Our own Rev. Ruby Radford shares experience in cardiac rehab and how it saved her life

Ruby Radford had triple coronary artery bypass surgery in October 2022. She told 13 Action News that she was unsure of what the future would hold from that point on, but looking back, she wouldn’t change a thing. Read more HERE or watch the video of her story:


ABC Ohio Annual Gathering October 15 & 16, 2024

Don't miss out on one of the biggest events of our church year as we join together with pastors and leaders from across the state on October 15 and 16 in Columbus for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering. For more information on this year's event, head over to the ABC Ohio Annual Gathering website for full details!

TAABA Annual Picnic June 9, 2024 at Cass Road Baptist

It's the TAABA Annual Picnic! Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at Cass Road Baptist Church. The afternoon kicks off at 2 PM with the picnic lunch to begin at 2:30 PM.

Meat and dessert will be provided by TAABA. Each family is asked to bring a salad or side dish to feed twenty people. The food will be shared "potluck-style" and placed on a general table for all to share. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket and any outside games you’d like to play.

Games, fellowship and more are planned for the afternoon. Churches are asked to submit an estimated number of expected attendees to Cass at 419-893-2008 by June 4, 2023. Plan now to join us for this annual event! Fun in the SON for everyone! 

New Pastor at Third Baptist

Congratulations to Pastor Odell Brown, Jr., the new Senior Pastor of Third Baptist Church - Toledo, OH.

Pastor Brown was installed as the new pastor on February 26, 2023!

It's been a long road for Third Baptist without a pastor, but God's timing is perfect!

Congrats again Pastor Brown!


TAABA Clergy Meeting October 22, 2024 at 4:30 PM

The TAABA fall minister dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday October 24th at 4:30 PM. Please RSVP to Rev Jenny Jackson on or before October 23rd if you can attend. It will be nice to sit and share updates from our churches and our lives. 

This is a time of fellowship and to share our joys and sorrows as a group! All of our ministers are invited to join together for a time of fellowship and planning for the upcoming TAABA events.

TAABA Fall Board Meeting October 22, 2024

TAABA board members please join us at 6 PM for our semiannual board meeting. Our Moderator has many important items to discuss.

The Board of Trustees consists of the Officers of TAABA, the Pastors of each church in TAABA and the Council Presidents from each church (such as American Baptist Women, American Baptist Men, American Baptist Youth) which includes the presidents or leaders of the organizations in each church.

If you have anything to report about your church and can't make it to the meeting, please contact our Moderator!

The Passing of Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain

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

Longtime TAABA Leader Passes Away

The Toledo Area American Baptist Association has lost one of the great ones in our storied history. Frank Veres, age 91, of Holland, Ohio, died on October 23rd, 2018 after a lengthy decline from Alzheimer's. TAABA's loss is heaven's gain! He was born August 21st, 1927 in Niles, Ohio. He was married to Thelma Johanna (Hack) on June 7th, 1954 and was married for 55 years until her death on July 21st, 2009.

Frank and Thelma were members of the First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo. They were also very active in TAABA and began the tradition of our annual TAABA picnic. Frank and Thelma would cook chicken at home and bring it to picnic. Frank was also involved in the first rewrite of the TAABA constitution and by-laws. 

Our prayers go out to the Veres family. We thank God for the wonderful legacy of service the Veres' left for future generations!

TAABA Picnic Report 2017

Perfect weather, wonderful fellowship, great food and our Heavenly Father blessing us all! Over 150 from our Toledo Area American Baptist Church Association churches participated in this annual event. Thank you to our TAABA sister churches: Ashland, Cass Road, First Baptist, Good Shepherd, Haskins, New Covenant, Third Baptist and St. Paul.

Don't miss our next TAABA event and another opportunity to fellowship with our sister churches!