SCBO Annual Celebration

Event Date(s): 
Monday, November 6, 2023 (All day) to Tuesday, November 7, 2023 (All day)
Event Location: 
Genoa Baptist Church
7562 Lewis Center Rd
Westerville , OH 43082

Featured Videos: 2022 Pastor's Conference

4pm - 7pm

Ohio leaders, this is your time!

Join other pastors and leaders from all over the state for an evening of powerful speakers, engaging worship, and “can’t miss” fellowship opportunities. You’ll be encouraged and energized by the special program featuring guest speakers Brian Croft & Alistair Begg.


4:00    Praise & Worship
                Featured Speaker: Brian Croft

5:00    Q&A with Brian Croft & Jeremy Westbrook

5:30    Praise & Worship
                Featured Speaker: Alistair Begg

6:30    Giveaways

9am - 4pm

The SCBO thrives in cooperation.

This annual event provides Ohio churches with a rare opportunity to come together in unity. Let’s join voices in worship and prayer, connect with friends both old and new, deepen ties with ministry partners, and collaborate to see God’s Kingdom expand in Ohio.


9:00    Praise & Worship:  
            Welcome and Prayer
            Call to Order 
            Mission Council Report
            Election of Officers    
            Ohio Baptist Foundation
            Disaster Relief
            Sexual Abuse Task Force Report

11:00  Executive Director’s Report:
                      Jeremy Westbrook
            Finance Committee Report 
            Budget Presentation

12:00  Lunch with Send Network Ohio

1:15   Praise & Worship
           Business Session
           Time, Place & Preacher Committee
           Resolutions Committee         
           Stowe Award

2:00   President’s Address:
                      Ray Umphrey
           Installation of New Officers 
           Ray Roberts Offering: Celebration Stories 

3:20   Annual Sermon:
                      Gary Frost


Featured Speakers - Pastor's Conference

Brian Croft

Brian Croft is the former Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder and Executive Director of Practical Shepherding, Inc.  He is also Senior Fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization and an Adjunct Professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is the husband of Cara and father of four children, son, Samuel and daughters, Abby, Isabelle, and Claire. He has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years, spending seventeen of those years as Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church.

He has written or contributed to over twenty-five books to help serve pastors and church leaders on the practicalities of pastoral ministry.  Brian also trains and mentors hundreds of pastors all over the world on a weekly basis through our video cohorts in partnership with the NAMB.  In addition to his writing and online video training, Brian travels all over the world preaching at local churches, speaking at conferences, and training pastors.

Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. He graduated from the London School of Theology and subsequently served in Scotland at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, where he continues to lead the congregation and teach God’s Word Sunday by Sunday.

Begg is also the Bible teacher on the daily and weekend program Truth For Life. Truth For Life is distributed through 1,900 radio networks across the United States and can also be heard online at, through YouTube, via podcast, and by way of numerous other listening platforms. Alistair is the author of several books. He and his wife Susan were married in 1975 and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.  

Featured Speakers - Annual Meeting

Jeremy Westbrook

Gary Frost

Ray Umphrey

SCBO Churches, remember to elect designated 'Messengers' to represent your church during the business sessions of the SCBO Annual Meeting. Elected Messengers can participate in discussions and vote on any matters brought to the Convention.  Please download and use the 'Messenger Card' below.

Please submit a written draft of any potential resolutions to the address no later than November 1, 2022.  These submissions will be reviewed and revised by the SCBO Resolutions Committee for possible presentation to the convention body during the Annual Meeting.

The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio often votes to approve "Resolutions" as part of the annual meeting. These non-binding statements are used to express the Convention's ideological view on a given subject - often adding perspective to a current topic of public interest or national debate.

On November 3 the SCBO Mission Council approved the proposed 2022-23 SCBO Budget for presentation at the Annual Meeting. A detailed copy of that proposal is available here for your review.  Click the button below to download.

  Proposed 2022-23 Budget

If you have any questions regarding the SCBO budget, please feel free to reach out via email to SCBO Chief Financial Administrator Kevin Heaton at

Sexual Abuse Task Force:
“…for the purpose of reviewing all policies and procedures of the SCBO and recommending best practices to strengthen and support the prevention, awareness, and reporting of sexual abuse.”

Click the button below to access resources developed by the Sexual Abuse Task Force.

The SCBO has secured local hotel rooms at a discount rate for Annual Celebration participants. Supply is limited. Details below:

Double Tree
Address: 6200 Quarry Ln, Independence, OH 44131
Phone: (216) 447-1300
Rate: $119.00 until Oct. 24
Event Code: "SCBO"
Book Online Here

Embassy Suites
Address: 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131
Phone: (216) 986-9900
Rate: $139 until Oct 23
Event Code: "SCBO 2022 Annual Meeting"

Book Online Here