Dear Friends,

We appreciate the outpouring of love and concern for the Swain Family and for our staff since the announcement of the unexpected passing of Dr. Larry Swain last weekend. We want to share with you the schedule for his memorial service. 

The celebration of Dr. Swain’s life will take place at the First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH, on Saturday, September 28.

10 a.m. Visitation with Mrs. Linda Swain and family
11:30 a.m. Memorial Service
A luncheon at the church, for the family and all guests, will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, Linda Swain has asked that memorial contributions be made to the ABC Ohio Executive Minister’s Emergency Fund, a mercy fund for pastors experiencing financial need. This is in keeping with Dr. Swain’s love for pastors and determination to help them in times of need or crisis. Checks may be made to ABC Ohio, with Emergency Fund-Swain noted in the memo.

Many of you have also asked if you might express your love and care to Linda Swain in this difficult time. You are welcome to send cards to Linda in care of ABC Ohio, 136 North Galway Drive, Granville, OH 43023. 

We join with the region board to invite you to give a Love Offering for Linda. Checks may be written to Linda Swain and sent to the ABC Ohio office at the address above. We will be sure she receives all cards and gifts sent to our office.

As the American Baptist Churches of Ohio family, we join together to pray for each other and support one another in difficult times. We commit ourselves to pray for you as you grieve this loss, and we are grateful for your prayers for the Swain family and our staff. We encourage you to share this announcement with your congregations, retired pastors in your area, and others who may be waiting for this news.

In Christ,

Rev. Mark Click
Rev. Jane Gibbons
Executive Ministers