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 @ insight.rr.com 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

Eastside Community Bible Church December 2014 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–

  • Praise the Lord for a good Christmas program. We had four guests and it was a good opportunity for our church to work together.
  • Pray that the flyers that went out will pique peoples’ interest in the church.
  • Thankful for some Bible study and counseling opportunities. People are finding us via the website.
  • Pray for the continued spiritual growth of our people and increased understanding of the Word of God.
  • All three girls and Katie were sick in succession over the course of the last two weeks. Thankful for their recovery.
  • Praise the Lord for a young man that has begun attending. He recently has come back to following the Lord.
  • Pray for another young man from UC who comes regularly but is unsaved.
  • Pray for continued boldness to proclaim Christ to those with whom we interact.

Thank you for praying. God continues to do great things here for His glory.

OBF News–Special Service for Pastor Marvin Gassman

gassmansAt the end of this year Pastor Marvin Gassman, who started Morrow Bible Church, will be stepping down as Senior Pastor. Current Assistant Pastor Stephen Howard will become the new Senior Pastor.

On Sunday, December 14, Morrow Bible Church will take time during the morning service (10:45 am) to thank the Lord for Pastor and Mrs. Gassman’s ministry and honor them for their years of service. A potluck dinner will follow the service. Others are welcome to join the church for this special occasion.

The church is located at 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

Eastside Community Bible Church November 2014 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 are thankful for a handful of contacts made through the coffee outreach on Mondays. We are getting some regulars.
  • The Lord has given us the opportunity to minister each week to a young man who is unsaved. Pray that he will find healing in Christ.
  • Pray for our Monday evening Bible Study. We are meeting with a couple men who know the Lord, but have a growing appetite for Scripture (they attend a Christian church in the area).
  • Pray for our Christmas program/outreach on December 14.
  • We are thankful for good health heading into the holiday season. We will be hosting several people, including family, for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We still stand amazed at the privilege to preach the Word and serve the Lord here in Cincinnati!

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.