ELYRIA, Ohio—On Sunday evening, May 6, hundreds of people from Ohio churches met at First Baptist Church for the annual gathering of the Hebron Association of Regular Baptist Churches. The association says the event was “a great time of worship with combined choirs and preaching by our GARBC national representative, Mike Hess.”

The annual gathering focuses on worship, encouragement, celebration, and praise. Highlights of the evening were two songs from a 100-voice choir, music from two Ohio Talents For Christ winners, and the power of 600 voices praising God in song. Camp Patmos graciously provided childcare for the evening.

“A service like this is really a microcosm of what makes our fellowship special,” says Steve Strong, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Westlake, Ohio. Though the churches meet once a year, he points out, they often partner with one another throughout the year to attend events and offer encouragement.

Pastor Mark Ashley of Northfield (Ohio) Baptist Church thanks his fellow members of the Hebron association’s executive committee for organizing the association’s events and ministries throughout the year. The executive committee is elected by vote of churches at each annual gathering. This year Pastor Ashley will be returning to the committee. He joins the election of Ben Hobbes, youth pastor at Berea Baptist Church; Bill Kopas, associate pastor of Camden Baptist Church in Wellington; Cory Prosowski, youth and outreach pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Amherst; Tim Mayo, pastor of Midview Baptist Church in Grafton; and Luke Williams, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Lagrange.

The Hebron Association of Regular Baptist Churches was organized in 1928, four years prior to the founding of the GARBC. “We hope we have many years ahead of us,” says Pastor Ashley. “That means keeping our churches strong and healthy for the glory of God.”