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  ABOUT US - A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH

Union Baptist Church preaches the doctrines of grace with passionate plea's for sinners to repent and believe on the lord Jesus Christ for salvation. 

We cling tenaciously to the fundamentals of the faith once delivered to the saints with great emphasis on the authority of the inerrant scriptures.

We hold to the practice that honors the Lord Jesus Christ as head of the church.  We believe the scripture to be a clear guide for our church government and the ordinances.

Please see "Our Doctrine" for a more complete statement of our faith.

Below is our history.

UNION BAPTIST CHURCH

UNION BAPTIST HISTORY - Revised 1985c; 1993, 2000

The Church held its' first meeting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6, 1960, in the Village Hall on Martindale Road, Union, Ohio; there were 19 people in attendance. The preliminary steps taken to open the doors of Union Baptist Church were bathed in prayer, initiated by a love for lost souls, and motivated by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Rev. Glenn Edwards, founding pastor, and his nephew Kenneth Parsons, passed out hand bills on Nov. 5 announcing the first church service. Pastor Charles Arnett (retired 1997) and his family were present at the service.

The average attendance for the first year was 25. In November of l96l, the church moved to 110 S. Main St., Union. The location change brought forth a steady increase in attendance. During the second year, an average of 45 people attended the church.

 The first constitution was adopted by the mission Church Nov. 12, 1962. In February 1963, the Church held a recognition council consisting of local regular Baptist pastors. Those participating in the council were Pastor Nile Fisher - Emmanuel of Dayton; Pastor R. Mac. Carthy - Grace, of Dayton; Pastor L. Brown - Kettering Baptist, Kettering; Pastor Harold Green -Faith Baptist, Greenville; Pastor V. Miller - Immanuel Baptist, Arcanum; Pastor Glenn Greenwood - Blessed Hope, Springfield; Pastor R. Houk - Maranatha, Springfield; Pastor D. Moffat - Grace, Cedarville; and Pastor E. Virgent - Grace, Troy. The creation of the constitution was a monumental experience for the church and the pastor. The church held a dinner, served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sowers, 108 Maplegarden Drive, Union, for the participating pastors.

The Union Baptist Church's Articles of Incorporation were signed May 9, 1963. The church was admitted into the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches fellowship in Omaha, Nebraska during the same month and year. In October l963, the church received the initial plans for its’ building. The plans were drawn by Mr. Vernon Wombold of Dayton as a gift unto the Lord.

 In 1963, Sept. 18 - The church considered buying the rest home to be used as the church building, however, the purchase price was too high ($15,000 was the limit the church could spend). The Church looked for an oil stove to heat the present building.

 Agreed to pay for pastor (Glenn Edwards) - $10 per week (retro- to August 1, 1963).

First Church Clerk for the church was voted in - Carole Arnett named to this position.

Treasurer voted in - John Clemmons became treasurer.

Mr. St. Clair of Cedarville College agreed to set up books.

The Articles of Incorporation were received and filed in the office of Ted W. Brown, the secretary of state, at Columbus, Ohio on March 17, l964. The certificate of plan approval for a building on Montgomery Street in Union was received on March 29, l964.

The Rev. Glenn Edwards served as Pastor of Union Baptist from November 6, 1960 until August 14, 1964.

On Sept. 2, Rev. Monroe Duffie, a high school teacher from West Alexandria and former pastor of several Regular Baptist Churches, answered a call from the church to become an interim pastor. It was under his direction that the Church decided to support a full-time pastor. Also, a committee was formed to clarify and revise the constitution. A decision was made to send money to either Terry or Larry Armstrong, whoever was in need. The Rev. Duffie, his wife Shirley, and their children, Timothy and Brenda were received into the fellowship of the church.

March 10, 1965, the church decided to give Marge MacMillian $20 a month as long as there was a balance in the missionary budget. The church also decided to give $5 per month to the State Missionary.

Charles Arnett, John Clemmons, June Noble and Louis Sowers were appointed to serve on a building committee with the pastor as chairman. This committee was authorized to act as a legal agent in locating a suitable location and initiating a building program including necessary financing. The Rev. Earl Umbaugh, state missionary, helped select candidates for Pastorate of Union Baptist Church. The candidates were required to sign a declaration of belief and an article of faith, according to church constitution.

In addition, the building committee was to put up enough earnest money, up to $1,000, for the purchase of or holding of property for the church.

