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2018 Spring Conference Messages

The Spring Conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship was held at Orwell Bible Church, and we enjoyed great fellowship together.

Four messages from the Word of God were brought by our speaker, Chaplain Steve Brown of the Associated Gospel Churches, addressing the theme, “Responding Right to Coercive Government” from the book of Daniel–

We also gave thanks to the Lord for the 50th anniversary of the OBF through this statement:

The next conference will be at Morrow Bible Church, October 12-13.

2018 Winter Conference

Westerville Bible Church – January 12-13

Dear Ohio Bible Fellowship Members and Friends,

I would like to invite each of you to join us as we are encouraged and edified through the preaching of the Word and fellowship around our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a great way to begin a new year of ministry and service for our King.

Westerville Bible Church will be hosting this year’s winter conference.

Steve Thomas has ministered God’s Word to us on past occasions and the Lord used his delivery of the Word to strengthen our souls. Pastor Thomas’ rigorous devotion to solid exposition combined with his pastor’s heart bring a solid blend of sound content and warm exhortation. The theme will center on the emphasis of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. Pastor Thomas will deliver four messages over the course of the conference (see reverse for times and titles).

Let me encourage you to plan to come and invest yourself in receiving the preached Word and investing in the lives of those around you. Often, it is easy to approach a conference with a “what’s in it for me” mindset. The best conferences usually turn out to be the ones we come prepared to serve one another out of our love for Christ. Prayerfully consider making this a priority for the start of 2018!

We look forward to seeing you there.

In Christ,

Nathaniel Pringle

OBF Publicity

2018 Winter Conference

The Nature of True Protestantism

The Protestant Reformation was a movement of God whereby godly men earnestly contended for the central truths of the Christian faith against a corrupt gospel and its advocates. The name Protestant originates with German princes who met in 1529 protesting measures contrary to the Word of God. Their motto was “The Word of God abideth forever.” These Protestants believed that the church always has the duty “to protest against sin, error, corruption, tyranny, and every kind of iniquity” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 7:692). They asserted that:

There is no sure preaching or doctrine but that which abides by the Word of God. According to God’s command no other doctrine should be preached. Each text of the holy and divine Scriptures should be elucidated and explained by other texts. This Holy Book is in all things necessary for the Christian; it shines clearly in its own light, and is found to enlighten the darkness. We are determined by God’s grace and aid to abide by God’s Word alone, the holy gospel contained in the biblical books of the Old and New Testaments. This Word alone should be preached, and nothing that is contrary to it. It is the only truth. It is the sure rule of all Christian doctrine and conduct. It can never fail or deceive us (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, p. 889).

One Reformer, John Calvin, said “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”

Scripture details that Christ’s church must expose and oppose false teachers and their teaching because such corrupt believers’ minds (2 Cor 11:3–4). Those who oppose the true gospel do not please God and their efforts harm mankind by preventing the spread of the gospel and thus the salvation of sinners (1 Thess 2:15–16). In addition, they cause disputes rather than godly edification (1 Tim 1:4) and are given to disputing, arguing, envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, and useless wranglings (1 Tim 6:4–5). Their teaching increases ungodliness (2 Tim 2:16), spreads like a cancer (2 Tim 2:17), and overthrows others’ faith (2 Tim 2:18). They are insubordinate, idle talkers, and deceivers (Titus 1:10; 2 John 7) who teach for dishonest gain (Titus 1:11), being of this world and having the spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3, 5).

Scripture says that biblical protesting involves marking and avoiding (Rom 16:17–18), identifying false teachers as Satan’s servants (2 Cor 11:13–15), rendering Scriptural condemnation (Gal 1:18–19), demonstrating how they are enemies of Christ (Phil 3:17–21), shunning them (2 Tim 2:16), and rebuking them sharply (Titus 1:13). Furthermore, Christian churches, ministries, and individuals must not yoke up but come out and be separate from them (2 Cor 6:14, 17; 2 John 11) and have no fellowship with them (Eph 5:11).

Our aim in protesting error must be first and foremost to glorify God by obeying His commands to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:11). By doing so we protect the church from error (Acts 20:28–30; Rom 16:17–18; 1 Cor 5), preserve the purity of the Christian faith (Jude 3–4), and seek the salvation of souls (1 Thess 2:15–16). Biblical protesting warns of false teachers’ fate so believers will avoid following them to that end (2 Cor 11:13–15; Gal 1:8–9; Phil 3:19). Biblical protesting is essential to persevering in Christ and the true faith (Col 2:8, 16–19).

We, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our fall conference October 20–21, 2017 at Eastside Community Bible Church, in Milford Ohio, wholeheartedly believe in and are committed to the proclamation and defense of the Christian faith. Our love for Christ and his gospel moves us to deplore how much of professed Protestantism has departed into apostasy, away from the faith once delivered to the saints. We lament that too many Christians, churches, and ministries disobey Scripture’s command to contend for the faith. Recognizing that Christ himself hates false teaching, we, his church, must hate it as well (Rev 2:14–16). We therefore commit ourselves to faithful gospel ministry that involves proclaiming the true gospel and earnestly contending for the faith, praying the Lord will help us to glorify him by obeying his commands and thereby accomplish his purposes.

