The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Consuming Fire Music Festival August 25


American Baptist Youth of Ohio are invited to attend the FREE Consuming Fire Outdoor Music Festival on August 25, 2018. This is a one day outdoor music festival (rain or shine) hosted by First Baptist Church Newark (1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055). It is a FREE concert event located on Newark's twelve acre campus. On site tent camping will be available for groups who want to stay over on Saturday night (water and electricity available). Area hotels are available in Newark and Heath. 

On Sunday morning, First Baptist Newark will host a special American Baptist Youth Ohio Worship Service. All ABC youth are invited to participate in the service (prayer, skits, musicians, singers, etc.).

Our lineup this year includes Sanctus Real, Shawn McDonald, Consumed by Fire, Graceful Closure, Lance Horsley and Danger Scene.

Make plans now to attend this free event! Download a flyer by clicking here and SPREAD THE WORD!

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Announcing a Special One-Time Opportunity


Dr. & Mrs. Jones wish was that his library of ministry books be made available to ABC Ohio ministers, Leadership Academy students, church leaders and members to scan through at the ABC of Ohio Regional office. Denise would like you to have the opportunity to view his library and take for yourselves whatever books you would like free of charge.   


Due to reduced office hours, the books will be available for viewing by appointment only. The final day to view the books will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Appointments may be made by email only. Please contact Leslie HERE to make an appointment.  

A Letter from Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, Interim Executive Minister


Dear ABC/Ohio Pastors, ARMS, and Member Congregations:

I am writing a letter I never imagined I would be writing, yet the premature passing of our Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones, has left the Region without an Executive Minister.  It was truly a blessing to know Dr. Jones as both a colleague and friend.  I, along with the entire ABC/Ohio family grieve this loss, and will pray for Denise and the entire Jones family in their grief.  We pray for God’s comfort and strength as they discover what lies ahead in their new chapter of life.  Dr. Jones and Denise will always be a part of the ABC/Ohio family. 

As I begin this ministry as your Interim Executive Minister, I want you to know that I do so knowing that the Region is in a season of transition, and my role as an Interim is to guide the Region through the transition as you seek God’s direction towards calling a new Executive Minister.  While the position of Interim Executive Minister is temporary, there are specific things that I plan to focus on.

Read more: A Letter from Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, Interim Executive Minister

Rev. C. Roland Marcus Enters the Life Eternal

Reverend C. Roland Marcus entered the Life Eternal on February 19, 2018.  Rev. Marcus was a devoted servant of God. He began his ministry at Columbia Baptist church in Cincinnati. He also served Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church for 31 years, First Baptist Church in Middletown for six years and other congregations in an interim capacity for many years.  
 
Rev. Marcus was an avid lover of music, drama and literature. He was a talented singer, pianist and writer and he employed all these gifts in his ministry. He published articles on the faith, directed and performed music for worship, and wrote and directed dramas. 
 
Rev. Marcus loved his grandchildren passionately and was intensely proud of the three of them. Even as his body failed him, he made every effort to support their activities and did so with enthusiasm. Roland lived his life with a strong desire to have a purpose. He considered his purpose to be service to others. Even as he was dying, this was his concern. It is devoutly hoped that he was aware that his life’s example fulfilled this purpose. Please keep the family of Rev. C. Roland Marcus in your prayers!

Dr. Lawrence O. Swain Named Interim Executive Minister for ABC Ohio


Greetings American Baptist Churches of Ohio,

We pray that all is well with each of you and your families.  We have just finished a two-day ABC/OHIO Board Retreat, which was held in Dublin Ohio on February 9th and 10th, 2018.  This was a first-time experience for the Region, as we just finished celebrating the life of our Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones on February 3rd, 2018. Though untimely, God, in His Infinite Wisdom called Dr. Jones from labor to reward. With heavy hearts we were still able to meet as a Region and make future plans for the Region to go forward. We are still requesting your continued prayers for Denise and the children as they begin the healing process.

In the passing of Dr. Jones, it is important that we as a Region continue to move forward with the progress and ground work that has been laid before us.  The Theme that Dr. Jones presented to us in 2017 was “Transformed by The Journey,” from Luke 24:32, and the new theme for this year is “Discovering God's Plan,” from Jeremiah 29:11-13, which our Regional Ministers placed before us.

With all of that information at hand, in order for the Region to continue in the direction that's needed, we are pleased to announce that retired Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, will serve as Interim Executive Minister, effective immediately.  Dr. Swain will be present at the office 2 days a week through April of 2018, after which the  time may increase at the Board's request.

We are Blessed to have Dr. Swain agree to come back on board, in as much as he already has the experience. We ask that you continue in the spirit of love and cooperation, which you have shown over the years.  We thank you in advance for the love you have shown in making progress in the Region, and your continued dedication, as we continue  “Building Healthy Churches that Impact the World for Christ.”

Yours in Christ,
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr
American Baptist Churches of Ohio Region Board President