American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.

Rev. Bryan J. Manary Passes into the Arms of Jesus


Rev. Mr. Bryan J. Manary, age 62, of Madison, Ohio passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. He was born on December 6, 1958 the son of John and Jean (Courtright) Manary. He was a graduate of Lake Catholic High School and also of Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL.

Pastor Bryan was the minister at the United Church of Geneva. He was well loved and respected by his congregation as well as his friends and colleagues. He was active at Camp Koinonia and served on the Board for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

He is survived by his sister, Colleen (Fred) Berg; brother, Michael (Theresa) Manary; nieces and nephews, Shain Berg, Brittany (DaWayne) Watkins, Patrick Manary, Ryan (Laura) Manary, Brad (Faith) Manary and Sarah Manary. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Kevin.

Please keep the Manary family in your prayers.

Rev. Dennis Karl McDonald Enters Eternal Paradise


Rev. Dennis Karl McDonald, 71, was escorted by Jesus to his eternal paradise that has been prepared for him on December 1, 2021.

He was born on October 1, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA to Dr. Khlar and Helen (Hind) McDonald.

Dennis was a graduate of Ohio Northern University (BS Civil Engineering), Akron University (MS Civil Engineering) and Ashland Theological Seminary (MS). He was employed by Babcock and Wilcox for 42 years where he worked as a Technical Fellow. He was the former Pastor of Newman Baptist Church and a current Associate Pastor at First Baptist of Massillon. He was also active with Impact Massillon and Camp Koinonia.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Catharine (Boyer) McDonald; their children, Scott L. (Meghan) McDonald and Melanie (Nick Vitalbo) Westfall; grandchildren, Brooke, Jordan, Devin, Madison, MacKenna and Macy; great-grandchildren, Caidyn, Oliver, Norah, Brett and Iris; and siblings, Khlare Bracken, Kathy (Bob) Meley and Kerry (Dottie) McDonald.

Please keep the McDonald family in your prayers.

Rev. Donald Frank Smith Called Home by His Lord and Savior


Donald Frank Smith, age 68, Pastor of the Waynesfield Baptist Church, was called home by his Lord and Savior on November 6th, 2021.

He was born on May 22, 1953, in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Williamsburg Baptist College in Williamsburg, Kentucky where he dedicated his life to the ministry. Reverend Don was called to minister at the Waynesfield Baptist Church on November 18, 1984, where he has a large church family and will be greatly missed.

Prior to going to Waynesfield he was a youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in Urbana. Don was very active in the Waynesfield area and loved being a part of the community and helping others. The church was his second family and he spent much of his time helping grow the church and being there for them. He enjoyed hosting exchange students and loved to travel the world. Later in life, he organized tours and teaching others the history of Israel and other places. Pastor Don will be remembered for serving the Lord, his smile, always willing to help others, and being a good and faithful servant. Don was a good man!

Please keep the Smith family in your prayers.

Pastor Steve Bloomfield Called Home to be with His Lord


Stephan A. “Steve” Bloomfield, age 66, of Mount Gilead, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 14, 2021.

A man of devout faith, Steve was a “Pastor of God’s people.” He pastored First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead before retiring in September 2020. Steve retired from his full-time position at the church, but spent many Sunday’s filling in at other local churches when asked. He was also honored to perform numerous weddings and funerals for those who requested his services.  He was active in Vacation Bible School and participated in the Walk to Emmaus in 2010.

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Rev. Paul Robert Edie Moves to His Eternal Home


Rev. Paul Robert Edie moved to his eternal home on October 3, 2021 at the age of 90. He passed peacefully surrounded by loving family.

He was born 20 June, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, in the home of his maternal grandparents. His growing up years were spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his youth, he enjoyed bowling, playing baseball, and softball. He went to college in Haviland, Kansas and York, Nebraska. He received his Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, in Dayton, Ohio in 1957.

Paul married Shirley Loraine Hedges, on 30 June, 1953, in Offerle, Kansas. They celebrated 68 years together.

During Paul's senior year at United Theological Seminary, he had a student position as Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church.  His full-time ministry began in Colorado where he pastored rural congregations of the Evangelical United Brethren Church for three years. He was then called back to Ohio to serve, pastoring Colorado Ave. Baptist Church in Dayton, and then Broadview Baptist Church in Cleveland. He then served for 24 years on the state staff of the Ohio Baptist Convention, as an area minister and overseeing Ohio's two campgrounds. He had a deep and personal Christian faith, and his wise counsel was sought out by many, even up to the last few months of his life.

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