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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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Nominees Sought for ABC Ohio Region Board Treasurer

Nominees are currently being sought for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Region Board Treasurer.

Job Description (volunteer):

  • The Treasurer is an active participant of the Executive Committee which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Past President and Executive Minister.
  • Oversees all revenues, expenses and communicates this information to the Board on a quarterly basis.
  • In cooperation with the ABC Ohio Staff as well as the Budget and Finance Committee, the Treasurer works to create the Budget Draft and present it to the Board for approval.
  • In cooperation with the Senior Accountant, the Treasurer develops and presents the Annual Budget and an over view of the financial health of ABC Ohio at the Annual Gathering.
  • Ensures development and Board review of sound fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Acts as an official signer on the ABC Ohio bank account and works with Executive Minister and Senior Accountant on large monetary distributions.
  • Oversees any financial agreements in consultation with the Finance Committee.
  • Participates in revenue generation activities including cultivation and stewardship.
  • Serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • In cooperation with the Board Officers and Senior Accountant, accepts responsibility for filing annual tax forms as required by the State or the IRS.
  • Provides a full financial report to the Board annually.
  • Ensure the protection of funds from any potential misuse by any other members of the committee.
  • Participate in the Annual Auditing Process
  • Works with the Executive Minister to Plan and ensure adherence to the pre-determined financial budget for the year.

Please forward possible nominees to Rev. Mark Click.

New ARMs Introduced

ABC Ohio introduces two new ABC Ohio Associate Regional Ministers (ARMs). Rev. Clay Self serves the Clinton Baptist Association and Rev. Dr. Jason Hentschel of the Miami Baptist Association.

Rev. Dr. Jason Hentschel


Rev. Dr. Jason Hentschel

Rev. Dr. Jason Hentschel in addition to serving as the Senior Pastor at the Wyoming Baptist Church in Cincinnati serves as the ABC Ohio Associate Regional Minister (ARM) for the Miami Baptist Association.

Jason will be making regular contacts with association pastors, organizing regular Clergy Fellowship meetings (as the pandemic allows), and supporting the work of the association.

The focus of his ARM ministry will be that of pastoral care and support. He will be working closely with Region Staff and other ARMs serving throughout the Region.

Rev. Dr. Jason A. Hentschel is Senior Pastor at Wyoming Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and (occasionally) Adjunct Professor of Theology at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. When not preaching, teaching, or writing, he’s creating LEGO masterpieces with his two kids, Emma and Marty, watching murder mysteries with his wife, Sara, or fly fishing in the middle of a river somewhere. Social media frightens him, so he’s sworn it off and would rather grab coffee or lunch anyway.

Rev. Clay Self


Rev. Clay Self and his wife Kacy

Rev. Clay Self is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Hillsboro and will serve the Clinton Baptist Association. In his own words:

"My conversion to Christ happened when I was a youth at Ashland Ave Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio at an Ohio Baptist Youth Convention held at First Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio. After that I served two terms on the Ohio Baptist Youth State Board. Between high school and college, I worked at Judson Hills Baptist Camp in Loudonville, Ohio. 

While attending Eastern College (now Eastern University) I pursued many ministry opportunities including prison ministry, developing and initiating a campus wide small group ministry, serving as an assistant to the campus chaplain and occasional pulpit supply to nearby churches. 

After earning a psychology degree with an emphasis in youth I was blessed with the opportunity to serve under my mentor/pastor at the First Baptist Church in Des Moines, IA.From there I attended and graduated from Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City before accepting a call to First Baptist Church or Urbana, IL. 

After seven years there my family packed up and moved to the Seattle, WA area where I served a church for fourteen years before taking a two year break from pastoring by swinging a hammer as a lead carpenter for a remodeling company in the Seattle area. While serving the Seattle area church I was part of one of the region’s first Leadership Learning Communities designed to support pastors serving in the local church. That allowed me to participate and help lead several churches in assessment and beyond processes.

By the way, being a carpenter not only made me a literal follower of Jesus, was a great way to heal and find out how to better connect my faith in Jesus to people who didn’t value the church the way I do.
In September of 2018 I accepted the call of First Baptist Church of Hillsboro, Ohio. My first experience in southern Ohio and smaller town ministry. An adventure I continue to enjoy! 

In early 2021 after many pandemic and other delays I robbed the Seattle area of its greatest beauty, Kacy (now!) Self. Her faith in Jesus and actualization of grace amazes me every day. Our blended family consist of three adult children, my son who is a mechanical engineer, my daughter who just started law school and Kacy’s son who will happily sell you a Honda vehicle. Added to that is her son who lives with us and is in sixth grade, a Cockatiel (I rescued about 20 years ago), and a Netherland Dwarf rabbit.

I am looking forward helping pastors and churches connect, challenge and care for each other in mission focused healthy ways. I desire and need that and firmly believe I am not alone."

THANK YOU!

Thank you for your support of the mission and ministry of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio as we seek to “Equip the People of God to Impact the World for Christ.”

New Christian Education Wing Approved for FBC South Zanesville

On February 14,  2021, First Baptist Church of South Zanesville (David Nuhfer, Interim Pastor) voted unanimously to approve the addition of a Christian Education wing to the church’s facility. This came after a process of more than a year of formal and informal conversations within the leadership and church membership about the benefits of more space for classes, meetings, gatherings and childcare. The addition will include a new nursery and 4 classrooms, all of which will be equipped with audio/visual equipment and computers. Work started on March 3 (a month earlier than projected) with a “Groundbroken Ceremony” on March 14.

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