American Baptist Churches of Ohio remembrances.

Pastor Emeritus Roberson Passes

LCDR Ronald Lee Roberson CHC USN (Ret.), age 82, of Mount Gilead, died Saturday afternoon, November 21, 2009.  Ronald was Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist, Mt. Gilead and very well known in our region.  Ronald was born in New Albany, Indiana on April 1, 1927.  He was a graduate of Campbellsville High School in Kentucky, Georgetown (Baptist) College in Kentucky, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was ordained into the ministry at Campbellsville Baptist Church, his home church on Wednesday, May 11, 1949, and he was one of the first ministers to go out from his home church.

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Edna Delores Pincham Passes

Edna Delores Pincham, died of cancer Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Hospice of the Valley.

Edna was born in Quitman, Ga., on Sept. 4, 1936, the daughter of Deacon Will Miller and Effie Jackson Miller.

Edna married Houston Howard Pincham, a Korean War veteran and steel worker, on June 1, 1957, at the church where they met and courted, Third Baptist Church of Youngstown. Together, they served actively in many capacities in the church.

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Rev. Rachel Lee Passes

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of our sister and colleague in ministry - Rev. Rachel Lee.  Rachel died suddenly of a stroke on Tuesday morning, December 30.  Rachel served the American Baptist Churches faithfully for many years, most recently as the co-interim pastor with husband Alvin of the First Baptist Church of Middletown and as the ABC/Ohio Minister of Congregational Development for the southwest area.

She leaves behind her husband Alvin, a son and daughter, several grandchildren, and many friends.  We’re grieved because of our loss, but her “home going” makes the kingdom of heaven an even richer place.  Please keep Alvin and their family in your prayers as they deal with this sudden loss.  Rachel will be deeply missed by all. 

Visitation was held on Friday evening, January 2 with the funeral on Saturday morning, January 3 at First Baptist Church, 4500 Riverview Ave., Middletown, Ohio  45042.

Former Ohio Baptist Convention President Passes

Anna Jane Massie, age 94, of St. Paris, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 18, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She worked as the secretary at the First Baptist Church St. Paris. She was also president of Ohio Baptist Convention (OBC), served with her husband Francis on the Board of Trustees of OBC and served on several sub-committees. Anna Jane was President and Secretary of American Baptist Women Western Association and served as chairman of White Cross OBC. On the 50th anniversary year she traveled all over Ohio and went to many churches speaking and promoting White Cross. Anna Jane served on every board and committee at First Baptist Church St. Paris and sang in the choir. She also taught a Bible Study Group for St. Paris senior citizens.