Dear Partner in Ministry:
The 191st Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held on October 3 – 4, 2017. We will again meet at the Crowne Plaza – Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229.
“Transformed by the Journey” is the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering based on Luke 24:32.
This year’s ′Gathering′ will again be only two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Our Keynote Speaker is the Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Theological Seminary. He will speak at the Tuesday evening worship service.
There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon led by Rev. Mark Eaton, currently in his 18th year as the Lead Pastor of Porterfield Baptist Church in Southeast Ohio.
Our other Bible Study will be held on Wednesday morning led by Rev. Dr. Kevin S. Hairston. Dr. Kevin S. Hairston is the Pastor of Living Word Bible Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio.
We encourage each ABC/Ohio church to send delegates to our Annual Gathering. In accordance with the ABC/Ohio Constitution…′The voting delegates at meetings of the Region shall consist of (a) All officially recognized professional church leaders registered at the Region’s main office; (b) delegates from cooperating churches on the basis of two delegates in addition to the recognized professional church leaders from each church plus one delegate for each one hundred residents or fraction thereof above the first one hundred reported in its last annual church report form – December 31, 2016; and (3) all members of the Board.′ (Article ׀׀׀, Section 3)
I look forward to our time together in October.
Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones
Please let Pastor Karen know if you would like more information on the Annual Gathering.