A Regional Mission Body ● The American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC/OHIO) is one of 34 American Baptist Regions in the United States. This Region is comprised of approximately 260 congregations, 20% of which are ethnic minority, including African American, Hispanic American, Japanese American, Romanian, and Burmese. ABC/Ohio congregations are also diverse in location, size, and ministry focus. Since its establishment in 1826 as the Ohio Baptist Convention, the Region has addressed mission needs both within Ohio and beyond. The Region office is centrally located in Granville, Ohio. Mission Statement: The American Baptist Churches of Ohio is an expression of the Body of Christ in this world, called to provide a network of resources, support, and fellowship, and to enable member congregations to implement shared ministries in faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our Mission and Vision ● Our ministry mission is to “Rise Up and Build Healthy Congregations that Impact the World for Christ.” Every ministry is designed to strengthen the local church or meet the needs of people beyond the local church context through shared ministries.
The Board ● The Board of Regional Ministries 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.
The Staff ● The Executive Minister for ABC/OHIO is responsible for implementing the policies of the Region, managing its fiscal resources, overseeing all staff, and serving as representative of the Region. Other members of the team include three Regional Ministers and a Director of Core Services. Staff priorities include congregational development consulting and coaching, providing pastoral care to pastors and their families, offering crisis counseling to pastors and congregations, assisting congregational search committees, offering conflict management advice and care, celebrating key moments with congregations, promoting shared mission, reviewing resources, and providing training.
ARMS ● Associate Regional Ministers are volunteers who provide specialty ministry leadership in key areas of ABC/Ohio’s ministries, including pastoral care, youth ministries, and other ministries. ARMS extend the ministry effectiveness of ABC/Ohio and support the Regional Ministers in their various ministries.
Committees ● Board members, staff, and other volunteers also carry out ministry through service on various committees and task forces in the Region. Current committees include the Finance Committee, Personnel Committee and the State Advisory Committee on Ordination.