The Board of Regional Ministries of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio is comprised of twenty people including five officers who are elected by delegates to the ABC Ohio Annual Gathering in October. The Board of Regional Ministries is responsible for establishing the overall policies and fiscal guidelines for the Region in accordance with its mission statement to “Equipping the people of God to impact the world for Christ”.

The Region Board meets in February, May, September, and November each year.  Board members, staff, and other volunteers carry out our ministry through service on various committees.  Current committees at work are the State Advisory Committee on Ordination (SACO), and Nominating Committee.  

The Baptist Foundation, Inc. (BFI), which holds all real property of the region, is also served by the same board members.   BFI meets as needed in February, May, and September with an annual meeting held each November.

The Board of Regional Ministries voted in 2015 to begin posting the approved minutes of each meeting online to better inform our ABC of Ohio constituency of the efforts of the board on their behalf.  Attachments to the minutes will not be online but are available at our Region office in Granville.

Pastors, church leaders, laity are all invited to complete a Leadership Pool Nomination Form if interested in serving on the Region Board or if you know someone who you would like to nominate to serve (with the nominee's permission, of course).

We ask for your prayers for each Region Board member as together they seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in providing governance for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.  Pray for the committees as they assist the Region in accomplishing various goals.

Please pray also for each Region Staff person as he/she so faithfully provides service and support to the churches, pastors, and ministries of this Region.

2024 ABC Ohio Board and Offices

2024 ABC of Ohio Region Board Members

Landon Adams
Dan Clemens
Mark Click
Steve Cope
David Daniels
Greta Davis
Celeste Didlick-Davis
Rick Dostal
Mark Eaton
Amy Fallon
Adam Farnsworth
Jeni Gerber
Kevin Hairston
Jason Hentschel
Gary Ingle
Scotty Robertson
Andrew Shields
Jeremy Spence
Susan Stotts
Eric Swenson
Kevin Thomas
Floria Washington
James Willis, Sr.
John Young

ABC of Ohio Executive Staff

Mark Click, Executive Minister
Mark Eaton, Southeast Regional Minister
Kevin Hairston, Southwest Regional Minister
Kevin Thomas, Northeast Regional Minister
James Willis, Sr., Northwest Regional Minister

ABC of Ohio Support Staff

Leslie Hoskinson, Core Service Administrator
Amanda Lloyd, Sr. Accountant

Executive Committee

Mark Click, Executive Minister
Rick Dostal, Past President
Jeremy Spence, President
Amy Fallon, Vice-President
David Daniels, Secretary
John Young, Treasurer

Finance Committee

Mark Click, Executive Minister
Rick Dostal, Past President
Jeremy Spence, President
John Young, Treasurer
Amanda Lloyd, Sr. Accountant

Baptist Foundation, Inc.

Mark Click
Rick Dostal, Past President
Jeremy Spence. President
Amy Fallon, Vice President
David Daniels, Secretary
John Young, Treasurer

Ohio Lay Academy

Seth Fallon, Dean

American Baptist Women’s Ministry

Susan Stotts, President

American Baptist Men’s Ministry

Marvin Haught

Ohio Baptist Education Society

Chris Thomas

Nominating Committee
    
Tom Walter
Andrew Shields
Mia Hairston
Paula Duncan
Roger Alber
Syretta Bates
Mark Click, Ex. Officio

State Advisory Committee on Ordination (SACO)

Peggy Burke
Ruby Radford
Bernard Buxton
Rick Dostal
Jill Smith
Ed Peirce
Christopher Davis
Chris Thomas
Kevin Thomas, Staff

February 16-17, 2024 - Board of Regional Ministries Retreat Minutes

Minutes of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio
Board of Regional Ministries Retreat
Drury Inn – Dublin, Ohio
Friday & Saturday – February 16-17, 2024
“UNITED IN CHRIST – ROOTED IN LOVE”
John 13:34-35

Beginning Friday evening following dinner at the Drury Inn the evening focused on LOVE AS IDENTITY IN CHRIST. The attendance of each person on the board is verified with the Attendance Sheet that was initialed and is secured at the region office. However, the following were in attendance according to these minutes: 

Rev. Mark Click, Rev. Dr. Scotty Robertson, Rev. Steve Cope, Rev. Dr. Dan Clemens, Dr. Celeste Didlick-Davis, Mr. Rick Dostal, Rev. Adam Farnsworth, Mrs. Jeni Gerber, Rev. Dr. Jason Hentschel, Rev. Marshall Kimball, Rev. Andrew Shields, Mrs. Susan Stotts, Mrs. Floria Washington, Rev. John Young, Rev. Mark Eaton, Rev. Dr. Kevin Hairston, Rev. Kevin Thomas, Rev. Dr. James Willis, Sr., Rev, Gary Ingle, Mr. David Daniels.

In the temporary absence of President, Rev. Jeremy Spence due to weather, the Welcome & Opening Prayer was given by Mr. Rick Dostal, Past President.

An additional welcome and beginning Devotion from John 13:34-35 was the basis of the framework for this  the theme for 2024. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” He was advising that bad things are going to happen but you need to stand together and love each other. Nothing else matters, you need to love one another. The world is watching how we behave, how we love each other. He then moved to Revelation 2:5 Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from you”. II Chronicles 7-14 “If my people…” is to the “People of God” not to the country. He then referenced John 15:7-8 We need to remain in Christ and keep his words in us. II Corinthians 3:3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on the tablets of stone… the thread of this whole thought and history is a ‘heart issue’ and a desire to go our own way. This is supported by Galatians 5:22-24,”But the fruit of the Spirit is Love….”  Each of these validates the need to be “United in Christ and Rooted in LOVE”. Let Christ’s love trickle down through us and to those we come in contact with. 

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