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

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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Longtime ABC Ohio Pastor Goes to be with the Lord

Rev. Robert W. Newman, age 93, a longtime resident of Brookville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Bob was a veteran of WWII having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Theological Seminary.

For over 50 years, he was Pastor and his wife of 71 years, Flora Mae was the church organist for several American Baptist Churches in the area. We lift up the family in prayer during this time.

Former ABC Ohio Pastor and Leader Passes

James Edwin Ohde, 78, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born October 25, 1938 in Cincinnati, to the late Robert and Dorthea (Lauderbaugh) Ohde. Jim was a member of Brandon Baptist Church. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1956 and from Mount Vernon Bible College. Jim served in the Air Force from 1959 – 1963. After serving in the military, he worked at Cooper until he became a minister in 1979. Jim served several congregations in the American Baptist Churches of Ohio including Bryn Zion Baptist Church in Mount Gilead, Clear Fork Baptist Church in Kimbolton, and First Baptist Church of Loudonville. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Ohio Leadership Academy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ohde family and friends.

Toledo Area American Baptist Association 2016 Picnic

It was another wonderful day at the Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) Annual Picnic on June 12, 2016. Over 150 attended from sister TAABA churches. Attendance continues to grow each year! Our Region Minister Jane Gibbons joined us as TAABA celebrated together. God was good and gave TAABA an afternoon of sun and hearts filled with joy!

Mohican Baptist Association Spring Rally Welcomes Dr. Jones

The Mohican Baptist Association of Ohio welcomed Dr. Ernest H. Jones, our brand new Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio for their Spring Rally. Dr. Jones preached from Jeremiah 29:11 on "Partnership in a Hope Filled Future." 
 
The Pastors of the Mohican Baptist Association of Ohio that were present for the 2016 Spring Rally included Bonnie Wythe, Tim Mohon, Ernest H. Jones, Dennis Schultz, Jill Haught and Jane Gibbons at Brandon Baptist Church.