In March of 1965, Rev. Jerry Locher accepted the full-time pastorate for the salary of $110 per week; and plans were begun for the primary building, located at 528 N. Main St. in Englewood.

On March 2, the time for Sunday School was changed from 10 a.m. to the standard time of 9:30 a.m. - effective April 1.

April 4 - Pastor Jerry, wife Sabra Locher, and son Mark became members of the Union Baptist Church.

June 16 - Mr. & Mrs. Norbert Warner were received by letter from Arcanum Immanuel Baptist. July 14, -We accepted the preliminary plans for the building as presented.

Aug. 15 - Pastor Locher was given authority to sign to borrow $2,000 from the bank in the name of the church for the building.

The Church made payments on money borrowed by four men of the church on behalf of the church for the building. The amount of borrowed money was $750 each, with $1,000 to Mr. Schuler (resident of the small house next door to present building) in addition to $100 showing our earnest in purchasing the property at 528 N. Main St. Englewood

On Jan. 26, 1966, the Church paid the bill for the phone extension with its’ installation from the parsonage to the church. The church agreed that if there were no funds the extension would be removed.

March 23 - The church accepted the agreement for $2,000 from Baptist Builders C

Jan 8 - Pastor Locher’s salary was increased by $15 per week.

Also, membership was withdrawn from the American Council of Christian Churches.

May 24 - Pastor Jerry Locher, Charles Arnett, and Dick Powell were sent to OARBC as voting messengers in Columbus.

The pastor’s salary was raised to $140 per week on Feb. 7, 1968. The church also agreed to provide hospitalization insurance and conference expense. Monday was declared the pastor’s day off and it was determined he would receive two weeks vacation with pay.

March 3 - State approves plans for new building - 50’ x 75’ at a cost of $24,000.

March 20 - The Church decides to support missionaries Dr. James and Mrs. Esther Entner in the Philippines.

May 1 - The Church received word from Church Building Committee that the building loan was approved. Payments of $30l.96, financed for 12 years with option to refinance the end.

The church accepts the loan and decides to go ahead with the new building as planned (to be flush with existing building - east side).

Sept. 11 - Pastor requested the church secure loan to pay outstanding debts covering trench for retaining wall, material for stairwell cover, Hines Hardware, driveway repair, and parking area at the rear of the building.

The Church continued to grow and in the Fall of 1968 a new Sunday School addition was added, including a fellowship hall, nursery, and offices.

On Dec. 8, the Church met at the new building to varnish the doors and held its’ first official prayer service.

On Dec. 19, 1969 the Church held its’ first Sunday Services in the new building. The Church dedicated its all-electric building on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker for the dedication was Earl D. Umbaugh, state missionary from the OARBC.

May 29, 1969 - Bro. Charles and Carole Arnett were elected voting messengers to the GARBC Conference, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Jan. 10, 1970 - The Church amended the Constitution to comply with Hiscox Rules concerning quorums and voting procedures. The Church also decided to change the Annual Business Meeting to the second and third week of February.

In 1970, The Church wall against the hill caved in. It took a lot of effort by the church to get the building repaired.

May 16, 1971 - Pastor Jerry Locher’s resignation was effective June 6. Back surgery was scheduled for Brother Locher. The Church took up love offerings until July 11.

On June 9, 1971 - the Church called one of its’ own members, Charles Arnett, to be their pastor.

Pastor Arnett and his wife Carole were elected voting messengers to the GARBC Conference in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Oct. 10 - The church purchased a tractor for $1,200.

Oct. 23 - A letter was sent to Faith Baptist Church of N. Canton recognizing them as a mission of Union Baptist. The letter stated that the Church was proud to recognize the Locher Family as members.

The baptism of Muriel and Herb Roettger also took place.

Nov. 14 - Brother Caudill and Brother Culbertson to recognition service -Faith Baptist Church, N. Canton

Advisory Committee authorized as ordination Committee for Pastor Arnett.

Dec. 5 - The Church agreed to support David and Barbara Taylor, missionaries to Brazil, with $15 per month.

Dec. 15 - Jere Cunagin, Carol Oaks, and Pastor Charles and Carole were appointed as OARBC voting messengers in Belfountain, Ohio.

The Church sent mission help in the form of $150 for six weeks to Pastor Jerry Locher at Hartville, Ohio Baptist Church.

