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FREE Multi-Region Webinar with Tod Bolsinger November 18


We are inviting pastors and church leaders to join us Thursday, November 18, 2021 (from 11:30-1:30 ET, 10:30-12:30 CT, 9:30-11:30 MT, 8:30-10:30 PT). Author Tod Bolsinger will be unpacking his book “Canoeing the Mountains” to give vision to how we can be adaptive leaders in times of change. This is a FREE webinar sponsored by ABC Ohio and ABC partner regions. This will be a Zoom Meeting at (copy and paste into your browser): https://ministrelife.zoomus/j/3937664223

Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools.

Rev. Paul Robert Edie Moves to His Eternal Home


Rev. Paul Robert Edie moved to his eternal home on October 3, 2021 at the age of 90. He passed peacefully surrounded by loving family.

He was born 20 June, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, in the home of his maternal grandparents. His growing up years were spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his youth, he enjoyed bowling, playing baseball, and softball. He went to college in Haviland, Kansas and York, Nebraska. He received his Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, in Dayton, Ohio in 1957.

Paul married Shirley Loraine Hedges, on 30 June, 1953, in Offerle, Kansas. They celebrated 68 years together.

During Paul's senior year at United Theological Seminary, he had a student position as Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church.  His full-time ministry began in Colorado where he pastored rural congregations of the Evangelical United Brethren Church for three years. He was then called back to Ohio to serve, pastoring Colorado Ave. Baptist Church in Dayton, and then Broadview Baptist Church in Cleveland. He then served for 24 years on the state staff of the Ohio Baptist Convention, as an area minister and overseeing Ohio's two campgrounds. He had a deep and personal Christian faith, and his wise counsel was sought out by many, even up to the last few months of his life.

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Patricia Lee Roberts in the Presence of the Lord


Patricia Lee Roberts' 84-year journey is now complete and she is in the presence of the Lord. Pat is the mother of ABC Ohio Core Services Administrator Leslie Hoskinson. Pat was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord. She was a member of the Linnwood Baptist Church. Serving the Jacksontown community through her employment at the National Trail Country Store brought Pat profound happiness. She enjoyed making homemade deli for over 42 years. The stories our family has heard of her going over and above for many people have been such a blessing to us. She truly patterned selfless giving as the Lord would have us to do.

Pat was the daughter of the late Roscoe D. and Leota (Cook) Womax and was born November 17, 1936. She left this world peacefully for her eternal home Saturday, September 25, 2021 with loved ones by her side.

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Deborah Rush Passes to Eternal Rest in God


Deborah (Debbie) Kay Rush, wife of Pastor David Rush of Fairpark Community Baptist Church in Marion, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

On June 14, 1957, Deborah was born to her late parents Ronald Geckle and Ellen Lee Shaw. She would go onto marry the love of her life Pastor David Rush in 1974 at Grace Baptist Church.

Debbie had a deep connection to her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a member of Fairpark Community Baptist Church where her husband led the congregation. For 20 years she worked as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance. She was a member of Kiwanis International. Deborah loved her family dearly and was known to some as, “Grandmother Extraordinaire (Nana)”. Besides church and family, she had a passion for traveling. Some of her most memorable destinations were Hawaii, Aruba, the Mediterranean, and Israel. She also enjoyed going on cruises. The Grandkids loved her sausage balls at Christmas time.

Debbie is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers; Steven and David Geckle.

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