The 195th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held on October 12-13, 2021. We will again meet at the Crowne Plaza – Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE).
“Discovering New Life: Transforming Paths to Ministry” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Matthew 9:16-17.
This year’s “Gathering” will be two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. 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. Tuesday’s luncheon will feature the Ohio Baptist Education Society. Our speaker will be Rev. Christopher Thomas and officers of OBES. Emerson & Ivy Wu American Baptist Missionaries in Asia will be our quest presenters at the Mission Banquet. Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons, our Executive Ministers, will be the luncheon speakers on Wednesday.
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17
Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Phil Postuma. He has served as Lead Pastor of Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati since 2012. He is an ordained American Baptist minister who holds a masters degree from Grace Theological Seminary and Webster University. Rev. Postuma has a passion for both Old and New Testament scriptures and preaching. We will be blessed by his message during our Tuesday evening worship services.
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 our 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 or message her via the ABC Ohio > Who We Are > ABC Ohio Staff link above.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Make your plans now to attend this year’s ABC/Ohio Annual Gathering.
Looking forward to seeing you at our ABC/Ohio “family reunion” .