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New Salem Baptist Church Ordains Four Ministers

Congratulations to the New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus. New Salem ordained four of their ministers on Sunday, June 30, 2019 following a day-long Ordination Council of Columbus Baptist Association churches. We celebrate the newly ordained ministers Landon Adams, Monica Lowe, TaNikka Sheppard and Merlyn Ruffin. Each candidate passed their examination and we celebrate all that God has done! Dr. Keith Troy is Pastor of New Salem Baptist Church. Dr. Otha Gilyard chairs the Columbus Baptist Association's Pastoral Relations Committee. Rev. Cyrus Broughton is Association President.

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Seeking Senior Pastor

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church  (428 E Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43215) is prayerfully seeking a Senior Pastor.  Mt. Olivet is a predominately African-American congregation located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The 112-year-old church as over forty ministries designed to reach the lost and serve the people of the community. There has been consistent leadership with only two men serving as Senior Pastor since 1946. The church is served by 11 associate ministers and an operational staff of 10. There is a membership of over 1000.

ABC OHIO has agreed to be the receiving organization for all applications for the position of pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church. If you or someone you know has an interest in this position, we ask that you download and read the "Directions for Application" document below.


Applications (Resume and Letter of Intent) must be submitted no later than August 23, 2019 via email, fax or US mail to:

Rev. Jane Gibbons, Executive Minister for Program and Ministry Development
American Baptist Churches of Ohio
136 North Galway Drive
Granville, OH 43023

jgibbons (@)

Fax: 740-587-0807 

193rd Annual Gathering October 8 & 9

The 193rd  Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 8th and 9th, 2019. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE).

Please note that there are no one day registrations. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning.

We will live stream several events throughout the Gathering. Our live stream will be available on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to receive updates and tune in anytime during the Annual Gathering!


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“so the next generation might know them ~ even the children not yet born ~ and they in turn will teach their own children.  So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands” ~ Psalm 78:6-7\

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Rev. Dr. Samuel Young Goes to be with the Lord

Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Young, 81, of Millbury, Ohio passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. He was born on June 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California to Charles and Juanita Young.  Sam served two enlistments in the U.S. Army, one in Germany and also one with the 82nd Airborne based out of Fort Bragg, NC. Besides playing piano in the Airborne band, he played bag pipes and enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music.

Sam loved to spread the word of God and worked in church ministry his whole life. He was ordained as a minister in 1968 and served at various churches in Ohio, Kansas and even in Germany.His ministry led him to work as a Sheriff’s Chaplain and with Drug and Alcohol Education Services. 

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Ruth Visser-Young; children, Allison (Greg) Pfister, Kyrstyn Young, Rachael (Lou) Solone, Matthew (Katy) Simons and Aaron (Chrissy) Simons; grandchildren, Hunter, Abigail, Gabriella, Jeremiah, Jackson and Evelyn; brothers, Leonard Casas and Charles Young and many nieces and nephews. Please pray for Rev. Young's family during this time.