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Sunday School - 9:00 AM
Morning Worship - 10:15 AM
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Wednesday Worship - 7:00 PM

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Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 426
Smithville, OH 44677
Parcel Delivery:
7605 Pleasant Home Road
Sterling, OH 44276
Phone 330.669.2394
Fax 330.669.2406
Pastor Stephen Olsen
Phone 330.669.3315
Music Pastor Mark Barrios
Phone 330.465.6653
Assistant Pastor Brandon Byler
Phone 440.465.8612


Anna Beth Wivell

Anna Beth Wivell

Anna Beth grew up in Australia as her parents are missionaries there. She has one older brother who is married and a student at Central Baptist Seminary. She ministered with her parents in Australia at camp ministries, Sunday School, Children’s Church, special music, and various outreach ministries; and in her church in Iowa while she was in college, she served in Awana, Children’s Church, nursing home ministries, etc. She also took mission trips to Zambia, Central Africa Republic, Myanmar and Maine.

She is currently on deputation and participates in occasional mission trips to help with translation work as time allows, helping to prepare translation tools.

Some passages that have been special to her over the years are Isaiah 43:1-7; Proverbs 3:5-6; and Philippians 1:6.

Baptist Children's Home

Baptist Childrens Home Kids

Providing Christian care and counsel for family living.

Baptist Children’s Home was founded in 1955 by churches seeking assistance in caring for families and children.  The Home strives to teach how to live godly lives in spite of painful or seemingly unfair circumstances.  They provide hope through group home and foster home care for children, Christian family and/or personal counseling, family life conferences, adoptive services and care for pre-born children.

The basic conviction which guides the ministry is that God instituted the family.  The family is God’s plan in creating, molding, and shaping lives in responsible, spiritually-maturing adults.  The need for this ministry is much greater today as the number of families in crisis multiplies.

BCH has homes for children in Indiana and Michigan. Group home settings include house-parents with up to eight children.  Individual Christian families provide foster care to children who may be better helped in a smaller family relationship.

Baptist Children’s Home responds to the mandate of James 1:27 to “care for the fatherless.” Today BCH cares for more than 1100 children in the United States, India, Southeast Asia and Liberia

Barry and Denise Williams

Barry and Denise Williams

Barry and Denise are both local products (Wooster and Smithville graduates, respectively).  They met at church and got to know each other on Sunday evenings while their parents were attending choir practice.  (Barry’s parents, Phil & Carol Williams attend PHBC.)  They were married in 1984.

The couple taught in Christian schools for six years.  For five of those years, they were in Carrollton Baptist Temple in Carrollton, OH, where Barry was youth pastor.  Then they were in Lodi, OH for five years.

Next came two years of deputation, and they arrived in Scotland in June of 1998.  The Williams have started three churches while in Scotland.  In March, 2008, the first and third churches voted to merge.  Barry writes that this has to be one of the highlights of their ministry to see these two churches come together and work so hard.  Another highlight was buying the building for the Glenburn church.  The cost was $300,000 and only $50,000 remains to be paid.  The church is doing extremely well, and special Sundays bring over 100 attendees.

Barry’s life verse is Prov. 3:5-6.  “My whole ministry life has been ‘Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.’  On the mission field it isn’t a bad verse to have!!!”

For relaxation, Barry enjoys golf and watching sports.  Denise enjoys knitting and is studying at the University of West Scotland to be a librarian.  Daughter Anna is attending Glasgow University, majoring in archaeology and history.  Ben attends Liberty University, studying electrical engineering; Jared enjoys golf, soccer, and other sports, and his favorite subjects are math and English.

Bob and Lois Gillespie

Bob and Lois Gillespie

Bob and Lois Gillespie both grew up as PKs in Baptist churches.  They both accepted Christ as Savior in early childhood, Lois at age 5 and Bob at age 8.  The couple met at Cedarville College, Bob received his Masters of Ministries at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, and Lois received her Master's of Educational Technology from Johnson University in Knoxville.

Bob and Lois spent the first 25 years of their married life in northeast Ohio, making their home church at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  They taught in Christian schools for 14 years, and raised two children. David and his wife Amy live in Columbus where David is an attorney. Gina is a high school guidance counselor and lives in Butler. Gina and her husband, Brian Kinnard, have two daughters, Summer and Hannah, who are a joy to their grandparents.

Through Mission Conferences at their church and because of their experiences in teaching, the Lord has led them to teach missionary children in West Africa.  In 2001, they moved to Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, to teach at International Christian Academy.  After the 2004 evacuation from and subsequent closing of ICA, God redirected their ministry to Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger.

