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Dorothy Lane Baptist Celebrates 50 Years

The Reverend Dr. Mary Jane Leech and the members of the Dorothy Lane Baptist Church, Kettering (Dayton Area Baptist Association) celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, February 15, 2009.  The day featured a special worship service with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Lawrence Swain, followed by a banquet and program. The church was founded by the First Baptist Church of Dayton in 1959.

Pictured above is (L to R) former Pastor Roland Marcus, Lawrence Swain, Pastor Mary Jane Leech and daughter Emma Leech, Wayne Paulsen, and Mark Click.


Rev. Rachel Lee Passes

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of our sister and colleague in ministry - Rev. Rachel Lee.  Rachel died suddenly of a stroke on Tuesday morning, December 30.  Rachel served the American Baptist Churches faithfully for many years, most recently as the co-interim pastor with husband Alvin of the First Baptist Church of Middletown and as the ABC/Ohio Minister of Congregational Development for the southwest area.

She leaves behind her husband Alvin, a son and daughter, several grandchildren, and many friends.  We’re grieved because of our loss, but her “home going” makes the kingdom of heaven an even richer place.  Please keep Alvin and their family in your prayers as they deal with this sudden loss.  Rachel will be deeply missed by all. 

Visitation was held on Friday evening, January 2 with the funeral on Saturday morning, January 3 at First Baptist Church, 4500 Riverview Ave., Middletown, Ohio  45042.

Lockborne Road Baptist Church Dedicates Remodeled Sanctuary

Lockborne Road Baptist Church dedicated it’s newly remodeled sanctuary on Sunday, December 14, 2008 during the Sunday morning service. Rev. Phil Whitfield is pastor of the church.

Rev. Phil Whitfield

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Board of Regional Ministries for 2009

It was a great opportunity for the representatives around the state to meet members of the Board of Regional Ministries for 2009.  On October 16, 2008 at the 183rd Annual Gathering, several of the new members of the Board were presented to those gathered in the Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Columbus.

Those present who were elected to the Board of Regional Ministries for 2009 - Rev. Matt Thomas, First Baptist Warren, At-Large member; Rev. Gary Boggs, First Baptist Tipp City, Treasurer; Beverly Keyse, First Baptist Painesville, Secretary; Rev. Patty Bilyeu, First Baptist Marietta, President; Rev. Joe Seese, First Baptist Zanesville, At-Large member; and at the lectern, Rev. Tim Mohon, Grand Prairie Baptist Church, Past-President.