196th Annual Gathering October 11 & 12


We are pleased to share the news that we anticipate gathering in person with you again this year for the 2022 American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering. The Gathering will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 & 12, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North (6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, OH 43229).

We are excited to have a full schedule of program events along with exhibits, personnel from various ABC Ohio-related organizations and of course, meals together around the table! Everything will also be available via livestream for those unable to travel or not prepared to join a large group.

Our 2022 theme is "Creating Community in a Polarized World". This year's keynote speaker will be Rev. Sharon Koh, CEO/Executive Director of International Ministries with ABC-USA.

We will spend time together each day in worship led by Pastor Benjamin Payne and the Praise Team of First Baptist Church of Seville. Our Bible studies will be led by ABC Ohio pastors from around the state. 

Tuesday night will include the graduation ceremony for the Ohio Leadership Academy. We will also hear from American Baptist missionaries serving through the Board of International Ministries. In addition, we will hear ministry updates from those serving here at home in Ohio. 

Please mark the date on your calendar. Registration materials and more details will be available soon!

2020 Annual Gathering Live Stream


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The 2020 Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio was held Tuesday, October 6 from    1:00-4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North.  Just as many of our schools and colleges used a hybrid model (both in person and online) to begin the schoolyear, we  planned the Annual Gathering so that people throughout our ABC Ohio family could choose to gather either in person or electronically.  

The program includes an address by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA and a time of worship led by Pastor Benjamin Payne of the First Baptist Church of Seville.  Rev. Dr. Ken Atchison, President of ABC Ohio will present his Presidential Address.  We will also hear virtual greetings from some in the broader American Baptist family.  As is required by our constitution, there is a brief business meeting.

WATCH THE ENTIRE LIVE STREAM HERE:     

2018 All Convention Wednesday Luncheon with Rev. Dr. Larry Swain

Our Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Larry Swain leads us in our closing All Convention Wednesday Luncheon. Dr. Swain's message was his "final address" as Executive Minister as he passes the baton to our new Executive Ministers: Rev. Mark Click, Executive Minister of Administration and Denominational Relationship and Rev. Jane Gibbons, Executive Minister of Ministry Programming and ARMs Expansion. This was all a part of “Discovering God’s Plan”, our theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.

2018 Annual Gathering Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Rev. Ruby Radford presents the Wednesday morning Bible Study for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering. Rev. Radford is the pastor of Cass Road Baptist Church in Maumee, Ohio. “Discovering God’s Plan” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.

2018 Annual Gathering Regional Ministries Luncheon

We had the blessing to hear from Lane Gramling during our Tuesday Regional Ministries Luncheon. Lane serves on the staff of Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati as Student Ministry Director. Lane works with the EPIC Junior High Ministry. He is passionate about equipping students to live Gospel-centered lives. Lane's message to us was "Ministry in the Next Generation." “Discovering God’s Plan” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Jeremiah 29:11-13.