Atlantic Fleet. He was stationed in North Africa as an aviation mechanic. Dick attended Moody bible Institute in 1946 and graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary five years later. Dick pastored several American Baptist churches in Ohio, including Pomeroy, Jefferson, Greenfield, and Martins Ferry. After retiring in 1981, he served as an interim for ABC churches in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. With his wife Ruth he moved to Hoosier Village in 1998. Dick thoroughly enjoyed gardening, finding peace and joy doting over both vegetables and flowers. His love for nature made him a bird watcher and, in his younger years, an avid family camper. He was rarely found without a book in his hand and believed books to be his "friends". He enjoyed classical music as well as the annual Army-Navy Football game. Dick will be remembered for his humble Christian faith, his dedication to the Bible, his commitment to God's call into Christian ministry, and his hope in eternal life.
Elizabeth "Betty" R. Elizabeth "Betty" R. Wyckoff, 97, of Bowling Green, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011. Betty was born in Philadelphia, PA, August 4, 1914. She went to Eastern Baptist Seminary, in Philadelphia, PA. where she was ordained a pastor in 1938. She was the first woman to become an American Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania. She has been the assistant pastor in many churches over the course of time in Pennsylvania , California, Kentucky and in the late 60's to the early 80's, she was the director of Christian Education and Youth Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Toledo, on Collingwood and Central. Upon retirement, she took on another assignment to pilot a program called National Minister-at-Large in which she would interview members seeking information and resolving any conflict within the church. She then traveled throughout the American Baptist churches across Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, New Jersey and Ohio. She retired to the Bowling Green community thirty years ago and has loved every minute of her time here. She was active in visiting people in the hospital, nursing homes, playing the piano and volunteering at the Senior Center and was the church organist at Village View Church of Christ for many years.
On April 10, 2011, the members of Western Reserve Community Church joined together for a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Western Reserve Community Church in Boardman. Pastor Angelo LaCivita serves as Senior Pastor. The church is part of the Trumbull Baptist Association. Mrs. Lynn Clark, chairperson of the Deacon Board serves as the Moderator of the Association.
On March 13, 2001, Oakfield Baptist Church of the Zanesfield Baptist Association celebrated with an installation service of Robert 'Bob' Woodrum as Pastor. The installation service included the participation of Rev. Bob Cassady (ABC Ohio Regional Minister) along with Rev. Jim Allison who mentored Pastor Woodrum. Deacons from the church assisted in the installation service.
An installation service was held for Pastor Ed Sollenberger at the Lena Baptist Church (Western Baptist Association) on Sunday afternoon, February 27, 2011. The sanctuary was filled to capacity as church members, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the occasion. Rev. Pamela Wantz of the Linden Avenue Baptist Church of Dayton delivered the sermon, followed by several offerings of special music, and an additional word of encouragement by Rev. Dan Bellavia of the First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo. The WBA pastors were well represented as they welcomed Pastor Sollenberger into the association. Pastor Sollenberger is a graduate of the ABC/OHIO Leadership Academy and former Associate Pastor of the Linden Avenue Baptist Church.