From the Heart Theater Group Auditions Announced

Here's a great opportunity for our TAABA churches and friends! Live on stage: A Charlie Brown Christmas with One Bethlehem Night are coming to Oregon, Ohio the second weekend of December at Eisenhower Intermediate School produced by From the Heart Theater Group! Auditions are October 20 and 21. A Charlie Brown Christmas will be open to MIddle school, high school and young college-age students. One Bethlehem night primary parts are an adult cast with particular parts for children but is also open to people of all ages for chorus and group scenes. Audition forms and information may be found at

Annual Ham Loaf Dinner at Haskins Community Church November 2

Annual Ham Loaf and Turkey Dinner
Haskins Community Church
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Carry outs available; handicapped accessible
Baked goods, homemade crafts and gifts available for purchase at our Country Store.  All proceeds benefit our Missions fund.

More Details Coming Soon!

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

TAABA Fall Rally Town Hall Meeting on November 10

Plan now to join us for our Fall Rally and Town Hall Meeting at Cass Road Baptist Church (1400 Cass Rd, Maumee, OH 43537) at 4 pm. Dinner will be provided.

We welcome special guests Rev. Jane Gibbons and Rev. Mark Click who serve as the Executive Ministers of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Our Fall Rally will include updates on the latest with your Toledo Area American Baptist Churches, plans for the future and then a Town Hall Meeting with our Executive Ministers. The Town Hall format will allow us to discuss all of the changes with ABC Ohio churches, leadership and allow a time to ask questions of our leaders.

Please plan to join us for this special evening as we learn and grow together!

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!

TAABA Picnic Report 2016

It was another wonderful day at the Toledo Area American Baptist Association (TAABA) Annual Picnic on June 12, 2016. Over 150 attended from our sister churches in TAABA. Our attendance continues to grow each year!

We welcomed members of Ashland, Cass Road, Good Shepherd, New Covenant, St. Paul, Third Baptist and Active Christians Today University of Toledo Campus Ministry.

Special thanks goes out to the committee and Rev. Timothy Clark for planning such a great event. Our Region Minister Jane Gibbons joined us as we celebrated together.

Big cheers go out to Good Shepherd Church who won the attendance record at our gathering. Rev. Jose Abodij does a wonderful work with his people getting them fired up for our picnic each year. God was good and gave us an afternoon of sun and hearts filled with joy!

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

TAABA at the Mud Hens 2016

The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time as the Toledo Area American Baptist Association gathered on July 20, 2016 to watch the Toledo Mud Hens win and enjoyed a great time and great fellowship. God is good!

TAABA Clergy Meet with Retiring ABC Ohio Executive Minister

We had a very informative and pleasant meeting of our TAABA ministers on August 13, 2015 at Scrambler Marie's on Secor in Toledo. We were blessed to welcome retiring ABC Ohio Executive Minister Dr. Larry Swain to our regular lunch meeting. Dr. Swain spent some time going over some of the transition plans in place for ABC Ohio and also asked for our input for a clergy focus group discussion. We were also blessed to welcome Region Minister Rev. Jane Gibbons. It is always a joy to have her attend and share her insights with us! TAABA is blessed to have a wonderful group of ministers and leaders who truly love each other and are blessed to serve Northwest Ohio!