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Longtime American Baptist Churches of Ohio Pastor Finishes His Race

Rev. David Dodridge passed away early on July 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He served his entire life in ministry in American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations. Most recently he served as a Pastoral Care ARM in Northwestern and North Central Associations, encouraging and praying for pastors and their families. 

Dave and his wife, Teresa served the Lord for over 54 years at several churches in Ohio that included, Perry Chapel Baptist Church, Ostrander Baptist Church, Seville First Baptist Church, Newport Baptist Church, Brandon Baptist Church and Clear Fork Baptist Church.  He also served as an interim Pastor at Clark Township Baptist Church and Liberty Concord Baptist Church.  Dave was a member of the Gem and Mineral Club in Akron and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and making jewelry. Please pray for the Dodridge family during this time.

Consuming Fire Music Festival August 19

American Baptist Youth of Ohio are invited to attend the FREE Consuming Fire Music Festival on August 19 beginning at 4 PM. This is a one day outdoor music festival (rain or shine) hosted by First Baptist Newark, Ohio. It is a FREE concert event located on Newark's twelve acre campus. On site tent camping will be available for groups who want to stay over on Saturday night, (water and electricity available). Area hotels are available in Newark and Heath. 

On Sunday morning, First Baptist Newark will host a special American Baptist Youth Ohio Worship Service with Justin Mumper (from Lima FBC) as our speaker. All ABC youth are invited to participate in the service (prayer, skits, musicians, singers, etc.), please contact Pastor Jim Addy at First Baptist Newark if interested in participating (read more for contact details). 

Make plans now to attend this free event! Download a flyer by clicking here and SPREAD THE WORD!

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Mission Discovery Tour to Costa Rica Opportunity

Costa Rica Partnership Liaison John Grisham of the Great Rivers Region invites you to be part of a mission discovery tour October 30 to November 7. The Discovery visit is 9 days and 8 nights. The cost is $2,000 (airfare included).

Here are the  tentative plans according to John:
• We will visit past and prospective partnership churches, including Spanish and English speaking.
• We will be hosted by the Baptist  Federation for Lunch and  an introduction to the work of the Federation.
• We will travel in the San Jose  Central Valley and  to the Atlantic Coast.
• We will meet  Missionaries Sue Hegarty, Ruth Mooney and Sarah and Peter McCurdy.
• We will have opportunities for conversation and worship as well as travel and R&R.
• There will be opportunity to participate in BWA Baptist Women’s Day of Prayer and in Ministers monthly fellowship meeting.
• We will have conversation about partnership projects in 2018.

A deposit of $750 along with registration will be due in early August. To find out more, contact John directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth and Family Ministry Position Available

Bethel Baptist Church in Springfield Ohio seeks a Youth Ministry Director to guide the Student Ministries and develop Family Ministries.   This position in responsible for leading and providing direction and vision for both students and fostering families at Bethel Baptist. Read more for additional job description information. Interested parties may contact Rev. Scott A. Fetter, 6425 New Carlisle Pike, Springfield, OH 45504 (937) 206-6986  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Used Book Depository Ministry Ended

The Used Book Depository which was a ministry of Montgomery Community Church has ended effective June 30, 2017. From this point forward, they will no longer be able to accept book or bible donations. The American Baptist Churches of Ohio will no longer be able to accept book donations. However, Leslie Hoskinson will continue to accept BIBLES and Bibles only. Thank you for your understanding and your support of this ministry through the years!