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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.

View the Multi-Region Webinar with Tod Bolsinger


We are inviting pastors and church leaders to view the Multi-Region Webinar with author Tod Bolsinger from  Thursday, November 18, 2021. Tod unpacks his book “Canoeing the Mountains” to give vision to how we can be adaptive leaders in times of change. This was a FREE webinar sponsored by ABC Ohio and ABC partner regions. The recording of the webinar can be found by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools.

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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