In October of l972 the Church purchased a l960, 66 passenger bus to begin its bus ministry. During those years, souls were saved and lives dedicated unto the Lord. It seemed that the Lord had been preparing the Church for growth in the city of Union and Englewood, yet, the Church experienced financial burden because of the new building. This caused Pastor Arnett to work full-time in engineering until Sept. 30, 1984 when he also served the church as pastor full-time. He still continued to work one day a week in engineering to make it easier for the church to support him.

********* Memories **********

l970's - The Baptismal painting: in memory of Harry Culbertson, a faithful Deacon & Sunday School Superintendent, painted by artists Glenda Thomas and her sister Wanda Coffee.

The Organ: In memory of Harold Pencil, father of the Church organist Lynn Pencil Petrequin.

1971 - Swordbearer teams from Cedarville College began coming to the church and helped by working with the Nursery, Youth and later with the Jr. Church. Families of the church have hosted the students for Sunday dinner by taking turns having them in their homes.

l982 - In memory of Ginny, Larry and Melody Newsome (age 16), Deacon and Sunday School teacher who went to be with the Lord due to an airplane crash in Pikeville, Kentucky. Parking Lot and Drive Blacktop were given to the church in their memory by their son Ronald.

Blue Song books: Given in memory of Max & Dorothy Brown by their daughter Carole and son-in-law Pastor Charles Arnett.

Piano and carpet: In memory of Dale and Opal Arnett by their children, Phyllis Studebaker, Pastor Charles Arnett and families.

1988 -The auditorium clock and library bookcases were given in memory of

Helen Arnett, step-mother of Phyllis Studebaker and Pastor Charles Arnett.

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Jan. 2, 1972 - Harvie Coffee was baptized.

March 24 - Council called by the church to examine Pastor Arnett for ordination.

1972 - Baptisms: Kay Warner, Brenda and Diane Griffith, April Russell, Becky Oaks, Catherine Ramsey (resident of Englewood Manor), Barbie, Gene and Tim O’Dell.

Sept. 23, 1972 - Pastor &Mrs. Arnett were sent as messengers to the OARBC Conference.

1973 - Baptisms: Virginia Newsome, Melody Newsome, Jim and Mary Weimer , Ann Bailey, Anita Shepherd, Phyllis Katzenbach, Ron and Glenda Thomas, and Jim Coffee and Ova Coffee.

Sept. 7, 1973 - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were selected as voting messengers in October to the O.I.B Conference.

Nov. 19, 1973 - James Greer was to hold a Mini Bible Conference at the Church.

1974 - Baptism: Larry Moore.

March 10, 1974 - The Deacon Fund, to be taken at Lord’s Supper, was established for people in need.

1974 - Baptisms: - Jack Epperly, Chris Bailey, Randy Morgan and Tom Bailey, Jenny Lentz, Paulette Vickrey, and Carroll Gibson.

Oct. - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were elected as voting messengers at the OARBC Conference in Toledo, Ohio.

Jan. 19, 1975 - David and Donna McConnell were baptized. The Church determined to support pastor Arnett with $125 weekly as he cut engineering job to three days.

Feb. 16, - The front around the baptism area was changed by removing paneling to match rest of auditorium.

March 8 - Greg Stine, Randy Shupert, Candy, Dave and Bob Springer were baptized.

March 19 - Cedarville College group took religious survey of Englewood for the church

April 9 - A Youth Committee was appointed. Also, David Morton, John Shappard, and Kenneth Wesley were baptized.

April 16 - Brother Bill Bailey was given permission to build a baseball diamond on the rear property.

The Church also decided to rent a booth for the Springfest at OR Edgington School.

April 20 - Jane Shappard and Ronald Wright were baptized.

May 10 - Pastor, two men invited to recognition council for Shawnee Hills Baptist of Jamestown.

Deborah and Tom Tolle baptized and Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were selected as voting messengers to the OARBC Conference.

June 19 - Kyle Vickrey, Bill and Donna Garwood were baptized.

July 13 - Pastor Arnett went back to work five days a week at Instrulab to help the church build up its’ treasury and finances.

August 19 - Maggie, Pat and Mary O’Brien were baptized.

Sept. 7 - Pastor & Mrs. Arnett were selected as messengers to the OARBC Conference.

Sept. 11 - The Church voted to purchase a new duplicating machine.

Sept. 14 - The Church started having Children’s Church for ages 4 – 8. It was determined that infants through age three would remain in the nursery.

