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2018 Fall Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference

Also sign up for the Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship that takes place at Peniel Bible Camp on Thursday:

Speaker: Dr. David R. Shumate

David Shumate lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the General Director of MGMI (formerly Mexican Gospel Mission). He holds a law degree from Harvard (1986) where he was attending when he and his wife, Linda, accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. He subsequently received the Master of Divinity (1993) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Old Testament Theology, 2001) from Bob Jones University Seminary. He taught in the School of Religion and the Seminary at Bob Jones for eight years (five years full time). David served as Associate Pastor under Dr. John Vaughn at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina for fifteen years. The Shumates are sent out from Faith Baptist Church, but are also associate members at the Mexican Evangelical Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, a bilingual ministry with close ties to MGMI. Dr. Shumate has been involved for many years in providing theological training for national pastors, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Lord has blessed the Shumates with six children, of whom three still remain at home.



Our schedule will begin on Thursday evening to accommodate any planning to attend the Ohio Pastor Prayer Day at Peniel Bible Camp to be held during the day on Thursday, Oct. 11. Peniel Bible Camp is just 9 miles north of Morrow Bible Church.  There are a few area restaurants available for dinner on Thursday for those planning to stay through to the OBF conference.

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018

7:00 PM           Dr. Shumate

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018

9:00                 Prayer

9:30                 Business Meeting

10:30               Fellowship

11:00               Dr. Shumate

12:00               Lunch at Morrow Bible Church

1:00                 Dr. Shumate

2:00                 Fellowship

2:30                 Dr. Shumate

3:30                 Business Meeting



  • Morrow Bible Church will provide lodging with church families. Contact Pastor Stephen Howard at (740) 501-3666 or to make reservations.
  • Camp cabins are also available at Peniel Bible Camp, just 9 miles from Morrow Bible Church. To make reservations contact Izaac VanderSchel at (740) 505-5621 or
  • The Best Western is nearby at the I-71 & Rt. 95 interchange. Call (419) 768-2378 to make reservations. Several rooms have been reserved for the conference at a discount from the usual rate. Reservations must be made with the hotel by September 15 to receive the discount.


Morrow Bible Church is located 2.5 miles southwest of Sparta, Ohio. The church address is 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio  43011.

Spring Conference Highlights

Gathering with followers of Christ refreshes weary souls and rekindles fervency for the gospel. The preaching and fellowship at the 2018 Spring OBF Conference certainly served those Scriptural goals. Captain Steve Brown (Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, retired; Endorser/President, Associated Gospel Churches) preached four excellent messages on theme “Responding Right to Coercive Government.” Captain Brown demonstrated how Daniel and his colleagues provide an inspired pattern from Daniel 1-4. Pastor Dan Greenfield and the people of Orwell Bible Church extended exceptional hospitality and graciously provided excellent meals.

The following summarizes the content of the messages and notable matters from the business portion.


Notable matters:

  • The Ohio Bible Fellowship recognized its 50 years of existence. Letters of appreciation from Chris Seawright, Thomas Zartman, and Mark Perry were read. The OBF members passed a resolution that summarized the history, stated our position, and set our ongoing goals.
  • Per recommendation of the OBF Executive Committee, churches will have the option to host conferences in a one or two-day format
  • Elections were held for the 2018-19 OBF Executive Committee with the following results:
    •  President – Dan Greenfield
    •  Vice President – Tony Garren
    •  Treasurer – George Bailey
    •  Secretary – Stephen Howard
    •  Publicity Chairman – Nathaniel Pringle


Session Summaries: (Clilck here for audio)

Session 1 – Responding to Governmental Pressure to Conform to Paganism (Daniel 1)


o   The advancement of paganism: Encroaching on the godly (1-2)

  • God’s judgment – Judging His people for their sin
  • God’s jurisdiction – God sovereignly controls the nations

o   The aim of paganism: Assimilation (3-5)

  • Coercive commands (3) – Not about freedom, demands endorsement
  • Calculated commands (4-5) – Aims for best and brightest, accommodates basic needs, alters the identity
  • Comprehensive commands (4-5) – Literature, language, names, food – Impossible to escape

o   The answer to paganism

  • Profound response of Daniel to government authority (7-16)
    • Reflective (8)
    • Resolute (8)
    • Respectful (8)
    • Resourceful (10-14)
    • Replete with faith (9-16)
  • Providential response of God
    • Solved the crisis of the four
    • Sharpened the court of the pagan government


o   Who do you really work for?

o   What lines have your drawn and are they Biblical or just personal preferences?

o   What are you willing to die for?

o   What creative alternatives can you offer that are Biblical and mission effective?

o   Will you allow God to exalt you and more importantly Himself through the crisis?


