ELYRIA, Ohio—On the evening of May 1, churches of the Hebron Association of Regular Baptist Churches gathered at First Baptist Church for their annual meeting.

The Hebron association comprises 26 churches in north-central Ohio. Their meeting each year focuses on encouragement, worship, and celebration.

Mark Cizauskas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Rochester, Michigan, encouraged attendees through the Word of God. He spoke on “Precious Promises Regarding the Future” from Mark 12:18–27.

During the worship portion of the evening, a highlight was hearing James Hettinga II, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, play the cello during the offertory.

James is a pastoral intern at First Baptist Church. In that role he “has been helping lead worship at the church, teaching the junior high class on Wednesday evenings, leading the adult choir on occasion, directing the kindergarten through sixth grade musical, and teaching several weekly music classes at First Baptist Christian School,” says Judy Wilcox of First Baptist Church.

Later this year, James will relocate to the Washington, D.C., area, where he will play with U.S. Army Strings, known as Pershing’s Own.

Another highlight of the evening was celebration, as Ken Spink, pastor of Berea (Ohio) Baptist Church, recognized the 27 pastors and leaders of the Hebron fellowship who contributed to First John: Confident Christianity. This book is the first of the Hebron Commentary Series to be published.

The Ohio Association of Regular Baptist churches says the conference “was a great evening.”