Sept. 28 - Sheryl Arnett and Maxie Perry were baptized.

Oct. 19 - Debbie Smith and Irene Morman were baptized.

April 14, 1976 - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett went to Seattle in June 1976 for the GARBC Conference (traveled by motorcycle). Also, David Thomas, Melissa Botticello, Imogene, Elizabeth Day, and Edna Smith were baptized.

Aug. 1 - Robert Doughman and Lois Smith were baptized.

Aug. 15 - Baptisms: Charles, Nannie, and Opal McManus.

Sept. 19 - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were voted as messengers to the OARBC Conference. In addition,

Jim, Loretta Tindall, Don, David Boyd, Vivian Warner, and Carolyn Harmon were baptized.

Nov. 7 - Martha Vickery, Ricky Harmon, Carrie and Debra Sturgill, and Claudette Smith were baptized.

May 29 - Larry Newsome was baptized.

June 5 - Ronald Newsome was baptized.

Jan. 8, 1978 - The time for the evening services changed from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 12 - Deacons advised selling church bus and removing pool tables from fellowship hall.

April 23 - Todd Clark and Pete Warner were baptized.

May 7 - The Church planned VBS for Aug. 7 – 11. It was determined that teachers would plan their own program. No material was purchased.

May 21 - The Church appointed a roof committee for repairs. Also, it was learned that Missionaries Delises were going to school. Therefore, their money was available for another missionary (Charles and Myrna Alexander were suggested).

July 23 - The Church voted to support ($15 a month) Charles Alexander family as missionaries.

VBS was not held this year, but the area of Union and Englewood was canvassed for five-day Bible Clubs held in homes.

Aug. 10 - Sister Doughman was permitted to have a Joy Club Bible Study in her home

Pastor Arnett was responsible to acquire a song leader from Cedarville College and for the youth group.

Oct. 22 - Kristopher Bauman was baptized.

Dec. 10 - Andy Coffee and Sean Riley were baptized.

Oct. 7, 1978 - The Church voted to borrow money to pave the driveway, pad pews and improve building, and to plant shubbery along rail along at hilltop driveway.

Oct. 28 - Lowell Studebaker was baptized.

Feb. 1979 - Basketball games and a team was organized by coach Bill Bailey.

Jan. 6, 1980 - The Church determined to borrow $35,000 to pay off building and roof. Also, Jack Arnett’s van was critiqued for Sunday School route. The Church also decided to check out cost of driveway, carpet etc.

Jan. 8 - The Church decided to borrow $34,951.52 to pay off building and various other jobs that were needed.

April 13 - The Church discussed disconnecting the phone because of finances. In addition, Melody Newsome was baptized.

July 24, 1980 - Larry (Church Mechanic/Trustee), Ginny (Sunday School Teacher/Church Clerk) and daughter, Melody Newsome (Nursery Steward) entered Heaven as the result of a plane crash in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Aug. 10 - Carole Arnett was appointed temporary church clerk.

The Church decided to take up an offering to buy ham for Ronnie Newsome’s wedding rehearsal dinner, acting as his parents and assisting with the dinner.

The Church voted to ask Bruce Sparks (Cedarville College Student) to candidate as Assistant Pastor. (Bruce is now the senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, OH.)

Brenda Kimmel was voted in as Church Clerk and Ron Newsome was asked to be Church Mechanic and Trustee (once his Army service ended). In addition, Shirley Lynn was baptized.

Oct. 15 - Terri and Bruce Sparks (assistant pastor) were accepted into Church by letter.

Ronnie Newsome was voted Church Mechanic and Trustee.

Oct. 19 - Mike and Diana Clark were baptized.

Nov. 2 - The Pig Fund was started for the New Year’s Eve Pig Roast.

Feb. 1, 1981- Paul Doughman III was baptized.

May 20 - Pastor Sparks suggested a need for more cribs in the Church’s growing Nursery (perhaps even an additional room was appropriate).

May 27 - Pastor Charles and Carole Arnett and Sheri were voted messengers to the GARBC Conference in Winona Lake, Indiana.

June 8 - David Riley was baptized and Sally Riley was reinstated.

July 5 - Lisa Anderson, and Steve and Michelle Shaeffer were baptized.

July 15, 1981 - Diana Newsome was elected Nursery Steward

Aug. 9 - The Church decided to sell the Ford tractor and find a smaller lawn tractor.

