American Baptist Churches of Ohio News from our regions around the state.

Rev. Milton Trice III Joins the Heavenly Angels

Milton Trice III, beloved pastor of Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Cincinnati, passed away on November 20, 2020 after a recent illness.  Milton served as Associate Pastor at WHBC for several years before accepting the call as Senior Pastor in February of this year.

A native of Madisonville, a Cincinnati suburb, Milton graduated in 1972 from Withrow High School, after which he worked a variety of jobs, including many years as an over-the-road truck driver.  He became active in the Cincinnati non-profit community too, volunteering with organizations like the first Million Man March on Washington, DC, the Walnut Hills Anti-drug Coalition, and other groups, some of which met at the church.

Initially hired as the church custodian, Milton’s natural leadership qualities, love for the Lord, and hunger for God’s Word, made him an active member of Walnut Hills Baptist.  This eventually led to his call as Associate Pastor by the congregation.  He loved to reach out to the church neighborhood through food, cooking and coordinating many free meals from the church basement, including popular fish fries.  He also enjoyed delivering bologna-and-cheese sandwiches, which had been prepared by the church, to the homeless population in the area. 

Milton received a degree in Christian Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University in 2015.  He was also a graduate of the ABC-Ohio Leadership Academy, and at the time of his death was employed as a Peer Specialist by Talbert House, a Cincinnati non-profit that offers integrated care for addictions, community care, community corrections, housing and mental health. 

Milton was well-recognized in the Cincinnati area as a “street chaplain” as well, who worked to curtail neighborhood violence.  In addition, he was a guest speaker at many community-wide meetings and seminars focused on the problems encountered by those who live in an urban and inner-city setting.

He was proceeded in death by his daughter, and he is survived by his granddaughter as well as many friends and family members.

United Theological Seminary Honors Rev. Dr. Keith Troy

United Theological Seminary is honoring the 2020 Alumni/ae Awards recipients virtually this year. One of the winners is Rev. Dr. Keith Troy, a graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program. Dr. Troy has been recognized with the Effective Ministry Award for his service as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, since October 1983. Watch to learn more about Rev. Troy and his inspiring story HERE on Facebook Watch.

Rev. Alvin Ray Cox Goes to His Eternal Home with the Lord


Rev. Alvin Ray Cox, 74, of Delaware, Ohio, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his family to his eternal home with the Lord and Savior on Friday, September 18, after a valiant battle with cancer the past 6 years. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Alvin was born at home on May 31, 1946 to the late Paul and Blanche (King) Cox, in Gilmer County, West Virginia. He was number 4 of their 8 children. He grew up on a farm and the story of him preaching to the cows as a young child was told over and over to his family. Alvin served as a member of the West Virginia Army Reserves.

He married Beverly (Shaver) on June 22, 1968 and they celebrated 52 years together. In their love, they had three children, DeeDee, Jeff & Jeremy. They added 5 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Alvin was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.

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Pastor James W. Allison Passes

Pastor James W. Allison, 89, of New Lexington, Ohio died on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Genesis Hospital, Zanesville, Ohio. Born June 13, 1931 in Somerset, Kentucky to the late Clyde Lee and Iva Anderson Allison. He graduated from St. Mary's High School; Rio Grande College; and Northern Baptist Seminary. He served as Pastor of Baptist Churches for 50 years; enjoyed carpentry, repairing broken things and yard sales. 

Pastor Allison is survived by his wife of 67 years, Wilda M. Dicke Allison; daughter, Patricia (Dean) Barnes, sons, Bruce (Kathy) Allison and Neal (Karen) Allison; grandchildren, Beth (Troy) Pingle, Tyrus Barnes, Kyle (Sarah) Barnes, Vanessa Allison, Joshua Allison and Anna Allison; great grandchildren, Evan, Trey, Avery and Audrey; brothers, John Allison and Richard Allison. In addition to his parents, preceded in death by brothers, Robert, Donald, Harold and Edward; sister, Darlene; granddaughter, Laura Maye Allison. Please keep the Allison family in your prayers.

Sophia Stephenson Joins the Angels

The American Baptist Churches of Ohio extends Christian Sympathy to the family of Sophia Stephenson, who passed away on July 24, and to the First Baptist Church of Delaware.  Mrs. Stephenson was the wife of the late Dr. James “Steve” Stephenson, who served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Delaware from 1947 to 1987.  A memorial service is planned for a later date, and an obituary is not yet available, but the family would like to share this sad news with the ABC Ohio community.  Please join in prayers for the Stephenson family.