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Toledo American Baptists Celebrate the Licensing Of Jose S. Abodij

The Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) is excited to announce the official licensing of Jose S. Abodij at Good Shepherd Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor) in Toledo.  The licensing took place on Friday July 20, 2012 at 6 PM. Pastor James Willis and Pastor Truett Fogle were in attendance along with fourteen other church members who celebrated this wonderful event!  TAABA continues the work we are called to by nurturing new pastors, churches and leaders in the communities we serve.  We are building for the future with God as our guide!

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!

Rev. Jim Kelsey Accepts Call as Executive Minister of ABC-NYS

The  Rev. Dr. James Kelsey, American Baptist International Ministries (IM)  missionary in Italy, has been called as the executive minister of American Baptist Churches of New York State  (ABC-NYS). This announcement was made by the Region Board on Wednesday, July 11. Kelsey will begin serving in this position on August 16, 2012.

Jim’s wife Debbie, also an ordained American Baptist minister, will continue to serve as a missionary with IM.  “We are in conversation with the European Baptist Federation and Italian Baptists about the scope of her ministry,” commented Charles Jones, IM area director for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Debbie is currently on U.S./Puerto Rico assignment.

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ABC Ohio Welcomes New Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Ernest H Jones

It is official! After ten months of diligently seeking God’s leading, the Executive Minister Search Committee, chaired by the Rev. Dr. Marva Hughes of Dayton, recommended a candidate to the Region Board at their November 7, 2015, meeting. After meeting with the candidate, the Board voted unanimously to extend a call to the Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones of Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Jones has officially accepted our call and will begin his service with ABC/Ohio on January 1, 2016, succeeding Dr. Larry Swain who will be retiring on December 31, 2015. Please join us in praise and thanksgiving to our Lord for His abiding presence with our Search Committee during their time of discerning His will for ABC/Ohio. We ask for your prayers and support for Dr. and Mrs. Jones as we welcome them in 2016 to help us continue our mission of Building Healthy Churches that Impact the World for Christ. A formal installation service will be planned for Dr. Jones in the Spring of 2016.

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Rev. Mary Miller Called to New Ministry

Rev. Mary Miller has been called to serve as the new Associate Executive Minister of Mid- American Baptist Churches. Rev. Miller has 23 years of experience as an American Baptist pastor, serving congregations in urban and rural settings.  In addition to pastoral ministry, Rev. Miller has served as Coordinator of the Conflict Management Network for ABC of Ohio and has been on the faculty of their Lay Pastor Training Program, teaching conflict management and ethics. While serving in Indiana, Rev. Miller was a Field Education Supervisor for Christian Theological Seminary.

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