Pastor Arnett proposed the Church instruct a project committee to remodel upstairs shed for new tractor.

Aug. 16 - Della and Sewell Smith, Shannon Riley, Tina Commons, and Kevin Mills were baptized.`

Nov. 25 - Ron Thomas was voted in as "Assistant To The Pastor" at $35 per week for housing expenses.

Feb. 21, 1982 - Tim Swartout and Chris Clark were baptized.

March 24 - Assistant Pastor Bruce and Terri Sparks moved to Muskegon, Michigan.

March 17 - Valerie Wesley was baptized.

July 11 - Benjamin Arnett, Sean Riley, and Ronnie Smith were baptized.

June 22, 1982 - New Worship and Service Hymnals were given to the Church in memory of Dorothy and Max Brown, by Carole (daughter) and Pastor Charles Arnett (son-in-law).

Sept. 22 - Pastor Arnett offered to sell his house and build an apartment upstairs in the church building due to low church finances. He purchased building materials. It was agreed that if the Church grew enough, Pastor Arnett would be assisted with a down-payment for a house.

Jan. 2, 1983 - Keith Wise was baptized.

May 4, 1983 - Pastor Arnett, Carole, Sheri, Brenda Kimmel, and Mary Wombold were selected as voting messengers to Niagara Falls, New York to the National GARBC Conference.

June 17, 1984 - The Church agreed to pay support for Pastor Arnett to be full-time pastor and still work one day per week in engineering job.

Sept. 23 - The Church decided to deposit pastor medical expense into an IRA for retirement fund until Instrulab ceases to support his medical expense.

Sept. 30, 1984 - Ivan Davidson was baptized and Donna was received by letter.

Oct. 21 - It was determined that the Treasurer would file for church tax exempt from Social Security tax.

April 10, 1985 - Committees were elected: Music, Worship, and Decoration.

May 10 - Pastor Charles and Carole Arnett were selected as voting messengers to the GARBC Conference in Springfield, Illinois.

March 2, 1986 - Randall and April Davidson were baptized.

June 18 - Pastor and Carole Arnett were selected as voting messengers to GARBC Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Oct. 8, 1986 - Don and Joyce Gill were baptized.

Oct. 15 - A motion was made to buy shingles for the roof.

Dec. 3, 1986 - Donald Strasburg was baptized.

Folding door for the nursery was installed as well as door closer for door between foyer and Sunday School.

Laymen take services on Sept. 1 for the first time. The Church agreed to pay Cedarville youth $20 or $0.22 a mile; whichever was the greater. It was also determined that the Pastor would mail out report (church letter) on church activities for past year. Also, the second Sunday of October was set as BREAK A HUNDRED SUNDAY.

Pastor Arnett supplies heater for open assembly room for prayer meeting during the winter.

Thanksgiving service - Bill and Phyllis, and Dave and Shannon provide special music.

Christmas service - Dec. 15, Cedarville students work with Junior Church for program.

The Church decided to cancel Wednesday evening service on Dec. 25 due to Christmas celebrations.

Also, it was determined that plastic for work party to cover the window screens would be needed o keep out the winter cold weather.

Snow blowing in the attic was also an issue. Dave said he would cut soffit.

The Rileys extend an invitation for a New Year's Eve party.

Ron Thomas was named VBS director.

It was decided that the following modifications would be made: roofing the church, closing in the front porch, and putting up ceiling fans.

Oct. 15, 1989 - Church designated gifts as a faith promise for Brother Jerry Locher.

Advisory Committee agreed to make plans to finish upstairs with donations.

Pastor & Mrs. Arnett were appointed as observers to Sovereign Grace Baptist Retreat at Grand Rapids.

March 26 - Thomas Charles (Tommy) Smith was baptized.

April 19, 1989 - Men were nominated to council of 18: J. Wayne Hart - Xenia, R. Byron Sheerer - Cedarville, James R. Neely - Dayton, Paul Jackson - Cedarville, Dennis Henderson - Jamestown, Nile Fisher - Dayton, Richard Harris - Sellersville PA, Duane Brown - Parsippany, New Jersey.

Also, Pastor Arnett, Sister Arnett, Sister Phyllis Studebaker, Bros. Ivan Davidson, Ron Thomas, and Ernie Kovacs were selected as voting messengers to the 1989 annual GARBC conference in Columbus.

Pastor Arnett and Sister Arnett were appointed to the elections committee.