Session 2 – Responding to Rash and Abusive Governmental Authority (Daniel 2)


o   The arrogance of paganism

  • Note its demand – tell me NOW (9-11)
  • Note its decree – fury (12)

o   The answer to arrogant paganism

  • Prudent initiative (14-16)
  • Prayerful intercession (17-18) – “Powerless Christians are usually prayerless Christians.”
  • Praiseworthy identification
    • God’s answer is evidenced (23)
    • God’s authority is exalted (30, 47)
    • God’s ambassadors are elevated (48f)


o   Not all problems in the world have a happy ending

o   But for God’s children all problems have a happy end

o   The requirement is faithfulness to the One True King

o   The next time a serious conflict emerges with someone in authority ask yourself, “Is God exalting Himself through me?” He is, so let Him! He will with or without your cooperation


Session 3 – Responding to Governmental Coerced Idolatry (Daniel 3)


o   The coerced idolatry of a pagan government

  • Government developed religion (1)
    • Self-aggrandizement
    • State authenticity
    • State amalgamation
  • Government directed worship (4-5)
  • Government defined punishment (6) – “Worship, or else…”

o   The constant integrity of three men

  • The unavoidable confrontation
    • Spiteful indictment (8-12)
    • Sovereign investigation (13-15)
    • Sovereign irrationality (19f)
  • The unexpected comeback
    • A certain reply (16)
    • A confident reply
    • A confrontational reply
    • A courteous reply

o   The consummate identification of the One True Almighty God

  • Exalted above kings
  • Exalted in the kinetic
  • Exalted in the exchange of wrath for praise
  • Exalted in the elevation of Himself
  • Exalted in the elevation of His servants


o   God will be exalted in our lives by sending us to reach a pagan world, or by sending the pagan world to us

o   We are wired to worship and only the true God is worthy of worship

o   Government has no right to steal worship due to God

o   God is to be worshipped even in our firm/respectful responses to pagan government

o   God can and will take care of Himself and His people

o   We are servants of the Most High God

o   As Nebuchadnezzar, all creation will bow in submission – remain faithful!



Session 4 – Responding to/Advising a Proud Pagan King Who Learned His Lesson the Hard Way (Daniel 4)


o   Daniel was used of God to inspire a pagan royal doxology (1-3)

o   Daniel was used of God to interpret a pagan king’s dream (4-27)

  • The fanciful machination (10-18)
  • The failing magicians (7)
  • The faithful messenger
    • Lauded by the king (9)
    • Loyal to the king (19)
    • Loyal to the King of kings!

o   Daniel was used of God to illuminate a pagan king’s darkness (34)

o   Daniel was used of God to inspire a pardoned king’s second doxology (34-37)


o   All authority should honor God

o   All will someday. Some will along the way.

o   WE are to be men and women of truth, tactful yet truthful advisors to those in authority over us

o   We should be loyal truth givers to the authority God places over us – the gospel changes EVERYTHING


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

Resolution Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide – 2017 Winter Conference

The following resolution was passed by the members of the OBF on January 14, 2017:

On October 27, 1997 Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act became state law following a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 1997 that state bans on physician-assisted suicide were constitutional. The SCOTUS left the decision to state law. Since that time, 991 patients have died in Oregon by taking prescribed, life-ending drugs. Five additional states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: California, Colorado, Montana, Washington, and Vermont.[i]

Christianity Today reported in a December 6, 2016 article that two-thirds of the general populace believe physician-assisted suicide is morally acceptable, including over forty percent of professing evangelicals. Generationally, seventy-seven percent of those 18-24 agreed that, “When a person is facing a painful terminal disease, it is morally acceptable to ask for a physician’s aid in taking his or her own life” (LifeWay survey question).[ii]

Physician-assisted suicide differs from euthanasia by specifying parameters when a physician might prescribe lethal drugs. Also, euthanasia involves  the actual administration of lethal agents while physician-assisted suicide involves providing the agents and necessary information for self-administration. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics, chapter 5, sections 7 and 8, states that both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are “incompatible with the physician’s role as a healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”[iii] Physician-assisted suicide must not be confused with the choice to withdraw artificial life-sustaining systems. Instead, it is the provision of an outside, lethal agent with the intent of self-murder.