Spring OBF Conference

Prayerfully consider spending time under the preaching of God’s Word and in fellowship with God’s people as the OBF gathers for its Spring Conference in Bucyrus, OH. The Bucyrus Bible Church will host the conference. Dr. Robert Shaw will be speaking to us on the them of “In the Pursuit of Purity.”

An event flyer can be found here.

2:00 Prayer
2:30   First Business meeting
3:15   Break
4:00 Purity of Purpose,  Dr. Robert Shaw
5:00  Supper
7:00 Purity of Preaching, Dr. Robert Shaw
8:30 Prayer
9:00 Business meeting
9:45 Purity of Practice, Ecclesiastically
10:45 Break
11:15 Purity of Practice, Personally


2017 Pastors’ Conference

Biblical and historical context remain essential to maintain warm, fervent, and doctrinally correct pastoral ministry. The Pastors’ Conference this coming June will serve to solidify pastoral orientation to Scriptural standards of ministry while examining lives of men God used in past ages to honor His Name. Along with the chapels and sessions, there will be ample time for fellowship, enjoying the camp activities, or just resting! Check out the session themes below and our speaker, Dr. Gerald Priest. Follow this link to register!

Chapel Sessions: “Standing in the Gap”

Monday afternoon: “Be the Man: Stand in the Gap”—the lives of Ezekiel and Daniel

Monday evening 2nd chapel: “Luther’s Courageous Stand for the Truth”

Tuesday evening 2nd chapel: “Christ our Mediator”—Christ stands in the gap of human inability


Morning Workshop Sessions: “Your Ministry as a Protestant Pastor (Modeling the ministries of the great Reformers)”

Tuesday morning: Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli

Wednesday morning: John Calvin, and John Knox

Gerald (Jerry) Priest is formerly professor of historical theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. in church history is from Bob Jones University. He has taught at Clearwater Christian College, Piedmont International University, and Bob Jones University. He has conducted classes for pastors in the U.S., the South Pacific, India, Tanzania, and Canada and has led church history tours and spoken at Bible conferences in both the United States and Europe. He served twenty-eight years as a chaplain in the United States Army National Guard, retiring as lieutenant-colonel. Dr. Priest has served as pastor and interim pastor of churches in North Carolina and Michigan. He has written articles for numerous publications and is author of The ABC Memory Verse Program and The Baptist Family Catechism. He has been happily married to Beverly for over fifty-one years. They have two children and six grandchildren, all actively involved in their local church.

Spring 2015 OBF Conference

Dear OBF members and friends,
You and your church are invited to the 2015 Spring Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference hosted by Greencastle Bible Church on April 17-18, 2015.
Dr Steve PettitOur speaker will be Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University. Pettit received a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in Pastoral Studies from BJU in 1980. Prior to being elected BJU president, he served for 29 years in evangelism, conducting over 800 campaigns throughout the United States and preaching in over 21 countries. Additionally, Pettit has served in various other roles including director of a college student outreach ministry, camp director, and youth pastor. He and his wife, Terri, have four children.
Crystal McAllister, wife of Pastor Joel McAllister (Greencastle Bible Church), will speak to the ladies on Friday, and Tricia Richardson, missionary to China, will speak on Saturday.
Friday, April 17
1:30 P.M.             Welcome and prayer
2:00 P.M.             Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Crystal McAllister
3:30 P.M.             Fellowship Break
4:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
5:00 P.M.             Dinner at the church
7:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
Saturday, April 18
8:30 A.M.             Prayer
9:00 A.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
10:00 A.M.          Fellowship Break
10:30 A.M.          Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Tricia Richardson
11:30 A.M.          Q&A with Dr. Pettit
12:30 P.M.           Dismissal
A flyer is available here to promote the conference at your church.
Meals & Lodging
Greencastle Bible Church will be providing dinner on Friday night at the church.
Contact Pastor Charles Flesher at cflesher @ or (614) 209-4556 if you have questions about lodging. Some lodging is available with church families, and you are also welcome to make reservations at an area hotel. Best Western, 6323 Prentis School Place, Canal Winchester, OH is a nice place to stay with a free breakfast. Several rooms are available at a discounted rate (available until April 13). Mention the conference for a special rate.
The fellowship of God’s people in prayer and encouragement from God’s Word provides needed refreshment. I hope you will plan to attend.

Prayer Items from the Fall OBF Conference

The fall conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship met October 10-11 at Calvary Baptist Church in Willard and Bucyrus Bible Church. Four members gave excellent expositions from Scripture, revolving around the theme of personal holiness.

During these quarterly conferences two sessions devoted to prayer. Praises and prayer requests are given. Here are some items for prayer so that you can continue to pray for the Lord’s work here in Ohio—

Greencastle Bible Church praises the Lord for a new associate pastor, Joel McAllister. He will be moving the rest of his family’s belongings from Greenville, SC this week. Pray for safety. The McAllister’s praise the Lord that they were able to buy a home. Pray for them as they enter this ministry.