Ova Thomas was received into the fellowship of the church by letter.

WCDR put a sign on the Church attic entrance; "We are looking for a Summer intern for 1989."

May 17, 1989 - Ernie Kovacs was appointed Sunday School Superintendent.

The Church accepted designated gifts to Dayton Christian Schools.

June 21, 1989 - Joseph E. Collins was received into the fellowship of church in promise of letter from Florence, Kentucky.

Sept. 20 - The following individuals were nominated to the OARBC Council of 12: Dennis Henderson, Byron Shearer, and Wayne Hart.

Nov. 1, 1989 - Ft. McKinley Baptist Church was invited to hold their Sunday evening service in the Church building as they had no place to meet on Jan. 7.

Feb. 1990 - Sharon Shockey was received into the fellowship of the church upon her baptism. Also, Ernie Kovacs was appointed Bible School Director.

March 4 - Carry-In Dinner theme was "Men’s Day"

March 11 - Heidi Lea Mackenzie (Cedarville Student) was received into fellowship by letter from Baptist Church of Blytheville, Arkansas.

April 11, 1990 - Donald Wolford was received into the fellowship of the church..

April 20 - A Youth Retreat with Ft. McKinley Baptist (now Covenant) was planned.

April 22 - The Rev. John and Helen Lawhead were received into the fellowship by letter from Berean Baptist Church of Lima (retired pastor of Berean Baptist).

April 25, 1990 - to the GARBC Conference in Niagara Falls New York - Pastor Charles and Carole Arnett, Brenda Kimmel, Joseph Collins, John and Helen Lawhead and Phyllis Studebaker;

May 20 - A Missions Conference was held with Missionaries Larry Allen, Robert Young, Lisa McClure, Gary Holtz of Campus Bible Fellowship, and Ken Clarkson of Dayton Gospel Mission.

June 5, 1990 - The Rev. John and Helen Lawhead were appointed to the Annual OARBC Conference in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Aug. 19 - Carry-In-Fellowship Dinner was scheduled.

Aug. 25 - Fellowship breakfast at Perkins was established.

Oct. 2 - Ladies Faith and Fellowship Circle Meeting was set.

Oct. 8 - Evangelistic Services were held with Pastor Willie Overton of Draper Valley Baptist in Draper, Virginia.

Dec. 12 1990 - The Church authorized remodeling of pastor’s office.

Dec. 26 1990 - Jim and Loretta Tindall were received into the church upon their statement of faith.

Jan. 30, 1991 - Laura Rene Whiteker was received into the fellowship by letter from University Baptist Church, Beavercreek, Ohio

April 28, 1991 - Spring Conference, "Focus On Children."

Nov. 15, l991 - Church decides to increase the missionary giving of Jim Entner and David Taylor by $10 per month. A GARBC missionary family (Wally Hallberg from Pennsylvania) with car problems stranded at church. Pastor Arnett then helped them to travel on to their other scheduled meetings.

1991 - The Church’s first Summer Intern from Cedarville College was student Tim Canterbury.

In 1992, VBS was held June 15-19, 21. Pastor Arnett was appointed VBS director.

1992 - The Melodee Bell Choir (Jr. Church girls) began under the direction of Pastor Arnett’s wife Carole and daughter Brenda Kimmel. The choir sang frequently at the Piqua Mall Christmas cantata , the West Milton annual conference, and at the Gospel Mission . Also, they sang for church services every other Sunday. Their practice was on Wednesday and Sunday nights each week.

Brenda and Carole also started a Wednesday Night Children’s Bible Hour and time of singing.

Sept. 20, 1992 - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were selected as voting messengers to the insurance meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting focused on what to do about the Fellowship of Regular Baptist Pastors Insurance. (which was later dropped.)

Sept. 30 - Pastor and Mrs. Arnett were selected as voting messengers to the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Also, nominated for Council of 12 were: Pastor Sperry, Pastor Pausley of Troy, and Pastor Wayne Hart of Xenia.

Oct. 18 - Pews were given to the Church. They were picked up by Dave Riley, Jack Brown and David Arnett.

Dec. 11 - A Ladies Christmas Party was held with a gift exchange at Faye Strumbergers.

Dec. 13 - A Sunday School Christmas Program was held with fellowship following. Also, the Melodee Choir performed at Piqua Mall during their parade of choirs.

