CHILLICOTHE, Ohio—Calvary Baptist Church hosted the fall conference of the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches Oct. 19–21. “The conference is a highlight for many of us and we consider it an honor to host this year,” says Pastor Brandon Lee.
The 148 attendees from OARBC churches “were both challenged and inspired by the God-centered preaching of Dr. Warren Mattox,” says Dave Warren, OARBC state representative. Mattox is pastor of Community Baptist Church in Cleveland, which is part of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association, and a faculty member at the Moody Bible Institute extension campus in Cleveland.
“Dr. Mattox gave us the 30,000-foot view of Habakkuk, downsizing eight months of sermons on Habakkuk to four major presentations,” Warren says. “Topping off the warm hospitality and the Biblical preaching,” he says, were six useful workshops; over 20 visiting displayers, including Michael Nolan, who presented Baptist Builders Club, and Tony Randolph, who highlighted Regular Baptist Press; and energetic singing led by Mark Barrios, music pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Smithville, Ohio.
Ladies of the OARBC group Ohio Women for Missions got together for their annual meeting during the conference as well. They heard a guest speaker address the theme chosen for this year, “It Matters,” and learned about the missions project they will undertake: raising funds for Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo, to set up and operate a pharmacy. Their goal is to collect $10,000. Last year the group donated $9,000 to Baptist Church Planters for a computer server at the mission organization and pews for Mountain Shadows Baptist Church, a church plant in Pueblo West, Colorado.
In OARBC business news, the association elected four new members to its Council of Twelve, welcomed two new churches to its fellowship, and voted to define marriage in its constitution as “the joining of one man and one woman.”
Dave Warren sums up the conference by saying, “For approximately 48 hours Calvary in Chillicothe was abuzz with relationships new and renewed—quite an exciting sight and sound to experience!”