American Baptist Churches of Ohio remembrances.

Rev. Robert C “Bob” Guldenschuh, Jr. Passes


Rev. Robert C “Bob” Guldenschuh, Jr., 70, of Erie, PA passed away unexpectedly Friday February 9, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa.  Born July 18, 1953 in Binghamton, New York, he was the son of Rev Robert and Marlene Ann (White) Guldenschuh, Sr.

Rev Guldenschuh received his Masters Degree from  Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA. 

He was the current Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Conneaut, previously serving at Wayne Park Baptist Church, Whitesboro Baptist Church, and with Springfield Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, leatherworking, creative problem solving, and historical reenactments which included hand sewing time period accurate outfits.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. Robert C. Guldenschuh, Sr. and Marlene Ann Guldenschuh, wife Susan, whom he married June 2,1973, children, Johannes Guldenschuh and daughter in law, Jenna Colby of Swissvale, PA, Heather Guldenschuh, Jenifer Burrows both of Erie, PA; grandchildren, Hunter and Angela Guldenschuh, Lori Berger, Mark, Melanie, and Bobby Burrows;  brothers, Kenny (Donna) Gulden of Shepherdstown, WV, Billy (Michelle) Gulden of Union, NJ, sisters, Vickie (Cindy) Vescio of Lutz, FL, Linda (Geoffrey) Stamp of Indian Trail, NC, Sandra (Michael) Berrier of Eden, NC and Nancy (Bill) Schierloh of Elmira Heights, NY; brother in laws, Bob (Lou) Gathany of Decatur, IL and Bill (Bonnie) Gathany of Huntsville, AL; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Please keep the Guldenschuh family in your prayers.

Pastor Jeff “Hutch” Hubschman Goes to be with his Lord and Savior


Pastor Jeff “Hutch” Hubschman, age 63, of Mount Gilead, went on to be with his Lord and Savior on May 4, 2023. Jeff pastored Bryn Zion Baptist Church in Mount Gilead. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family, following a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. 

In 2011 Jeff was asked to fill in for a few weeks at Bryn Zion Baptist and it wasn’t long after that he became the church’s full-time minister. There was something about Jeff that made you want to listen when he spoke. He believed in people and educating them to be and do their best. In addition to speaking from the pulpit, Jeff utilized his gift as a speaker for Gideons International, where he was a former President of the Morrow County camp. He was a speaker for Heartbeat of Morrow County, and later began serving on their board. He also served on the board of West Central Community Correctional Facility in Marysville, as a representative of Morrow County.

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Reverend M. Douglass Willey Passes


The Rev. M. Douglass Willey passed away on December 21, 2022. He pastored churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California, along with being the interim pastor for several churches in the Indianapolis area. He served the Lord faithfully for over 50 years. 

Rev. Willey, 90, passed at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis, Indiana. Doug Willey was born on June 27, 1932 in Bangor, ME to Marvin J. Willey and Doris Spencer. Douglass graduated from Eastern College and Seminary and earned a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate. 

Douglass married Rosemarie Moore on September 3rd, 1955 in Woodbine, NJ. The couple had 3 children. He was best known for his love of God and love of family.

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Rev. Calvin "Chuck" Ferrell, Jr. Called Home to the Lord

Reverend Calvin “Chuck” Ferrell, Jr. of Waverly WV, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022. He pastored two churches, Gravel Hill, Fly OH and Pine Grove Baptist, Parkersburg WV. Please keep the Ferrell family in your prayers. 

Born in Bedford, OH on October 3, 1947. He was the son of the late Rev. Calvin and Imogene Ferrell.

He graduated Clear Creek Baptist College and Eastern Theological Seminary before pastoring Gravel Hill and Pine Grove. In retirement he served many local churches as pulpit supply. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or listening ear to those in need.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Connie Newell Ferrell; one son Steve (Becky) Ferrell; one granddaughter Emily Ferrell; bonus grandchildren Courtney (Seth) Miller, Katie (Josh) Radabaugh; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Pat Monroe, Sandra Lamb, Carol Wise, Cindy Knopp; and several nieces and nephews.

Please keep the Ferrell family in your prayers.

Reverend Dr. Otha Gilyard Enters His Eternal Home


Reverend Dr. Otha Gilyard of Shiloh Baptist Church in Columbus has passed away. On December 1, 1993, Dr. Gilyard formally became the Pastor-Elect of Shiloh Baptist Church in Columbus. He was proud to have served two years as President of the Board of Ohio Council of Churches and served as past President of the Board. 

Dr. Gilyard was born on a farm to Caldonia Gilyard Moore in Brickeys, Arkansas. He was raised by his grandparents, Robert and Della Gilyard. Otha attended the public schools and graduated from A.M.P. Strong High School in Marianna, Arkansas. After graduation, he attended college briefly before enlisting in the Army and serving in Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

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