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191st Annual Gathering 2017 Report


The 191st Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio was held October 3rd and 4th, 2017. All events will took place at the Crowne Plaza, Columbus North. The Gathering is highlighted and celebrated the Region's 2017 Ministry Theme, "Transformed by the Journey" from Luke 24:32.

It was a wonderful time to join together. Events included our Celebrating  ABC/Ohio Region Ministries Luncheon, Celebrating  International Ministries Dinner and Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones closed the Gathering with an inspirational message at our All-Convention Luncheon.

Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois and our mission speakers were Emerson and Ivy Wu, American Baptist International Missionaries. 

See a few scenes from a wonderful week:

Rev. Fred McKnight Passes

Rev. Frederick "Fred" McKnight formerly of Plain City passed away in his sleep on October 2, 2017. Fred served many ABC-Ohio churches during his ministry and served from 1969 thru 1979 as the resident manager of Camp Kirkwood.

Fred was born June 19, 1922 in Transfer, Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He was ordained to ministry at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY in 1954. He served as pastor at Locust Grove Baptist Church, Salem, OH; Big Darby Baptist Church, Plain City, OH; Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Washington CH, OH; Jonah’s Run Baptist Church, Wilmington, OH; Church of the Master, Steuben, OH; and part time at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Willard, OH.

He also served for ten years as site manager in Camp Kirkwood, Wilmington, OH. He retired in 1997. Our prayers are with his children and family.

Rev. Robert Hughes Passes


Rev Robert D. Hughes was an amazing man who invested his love, guidance and encouragement in lots of people. He was the first Dean of the Leadership Academy. His wife Kathleen was a former region president. Please pray for Kathleen and the Hughes family as they grieve his passing.

Robert D. Hughes was born in Bucyrus, Ohio to Hugh T. and Reba (Craner) Hughes.  He graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1945, Denison University in 1950, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954. He preached his first sermon at the age of 14, in his grandfather’s church.  After seminary he pastored churches in Marietta, Painesville, Loudonville, Attica, and Cuyahoga Falls.  

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Longtime American Baptist Churches of Ohio Pastor Finishes His Race

Rev. David Dodridge passed away early on July 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He served his entire life in ministry in American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations. Most recently he served as a Pastoral Care ARM in Northwestern and North Central Associations, encouraging and praying for pastors and their families. 

Dave and his wife, Teresa served the Lord for over 54 years at several churches in Ohio that included, Perry Chapel Baptist Church, Ostrander Baptist Church, Seville First Baptist Church, Newport Baptist Church, Brandon Baptist Church and Clear Fork Baptist Church.  He also served as an interim Pastor at Clark Township Baptist Church and Liberty Concord Baptist Church.  Dave was a member of the Gem and Mineral Club in Akron and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and making jewelry. Please pray for the Dodridge family during this time.