In 2009, God redirected the Gillespies to continue their ministry of “Training the Next Generation” in the States through Worldview Discipleship Ministries and ultimately “Answers in Genesis”.  Read more at their website.

Bob and Lynne Trout

Bob and Lynne Trout

Bob was raised in a Christian home and came to Christ at age 13 in an evangelistic campaign at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Camden, NJ (1953).  Lynne was raised in a non-Christian home and came to Christ while attending Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA (1960).

Bob and Lynne have been with ABWE for 43 years.  Their ministry has been church planting (they are now in church plant #17) and leadership training.  Bob founded the Bogota Baptist Seminary in 1980 where he served as director until 2003.  Over 300 students have studied in the seminary, and all of the 17 pastors serving in the churches have graduated from the program.  They have been serving also as ABWE Executive Administrator for Spanish South America.

The church is full to overflowing in Bogota.  Over 200 people attend two services, and the church is going to start a third service.  Bob and Lynne have seen forty-plus baptisms, many saved, and discipled.  The pastors’ fellowship is also a blessing to watch grow and develop.  The pastors do many things together.

The Trouts conclude:  “Forty-two years of ministry and forty-six years of marriage are all because of God’s abundant grace.”

Bob claims I Corinthians 15:58 as his life verse - “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Lynne’s favorite verse is Matt. 6:33 - “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Cliff & Alison Reynolds

Cliff and Alison Reynolds

Cliff and Alison met at Cedarville their junior year and were married shortly after graduation in 2001.  Cliff is from New Jersey, and Alison is from Ohio.  Cliff enjoys sports, and Alison enjoys scrapbooking and teaching art.  They have served together in ministry for the past nine years and have been blessed with three children.  Caleb likes cars, music and “Toy Story”.  Hope likes dolls and helping mommy.  Josiah was born on Sept. 12, 2010.

They felt the Lord leading them into full time mission service in 2006.  They have taken missions trips to Romania, Hungary, Peru, Portugal and England.  Cliff has served as an Associate/Youth Pastor with Alison along side at Crosssroad Baptist Church in New Carlisle, Ohio since 2001 and continues to work there part time while raising support to head to England.  Alison also has served for five summers at Skyview Ranch.

Cliff’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5, 6 and Alison’s is Colossians 1:16.

Dan and Rachael Stoner

Dan and Rachael Stoner

Dan and Rachael were both called to missionary aviation service when they were in junior high school, although Rachael did not surrender to the call until she was 17.  They both attended Moody Bible Institute/Moody Aviation (1999-2002) and Piedmont Baptist College (2003-07) graduating in May 2007.  They were married at age 21 and took a year off of school.  Isaac was a surprise as they were planning to wait five years to have children.  He was born a few months after their first anniversary.  Lydia came along just after they graduated from Piedmont.  Josiah was born in June 2010.  They have served in their local church in capacities such as:  cleaning, teaching all ages of children through senior high (especially Jr. High for three years), music ministries, and VBS.  In 2006 they spent eight weeks in Papua, New Guinea helping in the Aviation Department with SIL.  Most recently they have started a Young Married Sunday School class at their home/sending church, First Baptist of Medina.

Dan and Rachael are pilots and mechanics and love outdoor activities.  They love to do things together as a family and are all quite adventurous at heart.  They are currently in the Pre-field ministry phase of their career missionary service with ABWE.  This ministry is three-fold:

  • Raising financial support
  • Continuing education for effective cross-cultural service in Togo
  • Sharpening their aviation skills

Upon completion of pre-field ministry, they will move to France for 18 months of language school.  When they are fluent in French, they will move to Togo where they will be propelling the Gospel faster and farther with aviation, maintenance, and hospitality ministry.

Dan’s life scripture passage is Hebrews 12:1-2 – “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Rachael’s life verses are Romans 10:15b – “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” and Psalm 116.

Camp Patmos

Camp Patmos


Mission Statement:  Camp Patmos exists to assist the church by impacting lives for Christ through a serving staff and relevant programs grounded in the Word of God.

Core Values:  

  • Safe Environment
  • Exceeding expectations
  • Relationally centered
  • Volunteer integration
  • Investing in people
  • No camper left behind
  • Guided discovery

Camp Patmos was founded in 1952.  All programs guide campers to a deeper understanding of faith in Jesus Christ and its relevance to their lives. Schedules and activities facilitate the development of relationships between counselors and campers through which effective ministry will occur.

The camp owns a large section of the middle of Long Point of Kelleys Island.  Its property reaches from the western to the eastern shore, providing both gorgeous sunrise and sunset views.  Water activities include tubing, water skiing, sailing, and kayaking.  Other activities include paintball, archery, ping-pong, bike rides, putt-putt golf, soccer, and volleyball.

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