The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.
Greetings American Baptist Churches of Ohio,
We pray that all is well with each of you and your families. We have just finished a two-day ABC/OHIO Board Retreat, which was held in Dublin Ohio on February 9th and 10th, 2018. This was a first-time experience for the Region, as we just finished celebrating the life of our Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones on February 3rd, 2018. Though untimely, God, in His Infinite Wisdom called Dr. Jones from labor to reward. With heavy hearts we were still able to meet as a Region and make future plans for the Region to go forward. We are still requesting your continued prayers for Denise and the children as they begin the healing process.
In the passing of Dr. Jones, it is important that we as a Region continue to move forward with the progress and ground work that has been laid before us. The Theme that Dr. Jones presented to us in 2017 was “Transformed by The Journey,” from Luke 24:32, and the new theme for this year is “Discovering God's Plan,” from Jeremiah 29:11-13, which our Regional Ministers placed before us.
With all of that information at hand, in order for the Region to continue in the direction that's needed, we are pleased to announce that retired Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, will serve as Interim Executive Minister, effective immediately. Dr. Swain will be present at the office 2 days a week through April of 2018, after which the time may increase at the Board's request.
We are Blessed to have Dr. Swain agree to come back on board, in as much as he already has the experience. We ask that you continue in the spirit of love and cooperation, which you have shown over the years. We thank you in advance for the love you have shown in making progress in the Region, and your continued dedication, as we continue “Building Healthy Churches that Impact the World for Christ.”
Yours in Christ,
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr
American Baptist Churches of Ohio Region Board President
Dear ABC Ohio;
It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the death of our Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones.
Please continue to keep Denise, Candace, Adam and the entire family in prayer during this difficult time.
When funeral arrangements are available we will share them with you.
Rev. James H. Willis, Sr.
President, American Baptist Churches of Ohio
Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones made history as the first African-American Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio. He was born on October 24, 1961 in Detroit, MI.
Dr. Jones gave his life to Christ as an adolescent, and by the age of 12 was a licensed preacher. For over 40 years, he devoted his life to the Gospel ministry. His pastor, Rev. Dr. Perkins, says at the age of 16 he seemed like a 40 year old in his maturity, wisdom and faith. He was a bridge builder for God.
He earned a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA in 1989. In 1994, Dr. Jones became the first African American to assume an executive level position with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. In 1998, Dr. Jones was called to serve as the Pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016 he became the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.
For those desiring to show their love for Denise not only through prayer but with a love gift please send to Leslie Hoskinson at the Regional Office.
In lieu of flowers you may give to ABC of Ohio or to the James Cancer Hospital in memory of Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones.
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.
The Used Book Depository which was a ministry of Montgomery Community Church has ended effective June 30, 2017. From this point forward, they will no longer be able to accept book or bible donations. The American Baptist Churches of Ohio will no longer be able to accept book donations. However, Leslie Hoskinson will continue to accept BIBLES and Bibles only. Thank you for your understanding and your support of this ministry through the years!
Ruth V. Sinsabaugh passed away Friday, June 16th, after a short illness. She was born September 22, 1918 to Sarah (Sadie) Giffen Van Winkle and Charles D. Van Winkle in Eden Township. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Eden Township and attended a one-room school there in her early years. She went on to Utica High School and graduated in 1936. Ruth and her husband Franklin B. Sinsabaugh were married and set up housekeeping in Granville in 1938. After her children finished school she became employed as a secretary at the Ohio Baptist Convention (OBC) in Granville for many years; American Baptist Churches of Ohio in Granville has succeeded the OBC.
She is survived by her son Don F. Sinsabaugh of New York City; granddaughters Elana Sinsabaugh of New York City; and Annie F. Sinsabaugh Pick of Cambridge, MA. Her dearest friend and sister-in-law Carol Van Winkle of St. Louisville also survives her. Preceding her in death were her daughter Verna Jean, husband Franklin Blaine and son Van Frederick.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family at the Central Christian Church in Newark.