Executive Secretary of Ohio
Association of Free Will Baptists
Brother Edwin Hayes has a rich heritage in the Free Will Baptist work. His late father, Woodrow Hayes served as deacon for the Columbus 1st Church for over 50 years. His grandfather, elder Dave Al Hayes, was a longtime FWB pastor, pastoring several churches in Kentucky before serving the Columbus 1st Church for over eighteen years. His father in law, Rev. Henry Litteral, is a well-known Ohio minister and former pastor.
Mrs. Hayes’ grandfather, Rev. Kelly Patton was a FWB preacher who ministered for many years in eastern Kentucky.
Brother Edwin’s service for the denomination includes the Franklin Conference Mission Board, & Conference Executive Secretary, Ohio State Moderator, National General Board Member for Ohio and Clerk on the National Sunday School Board (Randall House). He is currently on the National Executive Committee.
As Ohio’s Executive Secretary, Rev. Hayes fills many rolls: state evangelist, pastor to Ohio’s pastors, editor of the 20 page Ambassador Magazine, maintains the Ohio Web Site and the Ohio Update Email announcements, director of the Ohio Bible Institute, fulfills the treasury responsibilities for the state, trains teachers and leaders in Sunday School workshops, directs the annual Ohio Men’s Retreat, oversees the Ambassador e-Bookstore, and performs the denomination’s promotional work for Ohio’s 138 churches.
He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Julie who is married to Glen McGinnis and Holly who is married to John Harra and two grandchildren, Keely and Johnny Harra.
Manager of the Ambassador Bible e-Bookstore
Rev. Paul Keener has served as the manager of the Ambassador Bible Bookstore since April of 2002. He was a former bi-vocational pastor, where he served as pastor of the Lewis Center Free Will Baptist Church and was employed by Lucent Technologies as a quality auditor. He has attended the Lockbourne Branch of Ohio University and Otterbein College. As an auditor, he had training in team building, team performance, and problem solving. Paul was saved at age 12. He announced his calling to preach in 1973 and was ordained in 1974 by the Franklin Conference. He is active in the Franklin Conference and in the Ohio State Association of Free Will Baptists.
He and his wife Sue have 4 children and 15 grand-children. Paul understands the necessity of a good educational program in the church, and the urgency of teaching our youth. He is a very strong supporter of D6 and the CLEAR learning system which is offered by Randall House Publishing.
Ohio Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversee the ministry of the Ohio State Office and the Ambassador eBookstore.
Ohio Board of Directors: (L to R) John Wallace, Clerk Mitch Salyers, Chairman Bill Hayes, Mike Mounts and Assistant Chairman Eugene Crouch. Not Pictured Chris Oiler and Peter Dunn.