American Baptist Churches of Ohio remembrances.

Pastor David Fowls Passes into Heaven's Arms


Pastor David Blaine Fowls, 69, passed away Dec. 9, 2020 at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville.

He was born July 13, 1951 in Mt. Vernon to the late Kenneth Blaine and Shirley A. (Lupher) Fowls. He has been the Pastor at Perry Chapel Baptist Church since November of 1979 to the present.  He received his education from the University of Montana and took courses through Moody Bible Institute and Southern Baptist Seminary Extension. He was a professional songwriter in Nashville in the early 1970's and a rural mail carrier in Mt. Vernon for 16 years (1982-1998).

Dave was an avid big game hunter and has several trophy mounts to show for it. His main interests were history (especially the Civil War), baseball and Jesus.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judy (Dunn) Fowls of Warsaw, whom he married July 21, 1979; two daughters, Erin (Adam) Stone of Dresden and Jenna Fowls of Warsaw.

Please keep the Fowls family in your prayers.

Jacqueline Cecere Goes Home to be with the Lord


Jacqueline Dean (Smith) Cecere went home to be with her Lord on December 8, 2020 at the age of 64. Jackie's husband of 45 years is Rev. Jim Cecere, pastor of St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church of Hamilton.

Jackie's heart for serving others as the hands and feet of Christ spanned from her hometown of Hamilton, Ohio to a mission field in Africa. She was called “mama” by many and her love, compassion, and no bake cookies will forever remain unparalleled.

Please keep the Cecere family in your prayers during this time.

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.

Rev. Philip Lee Kachersky Joins the Heavenly Angels

Philip Lee Kachersky, a Minister with an open heart and an open mind, spent his life in exploration of what makes us all human. He passed away on April 22, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 62.  
 
Philip spent his life in ministry both inside and outside of his churches. He was born July 30, 1957 in Ashtabula, Ohio the son of Charles and Carole Kachersky. He was ordained as an American Baptist Minister on July 16, 1989 after receiving his degree from Eastern Baptist Theological School in Philadelphia (now Palmer Theological Seminary). He was Pastor at First Baptist Church in Girard, and later at First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Ohio. He had a Funeral Director’s license and was able to comfort so many going through the loss of a loved one. And he was a friend, confidant and sounding board to so many. 
 
He adored his wife, Erin. After marrying on February 13, 1993, they were inseparable. They traveled, watched movies, and learned to cook so many different cuisines in so many different methods, always inviting friends to share in the experience. They even took up embroidery. Together, they taught us learning is a life-long process.  
 
Philip was an intellectual living in the real world - always open to new ideas – even if those ideas were challenging to beliefs he had held throughout his life. He was always interested, always inquisitive, and he loved to debate with his friends. His interests were fabulously varied. He loved gadgets and computers and cars and all forms of expression. He was a big man who loved to talk about religion, and technology and its impact on humanity, all while carefully rolling homemade sushi with his friends. He loved to cook and swap recipes, both as a challenge to his abilities, and as an expression of gratitude for community and friendship. He was a minister in every sense of the word, constantly working to make our community better.
 
Philip is survived by his wife, Erin (née McClurkin), his mother and father of Niles, his brothers, Patrick (of Golden, Colorado) and Paul (of Hubbard, Ohio), and his nieces and nephews, Jerimiah, Natasha, Naomi, and Zackery, Michael, Christina and Charles. 
 
Philip was loved and he will be greatly missed. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this time as they are unable to schedule a celebration of life at this time due to the current COVID-19 crisis. They hope to have a memorial in the coming months when friends and family are again allowed to gather. 

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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