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Rev. Tim Chesser Retires

The Rev. Tim Chesser retires from First Baptist Church, Delaware on May 18, 2014. American Baptist Churches of Ohio wishes to thank Rev. Chesser for his service and wish him and his wife Kathy a wonderful retirement!
Tim served in churches in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma before coming to First Baptist, Delaware in 2001. While in Delaware he performed sixteen weddings (including both his sons), thirty-two funerals, and ushered three people through ordinations (Karen Stoner, Robert Russell and Sam Chesser). He served on the Pastoral Relations Committee and Scholarship Committee of the Marion Association of American Baptist Churches, and has been active in the Delaware Ministerial Association.
He and Kathryn have two sons — Donald, who lives in Delaware, and Sam who lives in Norwich, Connecticut. The Chessers plan to remain in Delaware during retirement. Again, ABC Ohio wishes the Chesser family the best in retirement! May God's blessings fall abundantly for a true servant of God!

Miami Baptist Association Ministers Council Meets

The Miami Baptist Association Ministers Council met April 8 at Mt. Washington Baptist Church for lunch and a presentation on End of Life Care by Rita McClure.  Rita is a graduate of the ABC/Ohio Leadership Academy and an experienced Bereavement Counselor.  She currently serves as Pastoral Intern at Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church in Kettering.
While we were together we celebrated the ministry of Dianne Steelman who is retiring after more than 25 years of service in our Association.  The Pastor of Linwood and Columbia Baptist Churches, Rev. Steelman along with her husband Jim received many warm  tributes from their ministry colleagues at the lunch. 
The twenty ministers council participants who gathered for fellowship that day were blessed by a surprise visit from missionary, Rev. Kit Ripley!

Toledo Area American Baptists Hold Annual Picnic

The Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) was blessed to have favorable weather for the TAABA Annual Picnic bringing together churches from across Northwest Ohio. TAABA was blessed to welcome Rev. Jane Gibbons. Enjoy a video of the day's events!

Former ABC Ohio Staff Member Charlene Winston-Puryear Passes Away

Charlene Winston-Puryear, 72, of Newark Ohio, died peacefully on April 18, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia while visiting her sister. She was a graduate with High Honors from Central Ohio Technical College. She was a staff member with ABC Ohio where she worked for 20 years before retiring. She was a deaconess at Shiloh Baptist church where she was a member for over fifty years. She served on a variety of ministries but she loved working on the Esther J Noble Scholarship program and singing in the choir. She was a loving wife and an amazingly devoted mother. Her passion in life was taking care of others. Cards of condolences may be sent to the ABC Ohio office where we will make certain the family receives them.

ABC Ohio Celebrates the Ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser

Members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Delaware, the Marion Baptist Association, and the wider Christian family gathered to celebrate the ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser to the ministry.  The First Baptist Church of Delaware is pastored by the Rev. Tim Chesser, who is also Sam's father.  As a seminary student Sam served as pastor of the West Mansfield Baptist Church.  Sam and his wife leave this week to Connecticut where he will begin his first pastorate as an ordained American Baptist minister. 

Read more: ABC Ohio Celebrates the Ordination of Rev. Sam Chesser