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Reverend Richard David Bausman Has Passed Away

The Reverend Doctor Richard David Bausman, 83, died Friday, April 5th at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey. Doctor Bausman was a native of Dayton, Ohio, and his first pastorate was as an Associate Minister at The First Baptist Church of Greater Dayton on Monument Avenue. Subsequently, he served at Cornell University in Ithaca New York; The United Baptist Church of Lewiston Maine; The First Baptist Church in America in Providence Rhode Island; The First Baptist Church of Port Chester, New York; and The United Christian Center at The Ohio State University. He returned to the same church that he served in Dayton as the Senior Pastor and retired from that position in 2003. Since his retirement he has served his communities in various interim pastorates.

Doctor Bausman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marita D. Bausman, also an Ohio native; his son and daughter-in-law Richard and Jennifer Bausman of Martha’s Vineyard; his daughter and daughter-in-law Margaret Bausman and Veronica Lessa of New York City; and grandchildren Hudson Bausman, Adrian Aristide, Alaina Aristide, and Jessyca Hernandez.

Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth Completes His Earthly Journey


Reverend Dr. Charles Edward Booth, Pastor of The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, went to be with The Lord March 23, 2019 in Columbus, OH. 

Preaching the Gospel was a life calling for Dr. Charles E. Booth. He traveled the world preaching and teaching the Gospel. Education was a very high priority for this pastor, particularly Christian education. He has preached on college, university, and seminary campuses throughout this country.

Dr. Booth earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Howard University and his Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2016 he received the Distinguished Ministry Award from United Theological Seminary.

Dr. Charles E. Booth was an author, publishing his book, Bridging the Breach: Evangelical Thought and Liberation in the African-American Preaching Tradition (Urban Ministries) in 2000. The Prophetic Voice: Words for Today was released in 2011. His most recent publication, released in 2014 – Stronger in my Broken Places; Claiming a Life of Fullness in God.

Dr. Booth was born February 4, 1947 in Baltimore, MD and  he has devoted the past 41 years to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, where he has overseen substantial church growth. In 1993, Dr. Booth founded the Mount Olivet Christian Academy. During Dr. Booth’s tenure, Mt. Olivet raised $2.1 million to build the 100-seat Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel, an administrative wing plus 12 classrooms and expanded the fellowship center along with other facility improvements. Mt. Olivet is now in the planning stages of building an $8 million Family Life Center.

Left to cherish Dr. Booth's memory is his wife Crystal Washington Booth and daughter Kennedy. We pray for their family and friends during this time.

ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer Announces Retirement Plans

In a letter dated March 1, 2019 and presented in person to the ABCUSA Board of General Ministries (BGM) Executive Committee at their meetings in Orlando March 13-15, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer announced his intention to retire from denominational leadership on December 31, 2019. Dr. Spitzer’s letter to the entire ABCUSA family was released March 14, 2019.

“It has been an honor and a joy to have served the ABC family for 4 decades, culminating in my tenure as General Secretary,” said Dr. Spitzer. “I am sharing my intention to retire 10 months ahead of time so that the denomination’s transition to new leadership can be accomplished in a deliberate and unhurried manner, and so that I can focus my energies and attention on the pastoral work that needs to be accomplished during this last phase of my journey as General Secretary. There is much to do!”

Read the entire letter HERE!

Beloved Pastor, Ben Peer, Goes Before Us


Our own Pastor Benjamin Peer, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. He was born to the late Luther and Ruth Peer in Clearport, OH. He was a 1952 graduate of Linden McKinley High School in Columbus and served in the Army from 1956-58 first at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and then in the Chicago area.

Ben served as the North Suburban Chicago Area Director for Hi-C Bible Clubs where he met his first wife Marie. After the Army, he worked locally at Westinghouse, Devonshire Exxon, Columbus Public Schools and Westerville City Schools.

In retirement, he served as a lay pastor at Judson Hills Baptist Camp as well as churches in Reynoldsburg, Zanesville, Troy and Cincinnati. He loved nature, reading, sports and sharing his love of Christ. In addition to his parents, Benjamin is preceded in death by his first wife, Marie, and sisters, Edna and Patricia. Benjamin is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Beth and Susan (Jim); step-children, Kim (Steve), Valerie (Mark), David (Michelle), Mike (Erin), Rick (Lisa); grandchildren, Ben (Ashley), Jess (Zach), Andrea (Shawn), and Jenna; cousin, Wilda Thompson; and numerous other extended family members along with wonderful friends from churches across the state of Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to our missionary friends Alise and Mark Juanes at International Ministries - Global Servant Support  1003 W 9th Ave, Ste A, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210.