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April 2016 Newsletter Greeting
April Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!
2016 Summer Church Camp Dates

May 6 to May 7 - Camp Cousnelor Training
June 12
 to June 17  – Junior High Camp | 7th thru 9th graders
June 19 to June 25 – Senior High Camp | 9th thru 12th graders
June 26 to July 1 – 6th thru 8th Grade Camp
July 3 to July 8 – 6th Grade Camp
July 3 to July 8– Paintball Camp | 9th thru 12th graders
July 8 to July 9 – Mom & Me/Dad & Me | Family Camp
July 10 to July 13 – 5th Grade Camp | Half Week
July 10 to July 15 – 3rd thru 5th Grade Camp | Full Week
July 10 to July 16 – Performing Arts Camp | 9th thru 12th graders

New This Year!!! Register for camp online!!!

We are looking for Summer Camp Counselors! If you know of individuals in your congregation who are great with kids and teens and would be an asset to the Church of God Summer Camp ministry at Camp Marengo, encourage them to apply!

Summer Camp Counselor applications are available online: 
Click here to download the application!

Camper Packets were mailed to churches on March 15!  Please contact the camp directors, Jessica and Alan Smith at if you did not receive one.

New Ohio Ministries Associate State Pastor

With joy and excitement, Ohio Ministries welcomes our new Associate State Pastor for Church Health, Rev. Demetrius Booker. Demetrius may be a new name for many of you, but he is one that has been found to be a powerful servant of the Lord throughout his ministry.
After Demetrius graduated from Azusa Pacific University he built a successful career in the food service industry while he and his wife, Doreen, raised their family of three beautiful daughters. During that time Demetrius served as an active layperson, then unpaid ministry staff, and then as a bi-vocational pastor, but always felt the call of God on his life to serve full-time. After earning his Masters degree from Southern California School of Ministry, Demetrius transitioned to full-time ministry serving in the local church and in state ministry.  Read More>>>
Precious in the Sight of the Lord

We thank God and remember today the life and ministry of the following people who passed away this month:

Rev. James Woodward: March 29, 2016

Rev. Everett Crockett: April 1, 2016

LC Tudor: April 11, 2016
Coach Training

With a vision to train pastors and leaders in the art of coaching, Randy Spence, has been working with several Ohio pastors over this past year on a monthly training schedule. Our last face-to-face day long training experience was earlier this month. With a table full of enthusiastic coaches, Spence directed the group in some finite coaching skills, including the power of using the G.R.O.W. (Goal setting; Reality check; Options to reach goals; Way forward to complete goals) model in helping pastors successfully reach their goals. 
This training is a significant opportunity to prepare coaches to work with other pastors seeking a coaching experience. For more information on how you can work with a trained coach, give us a call.
Spring Refresher Pictures

Take a look at a few pictures of our Spring Ministers Refresher!!!  LOOK NOW>>>
Ohio Ministries and Shalom Iglesia de Dios Host Hispanic Church Planters

For a second year, Ohio Ministries was privileged to host a bootcamp for Hispanic church planters and coaches at Camp Marengo. This year nearly 50 persons converged from around the nation and Puerto Rico to engage in intensive training. Tom Planck, Church Multiplication Catalyst from Healthy Growing Churches, and Randy Spence, Coach Trainer, teamed up to offer a rich 3 day experience to train these planters and coaches in techniques, opportunities and challenges in planting. 
Looking for 3W-Ohio CHOG Partners 

The State of Ohio Mission Team is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Three Worlds (3W) Europe/Middle East team of Global Strategy of the Church of God, to invest in the Church of God in Arco, Italy! Would you join us in investing in the work that God is doing in the Arco congregation? We are looking for 27 giving units (churches, individuals or groups) who are ready to partner for the next two years to assist in the work of the Arco Church of God, by giving $100 per month.
This investment of $100 per month would cover adequate resources to pay the rent for the Arco pastors, Nicola and Berta Lovaglio, support the move toward the establishment of Trentino Alto Adige Ministry Center (a Christian community youth center), and would support the development of Arco as a hub of youth ministry training for the Church of God in the Europe and Middle East region.


FORGE 1-Day Conference, Middletown, OH
Rethinking the Church, The Way of Incarnational Mission

FORGE America will be holding a conference at the Briel Church in Middletown, OH on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Forge will hold breakout sessions on May 13th as well. Featured Speakers for the Saturday event are Hugh Halter, US Director of FORGE America and Brad Briscoe, Church Planting Catalyst for a network of Baptist churches in Kansas City on their North American Missions Board. 

From the FORGE website:
The Church & Culture in the West is under incredible change. Social/political/financial nuances continue to make the idea of engaging culture and building church a head scratcher. What is needed is a ‘missionary’ people committed to live and lead in the incarnational way of Jesus. This "Good News" will work but the leaders of this future church must understand: 

  • The Kingdom of God instead the kingdom of church
  • The Gospel DNA that anyone can live
  • The most transferrable church structure of the ‘missionary community’
  • What is Church and how does God build it?
  • How to apprentice missionary leaders instead of pandering to consumers
  • How to champion modern day trappists: The New BIVO option for leaders & Laity. *Where leaders spend time for the greatest influence
  • How people actually come to Jesus: The ancient way of incarnational evangelism

Click here for registration and more information!

