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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.

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.

2015 Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference

This year’s year’s  Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference at Peniel Bible Camp is June 22-24.

pastorminnickOur keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Minnick, pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Minnick will develop the theme of “The Pastor’s Heart” over several messages.

In addition to these you will also hear messages on the following:

Check in begins Monday at 11:00, followed by lunch at noon. The conference ends Wednesday with lunch.

Our annual Pastors’ Conference is ALWAYS a great opportunity to be encouraged and challenged from the Word of God, by each other’s fellowship, through mutual prayer, in brotherly conversations, and the blessing of men singing together.

A flyer for the conference is available here, and you can register online here.

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Eastside Community Bible Church March 2015 Update

Here is a quick update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission, working to establish Eastside Community Bible Church in the Cincinnati area–

  • We’ve had several inquiries and visits the past couple weeks. That always is encouraging!
  • The Lord is opening opportunities for significant discipleship with several people.
  • We are preparing a direct mailing in the next week or so. Please pray for the details to come together smoothly.
  • Our series in Matthew has given ample opportunities for clear gospel presentations and some lost people have been hearing these.
  • The warmer weather provides more time to get out in the community with people as well as distribute information about the church. Pray for faithfulness in all these opportunities.
  • The Lord answered a huge prayer request and provided our family with a minivan. We are very thankful for the opportunity to demonstrate to our girls that God does indeed answer prayer—including their prayers!
  • We need strength and wisdom as we prepare for a three day Bible Club (June 24-26) and the outreach at the fair (end of July) this summer
  • Very thankful for the weekly opportunity to disciple Quintin, the Realtor who sold us our house. It is amazing to see God open his eyes each week to the truth. Pray that he will choose to lead his family to our church so they all can be fed each week!
  • Please pray for Thomas, a UC student the Father seems to be drawing to Himself. I have had numerous opportunities to give him straightforward gospel presentations.
  • The next few weeks will be very busy as Katie is coordinating the wedding for Brittni Gordon (and Brett Stowe). Brittni is Phil and Lori’s oldest daughter. Pray for grace and strength and a Christ-honoring ceremony.

Thank you for your prayers and support! God continues to work in our lives as we seek to faithfully discharge the responsibilities He entrusts to us. We look forward to enjoying fellowship with many of you in April!

Winter OBF Conference, January 9-10, 2015

You and your church are invited to the 2015 Winter Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference hosted by Eastside Community Bible Church on January 9–10, 2015. The theme for the conference is “Biblical Unity: Divine Desire and Design.” 


Pastor_VincentOur speaker will be Dr. Robert Vincent, Pastor of Education and Outreach at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. Dr. Vincent holds a PhD in Church History from Bob Jones University and has been serving at Mount Calvary Baptist Church since 1999. His primary areas of present ministry include overseeing local evangelism ministries, Sunday school ministries and producing curricula for adult classes, a ministerial internship program, and a church bookstore. He and his wife, Jeanne, are blessed with six children.

Mrs. Trisha Greenfield (Orwell Bible Church) will speak to the ladies on Friday at 2:30 p.m.


Friday, January 9
Welcome and Prayer………………………………. 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Break……………………………………. 2:00 p.m.
Business Meeting…………………………………… 2:30 p.m.
Ladies Session w/Trish Greenfield……………… 2:30 p.m.
General Session 1…………………………………… 3:45 p.m.
Dinner at Local Restaurants………………………. 5:00 p.m.
General Session 2…………………………………… 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 10
Prayer Fellowship……………………………………. 8:30 a.m.
General Session 3…………………………………….. 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Break……………………………………. 10:00 a.m.
General Session 4…………………………………… 10:30 a.m.
Question and Answer Session…………………… 11:30 a.m.
Dismissal/Box Lunch……………………………….. 12:30 p.m. 


Download and print the conference flyer here to promote the conference at your church.


Special arrangements have been made with several area hotels. Mention the OBF conference for a discount if reserved in advance. There is a link to a map of the church and hotels listed below.

Location Name/Link Rate Contact Notes
Exit 59 Homewood Suites $105 / night (Normally $139) – Best value and deepest discount
Reserve by 1/2/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-248-4663 – Most convenient (5 min. from the church)
– Nicest facilities (Suite rooms), completely renovated in the last year- Wi-fi, pool, Breakfast included
– This is where ECBC met until they moved to their new facility. They continue to have an excellent relationship with the staff here.
– Provides ease of access to and from the church
– You will not have to deal with much traffic and all the restaurants are a stone’s throw away.
Exit 57 Holiday Inn Express $94.36 (two beds)  $86.36 (single King bed)
Reserve by 1/2/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-831-7829 – Exit is two miles north of the church exit (10 min. from the church)
– Recently updated
– Wi-fi, pool, breakfast included
– Fairly easy access, walk to Bob Evans, Roosters. Mexican place across the street, Chipolte, IHOP, close by. Looks like a nice place.
Exit 65 Best Western Clermont Rate: $76.46 / night
Reserve by 1/5/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-528-7702 – Exit is 8 miles south of church exit (plan for 15 min. to the church)
– Updating, seems fairly nice
– Wi-fi, breakfast included
– Looks to be a decent hotel. Rooms open to the outside. You will have to drive through a construction zone on 275 to get back and forth to the church. Usually traffic is fine, but can get backed up. Lots of restaurants close by.
Exit 63 A number of hotels Possibly some good rates – Very heavy construction
– Exit is normally backed up

I hope you will make your plans now to attend. Each of us needs to take time for fellowship with others in ministry and be under the ministry of the Word ourselves.  I’m also looking forward to seeing what God has provided for Eastside Community Bible Church. I know you’ll benefit and be blessed by coming.

Stephen Howard
Publicity Chairman
Ohio Bible Fellowship

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

2014 Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference

2013pastorsconfShepherding the flock of God (1 Pet 5:2) brings both tremendous blessings and deep sorrows. You can be troubled, perplexed, resisted, and misrepresented (2 Cor 4:8–9). You can be tempted by the latest ministry fads or give in to just plain laziness.

Each year at Peniel Bible Camp the Ohio Bible Fellowship sponsors a special conference for encouragement, sharpening, mutual fellowship, prayer, and instruction. This year’s conference is June 23–25 and Steve Thomas, pastor of Huron Baptist Church of Flat Rock, MI, will minister the Word to us around the theme of The Glory of the Ministry. Brother Thomas will develop that theme through three messages from 2 Corinthians 2:14–7:2. Additionally, he will present four workshops on the following topics:

  • A Glorious Ministry through Biblical Exposition
  • A Glorious Ministry through a Focused Mission (addressing the increasingly popular idea that social justice is an essential part of ministry, such as promoted by Tim Keller)
  • A Glorious Ministry through Ordered Worship
  • A Glorious Ministry through Discipline

Each workshop will have a set of extensive notes and provide time for discussion. In addition to these notes you will receive several books for your library.

You can access the brochure here for more information, as well as fill out and mail in the registration form. You can also register online here. Bring a pastor friend, another man from your church, or a student preparing for the ministry!