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Rev. James William Earnest Passes

The Rev. James William Earnest passed away on February 17, 2024 at the age of 101. Rev. Earnest started his ministry at the support and promotion of Dr. H.S. Gessner at Franklin First Baptist in Franklin, OH. First licensed in 1947, he served, pastored, taught and counseled for eight decades in a variety of settings, including the Billy Graham Crusades, World Wide Pictures, interim pastorates, pulpit supply, and Camp Director for Camp Kirkwood in Wilmington, OH. His greatest joy was visitations to uplift and cheer others, leaving them feeling not alone and smiling before the sun set. He last served in this capacity from 2008-2014 as part of the Pastoral Staff at the First Baptist Church of Dayton.

With connections to First Baptist Springfield where he was baptized at a young age, as well as  Linden Avenue Baptist, Memorial Baptist, and First Baptist Church of Dayton, many in the Dayton Area Baptist Association and region have been blessed by Jim’s ministry.  As his son, Neil, put it, he “leaves a world of friends, colleagues.”  Having persevered through many of the world’s woes like the Great Depression, WWII, and civil unrests for race, creeds, faiths, beliefs, social changes, ideological misguidances, we give thanks for the Rev. James W. Earnest, a most honest and faithful servant of God.  May he rest in peace.

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Rev. Robert C “Bob” Guldenschuh, Jr. Passes

Rev. Robert C “Bob” Guldenschuh, Jr., 70, of Erie, PA passed away unexpectedly Friday February 9, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa.  Born July 18, 1953 in Binghamton, New York, he was the son of Rev Robert and Marlene Ann (White) Guldenschuh, Sr.

Rev Guldenschuh received his Masters Degree from  Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA. 

He was the current Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Conneaut, previously serving at Wayne Park Baptist Church, Whitesboro Baptist Church, and with Springfield Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, leatherworking, creative problem solving, and historical reenactments which included hand sewing time period accurate outfits.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. Robert C. Guldenschuh, Sr. and Marlene Ann Guldenschuh, wife Susan, whom he married June 2,1973, children, Johannes Guldenschuh and daughter in law, Jenna Colby of Swissvale, PA, Heather Guldenschuh, Jenifer Burrows both of Erie, PA; grandchildren, Hunter and Angela Guldenschuh, Lori Berger, Mark, Melanie, and Bobby Burrows;  brothers, Kenny (Donna) Gulden of Shepherdstown, WV, Billy (Michelle) Gulden of Union, NJ, sisters, Vickie (Cindy) Vescio of Lutz, FL, Linda (Geoffrey) Stamp of Indian Trail, NC, Sandra (Michael) Berrier of Eden, NC and Nancy (Bill) Schierloh of Elmira Heights, NY; brother in laws, Bob (Lou) Gathany of Decatur, IL and Bill (Bonnie) Gathany of Huntsville, AL; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Please keep the Guldenschuh family in your prayers.

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2024 Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering

Since 2009, the "Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering" (BMMO) has become a significant avenue for churches in the Region to support the ministries of American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC Ohio). BMMO helps make it possible for ABC Ohio to serve your church.



Every dollar given to the BMMO goes to support the various ministries that benefit your church (see the list of ministries below). The most significant region ministry is that of of our Regional Ministers who serve faithfully to help in whatever way needed to equip you and your church for ministry.

Our Region's theme  is "United in Christ: Rooted in Love" from John 13:34-35.  “Love one another as I have loved you.”

BMMO gifts help develop, coach, and assist servant leaders.  It provides new ministry resources for local churches and helps provide quality ministry gatherings to challenge and grow healthy churches.

Please consider giving to the BMMO in this year. This is one way your church can partner with ABC Ohio to fulfill God’s mission in your community and beyond. Your faithful giving is appreciated and is needed to serve its member churches. Again, remember that every dollar given goes to ABC Ohio ministries that "help build healthy churches that impact the world for Christ."

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