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ABC Ohio Executive Minister Has Passed


Dear ABC Ohio; 

It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the death of our Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones.

Please continue to keep Denise, Candace, Adam and the entire family in prayer during this difficult time.

When funeral arrangements are available we will share them with you.

Blessings,
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr. 
President, American Baptist Churches of Ohio

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Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones made history as the first African-American Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio. He was born on October 24, 1961 in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Jones gave his life to Christ as an adolescent, and by the age of 12 was a licensed preacher. For over 40 years, he devoted his life to the Gospel ministry. His pastor, Rev. Dr. Perkins, says at the age of 16 he seemed like a 40 year old in his maturity, wisdom and faith. He was a bridge builder for God.

He earned a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA in 1989. In 1994, Dr. Jones became the first African American to assume an executive level position with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. In 1998, Dr. Jones was called to serve as the Pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016 he became the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

For those desiring to show their love for Denise not only through prayer but with a love gift please send to Leslie Hoskinson at the Regional Office.

In lieu of flowers you may give to ABC of Ohio or to the James Cancer Hospital in memory of Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones.

Longtime American Baptist Churches of Ohio Pastor Finishes His Race

Rev. David Dodridge passed away early on July 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He served his entire life in ministry in American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations. Most recently he served as a Pastoral Care ARM in Northwestern and North Central Associations, encouraging and praying for pastors and their families. 

Dave and his wife, Teresa served the Lord for over 54 years at several churches in Ohio that included, Perry Chapel Baptist Church, Ostrander Baptist Church, Seville First Baptist Church, Newport Baptist Church, Brandon Baptist Church and Clear Fork Baptist Church.  He also served as an interim Pastor at Clark Township Baptist Church and Liberty Concord Baptist Church.  Dave was a member of the Gem and Mineral Club in Akron and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and making jewelry. Please pray for the Dodridge family during this time.

Used Book Depository Ministry Ended

The Used Book Depository which was a ministry of Montgomery Community Church has ended effective June 30, 2017. From this point forward, they will no longer be able to accept book or bible donations. The American Baptist Churches of Ohio will no longer be able to accept book donations. However, Leslie Hoskinson will continue to accept BIBLES and Bibles only. Thank you for your understanding and your support of this ministry through the years!

Former ABC Ohio Secretary Goes to be with the Lord

Ruth V. Sinsabaugh passed away Friday, June 16th, after a short illness. She was born September 22, 1918 to Sarah (Sadie) Giffen Van Winkle and Charles D. Van Winkle in Eden Township. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Eden Township and attended a one-room school there in her early years. She went on to Utica High School and graduated in 1936. Ruth and her husband Franklin B. Sinsabaugh were married and set up housekeeping in Granville in 1938. After her children finished school she became employed as a secretary at the Ohio Baptist Convention (OBC) in Granville for many years; American Baptist Churches of Ohio in Granville has succeeded the OBC.

She is survived by her son Don F. Sinsabaugh of New York City; granddaughters Elana Sinsabaugh of New York City; and Annie F. Sinsabaugh Pick of Cambridge, MA. Her dearest friend and sister-in-law Carol Van Winkle of St. Louisville also survives her. Preceding her in death were her daughter Verna Jean, husband Franklin Blaine and son Van Frederick. 

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family at the Central Christian Church in Newark.

Executive Minister Dr. Ernest Jones Receives Award

Our own executive minister of ABC Ohio Dr. Ernest Jones has received the McKee Bible Encouragement Award. This is a presentation to an individual who in the past year has experienced difficulties in their ministry work and/or personal lives. It is given as a form of encouragement and uplifting by fellow McKeeites. It is tradition that an African American Study Bible is given and signed by planning team as a part of the award. The McKee Bible Encouragement Award is one of the William T. McKee Memorial Consultation Awards presented to deserving members. Congratulations to Dr. Jones and we continue to pray for him and his leadership daily!