American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.
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!
Linda Brutto passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Alliance, OH. Linda served for 25 years on the staff of Neighborhood Ministries in Youngstown. She had been a member of the ABC/Ohio Board of Regional Ministries in past years and faithfully served in the Trumbull Baptist Association and in her own church, First Baptist Church of Alliance.
Three members of Columbus Baptist Association Churches were recently recognized as recipients of ‘The Living Faith Award’ presented to individuals of exemplary faith and the influence of faith within their vocation and larger community. The awards are presented by the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council, whose mission is ‘to encourage one another in mission, build relationships among Christians, create a forum for Christian witness in the community, and work with others in a common mission.’
It is with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of Dr. Elliott James Mason. He went to his eternal rest during the morning of March 23, 2010. In 1944, Dr. Mason was called to serve as pastor of Third Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Reverend Elliott James Mason was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1922. At the age of 16, he received the minister's license to preach from the First Free Mission Baptist Church. Rev. Mason entered Dillard University in the fall of 1938 and graduated four years later Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, as the valedictorian of his class.
On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the Porterfield Baptist Church issued a Certificate of License to Gospel Ministry to Howard Stephens. Howard is a third year student in the ABC-Ohio Leadership Academy and is the worship team leader for the 11 AM service. He has been teaching at Porterfield and has done some supply preaching. Mark Eaton serves Porterfield Baptist (Marietta Association) as pastor and is a member of the ABC-Ohio Board of Regional Ministries.
Pictured are Pastor Mark Eaton, Howard Stephens, Howard's mother - Bernadine Stephens, and Polly Stephens - Howard's wife.