The 190th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 20 to 21, 2015. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229. You are encouraged to make your room reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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The Gathering will highlight and celebrate the Region's 2015 Ministry Theme, "A cord of three strands is not easily broken," from Ecclessiastes 4:12.
Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. James Willis, Sr, Vice President of ABC of Ohio and Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo. Rev. Willis will preach on Tuesday evening at the worship service. There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon and the other on Wednesday morning. This year’s worship leader again is the Rev. Bob Beals, Minister of Worship & Youth at First Baptist Church of Canton. Our missionaries are Bill and Ann Clemmer who are serving in South Sudan.
It is time for new students to register for the Ohio Leadership Academy! The curriculum is a combination of foundational courses and additional courses helping students in the practice of ministry they may do as volunteers or professional church leaders. Courses include such subject matter as Biblical studies, systematic theology, Baptist history, worship, preaching, congregational transformation, leadership, missions, family systems, congregational peacemaking, evangelism, ministry in contemporary culture, pastoral counseling, and pastoral self-care.
This year we are pleased to announce that the Cleveland Baptist Association has joined ABC Ohio in a partnership to sponsor the Academy. Rev. Yvonne Carter, Executive Minister of CBA and Dr. Jeremiah Pryce, a pastor and chair of the CBA Department of Ministry will join the Academy's Leadership Team. Students from any CBA or ABC/Ohio congregation are now welcome to apply for the program.
For more information on the Ohio Leadership Academy including fees, application process and enrollment information: CLICK HERE!