News from American Baptist Churches USA that might be of interest to ABC Ohio.

ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer Announces Retirement Plans

In a letter dated March 1, 2019 and presented in person to the ABCUSA Board of General Ministries (BGM) Executive Committee at their meetings in Orlando March 13-15, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer announced his intention to retire from denominational leadership on December 31, 2019. Dr. Spitzer’s letter to the entire ABCUSA family was released March 14, 2019.

“It has been an honor and a joy to have served the ABC family for 4 decades, culminating in my tenure as General Secretary,” said Dr. Spitzer. “I am sharing my intention to retire 10 months ahead of time so that the denomination’s transition to new leadership can be accomplished in a deliberate and unhurried manner, and so that I can focus my energies and attention on the pastoral work that needs to be accomplished during this last phase of my journey as General Secretary. There is much to do!”

Read the entire letter HERE!

Biennial Mission Summit June 21-23, 2019

The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit will be held at Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 21-23, 2019. Join us for the "Summit by the Sea"! Sign up now to receive updates as they are released:

Mission Summit 2019 will have multiple highlights, including: the Mission Summit Conversations, dynamic speakers, luncheon events held by American Baptist International Ministries, American Baptist Home Mission Societies, and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, and more!

The Biennial Summit will feature an all new ABCUSA Biennial Academy. Academy Tracks offering continuing education and spiritual growth opportunities for both clergy and lay leaders will include: Social Media, Technology and Ministry, 21st Century Options for Church Planting and Renewal, Transition Ministries Training, Bible Studies and more.

Bring the whole family! Virginia Beach is a top family-friendly destination. VBS-style classes will be offered for elementary school ages along with an all new youth track for middle and high school students. Day care will also be available.

Additional events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates. In recent years, this has included: events for Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors, American Baptist Women's Day, mission opportunities, events for Ministers, ABCUSA caucus meetings, an ABCUSA Theologians Conference, continuing education events, and even an opportunity to visit local attractions!
Additional events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates - check the schedule to make sure you don't miss out. 

American Baptist International Ministries Calls New Executive Director

In a historic celebration before a gathering of hundreds of mission supporters, the Rev. Sharon T. Koh of Los Angeles, California, was installed as executive director elect of American Baptist International Ministries (IM). She began her service as executive director elect on July 1, 2016, and will assume the role of executive director on September 1, 2016, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Reid S. Trulson on August 31. READ MORE HERE!

Region Congregation Appears in ABC-USA Video

Learn more about "Transformed by the Spirit" from ABC-USA and note that we have a congregation profiled in the video!

Dr. Marvin McMickle New CRCDS President

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, a distinguished church leader and theological educator, was elected the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) by the School’s Board of Trustees on May 17.  Dr. McMickle will assume some part-time duties over the summer and will begin his full-time service on January 1, 2012.  Following his election, Dr. McMickle commented: "How could I ever have dreamed that I would be called upon to serve the school that opened its doors to Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman in a city that was home to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass? I am humbled by the honor and mindful of the challenges that await. Nevertheless, I am encouraged by the words of Paul in Philippians 1:6 that say, 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.' Pray for me and pray for God's grace to be showered on Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School!”

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