1993 - Summer Intern Marlon Banez, from Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Canada, a student and former pastor from the Philippines, was welcomed.

May 9 - Missions Conference – Focus on Planting Baptist Churches. Missionaries were: David Taylor, Tom Zentz, Don Taber, and Marlon Banez.

Sept. 8, 1993 -We received John M.Caverlee by his profession of faith in baptism.

Sept. 29, 1993 - Pastor Charles and Carole Arnett were selected as voting messengers to the OARBC Conference in Northfield, Ohio.

Nov. 3, 1993 - Jerry Locher officiated at baptism of his granddaughter, Chera Sturgell. Also, Tim Bell was received into the fellowship of the Church upon his statement of faith. In addition, Ivan Davidson was given permission to purchase church vacuum sweeper

Nov. 28 - Mortgage Burning Ceremony was held with Pastor Jerry Locher (Debbie Sturgell’s dad)as guest speaker.

Dec. 31 - Pig Roast New Year’s Eve at the home of Jerry and Debbie Sturgell.

Feb. 16, 1994 - The following appointments were made: Treasurer - Ivan Davidson, Financial Secretary - Donna Davidson, Sunday School Superintendent - Tim Bell, Sunday School Secretary - Brenda Bell, Church Clerk - Carole Arnett, Ground Steward - Ernie Kovacs, Building Steward - Glenda Thomas and Bill Bailey, Nursery Steward Debbie Sturgell and Ernie Kovacs, Head Usher - Dave Riley and Sean Riley.

Dec. 27 - Melodee Belle Choir presented an Easter Cantata at the church.

May 7 - A Youth Rally with Toronto Baptist Seminary was held at the Church.

VBS is held June 20-24, and Sunday evening of June 26 - Pastor Arnett is the VBS director. Also, Charles and Myrna Alexander were accepted as new missionaries for the amount of $25 per month.

July 17 - Ladies Faith & Fellowship Circle met at the Red Lobster on Poe Road.

July 31 - The men of the church build the shed behind the church building.

Nov. 13 - Pastor Willie Overton of Draper, Virginia held evangelistic meetings.

Dec. 10 - The Melodee Choir and Michael Riley sang at The Piqua East Mall in the Parade of Choirs.

Jan. 14 1995 - Michael Riley began his ministry as a missionary with Youth For Christ.

Jan. 23 - Ladies Faith & Fellowship met at the Amish Country Store in Troy to dine with Barbara Williams at the Chinese Restaurant. The bible study was on Joy. Also, the Church voted to build bookcases in pastors office.

1995 -VBS set for June 19-23, & Sunday Evening 25. Tim Bell is named VBS director.

Pastor Allen Smith, of Roanoke, Virginia holds special meetings on April 3.

Feb. 22, 1995 - the church decides to buy lights for the driveway at the top of the hill. Also, Wendy Arnett is received into the fellowship of the church upon her profession of faith and baptism . Wendy also sang the solo "I am standing for Jesus" during her baptism.

May 17, 1995 - Thomas’s express interest in buying section of church property. Ron is willing to pay $7,000 for the undeveloped building lot 60 x 150 on the church property at the bottom of the hill. Also, Julie Bruner and Bob Partin are welcomed into the fellowship of the church upon their profession of faith and baptism. In addition, the Church decides to increase the support of Missionaries David Taylor and Dr. Jim Entner up to $50 each.

July 8 - A Youth Meeting is held at Pastor Arnett’s to wash windows, cars and grill hot-dogs.

July 19, 1995 - Pastor Arnett is given permission to run for school board member at his discretion.

Nov. 7, 1995 - Cathy and Lee Hughes were received into fellowship upon their profession of faith and baptism.

Nov. 10 - Ladies Meeting was held at Glenda Thomas’ studying Fruits of the Spirit.

Nov. 12 - Pastor Willie Overton of Draper, Virginia was a guest speaker.

Pastor Arnett was selected to represent the Church at the Northmont Strategic Planning Committee.

Dec. 8 - A Ladies Christmas Party was held at Judi Salyers.

Dec. 16 - Michael Riley and the Melodee Belle Choir sing at Piqua East Mall.

1996 - Richelle Elizabeth Sturgell was baptized and Tim Bell is named VBS director.

Pastor and Carole Arnett represent the Church at the 1996 Annual GARBC Conference in Lakeland Florida.

Continental Baptist Conference & Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship hold their joint conference at Union Baptist Church in July 1996.

