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Self Care/Soul Care Pastors' Retreat June 1-3

The American Baptist Churches of Ohio invites pastors and their spouses to a Self Care/Soul Care Pastors’ Retreat, June 1-3 at Parchment Valley Conference Center, Ripley, West Virginia. Spouses are welcome to participate as well.
Dr. Kristina Gutierrez of Midwest Ministry Development Center will be the retreat program leader. Pastor Benjamin Payne of the First Baptist Church of Seville will lead worship. The retreat will include worship, fellowship, recreation, and learning.
About Parchment Valley…Parchment Valley is the Conference Center of the West Virginia Baptist Convention. It is a beautiful retreat and recreation setting in the hills of West Virginia, with two lakes stocked for fishing, a swimming pool, a 9-hole disc golf course, walking trails, and a gym. Our lodging will include cottages with a common area with small kitchen, back porch with rocking chairs, and hotel-style guest rooms with two double beds and private bath rooms. Meals will be served in the main lodge. 
Thanks to a grant from the Palmer Trust/American Baptist Foundation, the cost of the retreat will be minimal. Due to a limited number of guest rooms at the conference center, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please complete and return the registration form included as soon as possible.  

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Regional Minister Candidates Sought

The American Baptist Churches of Ohio is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Regional Minister in each of our four regions. A potential candidate should possess the gifts, skills, and experiences necessary to serve effectively and creatively alongside an energetic staff team and among churches and leaders navigating increased cultural and ministry challenges in their region.

This is a part-time ministry position requiring 15-20 hours weekly.

For more information including qualifications and job descriptions for each Regional Minister, read more...

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We Remember Rev. Kenneth Lew Damon

Rev. Kenneth Lew Damon, born June 4th, 1957, to Sara Crabb Damon and Jack Almon Damon, passed away on Good Friday, April 15, 2022. He was a pastor at First Baptist Church of Bucyrus, Ohio for 10 years and the pastor of Shroyer Road Baptist Church for 25 years before retiring in January of 2020.

Ken received his Bachelor of Science in psychology and religion from Mount Union University (13 time football national champions!) and his Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Seminary.  

He was winner of the Harry Manning award from American Baptist Churches for distinguished service. He was a lifelong learner and an avid reader. He had a perfectly-timed sense of humor. He had a zest for life, playing with electronic helicopters and nerf guns up until the day he passed. He LOVED food. He maintained a beautiful garden with his wife and kept a yard full of beautiful birds. He was a music buff, with an eclectic playlist for every occasion. He had a passion for social justice and fighting for those whose voices are often unheard. His empathy was palpable in every interaction. 

Most of all, he was devoted to serving God through loving every person he came across. He was a man of patience and authenticity, loving his family and humanity without limitations or judgment. Humility and humor remain his legacy through the thousands of souls he impacted. To have known him was to have glimpsed God’s love. He will be deeply missed and remembered with the purest gratitude.

Ken is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jennifer, his sisters Amy and Janice, his daughter Julia, his sons Kyle and Joel, his daughter-in-law Nicole, his grandchildren, Jack, Skyler, Anemone, and his granddog Molly. Please keep the Damon family in your prayers.

Celebrating the life and ministry of Kenneth Edsel Peterson

Kenneth Edsel Peterson, 96 of Delaware entered Eternal Life early Monday morning, March 14, 2022 at his residence. Kenneth had a long history of work in American Baptist Churches both here in Ohio and across the country.

Born May 30, 1925 to his parents Ebert Russell & Jessie Hazel (Simmon) Peterson on their farm in Rock Island County, Il. Ken graduated from High School in Rock Island, Il in1943. Called to the Army Air Corp during WWII, he became a tail gunner on a B17 stationed in England flying 20 missions over Europe, and discharged in 1945.

After returning home he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, where he graduated in 1949. He married Genevieve E. Mac Neill on August 21, 1949 and they located in Rochester NY where he graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1952.

Ken’s pastoral duties were with the First Baptist Church in Morris Illinois, a period of time as a staff member in the Youth Department of American Baptist Churches USA encouraging young people all over the country to develop their leadership skills in service to others, Memorial Baptist Church in Dayton Ohio, First Baptist Church Lexington, Massachusetts, and Cherry Hill Baptist Church Dearborn Heights, Michigan. 

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