Dear Church Family:
We have received numerous inquiries regarding the recent re-baptism of Samuel Pipim in one of our Ohio Conference churches. Rather than addressing each individual inquiry, I am issuing this statement so you will know what we know at this time.
The Ohio Conference was unaware of this event until it was seen on Facebook several days after it took place. When I first heard that Pipim had been re-baptized, I believed it must have been in another conference because I did not recognize the name of the pastor who baptized him. However, I have been informed that it did take place at the Columbus Ghanaian Church and that a minister from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference did re-baptize Pipim on Friday evening, June 20th. I have been told the pastor of the church where the baptism took place was on a mission trip in Ghana during this time. I have been unable to personally speak with this pastor regarding the details surrounding this re-baptism and how it came about, but will be speaking with him at the first possible opportunity.
What does this mean for the Ohio Conference and the Seventh-day Adventist denomination? It simply means that Samuel Pipim was re-baptized at a local church in Ohio, where I have been told he has family. It does not mean that Pipim is once again a Seventh-day Adventist minister. The Ohio Conference will not recognize or endorse any attempt by Pipim to resume a denominational ministry within our conference. Ohio Conference pastors have been instructed to not have Pipim preach, teach, or lead in any of our conference churches. We ask our local church leadership to refrain from inviting Pipim to preach, teach, or lead out in our churches as well.
Yours in Christ,
Ron Halvorsen Jr.
Ohio Conference President