American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Christian Sympathy - Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain



It is with profound sadness that we share with you the unexpected passing of Rev. Dr. Larry Swain last evening. He and Linda were visiting family in Kansas City.

Dr. Swain served as an Area Minister and later Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio until his retirement in December 2015. He returned last year to serve as ABC Ohio’s Interim Executive Minister after the death of Dr. Ernest Jones. He was serving as Executive Staff Coach for the Region at the time of his passing. Dr. Swain was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, outstanding leader, and man of God.

  • The Memorial Service for Larry Swain is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055. There will be a 10:00 AM visitation and the Memorial Service will follow from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

In Christ,

Rev. Mark Click
Rev. Jane Gibbons
Executive Ministers