Many  secular and religiously liberal groups argue against physician-assisted suicide on the basis that the physician becomes culpable for taking life. In some instances, these viewpoints will argue that suicide is a legitimate human right if another person does not facilitate the act. This argument ignores the ramifications of the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” and allows man to arbitrarily shape morality. Scripture allows the taking of life for judicial equity in murder cases, war, and self-defense.

Physician-assisted suicide contradicts  several Scriptural pylons. At its root, any immoral taking of life rejects God’s sovereignty as Creator. Because God gives  life, God alone chooses how and when life ends (Hebrews 9:27). Moreover, enabling a man to unjustifiably  end life undermines the doctrine of God’s providential control over all the affairs of men, including suffering. Physician-assisted suicide assumes that man knows what constitutes legitimate suffering and when that suffering is too much for another human being. This directly violates the full scope of the sixth command which “requires all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life and the life of others” (answer to question 74 of the Baptist Catechism of 1693). Proverbs 24:11-12 instructs wise people to rescue those heading to death and reminds the reader that God watches over the soul and will justly repay. Paul pleads with the Philippian jailer to refrain from taking his own life (Acts 16:28). Furthermore, God says “no one ever yet hated his own flesh” (Ephesians 5:29). As the image-bearer of God, God distinguished man from all other creatures and thereby decreed  the sanctity of human life. God alone chooses when and how man dies (including aforementioned instances of just causes).

Therefore, we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference on January 13-14, 2017, at Fayette Bible Church in Washington Court House, Ohio, express our whole-hearted acceptance of the biblical teaching regarding the sanctity of human life and thus reject  physician-assisted suicide as unbiblical. We reject the assumption that man knows better than God when to end life and assert that God fulfills His purposes in times of intense suffering. We remain committed to ministering God’s truth to those suffering and desire to see them find eternal peace and comfort through faith in Jesus Christ. We will boldly proclaim the doctrines of Scripture upholding God’s authority over life and death.

[i] CNN article, “Physician-Assisted Suicide Fast Facts”:

[ii] Christianity Today article:

[iii] AMA Code of Ethics, chapter 5: – Excellent resource compiling numerous articles organized by a variety of groups (e.g., “Research,” “Physician articles,” etc.)

2017 Winter Conference

Start out 2017 with fellowship, solid instruction, and renewing a burden to point young people to Jesus Christ. Pastor Tony Garren and Fayette Bible Church have put together a full conference with a variety of opportunities. See below for the schedule and accommodation options. We look forward to seeing you there!

2016 OBF Fall Conference



·         America’s Best Value (23 miles from OBC), $103

·         Holiday Inn Express (23 miles from OBC), $141

·         Hampton Inn (23 miles from OBC), $169

·         Ramada (23 miles from OBC), $110

·         Sleep Inn (23 miles from OBC), $127

·         Old Stone Bed & Breakfast, Mesopotamia (6 miles from OBC), $125

·         Red Maple Inn, Burton (13 miles from OBC), $196


Perry Update

Perry background

Check out the full update from the Perry’s here.

Brothers, Pray for Us

Continue steadfastly in prayer.

Missionaries are always asking for prayer. We are no exception: we always ask the churches where we minister to pray for us. We have prayer cards, refrigerator magnets, wrist bands, a website and Facebook page, and this prayer letter to help believers remember to pray for us. And we are not just saying that: we need your prayers! But how should we pray for missionaries?

Pray according to God’s will.

We can pray with confidence when we ask according to God’s will (1 John 5:14–15), and when we pray scriptural prayers, we know we are praying according to God’s will. First, we ask you to pray that God will use every circumstance he ordains in our lives to make us more like Jesus. Romans 8:28–29 says that God works every thing in our lives for our good, and specifically, to conform us to the image of his Son.  So our prayer request is that even more than raising support or traveling safely, we want God to change us to be more like Jesus Christ.

