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ABC Ohio Leadership Conference April 23 & 24, 2021

Join us for the ABC/Ohio Leadership Conference April 23-24, 2021. It is a conference for pastors, staff, leadership and congregation members. Join us as we discuss creating a culture of intergenerational ministries.

The event will take place over two days with a hybrid of in-person and virtual participation. Our Saturday hybrid event will take place at the First Baptist Church of Newark (1000 Granville Rd., Newark, OH 43055). ABC/Ohio is pleased to welcome Dr. Holly Allen as our conference leader.

This is a conference for Pastors, Church Leadership and Members creating a culture of ministry partnership!

Through teaching and discussion, Dr. Allen will help pastors, children's ministry leaders, senior adult ministry leaders, teachers, other church leaders and parents learn practical ways to implement intergenerational ministry in ABC Ohio Congregations



Two-day attendance is encouraged for our pastors while Saturday attendance benefits leadership teams. All church members are encouraged to attend Saturday's conference!

Safety precautions will be taken in response to COVID-19. Masks will be required at all times, except when eating. We will be maintaining safe social distancing in conference rooms and dining space.

Read more: ABC Ohio Leadership Conference April 23 & 24, 2021

Register Today for the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit

Register today for the VIRTUAL American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit.

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Register during the month of March to receive an early registration discount:

Early 3/1/2021–3/31/2021 | Delegate: $100 | Participant/Household of Two: $100
Regular 4/1/2021–6/24/2021 | Delegate: $125 | Participant/Household of Two: $125

The 2021 Biennial Mission Summit will feature scheduled programming on each of the three event days, Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26, 2021. A sampling of event offerings include: eight workshops on unique topics, opportunities to join together with American Baptist Caucuses, a selection of Mission Summit Conversations, a comedy presentation, and three evening worship sessions designed to bring together one body of American Baptists as we Imagine Unity, Imagine Healing, Imagine Hope.

Plan now to come together with other American Baptists, where you will have access to numerous online resources and recorded workshops through our On-Demand Library. All registrants will have access to the Library for 90 days after the event! In addition, each of the evening worship sessions, along with eight live workshop sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoons, will be recorded and available for viewing for 90 days.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact directly with American Baptist exhibitors and friends in the Virtual Attendee Hub (presented through our partnership with Cvent). Everything is virtual – there is no need to travel!

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.

Read more: New Christian Education Wing Approved for FBC South Zanesville

Rev. Dr. John A. Sundquist enters Fully into the Presence of His Lord

Rev. Dr. John A. Sundquist, who served as Executive Director of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) from 1989 until 2003, entered fully into the presence of his Lord on Sunday, February 21, from his beloved home at Bethany Beach (in Sawyer, Michigan), at the age of 84. International Ministries joins with his family, friends, disciples, and colleagues all around the globe in giving thanks to God for his life of dedicated service to the cause of Christ.