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
Emerson and Ivy Wu will be in Ohio from the end of March through April 23, 2018.
Speaker opportunities with the Wu's are available for our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.
Please contact Leslie Hoskinson at 740.587.0804 or Carol Kirn if you would like to schedule a speaking opportunity with the Wu's.
The Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu serve as the directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry.
The Speakers' Spotlight focuses on those speakers who might be of interest to our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.
Reverend C. Roland Marcus entered the Life Eternal on February 19, 2018. Rev. Marcus was a devoted servant of God. He began his ministry at Columbia Baptist church in Cincinnati. He also served Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church for 31 years, First Baptist Church in Middletown for six years and other congregations in an interim capacity for many years.
Rev. Marcus was an avid lover of music, drama and literature. He was a talented singer, pianist and writer and he employed all these gifts in his ministry. He published articles on the faith, directed and performed music for worship, and wrote and directed dramas.
Rev. Marcus loved his grandchildren passionately and was intensely proud of the three of them. Even as his body failed him, he made every effort to support their activities and did so with enthusiasm. Roland lived his life with a strong desire to have a purpose. He considered his purpose to be service to others. Even as he was dying, this was his concern. It is devoutly hoped that he was aware that his life’s example fulfilled this purpose. Please keep the family of Rev. C. Roland Marcus in your prayers!
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.
ATTENTION: Jack Cobb is the American Baptist Men (ABMen) USA Diaster Relief Coordinator. He has issued a National Call to Lake Charles, Louisiana for all ABMen to respond to the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Logistical arrangements necessary for volunteers to respond have been finalized. ABMen will be on site the weeks of September 24, October 1, October 8, October 29, November 5, November 12, December 31, 2017 and January 6 to 20, 2018 to help coordinate work.
It is assumed that after assessing the degree of need that additional teams will be required. In the event the work in Lake Charles is completed, work will move to another location. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Jack Cobb with the number of men and women on your team and what days the team will work. Individual volunteers are also needed.
There are showers on the premises. Food & cooking has been arranged. The group will staying at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (Hope Complex) 1401 Moeling Street Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.
Contact: Jack Cobb, American Baptist Men-USA Disaster Relief Coordinator; (304) 757-8081 & (304) 206-8462.
“We Are American Baptist Churches of Ohio – Our Heritage & Mission,” was produced to provide a reminder of our rich heritage, mission, and covenant. The question for our congregations, leaders and pastors is: “What does it mean for you and your congregation to be a member of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio?”