Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches

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Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches

Address -17 West Maple Drive, Seville, OH  44273

Phone - 330.242.8418 (office) or 863.368.1617 (Chuck) or 863.368.1780 (Linda)

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Email: chuckpausley@oarbc.org 



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State Representative

Chuck Pausley (Linda)
17 W. Maple Drive
Seville, OH 44273
(863) 368-1617 (Chuck)
(863) 368-1780 (Linda)

Council of Twelve

The Council of 12 oversees the work of the Association. The churches nominate men for four of the twelve positions each year.  Nomination ballots are sent to the churches on the statistical forms mailed out each August.  Those men who receive the most nominations are voted on by the messengers from the churches at the OARBC Annual Conference in October. These men are elected to three-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms.

Dave Burman, First Baptist, Niles
Dave Hixson, Calvary Baptist, Sandusky
Dave Ryan, Grace Baptist, Canton
Ken Spink, Berea Baptist, Berea 

Tom Alexander, First Baptist, Wellington
Dave Denny, Whipple Avenue, Canton
Matt Nihiser, Calvary Baptist, Lancaster
Jeff Willetts, Calvary Baptist, Bellefontaine

David Conrad, Calvary Baptist, Xenia
David Culver, Chairman, Shawnee Hills Baptist, Jamestown
Ken Lowe, Hope Baptist, Akron
Larry Nocella, Camden Baptist, Wellington

OWM Officers  (Ohio Women for Missions)

President           Donna Victor  (330) 603-6048, cmvictorde@sbcglobal.net 
Vice President   Renny Snare   (419) 979-2778, rennyssnare@gmail.com 
Secretary           Kim Kozy        (330) 807-0910, jkloveskk@hotmail.com  
Treasurer           Karen Blasdel (330) 328-1143, muggys14@yahoo.com   

Youth Committee OSYC

Dave Burman, Jr. - First Baptist, Niles
Jordan Patrick - Grace Baptist, Canton
Cory Prosowski - Faith Baptist, Amherst

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Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, and that the original writings are inerrant. We embrace all matters that the Biblical authors address, and we believe that they are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21


We believe in one, true, living God; an infinite, all knowing, all powerful, ever present Spirit, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons. These three are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1:1,2; Proverbs 30:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3,4; II Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

We believe that Christ is absolute Deity, that He is both human and divine, both true God and true man, and that He existed from eternity and is co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life, that He provided a substitutionary atonement for sinful man, and that He died on the cross, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, that He ascended bodily into Heaven. We believe that He intercedes now for the saints, and that He will return literally to earth after the Tribulation to set up His millennial reign.
Matthew 1:20,21,28; Mark 16; Luke 1:26-28, 24; John 1:1,2,14, 10:30; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:4; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15, 9:26; I John 5:20.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, that He was active in creation, and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe that He is the agent in the New Birth, that He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at conversion, and that He indwells, seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, fills, and helps the believer.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We also believe that the sign/revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit have fulfilled their purpose for the church age and are not applicable to the work of the Holy Spirit today.
Psalm 139:7-12; John 14:16-17, 16:13-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:8-10, 28-30; 13:8-10;14:1-40; Hebrews 2:2-4

Devil and Satan

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil, and that he was created by God as an angel but, through pride and rebellion, became the enemy of his Creator, that he became the unholy god of this age and the rulers of all powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10

The Creation

We believe in the Biblical account of Creation, including angels, physical universe, and man, that is a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate, creative acts of God, without any evolutionary process.
Genesis 1:26, 27, 2:7-9, 16, 17, 3:1-19

Fall of Man

We believe that man, created in the image of God, was innocent, but that he voluntarily sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual and eternal death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed.
Genesis 3:6; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-19, 5:12-19

The Virgin Birth

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and that He is both true God and true man.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14; Philippians 2:6-11


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and rose again for our justification. We believe that all those who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and are saved by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit and works.
Acts 13:39, 16:31; Romans 3:21-28; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8

Grace and New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again, that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ, that it is instantaneous and not a process, and that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. We believe that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel, that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 1:12, 13, 3:3, 6-8; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:17,19; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:1, 5:9; Colossians 2:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 5:1


We believe that the Justification is the judicial act of God, in which He declares the believer righteous because of the imputed righteousness of Christ, and that it is given not because of works but only through faith in the Redeemer's shed blood.
Romans 3:24, 4:5, 5:1-9; Galatians 2:16


We believe that Sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God, accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God based upon the redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return.
John 17:17; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Thessalonians 4:3-4, 5:23-24; Hebrews 3:1, 10:10-14; I John 3:2; Jude 23, 25; Revelation 22:11


We believe in personal separation from all practices and influences of the world which hinder a Spirit-filled life. We believe in biblical separation from all forms of ecclesiastical liberalism, apostasy, and compromise. We acknowledge the freedom and responsibility of each autonomous local church to apply these separation principles according to its understanding of Scripture.
Romans 6:1-14, 12:1; I Corinthians 6:14, 7:1; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:1-17; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17

Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally kept by God.
John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; Jude 1

The Local Church

We believe that the local church is an organized body of immersed believers, associated by covenant, observing the ordinances of Christ, having the offices of pastor and deacon, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges and responsibilities given them by the Word, and that it has the absolute right of self government, free from outside interference and is directly responsible to God. We believe that the church, which is His body, includes all New Testament believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. We believe the mission of the church is to glorify God, edify believers, and seek to evangelize the lost.
Matthew 18:15-17, 28:19,20; I Corinthians 1:2, 7:17, 10:31, 11:16, 12:28; Ephesians 1:12,22,23, 2:14, 15, 4:11,12, 5:23-32; I Timothy 3:1-15

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth his identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church, and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Matthew 3:16, 28:16-20; John 3:34, Acts 2:41, 42, 8:36, 38, 39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12

Righteous and Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all dead; the saved to a life of eternal glory and blessing in Heaven with God; but the unsaved to eternal judgment of conscious suffering in the lake of fire.
Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:32; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 7:13, 14, 25:34-41; Luke 9:21, 16:25; John 5:28, 29, 8:21, Romans 6:17, 18, 23, 7:6; I John 5:19; Matthew 10:28, 18:8, 9, 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-49; John 5:28, 29; II Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 10:6, 11-15, 21:1-8

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed. However, we believe that civil government has no right to legislate or seek to control matters of religious faith or practice.
Exodus 18:21, 22; II Samuel 23:3; Psalm 72:11; Daniel 3:17, 18; Matthew 10:28, 22:21, 23:10; Acts 4:19, 20; 5:20, 23:5; Romans 13:17; Philippians 2:10, 11; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13, 14, 17; Revelation 10:16

Future Events

We believe in the imminent "Blessed Hope," the Rapture of the church before the Tribulation, when "The Lord shall descend from heaven" to catch up His bride to meet Him in the air and to participate in the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven; that the Tribulation will begin on the earth simultaneously, culminating in the literal return of Christ to earth at the end of the Tribulation, the setting up of His millennial reign which is followed by the eternal state, including the new heaven and the new earth.
Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:42-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:5-7, 19:11-16, 20:1-6


We are a group of independent Baptist churches in Ohio who voluntarily associate with each other, characterized by the scriptural principles: "Bound by the Word and to Each Other . . . For the Sake of the Gospel."

Our full title is the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches, the OARBC. Feel free to download a full copy of ourConstitution.

Many of our churches also fellowship with a national group, called the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, the GARBC.

So Much to Offer!

An Honorable Heritage

The Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches took its first official stand in 1928 at the Central Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. We stood for the truth of God's Word and its presentation of God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We stood against liberal theology within the Northern Baptist Convention (NBC), its denial of the supernatural element in Scripture, and the person and work of Christ. This stand resulted in the formation of the Ohio Association of Independent Baptist Churches and our separation from the NBC.
Liberal leaders in the NBC were denying core New Testament beliefs. They rejected the miraculous-supernatural elements of the Christian faith. They tried to explain Jesus' miracles with more "natural or common sense" explanations. When it became clear that this way of thinking was prominent within the NBC, we decided to separate and begin a group that believed and stood for the supernaturalness of Christ and His word.

A Biblical Foundation

The OARBC continues to stand on the fundamentals of the faith and for the supernatural element in Scripture. The following core beliefs are the foundation, the irreducible minimum, of true Christianity:

The verbal inspiration of the Bible
The virgin birth of Christ
The deity of Christ
Christ's substitutionary work at the cross
Christ's bodily resurrection
Christ's second coming
We believe in a balanced separatism. Whatever the New Testament clearly teaches and emphasizes is major to us; we believe in standing for these clear teachings and standing apart from others who deny them. Whatever the New Testament is silent about, or gives liberty of choice in, are matters of individual conscience; we believe in giving others freedom to follow the Holy Spirit's leading in these areas without making them tests of fellowship. Thus, we attempt to major on the majors and to minor on the minors.
We are dedicated to the building of New Testament churches and are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission locally and internationally.

A Warm Friendship

The OARBC stands together in a loose confederacy of about 145 autonomous Baptist churches of like faith and practice. We are an extended and committed friendship of people who believe essentially the same doctrine and are of like minds. We take seriously the "one anothers" of the New Testament. Like any healthy friendship, we function on the strength of affection, mutual respect, and voluntarism. Internal consensus motivates us. We hold high respect for the autonomy of each local church that stands with us. Each church is independent and free to govern its own affairs. Happily and voluntarily, we stand together with the "one anothers" in this extended friendship.
The OARBC acknowledges the existence of eleven autonomous local area fellowships within the state of Ohio. The State Association will, as much as possible, coordinate with these fellowships in the conduct of its ministries, and will provide counsel and encouragement to them as appropriate.


The OARBC has a leader to serve the churches. A State Representative serves as the "designated friend" of the pastors and churches in the Fellowship.  He works closely with the Council of 12, pastors elected by the churches of state of Ohio to provide leadership in implementing the purposes of the OARBC.    

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