Please mark your calendars for September 17th which will be our Mission Fair and September 22 for the meeting of the Miami Baptist Trustees on the status of Camp Kirkwood. More information on both of these events to follow. Check here!
ABC/OHIO continues the mission of “Building Healthy Churches that will Impact the world for Christ.” One significant part of our strategy is the partnership of the Associate Regional Ministers (ARMs) for Pastoral Care. The ministry of ABC/OHIO Pastoral Care ARMs is one of providing pastoral care and support to local pastors through regular monthly contacts, prayer, and encouragement. Effective January 2016 ABC/OHIO has added two ARMs to assist our Miami Baptist Association.
The Rev. Charles Russell will become the ABC/OHIO Pastoral Care ARM for the Miami Baptist Association effective January 2016. Rev. Russell and his wife Kathie have been serving the Immanuel at Lakewood Baptist Church of Cincinnati for over ten years. Prior to serving as pastor of Immanuel at Lakewood, he has served as youth pastor, pastor and as a Christian school supervisor. He has faithfully served in ministry for 44 years. He attended the Cumberland & Bryan Colleges and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a pastor, husband, father, grandfather, friend and partner in ministry.
The Rev. Christopher Osterbrock will join us as a new ABC/OHIO ARM for Student Ministries/Young Adults. Chris graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 2013. At CCU he obtained a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Old Testament Studies. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister on October of 2013. He’s the pastor of youth and young adults at Mt. Washington Baptist Church of Cincinnati. He and his wife Emily have lived in Anderson, Ohio for five years. They have a newborn daughter. He has a passion for youth and young adults. Chris states, “As an Associate Regional Minister my desire is to unite others who have such a passion. Any difference we can make will only be made greater when we make it together in the name of Christ. The author of Ecclesiastes writes, ‘A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”’
Please join our Miami Baptist Association Churches in welcoming Rev. Russell and Rev. Osterbrock to our ministry team.
The 2014 Fall Retreat was an awesome weekend for Student Ministry. Youth, grades 7th-12th, from all over the area gathered together during the first weekend in October. Having arrived in the lodge at 6pm, teenagers took over the campgrounds until early Sunday morning.
"Come to the Mountain" was the theme of the weekend as multiple pastors engaged these teens with gospel driven messages urging transformation through grace. It was such a joy to have our association work together to produce an event like this.
Kirkwood's fall retreat was a witness to the blessing of our unity, with around fifty students representing Kenwood Baptist, St. Clair Avenue Baptist, First Baptist Hamilton, First Baptist Greenfield, Columbia Baptist, and Mt. Washington Baptist.
Working with teens for three days straight might be exhausting, but looking back on that weekend is a highlight of this year and the youth would all agree.
The games were exciting, the food was delicious, and the leaders cannot be thanked enough. Students especially enjoy getting to be in community with friends they have made at Kirkwood’s summer camps. Ministry is that much more impactful when our body comes together, so it is my prayer that all our association churches can be a part of another retreat like this. I know I am not alone in the fact that I cannot wait to do it again in 2015!
I will begin planning at the beginning of the year and would love to partner with your church so feel free to contact me at Pastor Chris Osterbrock at Mt. Washington Baptist Church.
Representatives from Miami Baptist Association Churches joined together July 6-11 with Matthew 25 Ministries on the Appalachian Missions Trip in Barbour County, W.V.
• There were 84 volunteers this year from churches of many denominations throughout greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. We worked at Mount Vernon Elementary, Belington Elementary and Philip Barbour High School which are located in rural West Virginia.
• More than 80% of the students are on free or reduced lunch.
• Matthew 25 has been helping Mount Vernon School for the past ten years to maintain a safe and effective learning environment for the students and staff.
• During the week together, we performed maintenance projects on the school and ran an educational day camp for the students.
Crossway Community Church, Mt. Washington Baptist Church and Kenwood Baptist Church were among the MBA congregations participating in the event. Pictured above are Crossway representatives at the Alderson Broaddus University which is where we stayed.
Read more: Appalachian Missions Trip Report
The Miami Baptist Association welcomes new pastors to our churches:
Pictured above left to right: Rev. Michael D. Reeves, Jr, Pilgrim Baptist Church; Rev. Phil Posthuma, Montgomery Community Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. David Palmer, Kenwood Church.
Our thanks and prayers go with:
Rev. Dr. Dennis Metzger, First Baptist Hamilton; Rev. Dianne W. Steelman, Linwood and Columbia Baptist Churches.
"We are a Matthew 25 people. This excites me about being an American Baptist. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. We are Christ's heart. Our ears are tuned to the voices that are seldom heard. Our eyes focused on those who have become invisible." ~ Rev. Elizabeth B. Congdon, Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ. CLICK HERE to read more from a reflection written by Rev. Congdon. This piece is part of the new featured series, "Proud to be an American Baptist." You can visit the THIS PAGE for more stories.