Miami Baptist Association News

Keep up with the latest Miami Valley Association news including upcoming events and reports.

Rita A., age 68, of Hamilton passed away on October 11, 2019. She was born on October 20, 1950 in Milford, CT to the late Earl and Anna Campbell. She is survived by her husband, Frank McClure; sister, Mary E. (Douglas) Campbell Chapman; sister in law, Annette McClure; numerous other family and friends. Rita is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Richard Federle; step daughter, Jamie McClure Crossman; brothers, Earl Campbell Jr. and Robert Campbell.

Rita was a member of the Fairfield High School class of 1969; Pastor of Linwood Baptist Church, Cincinnati; Associate Pastor at Dorothy Lane American Baptist, Kettering; Graduate of the American Baptist of Ohio Leadership Academy; Executive director of Miami Baptist Association; Executive Director of the Anderson Senior Center; General manager of Hyde Park Junior Arts Center; Longtime employee of Bethesda Hospitals and Mercy Hospitals.

Dear Friends,
It is with profound sadness that we share with you the unexpected passing of Rev. Dr. Larry Swain last evening. He and Linda were visiting family in Kansas City. 
Dr. Swain served as an Area Minister and later Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio until his retirement in December 2015. He returned last year to serve as ABC Ohio’s Interim Executive Minister after the death of Dr. Ernest Jones. He was serving as Executive Staff Coach for the Region at the time of his passing. Dr. Swain was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, outstanding leader, and man of God. 
No information is yet available about calling hours or funeral. We will forward that information to you when it is announced.
In Christ,
Rev. Mark Click
Rev. Jane Gibbons
Executive Ministers

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.

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.

The Miami Baptist Association Ministers Council met April 8 at Mt. Washington Baptist Church for lunch and a presentation on End of Life Care by Rita McClure.  Rita is a graduate of the ABC/Ohio Leadership Academy and an experienced Bereavement Counselor.  She currently serves as Pastoral Intern at Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church in Kettering.
While we were together we celebrated the ministry of Dianne Steelman who is retiring after more than 25 years of service in our Association.  The Pastor of Linwood and Columbia Baptist Churches, Rev. Steelman along with her husband Jim received many warm  tributes from their ministry colleagues at the lunch. 
The twenty ministers council participants who gathered for fellowship that day were blessed by a surprise visit from missionary, Rev. Kit Ripley!