Second, we ask you to pray that God will use us to serve Jesus’ church. We often feel weak and inadequate, but we trust God to use our “watering” efforts to and make his church grow (1 Cor 3:6–7). We know that God delights to use weak vessels because then his power and glory are magnified (2 Cor 4:7).

Third, we ask you to pray that God will open our eyes and hearts to spiritual needs around us. We don’t just want to see the Water of Life flow to the deserts of northern Chile, but also to the thirsty souls around us (John 4:13–14). We want God to enable us to see the people we encounter and talk with as image bearers who need to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:20–21).

Finally, we ask you to pray that God will provide churches and individuals to partner with us. We don’t just desire people or churches who will write checks—we hope they will see us as members of the same team. We want them to realize that what we desire to do in Chile is obeying the same commission that Jesus has given us here!

Please pray for us as we seek to serve these churches over the next month:

2016 Pastors Conference

Mark your calendars for June 27-29 to meet with fellow pastors and laborers in the harvest field for two full days of fellowship and instruction from the Word of God. Dr. Fred Moritz will be our keynote speaker focusing on the theme of “Faithful Shepherding.”

More details will be coming regarding the schedule and specific sessions.

To register, follow this link or mail in the following information…

2016 OBF Pastors’ Conference Registration
Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________
City: ___________________________________ State: ____________ ZIP: ___________________________________
Phone: ____________________   __ Home __ Cell __ Work
Phone: ____________________   __ Home __ Cell __ Work
E-mail address: _________________________________________________________________________________
Home Church: _________________________________________________________________________________

___ I plan to attend the entire conference.
___ I will only be able to attend part-time. (Contact camp registrar for partial camp fee schedule.)

___ Cabin
___ Cabin (up to 8 men)
___ Lakeside Cabin (2-4 men)
___ Staff house with indoor facilities (limited availability)
___ Campsite (bring your own camping unit)
___ Drive-in (no overnight accommodations)

___ Standard: $110
___ $20 deposit on camp fee
___ Entire camp fee

Complete this registration form and mail with camp fee to Camp Registrar.
Patti Perry, Peniel Bible Camp Registrar
103 Parkview Ave.
Westerville, OH 43081


2016 Spring Conference

Spring Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference

hosted by Morrow Bible Church

April 8-9, 2016

Dear OBF members and friends,

We are looking forward to the OBF conference next week at Morrow Bible Church. There are some changes to report. Dr. Vaughn will not be able to speak for the conference next week as previously announced. His daughter Becky has developed a health issue that is requiring his care. He sends his regrets for not being able to attend. We are thankful for the others that will be speaking in his place! Note the revised schedule and speakers below.

GFA missionary deputees Jeremy and Caroline Dion had planned to attend the conference, and have agreed to speak. Pastor Dan Greenfield will give an entire session to his report on “Reclaiming ‘The Gospel Ministry’ from the ‘Gospel Centered’ Movement.” We look forward to preaching from Pastors Steve Spence and Charles Flesher.

Also, the church is planning a meal on Friday and child care as several are coming with children. It would be helpful to the church to let me know if you plan to attend for the Friday meal and if any other children are coming.

Plan to come next week for a good time of fellowship and encouragement from God’s Word!

Pastor Stephen Howard

Morrow Bible Church

Revised Schedule

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016

1:30-2:00          Scripture reading and prayer

2:00-3:00          Business meeting

Ladies meeting with Caroline Dion (GFA missionary to PNG)

3:00-3:30          Fellowship

3:30-4:30          Missionary Jeremy Dion (GFA missionary to PNG)

5:00-6:30          Dinner served at Peniel Bible Camp

7:00-8:30          Pastor Steve Spence (Grace Bible Church, Avella PA)

SATURDAY, April 9, 2016

8:30-9:00         Scripture reading and prayer

9:00-10:00       Pastor Dan Greenfield (Orwell Bible Church)

10:00-10:30     Fellowship

10:30-11:30     Business Meeting

Ladies’ activity with Jenny Howard

11:30-12:30     Pastor Charles Flesher (Greencastle Bible Church)

Friday Meal

Dinner will be served by the church at Peniel Bible Camp on Friday evening. Please let Pastor Stephen Howard  know if you plan to come on Friday so that the church can better prepare for the meal (740-501-3666).

Conference Accommodations

Morrow Bible Church is located 2.5 miles southwest of Sparta, Ohio. The church address is 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio  43011.