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2017 National Shine the Light Awarded to Three ABC Ohio Women

Ms. Maria Averhart, Ms. Helen Hawthorne and Ms. Valerie Moore of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio will receive the 2017 Shine the Light Award from American Baptist Women's Ministries. The award is presented to outstanding light-bearers for Christ in mission and ministry. A time of special recognition takes place during Women's Day, on Friday, June 30 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Shine the Light Award was created in 2011 by the American Baptist Women's Ministries national board with the goal of recognizing Amercan Baptist women who have made outstanding strides in sharing the Gospel.  The  ABWM National Board is pleased to present this  award to Ms. Averhard, Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Moore who have heeded the call to "let [their] light shine before others, so that [all] may see [their] good works and give glory to [their] Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5:16). Continue reading to find out more about our ABC Ohio women who will receive this special award...

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Former ABC Ohio Staff Member Charlene Winston-Puryear Passes Away

Charlene Winston-Puryear, 72, of Newark Ohio, died peacefully on April 18, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia while visiting her sister. She was a graduate with High Honors from Central Ohio Technical College. She was a staff member with ABC Ohio where she worked for 20 years before retiring. She was a deaconess at Shiloh Baptist church where she was a member for over fifty years. She served on a variety of ministries but she loved working on the Esther J Noble Scholarship program and singing in the choir. She was a loving wife and an amazingly devoted mother. Her passion in life was taking care of others. Cards of condolences may be sent to the ABC Ohio office where we will make certain the family receives them.

ABY/Dare2Share Youth Conference 2016

The American Baptist Churches of Ohio is once again partnered with Dare 2 Share Ministries for our annual American Baptist Youth Conference at the Dayton Convention Center. This will be our eighth and final year partnering with Greg Stier and Dare 2 Share Ministries for an amazing time of sharing and celebration. Thousands of students (grades 7-12) participate in this conference each year.

Please REGISTER your group for the AFTER PARTY and let us know that you’ll be staying with us at the Drury Inn and mail it to ABC/OHIO, 136 N. Galway Drive, Granville, OH 43023. Include the following information:  Church Name, Street Address, City, Zip, Leader’s Name and Number In Your Group. For more information, call (740) 587-0804.

New ARMs for the Miami Baptist Association

ABC/OHIO continues the mission of “Building Healthy Churches that will Impact the world for Christ.” One significant part of our strategy is the partnership of the Associate Regional Ministers (ARMs) for Pastoral Care. The ministry of ABC/OHIO Pastoral Care ARMs is one of providing pastoral care and support to local pastors through regular monthly contacts, prayer, and encouragement. Effective January 2016 we have added two ARMs to assist the Miami Baptist Association.
The Rev. Charles Russell will become the ABC/OHIO Pastoral Care ARM for the Miami Baptist Association effective January 2016. Rev. Russell and his wife Kathie have been serving the Immanuel at Lakewood Baptist Church of Cincinnati for over ten years. Prior to serving as pastor of Immanuel at Lakewood, he has served as youth pastor, pastor and as a Christian school supervisor. He has faithfully served in ministry for 44 years. He attended the Cumberland & Bryan Colleges and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a pastor, husband, father, grandfather, friend and partner in ministry.
The Rev. Christopher Osterbrock will join us as a new ABC/OHIO ARM for Student Ministries/Young Adults. Chris graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 2013. At CCU he obtained a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Old Testament Studies. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister on October of 2013. He’s the pastor of youth and young adults at Mt. Washington Baptist Church of Cincinnati. He and his wife Emily have lived in Anderson, Ohio for five years. They have a newborn daughter. He has a passion for youth and young adults. Chris states, “As an Associate Regional Minister my desire is to unite others who have such a passion. Any difference we can make will only be made greater when we make it together in the name of Christ. The author of Ecclesiastes writes, ‘A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”’
Please join our ABC Ohio Region welcoming Rev. Russell and Rev. Osterbrock to the ABC/OHIO ministry team.

The McCurdy's Commissioned as Missionaries

Peter and Sarah McCurdy of Madison, Ohio, were commissioned to serve as American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries in the Dominican Republic and Cuba on November 15, 2015. The couple's four children, ages 6 to 14, will be serving with them. Peter will also travel to Cuba at regular intervals to work with the leaders of Baptist groups in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. The commissioning service was held at the First Baptist Church of Painesville, Ohio., where Peter served as senior pastor for seven years, beginning in 2007. During a portion of that time, Sarah, a French teacher, was on the adjunct faculty at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. Words of encouragement for Peter and Sarah may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. READ MORE HERE!