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Allegheny West Conference

News from the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Story by Tim Allston

According to “American Congregations at the Beginning of the 21st Century,” a Duke University 2006-2007 National Congregations Study, the percent of regular adult participants younger than age 35 in the average congregation dropped from 25 to to 20 percent.

Rosalind Beswick and Carl Rogers help Susan Riddle (center) prepare for her baptism.

It’s not often someone walks into a church and says, "If there is a baptism anytime soon, I want to be in it." But that's exactly what Susanne Riddle did. Riddle had been listening to the Amazing Facts radio broadcast for more than a year when, she says, the Holy Spirit convicted her to begin obeying what she had learned. After several attempts she found a Seventh-day Adventist church.

Pastors John Boston and Roman Lopez (left) pose with new members

Pastor John T. Boston, II, and the Columbus Central church family are forging a new path for ministry in the Allegheny West Conference (AWC). After one year of praying and planning, Boston and Sergio Romero, AWC multicultural/church growth director, flew to Campeche, Mexico, and drove Pastor Roman Lopez and his wife, Karina, back to Columbus. Pastor Lopez now serves as the pastor for Hispanic ministries at Central.

Story by Gene Singleton

In a surprise visit to Ethan Temple church in Dayton Ohio, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio visited the church to present the Congressional Community Service Award to longtime member Don G. Black. The award included an American flag that had flown on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

El departamento de ministerios multiculturales de Allegheny West Conference (AWC) juntamente con pastores locales y sus esposas (en la foto de arriba) organizó un retiro espiritual para las hispanas miembro. Alrededor de 100 damas se reunieron por tres días para adorar, compartir historias y reavivar su pasión por Jesús y la misión de la iglesia.

The Allegheny West Conference (AWC) Multicultural Ministries department, together with local pastors and their wives, recently organized a spiritual retreat for the conference’s Hispanic women. Nearly 100 ladies met for the three-day event at a hotel in Cincinnati to worship, share stories and reignite their passion for Jesus and the mission of the church.