Annual Ohio General Assembly
October 27, 2016

Mark your calendars for our annual Ohio General Assembly on October 27.  Our speaker for the day is Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus First Church of God.  He will be speaking on the topic of Leadership Development.
Ohio State Youth Convention
November 11-13, 2016

The Ohio State Youth Convention welcomes back the popular Eric Samuel Timm as our speaker and the exciting, break-through band, I Am They, for our 2016 gathering.  This year, in an effort to hold down costs while continuing to offer an unequaled experience of excellence and spiritual growth, we will hold the convention in Springfield at the Maiden Lane Church of God. 

News from Around Ohio

Human Trafficking Event Raises Awareness and Funds
On Saturday April 9th local Christian radio station Refreshing 90.0 and the Lancaster Police Activities League joined forces to draw attention and educate the city of Lancaster on the problem of human trafficking. The event was held at Fairfield Christian Academy and was kicked off with martial art demonstrations by two local clubs and then followed by an evening of boxing and presentations by a survivor of human trafficking and the ministry of One Heart, a group that works with women affected by the sex trade industry.  In addition to informing the public on human trafficking the event was able to raise money for One Heart to carry on its work with survivors of sexual slavery and exploitation.    One of the boxing matches pitted a former Ohio State Buckeye and NFL receiver Ry Hall against the pastor of Pleasant Chapel Church of God Steve Rauch.

Athens Seeks a Restart
Believing that God has a greater future for the Athens, OH community the Athens First Church of God took a bold step of faith and sold their facilities with the commitment to re-invest in a new church plant.  In a letter from David Ding, Board of Trustees President, the church stated, “God has directed us to sell our property and hold the funds to a future work that He will direct and lay upon us.” With this goal in mind, the congregation has set aside the proceeds from the sell of the church property and invited Ohio Ministries and the Southeast district to lead the charge in re-investing these funds in the planting of a new church. 
Would you please join us in praying now for this new opportunity to expand the Kingdom of God in the Athens area? Would you also pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send workers into the this field?

We want to take the time to publicly congratulate Pastor Steve Rauch from Pleasant Chapel Church of God for being the peer-voted Outstanding Student for the Master's program graduating this month from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU)! Way to represent the Church of God Ministries - Anderson, Indiana and Ohio Ministries of the Church of God!
Camp Meeting Dates

June 26 - July 1 Southwest Ohio Disctrict Camp Meeting - Lebanon, OH

July 8 - 17 Southeast Ohio District Camp Meeting - Warsaw, OH

July 24 - 31 Northeast Ohio District Camp Meeting - Berlin, OH

July 23 - 29 Payne Camp Meeting - Payne, OH

August 7 - 14 Central Ohio District Camp Meeting - Springfield, OH

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please click HERE, or go to our website: and click on For Pastors>Resources For Pastors and then scroll down to the "Open Church List.


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North American Church of God

International Youth Convention 2016
Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the International Youth Convention of the Church of God (IYC) 2016. IYC will be held July 2-5 in San Antonio, TX. This will be the 50th anniversary of IYC. Featured speakers and guest artists this year will include Jeff Bethke, Sean McDowell, Brenda Salter McNeil, Jim Lyon, Robert Madu, Alanna Story, Rend Collective and The Skit Guys. We hope you will encourage the teens in your congregation to attend this important gathering of the youth of the Church of God.

For registration information and additional convention information, click here.
Regional Midwest Meeting 2016
In July of 2015, the General Assembly of the Church of God voted to affirm a proposal presented at the General Assembly meeting that the Church of God Convention would meet in odd numbered years going forward, with regional meetings during the even numbered years, to encourage a larger regional participation. These regional meetings will take place across the United States and will be organized and carried out by the Church of God Ministries national staff. Each regional meeting will have the same speakers and worship leaders, as well as the same conference focus. The Midwest Regional Convention will be held June 21-23 at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, IN. Each Convention will be paired with a “CHOG Table,” which will be a discussion forum to address the important issues of our time. For registration, lodging and programming information, head over to the Church of God Ministries website,

Upcoming Events

Leadership News

All District Credentials Team Meeting  
    May 5, 2016
 3W Europe Mission Trip         
    June 6-17, 2016
 Midwest Regional Gathering    
June 21-23, 2016
International Youth Convention
San Antonio, TX
July 2-5, 2016
Senior Adult Fall Feast - Walnut Creek   October 6, 2016
Senior Adult Fall Feast - Plain City   October 20, 2016
Ohio General Assembly  
October 27, 2016
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  November 11-13, 2016
Church of God Women's Convention
Daytona Beach, FL
  October 26-29, 2017

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