The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Collaborating to Provide Mattresses for Clients of ABHMS Partnering Organization

The importance of sleep is indisputable—especially as it relates to the developing minds and bodies of children and teens. That’s the reason that Mahoning Valley Baptist Association (MVBA), Youngstown, Ohio, partnered with the Campbell, Ohio-headquartered Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries to provide mattresses to families in the low-income Youngstown metropolitan area. Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries is a partner of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Community Outreach Ministries.

The organizations had learned from a Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority survey that only 40 percent of apartments in the Kirwan Homes development, Campbell, had enough beds for the number of occupants.

“Children are sleeping on couches, chairs and, in some cases, extra clothing piles on the floor,” wrote Dr. Rudy Braydich, MVBA president, in a report to ABHMS. “Proper sleep translates into better attention in school and reduced health issues.”

MVBA churches raised money to purchase mattresses. Clients from Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries’ three community centers—Kirwan Homes Community Center; Rockford Village Community Center, Youngstown; and Youngstown West Side Community Center—were invited to apply to receive mattresses. Volunteers from MVBA churches delivered 104 mattresses to residents’ doors.

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Rev. Dr. Samuel Young Goes to be with the Lord

Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Young, 81, of Millbury, Ohio passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. He was born on June 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California to Charles and Juanita Young.  Sam served two enlistments in the U.S. Army, one in Germany and also one with the 82nd Airborne based out of Fort Bragg, NC. Besides playing piano in the Airborne band, he played bag pipes and enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music.

Sam loved to spread the word of God and worked in church ministry his whole life. He was ordained as a minister in 1968 and served at various churches in Ohio, Kansas and even in Germany.His ministry led him to work as a Sheriff’s Chaplain and with Drug and Alcohol Education Services. 

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Ruth Visser-Young; children, Allison (Greg) Pfister, Kyrstyn Young, Rachael (Lou) Solone, Matthew (Katy) Simons and Aaron (Chrissy) Simons; grandchildren, Hunter, Abigail, Gabriella, Jeremiah, Jackson and Evelyn; brothers, Leonard Casas and Charles Young and many nieces and nephews. Please pray for Rev. Young's family during this time.

Reverend Richard David Bausman Has Passed Away

The Reverend Doctor Richard David Bausman, 83, died Friday, April 5th at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey. Doctor Bausman was a native of Dayton, Ohio, and his first pastorate was as an Associate Minister at The First Baptist Church of Greater Dayton on Monument Avenue. Subsequently, he served at Cornell University in Ithaca New York; The United Baptist Church of Lewiston Maine; The First Baptist Church in America in Providence Rhode Island; The First Baptist Church of Port Chester, New York; and The United Christian Center at The Ohio State University. He returned to the same church that he served in Dayton as the Senior Pastor and retired from that position in 2003. Since his retirement he has served his communities in various interim pastorates.

Doctor Bausman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marita D. Bausman, also an Ohio native; his son and daughter-in-law Richard and Jennifer Bausman of Martha’s Vineyard; his daughter and daughter-in-law Margaret Bausman and Veronica Lessa of New York City; and grandchildren Hudson Bausman, Adrian Aristide, Alaina Aristide, and Jessyca Hernandez.

Beloved Pastor, Ben Peer, Goes Before Us


Our own Pastor Benjamin Peer, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. He was born to the late Luther and Ruth Peer in Clearport, OH. He was a 1952 graduate of Linden McKinley High School in Columbus and served in the Army from 1956-58 first at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and then in the Chicago area.

Ben served as the North Suburban Chicago Area Director for Hi-C Bible Clubs where he met his first wife Marie. After the Army, he worked locally at Westinghouse, Devonshire Exxon, Columbus Public Schools and Westerville City Schools.

In retirement, he served as a lay pastor at Judson Hills Baptist Camp as well as churches in Reynoldsburg, Zanesville, Troy and Cincinnati. He loved nature, reading, sports and sharing his love of Christ. In addition to his parents, Benjamin is preceded in death by his first wife, Marie, and sisters, Edna and Patricia. Benjamin is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Beth and Susan (Jim); step-children, Kim (Steve), Valerie (Mark), David (Michelle), Mike (Erin), Rick (Lisa); grandchildren, Ben (Ashley), Jess (Zach), Andrea (Shawn), and Jenna; cousin, Wilda Thompson; and numerous other extended family members along with wonderful friends from churches across the state of Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to our missionary friends Alise and Mark Juanes at International Ministries - Global Servant Support  1003 W 9th Ave, Ste A, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. 

Ruth Fox Speaker Opportunity


Ruth Fox will be available to speak to our ABC Ohio churches on various dates. Please contact Leslie Hoskinson  at   740.587.0804  to schedule a church visit with Ruth.

The Speakers' Spotlight focuses on those speakers who might be of interest to our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.