The 195th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held on October 12-13, 2021. We will again meet at the Crowne Plaza – Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE).
“Discovering New Life: Transforming Paths to Ministry” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Matthew 9:16-17.
This year’s “Gathering” will be two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be three meal functions, the cost of which will be included in the Registration Fee. The three meal functions will be a Tuesday luncheon – Celebrating ABC/Ohio Region Ministries, a Tuesday dinner – Celebrating International Ministries, and a Wednesday All-Convention luncheon. Also included in the cost of registration is a continental breakfast on Wednesday morning. Please note, there will be no one-day registration. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s luncheon will feature the Ohio Baptist Education Society. Our speaker will be Rev. Christopher Thomas and officers of OBES. Emerson & Ivy Wu American Baptist Missionaries in Asia will be our quest presenters at the Mission Banquet. Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons, our Executive Ministers, will be the luncheon speakers on Wednesday.
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17
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.
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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.
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.
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.