The 196th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12, 2022. We will again meet at the Crowne Plaza – Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229.
“Creating Community in a Polarized World” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Acts 2:42.
This year’s “Gathering” will be two days in length, beginning at 10 am on Tuesday and concluding at 2 pm on Wednesday. There will be three meal functions, the cost of which will be included in the Registration Fee. The three meal functions will be a Tuesday luncheon – Celebrating ABC/Ohio Region Ministries, a Tuesday dinner – Celebrating International Ministries, and a Wednesday All-Convention luncheon. Also included in the cost of registration is a continental breakfast on Wednesday morning. Please note, there will be no one-day registration. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning. Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons, our Executive Ministers, will be the luncheon speakers on Wednesday.
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Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Sharon Koh, Executive Director of American Baptist International Ministries since 2016 will be our Keynote Speaker. Rev. Koh is an ordained American Baptist minister who holds two master’s degrees from Fuller Seminary. She is the daughter of missionary parents who were working in Singapore at the time of her birth. She grew up as a “missionary kid” living in the Philippines, South Korea, California and Ohio. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Koh as she returns to Ohio.
This year’s worship leadership will be provided by Pastor Benjamin Payne and the Praise Team of First Baptist Church of Seville.
We encourage each ABC/Ohio church to send delegates to the Annual Gathering. In accordance with the ABC/Ohio Constitution…’The voting delegates at meetings of the Region shall consist of (a) All officially recognized professional church leaders registered at the Region’s main office; (b) delegates from cooperating churches on the basis of two delegates in addition to the recognized professional church leaders from each church plus one delegate for each one hundred residents or fraction thereof above the first one hundred reported, and (3) all members of the Board.’ (Article III, Section 3)
If you have questions or need additional information regarding this year’s ABC/Ohio Annual Gathering, please contact Leslie Hoskinson at your convenience. She may be reached at 740.587.0804.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The 2020 Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio was held Tuesday, October 6 from 1:00-4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. Just as many of our schools and colleges used a hybrid model (both in person and online) to begin the schoolyear, we planned the Annual Gathering so that people throughout our ABC Ohio family could choose to gather either in person or electronically.
The program includes an address by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA and a time of worship led by Pastor Benjamin Payne of the First Baptist Church of Seville. Rev. Dr. Ken Atchison, President of ABC Ohio will present his Presidential Address. We will also hear virtual greetings from some in the broader American Baptist family. As is required by our constitution, there is a brief business meeting.
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Our Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Larry Swain leads us in our closing All Convention Wednesday Luncheon. Dr. Swain's message was his "final address" as Executive Minister as he passes the baton to our new Executive Ministers: Rev. Mark Click, Executive Minister of Administration and Denominational Relationship and Rev. Jane Gibbons, Executive Minister of Ministry Programming and ARMs Expansion. This was all a part of “Discovering God’s Plan”, our theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.
Rev. Ruby Radford presents the Wednesday morning Bible Study for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering. Rev. Radford is the pastor of Cass Road Baptist Church in Maumee, Ohio. “Discovering God’s Plan” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.
We had the blessing to hear from Lane Gramling during our Tuesday Regional Ministries Luncheon. Lane serves on the staff of Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati as Student Ministry Director. Lane works with the EPIC Junior High Ministry. He is passionate about equipping students to live Gospel-centered lives. Lane's message to us was "Ministry in the Next Generation." “Discovering God’s Plan” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.