The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Executive Minister Dr. Ernest Jones Receives Award

Our own executive minister of ABC Ohio Dr. Ernest Jones has received the McKee Bible Encouragement Award. This is a presentation to an individual who in the past year has experienced difficulties in their ministry work and/or personal lives. It is given as a form of encouragement and uplifting by fellow McKeeites. It is tradition that an African American Study Bible is given and signed by planning team as a part of the award. The McKee Bible Encouragement Award is one of the William T. McKee Memorial Consultation Awards presented to deserving members. Congratulations to Dr. Jones and we continue to pray for him and his leadership daily!

Ministerial License Received

Congratulations to Vickie McKinney on receiving her ministerial license from First Baptist Church of Mt. Gilead. We look forward to seeing how God uses her for His ministry in the future!

Third Baptist Church Youngstown Celebrates 140 Years

The weekend of October 18, 2014 marked 140 years of ministry at Third Baptist Church in Youngstown. The congregation, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Morris W. Lee, DD, is the oldest African American Baptist congregation in the city, having been organized in 1874.
The occasion was celebrated with a gathering of about 100 descendants of the founder of the church, Rev. Pleasant Tucker. Rev. Tucker and his wife, Eliza Jane, arrived in Youngstown while blacks were leaving the South after the Civil War, hoping to carve out a better life after the end of slavery.

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Rev. Heath Jenkins Installed

Rev. Heath Jenkins was installed as the pastor of the Vinton Baptist Church on September 21, 2014. Dr. Larry Swain delivered the installation message and Rev. Mark Click delivered the installation prayer. The congregation concluded the celebration with a meal and fellowship.

2017 National Shine the Light Awarded to Three ABC Ohio Women

Ms. Maria Averhart, Ms. Helen Hawthorne and Ms. Valerie Moore of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio will receive the 2017 Shine the Light Award from American Baptist Women's Ministries. The award is presented to outstanding light-bearers for Christ in mission and ministry. A time of special recognition takes place during Women's Day, on Friday, June 30 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Shine the Light Award was created in 2011 by the American Baptist Women's Ministries national board with the goal of recognizing Amercan Baptist women who have made outstanding strides in sharing the Gospel.  The  ABWM National Board is pleased to present this  award to Ms. Averhard, Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Moore who have heeded the call to "let [their] light shine before others, so that [all] may see [their] good works and give glory to [their] Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5:16). Continue reading to find out more about our ABC Ohio women who will receive this special award...

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