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

Pastor Ken Kinner Passes Away

A man of the deepest faith, Kenneth W. "Pastor Ken" Kinner’s strength was again renewed and he will never again grow weary as he went to be in the presence of the Lord Friday morning, January 7, 2011 following a brief illness.  With a love for the Lord, Ken was an active member in several American Baptist churches, including First Baptist Church of Fredericktown, First Baptist Church of Mount Gilead, and Trinity Baptist Church in Marion.  After completing lay pastor training through the American Baptist Churches of Ohio, he pastored Auburn Baptist Church, officiated his daughter Jennifer’s wedding, was licensed to preach, became an ordained minister, and most recently pastored the First Baptist Church of Bucyrus.  Please be in prayer for all those who have been touched by the life of Pastor Ken but most of all, his family in their time of grief.

Unique Manger Scene

First Baptist Church of Girard, Rev. Sarah Jay - Pastor, opted to create a rather unique “Manger Scene” for this past Advent Season.  The sign reflects ‘There Shall be Peace on Earth, and the Lion shall lie down with the Lamb.’  What a beautiful picture, as reflected in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 11.  


ABC Ohio Loses Longtime Supporter and Past President

Milton Walker Bennett, Jr. left this world for his eternal home on December 13, 2010. Milton is known for his service to his Lord and his community. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo for 67 years and served as Past President of the Executive Council in addition to spearheading numerous building programs and boards. He was a past President of the Ohio Baptist Convention, past Treasurer of the ABC/USA and a past Trustee of Judson College, Elgin, IL. Milton leaves a legacy of love and devotion to his Lord, his family and his friends. He will always be remembered for his ideals and his unwavering standards. His lessons in life will live on in the hearts and through the actions of his family.

First Baptist Ashtabula Celebrates 185 Years

First Baptist Church of Ashtabula (Rev. Douglas Wright, Pastor) celebrated her 185th Anniversary with several special events over the weekend of June 19th & 20th. The church was organized on January 5, 1825 with thirty-nine members. These members came out of the First Baptist Church of Kingsville. Events included a dinner and special program on Saturday evening. The evening service was highlighted with several musical selections presented by the First Baptist Choir along with the Choir from the Peoples Missionary Baptist Church (see picture on the right). There were also numerous testimonies from members of the church.

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Beulah Baptist Celebrates First VBS in 43 Years!

It was 1967, two years before Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon,  when the last Vacation Bible School was held at the Beulah Baptist Church in Proctorville (Lawrence Association).  A lot has happened in those 43 years, there were many struggles and many times when a faithful few would gather for worship, but they continued to pray and persevere.  In the past two years a transformation has occurred.  Guests started coming to Beulah and they stayed.  Dr. Kevin Bloomfield, who was supply preaching for a couple of years was called as pastor and he and others will say that it is all in God's timing - the church was ready for transformation.  People continue to come and they are working, praying and studying together and reaching out into the community.  God is at work at Beulah Baptist!

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