July 18, 1996 - the church purchased a 16-horse tractor for the price of $650. Also, Denise Riley was received into the fellowship upon her promise of a letter from a fellowshipping church. In addition, DP&L ran an easement over Church property to run Electric power to the Thomas’ house. Ashley, Lesley and Elizabeth Davidson were welcomed into the fellowship of the church on their profession

Dec. 8.Melodee Belle’s present Christmas Holiday Musical at the Piqua East Mall.

Dec. 31 - New Year’s Party is held at the Church.

Jan. 5 - Brenda Bell is diagnosed with meningitis and Heather Doughman is placed on a lung transplant list. Heather was later to have a lung transplant.

Feb. 26, 1997 - Melinda Kimmel is received into fellowship on profession of faith and baptism. Also, Bob Partin is reinstated upon his request.

May 18 - Hosanna Choir began under Carole’s direction.

Aug. 24 - Computer classes begin in the fellowship room for seniors.

Nov. 27 - Missionary David Taylor is the morning speaker.

Pastor Charles Arnett announced retirement from pastorate- deacons declared the pulpit empty.

A Retirement Party is held to honor Pastor Arnett’s 27 years as pastor of Union Baptist Church..

Jan. 4, 1998 - Jack Arnett is reinstated in the fellowship of the church at his request.

March 11, 1998 - Marlana Smith is baptized.

May 13 - Ronald Newsome's membership is reinstated.

The Church decides to support Scott and his wife Susan as Missionaries to the Mormons in Utah for the sum of $50 a month. Also, the Alexander's support is raised by $25 making their total support $75 a month. Dec. 13 - Belinda, Jennifer, and Pastor Laird Baldwin are received by letter from Calvary Baptist Church of Reserve. Pastor Laird Baldwin was called to be the Church’s pastor. A Welcome Party was held for the Baldwins, introducing the new pastor.

A $500 gift to Jose Penol of the Philippines was given to help with the purchase of a church building. The Penol’s are with the Independent Baptist Missions for Asia.

June 13, 1999 - Angela Baldwin is received by letter from Calvary Baptist Church of Reserve, LA and Christopher Carrolton by baptism. Also, Angela Fredrick, a reporter who came to interview Pastor Baldwin, was saved during the interview. She was baptized and added to the church.

June 23, 1999 - Pastor and Belinda Baldwin Messengers - annual GARBC conference in Bellevue, Washington.

July 8, 1999 - Jordan Newsome is welcomed into the fellowship by baptism.

Sept. 19 - The Church decides to regularly support the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches at $50 per month.

Jan. 30, 2000 - Larry Campbell and Marlana Smith are baptized.

Feb. 6 - Andrew Baldwin is welcomed into the fellowship from Reserve, La.

Feb. 9 - Camron Elworth is baptized.

March 19, 2000 - Jerry, Debbie, Bethany and Richelle Sturgell are received into the fellowship by letter from Covenant Baptist Church.

Also welcomed into fellowship were Chera and Jason Brewer from Covenant Baptist Church, and Anthony Tolle from Norwood.

April 16 - Krystalynn Kovacs and Brooke Sturgell are baptized.

June 7 - Pastor Baldwin, Carole Arnett and Charles Arnett are selected as voting messengers to the Annual GARBC conference in Ames, Iowa. Pastor explained the need for prayer and guidance concerning the GARBC approval system.

The Church decided to grant Missionary support that had been going to James and Esther Entner to Scott and Susan Sloans, conditionally as long as the Entner’s are home on leave from the Philippines as suggested by Dr. Entner. The Sloans are in need of purchasing more land in Utah.

In addition, the Church determines to increase support to missionaries Charles and Myrna Alexander at $25 per month for the help of small churches. Also, Shepherds Home support was increased to $50 per month.

The Church established a committee for the 40th Year Anniversary of the Church. The committee was to locate former members, former pastors and song leaders to attend the program. They were to plan the 40th Anniversary Celebration set for Sunday, Nov. 5. The members of the Anniversary Committee are as follows: Ann and Bill Bailey, Ron and Glenda Thomas, Ivan Davidson, Sally Riley, Brenda and Tim Bell, Jack Arnett, Charles and Carole Arnett, Debbie Sturgell and Phyllis Doughman. Tom Tolle, Dave Riley, Debbie Tolle and Angela Fredrick also were added to the committee.