Ohio Conference

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In his latest book, Perfect Grace, Tom Hughes, pastor of Ohio Conference’s Newark and Lancaster churches, shares about discouragement that came from his endless pursuit of perfection. 
In the book, Hughes provides the remedy.

Read our interview with him below:

Visitor: How has the acceptance of resting in Jesus’ grace on our behalf made an impact in your life?

Hughes: I’ve learned that we can’t add anything to God’s perfect grace, we just accept his glorious gift of salvation full and free!

Enmanuel A. Freites Perez (in back), assistant pastor of the Vandalia church plant, baptizes (left to right) Marcia Hernandez, her son Christian and husband, Aslih.

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

A small group, originally based in the Springfield Spanish church, met every week in private homes until they grew to about 14 baptized members. They then decided to plant the Vandalia church last December.

A strong vision of growth and a huge dependence upon prayer stabilized members. They started this project with a prayer program for 30 days, then decided to keep praying for 50 more days. After the 50 days, they decided to pray indefinitely every day at 5 a.m.

Ty Wright photographed Mariya Marton

Story by Shannon Kelly/ Photos by Ty Wright

Mariya Marton recalls with painful clarity the day her life turned upside down. She was pursuing a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and completing her residency at Ohio State University's hospital in Columbus, when she started feeling dizzy and sick.