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. 

ABC Ohio Calls Co-Executive Ministers Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons

 VALLEY FORGE, PA (courtesy of the American Baptist News Service 12/12/18)

At the November 3 meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Board of Region Ministries, the Board voted to call Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons as Co-Executive Ministers for the region beginning January 1, 2019.  Rev. Click will serve as Executive Minister for Administration and Denominational Relations, and Rev. Gibbons will serve as Executive Minister for Program and Ministry Development.

Both Rev. Click and Rev. Gibbons have served ABC of Ohio as Region Ministers, Click since 2008 and Gibbons since 2000.  As American Baptist Clergy, both bring extensive years of ministry experience in ABC congregations and have gifts tailored toward the respective roles to which they have been called.

Rev. Mark Click was ordained as an American Baptist Minister in 2000. He served as the pastor of two ABC of Ohio churches and brings a passion for growing the local church. He received his MDiv from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 1994. He brings many administrative gifts, along with vision casting, to his new position as Executive Minister of Administration and Denominational Relations.  In his new role, Click will attend the Regional Executive Ministers Council, National Leadership Council, Multi-Region Corporation, and other traditional ABC Executive Minister related entities.

Rev. Jane Gibbons was ordained as an American Baptist Minister in 1994. She brings a specialty of gifts in Christian Education and coaching, and has a deep passion for pastors and the ministry of the local church. She served two ABC churches in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Charleston, W.Va. as Associate Pastor of Christian Education and other ministries.  Her many gifts in program development and grant writing make her a perfect fit for her new ministry in ABC of Ohio.  Jane holds a MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Rev. Click and Rev. Gibbons are breaking new ground as they begin their ministries as Co-Executive Ministers for ABC of Ohio, and they have worked well as a team in partnership in Region ministry for 10 years. Rev. Dr. Larry Swain, current Interim Executive Minister for the region, will transition to serving as Executive Staff Coach for 6 months in 2019.