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ABC Ohio Leadership Conference March 15 & 16, 2019

Join us for our ABC Ohio Leadership Conference March 15-16, 2019. Our Conference Leader is Dr. David Sanders of Judson University with the theme "Reaching the Next Generation."

Dr. Sanders will lead us through teaching and discussion on how to reach the generation called the "Screeners." 

Dr. Sanders has been involved with church and parachurch youth ministry for more than thirty years, including his work with Young Life. He is a Professor of Christian Ministries at Judson University focusing on youth ministry and adolescent studies classes as well as spiritual formation and intercultural missions.

Since 2013, Dr. Sanders has also directed a partnership project between the American Bible Society and MCYM with a web-based engagement tool called He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Church Alliance.

Dr. Sanders and his wife Debbie have two daughters, Becca and Raine. He enjoys traveling, remodeling his 100 year old home, and most recently raising chickens, honey bees and gardening.

Biennial Mission Summit June 21-23, 2019

The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit will be held at Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 21-23, 2019. Join us for the "Summit by the Sea"! Sign up now to receive updates as they are released:

Mission Summit 2019 will have multiple highlights, including: the Mission Summit Conversations, dynamic speakers, luncheon events held by American Baptist International Ministries, American Baptist Home Mission Societies, and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, and more!

The Biennial Summit will feature an all new ABCUSA Biennial Academy. Academy Tracks offering continuing education and spiritual growth opportunities for both clergy and lay leaders will include: Social Media, Technology and Ministry, 21st Century Options for Church Planting and Renewal, Transition Ministries Training, Bible Studies and more.

Bring the whole family! Virginia Beach is a top family-friendly destination. VBS-style classes will be offered for elementary school ages along with an all new youth track for middle and high school students. Day care will also be available.

Additional events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates. In recent years, this has included: events for Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors, American Baptist Women's Day, mission opportunities, events for Ministers, ABCUSA caucus meetings, an ABCUSA Theologians Conference, continuing education events, and even an opportunity to visit local attractions!
Additional events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates - check the schedule to make sure you don't miss out. 

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.