Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Ohio Conference
It seems as if the jungle, the mountains and rural areas are favorite destinations to send new ministers. I was no exception. My first district was in the deep forest of Nicaragua, surrounded by rushing rivers and deep lagoons. Our congregations resided in small communities nestled around these lagoons. Ninety percent of travel between them was by river, so we used an outboard motorboat to carry out pastoral work.
My late friend, Dave Robinson, was the Camp Mohaven director and pastor of the Delaware church in Ohio. He often had a time during his church service called the “God Showing Off Moment,” where he and members shared God’s recent blessings.
This summer, Ohio Conference members gathered for the first in-person English camp meeting since 2019. More than 600 people worshipped and fellowshipped at the Mount Vernon Hill church, as well as under the “big top” tent at Camp Mohaven in Danville—reigniting connections and faith.
With unprecedented growth over the past several years, Ohio Conference's Spring Valley Academy has plans to build a new high school addition.
This year, the Hispanic Ministries Department has experienced many stories of how God has worked in people’s lives across Ohio: An entire family making the decision to give their lives to Jesus; a lady who resisted her friend’s invitation to church finally attends and decides to be baptized; a daughter who takes a trip to see her mother be baptized ends up being touched by the Holy Spirit and gets baptized too; 10 young people get baptized together; a pastor baptizes his own sister; a man who suffers from addiction and sleeps in a cemetery finds new life and hope by giving his life to Jesus.
Led by the Allegheny West and Ohio conferences, members from the Akron (Ohio) Bethel church participated in the Bible Reading Challenge earlier this year, in which they read the entire Bible in just one month.
At the end of the 2021 summer camp season at Camp Mohaven in Danville, a total of 40 campers gave their lives to Christ through baptism. What’s more incredible is the story of how God led the summer camp ministry that usually averages about six to 10 baptisms per season.
As we look back at March 2020, our hearts rejoice for how God has continued to bless ministry throughout the Ohio Conference territory.
Students from the Mansfield Seventh-day Adventist School have done it again! Participating virtually against 17 schools from across the country, the Mansfield Calves of Steel recently won the overall first place championship in the Adventist Robotics League.
The big screen at Spring Valley Academy’s (SVA) Performing Arts Center flashed sports highlights and dynamic ESPN-style graphics to introduce the theme for the upcoming 2021–22 music season: “SVA Sports Spectacular.”