Flooding & Ice Affect Ironton, Ohio - March 2021

Strong storms stretched acrose Southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia causing widespread flooding and loss of electicity. The storm came through at the end of February 2021, but the devastation was felt for weeks to come. Ohio Disaster Relief responded by sending a 21 person chainsaw & chaplain team the week of March 1. A second chainsaw & chaplain team was sent the week of March 22. Teams worked to clear roadways, remove trees from homes and provide spiritual support to homeowners. 

NAMB & Ohio Baptists Begin Partnership

[row different_values="0"] [col different_values="0" desktop="8"] [html different_values="0" format="ckeditor"]Dear Ohio Pastor:We are excited to see what God is doing through Southern Baptists in Ohio, and we look forward to what the future holds. The two of us recently met to discuss ways that the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) can more effectively partner to reach Ohio with the gospel. We are grateful for all that you and your church are already doing in that effort.We just signed an agreement establishing Send Network Ohio, a new partnership that will allow us to take church planting efforts in Ohio to an entirely new level. We believe that the partnership between your church, the SCBO and NAMB will create some great opportunities to see new churches started and new people introduced to Jesus in the days ahead.Please take just a quick moment to view this video greeting. It is our privilege to serve you and join arms with you in this effort.Together on mission,[/html] [row different_values="0"] [col tablet="6" desktop="6" wide="6" different_values="0"] [html format="ckeditor" different_values="0"]Kevin EzellPresidentNorth American Mission Board[/html] [/col] [col tablet="6" desktop="6" wide="6" different_values="0"] [html format="ckeditor" different_values="0"]Jeremy WestbrookExecutive DirectorState Convention of Baptists in Ohio[/html] [/col] [/row] [/col] [col desktop="4" different_values="0"] [col different_values="0" style_padding_left="14" style_padding_right="14" style_padding_top="14" style_padding_bottom="14" style_margin_bottom="36"] [image fid="24101" hover="0" different_values="0"] [/image] [/col] [image different_values="0" hover="0" image_style="story_image" fid="24086" link="https://vimeo.com/589469735"] [/image] [/col] [/row]

Westbrook Returns to Ohio in New Role

[row different_values="0"] [col different_values="0" desktop="8"] [html different_values="0" format="ckeditor"]I’m. Coming. Home. These were the words that began an article written by LeBron James. I first read them on a July afternoon in 2014 via social media as I sat in a dentist office with my kids in Dublin. Several years earlier, he had left Ohio for Florida in search of winning his first NBA championship that had eluded him for so long. He did eventually win not just one, but two titles. More importantly, he said he learned how to become a champion in Florida and was now returning back to the great state of Ohio to win a title in his homeland. I never forgot that story.Several years ago, the Lord called our family away from Ohio to Florida to be part of a global church planting movement and also to serve as an AMS/DOM leading a local association. In many ways, I learned from one of the best churches and state conventions in the country. I believe the Lord called me away to prepare me to come back home to the great state of Ohio to be part of advancing the Kingdom of God. Through helping plant a church in Marysville in 2008 and serving as President of the SCBO in 2016, these incredible experiences gave me a deep love for this state, our churches, and our pastors that comprise The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.My family and I look forward to the years ahead of seeing how the Lord will move among us. Change is on the horizon and that is a good thing. I am excited to share more with you soon, but until then, please continue to pray for us and I want to thank you for your faithful support of the Cooperative Program. Personally, I am thrilled to travel the state and preach in many of our churches and meetings to say thank you and challenge us with fresh new vision.I am already scheduled to preach this fall in several churches and some annual associational meetings. Please let me know if I can ever serve you in any way. Always feel free to email me at jwestbrook@scbo.org if the SCBO can come along side to help you or your church.It’s good to be home. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your new Executive Director-Treasurer.[/html] [/col] [col desktop="4" different_values="0"] [image different_values="0" hover="0" image_style="story_image" fid="24006"] [/image] [/col] [/row]

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Storms and Tornados in Ohio - May 2019

In the late hours of Memorial Day May 27, 2019 an extremely strong storm system pushed through Ohio. As daylight came Tuesday morning, communities across the state were left reeling as they began coming to terms with the enormous scope of the destruction left in the storm's wake.  Although only one life has been lost so far, there have been numerous injuries in addition to substantial property damage and an immense cleanup need.