Pastor Marvin Gassman (Morrow Bible Church) praises the Lord that his wife Bev did not need back surgery. Prayer is requested for this coming Sunday’s vote to call current assistant pastor Steven Howard to the senior pastor position.

Orwell Bible Church is working to have their land annexed into the Orwell village. Pray also for several unsaved individuals who are regularly coming to services and being ministered to.

Long time OBF member Graydon Cox has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Pray for he and his wife Dorothy to rest in God’s sustaining grace. The Cox’s were involved in many church plants in Ohio, teaching at the Bible Institute of Ohio, and editing and writing in the Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor.

Peniel Bible Camp is working to finish the program director’s house. Special needs are skilled laborers for finishing drywall and constructing the fireplace and chimney. $13,000 more is needed to complete the house. You can read specifics and see pictures here.

Pray for Bible Community Church of Mentor as missionary and OBF member Mike Goldfuss serves as interim pastor. Pray for wisdom and unity among the church during this time, and the Lord to provide a new pastor.

Nathaniel Pringle, pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, praised the Lord for the start up of a new effort to make contacts in their area through Monday coffee breaks. This will run through the month of October.

New OBF member Andy Rupert (from Orwell Bible Church) is conducting a Sunday evening Bible study in his home for area children.

Pastor John Howard of Middlefield Bible Church praised the Lord for contacts as a result of their evangelistic efforts. Pray for the rapid spread of the Word and for spiritual growth among believers.

News from OBF Churches, September 30, 2014

Here is a roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bible Community Church, Mentor, OH

  • Pray for us as we seek to calm down some programs and just try to sit at Jesus’ feet together and listen.  Things are busy, but we need to soak where soaking is needed.
  • Pray for interim pastor Mike Goldfuss to have wisdom as to what to preach.
  • Pray for the pulpit committee to have wisdom in choosing the next pastor of BCC.
  • Pray for us to have a desire to learn Christ better and deeper.
  • In our SS hour, we are doing a study on the “50 fruits of pride.” We have seen 12 in 4 weeks.  From comments that I’ve heard, we are touching things where we need to recognize our pride, confess it, look to Christ for His strength, and practice humility.  Someone asked if they get an A if they find all 50 in their life.  🙂

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher, Paul Martin, and Joel McAllister

  • October 19 will be “Protect and Serve” Sunday
  • During the evening service of October 26 we will have a special service welcoming Joel McAllister and his family

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Continuing praying for outreach efforts, including the mentoring ministry on Thursdays
  • We concluded our annual missions conference last week, with the Mike Goldfuss and Joe Nicholson families. Sermons are available here.

Ohio Bible FellowshipFall Conference at Calvary Baptist in Willard and Bucyrus Bible Church

  • Pray for those ministering and those hearing God’s Word
  • Pray for safety traveling
  • Pray this would be an instructive, challenging, and encouraging conference

Peniel Bible Camp

Fall Conference, October 10-11, 2014

2014 Fall Conf Flyer web

You and your church are invited to the Fall Ohio Bible Conference hosted jointly by Calvary Baptist Church (Willard) and Bucyrus Bible Church on October 10–11, 2014. The theme for the conference is “Personal Holiness.”

The sessions on Friday, October 10 will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Willard. Saturday’s sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Bucyrus.


Our speakers for the four main sessions will be four of our fellow OBF pastors: Pastor Tony Garren (Fayette Bible Church), Pastor Nathaniel Pringle (Eastside Community Bible Church), Pastor Stephen Howard (Morrow Bible Church), and Pastor Mark Perry (Westerville Bible Church).

There will also be two ladies’ sessions at the conference. Mrs. Nancy Gallion (Calvary Baptist Church, Willard) will speak on Friday at 4:00 p.m., and Mrs. Ruth Layton (Bucyrus Bible Church) will speak on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

Schedule & Flyers

Download and print the conference flyer to promote the conference at your church!

To download, right click on the “Download” link, and click “Save as.”

2014 Fall Conference Flyer (PDF) Download

2014 Fall Conference Flyer (Word) Download


Some lodging in homes is available in either Willard or Bucyrus. Contact Pastor Don Gallion (cell 567-224-5183) or Pastor Dave Layton (cell 419-203-5138) to make reservations. Willard may be most convenient for Friday night. Bucyrus is about a half hour away from Willard.

There are three hotels in Willard which are all reasonably priced.

  1. Country Hearth Inn, 1201 Conwell Ave. [On Rt. 224] 419-935-8817. This is the nicest and newest hotel in Willard.
  2. Walton Inn, 117 E. Walton Street, [On Rt. 224] 419-933-2422. This is the second nicest motel in Willard.
  3. Willard Country Inn and Kitchen, 429 E. Walton St. [On Rt. 224] 419-933-2441. This one is where all of us will probably be having supper on Friday evening. These motel rooms are clean, some are newer, but not as nice as the other two.  It would probably have the least expensive room rate.