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2016 March Newsletter
March Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!
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>>>

Ministers' Spring Refresher

Our Spring Refresher will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Meadow Park Church of God in Columbus, OH, from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Click here to register We are excited to announce that our speaker for the Refresher will be General Director of the Church of God, Rev. Jim Lyon. During the lunch time, there will be opportunity for specialized ministries, such as children’s ministry, worship ministry, and student ministry, to network. We hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting event. Come be encouraged, inspired, and enjoy fellowship with the great pastors in Ohio! This year we will be having breakout discussion sessions during lunch.  Here are the topics:

Worship - Nathan Stewart, Facilitator
Student Ministry - Tim Riley, Facilitator
Children's Ministry - Lisa Huff, Facilitator
Missional Thinking - Ben Hardman, Facilitator
Camp Property Update - Randy Montgomery, Facilitator

Early Bird Registration, due by March 25, is $20. Late Registration, beginning March 26, is $30.

Take a minute and get to know a little more about our General Director, Jim Lyon:
Jim Lyon grew up in Seattle, where he served as an Associate and then Senior Pastor of the Fairview Church (1977-1991).  Read More...

Easter Prayer Focus

We hope you will join us in making this 2016 Easter Season a special time of prayer. Pray with us that God will begin working in the hearts and lives of God's people as we journey to the cross and the tomb. Pray that Easter Sunday will be a day of great impact for the people in our churches and communities.
2016 Summer Church Camp Dates

April 22 to April 23 - Camp Counselor Training
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 Credentials Coordinator

Ohio Ministries has a new Credentials Coordinator, Eric McEvoy.  Eric has taken over the role in addition to his role as Administrative Assistant in the State Office. 
For those interested in beginning the credentials process, the next deadline for payment of application is June 15, 2016.  To complete an application for ministerial credentials go to and register for a new account.  Once your account is approved, you will be able to complete the application.  If you have any questions, please email Eric at or call the office Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 4:30 at (740) 747-2916.
Three Worlds European Mission Trip

We are still accepting registrations for the Three Worlds European Mission Trip! This will be an incredible opportunity to meet, journey, share and learn about what God has been doing in the Church of God in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. We believe that God will use this trip to impact our ministry here in the United States, as we bring back knowledge and experiences to our own churches. The trip will depart from Columbus on June 5, 2016 and will return on June 17, 2016.

A $100 deposit is due to the Ohio Ministries office NOW!.

Will you join us?

For more information Contact Chris Cottrell at

Click here for details and cost.
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.

REMINDER: Potential Good News for Ministers!
(from an email sent by State Pastor Esther Cottrell)

This week I was informed by the Assemblies of God state pastor that the Ohio House Bill 95 may afford an exemption for “self-employment” wages earned in ministry, at the municipal tax level. If you paid municipal income tax on from ministry income you may be entitled to a full refund from your municipality of taxes paid for clergy income for past years!! 


Church Planter and Coach Training with
the Concilio Hispano de la Iglesia de Dios

April 4-6, the Concilio will be in Ohio with 35 church planters and coaches for a training. Will you join us in praying for this important training, that God would bless these church planters and that the work of their hands and the diligence of their training would multiply in the Kingdom of God?

Coach Training with Dr. Spence

Dr. Spence has been working with a group of Ohio  pastors this year to empower them to effectively coach congregations, pastors, and cluster groups.  The next training day is Thrusday, April 7 at the State Office.  For more information plasce conact State Pastor Esther Cottrell.
Catalyst Conference Comes to Cincinnati!

For the first time, the Catalyst Conference will be coming to Cincinnati April 21-22, 2016. Guest speakers will include Andy Stanley, Christine Caine, Donald Miller and Margaret Feinberg. The conference theme is "Awaken the Wonder" and will focus on the power of wonder in our relationships, leadership, potential, inspiration and relationship with God.
Click here for registration and more information!

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

Breiel Blvd Church in Middletown
Moves Out to Serve

Then Jesus poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded (John 13:5).  The congregation of Breiel Blvd. Church of God followed our Lord’s example by beginning the celebration of the resurrection through serving their ministry partners and their community.  The weekend before Easter began with communion and prayer for the various serve opportunities that would take place the following day as the volunteers “Moved Out” into the Middletown Community.  Read More>>>

The Chillicothe First Church of God and Pastor Matt Roe were this year's recipients of the Ross County Community Impact Achievement Award for the FIVELoaves Ministry that was birthed and managed by the congregation. FIVELoaves Ministry is a great program designed to feed the hungry and under-served in the Chillicothe community. Congratulations and Thanks for being a Church that serves her community with both the Gospel and groceries.
Pictured l to r: Chris and Esther Cottrell, Gary and Noretta Brown,
Vernon and Jan Maddox
Bellefontaine Installs New Pastor
On Feb 22, 2016 the Bellefontaine First Church of God welcomed back Pastor Gary Brown and his wife, Noretta to serve as Lead Pastor.  After almost a decade after Pastor Brown’s departure from the church to pastor in his home church of Winchester, KY, the Bellefontaine congregation called Brown and his wife back to serve as pastor. The church and the Brown’s are looking forward to writing a new chapter in the life of this congregation and invite the Church to join them in asking God’s favor on this season of ministry. 
New Pastor Installed in Alliance

First Church of God in Alliance celebrated the installation of their new pastor, Dale Gruver, on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00pm.  Rev. Vernon Maddox represented Ohio Ministries and gave the charge to Pastor Gruver and the Alliance congregation.  Rev. Jim Swogger, senior pastor of Oakland COG in Distant, PA delivered an inspiring message.  Dale, and his wife Jill, grew up under Pastor Swogger's ministry.  Other participants included Rev. Ray Lias, Rev. Jack Ruble and Rev. Jim Roma.  God is blessing the Alliance church with new growth and excitement for ministry to their city.  The Gruvers, with their children, Declan and Neely, are excited to call Alliance their new home.

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

Ministers' Spring Refresher   March 31, 2016
 All District Credentials Team Meeting   April 19, 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
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

  Growth Points
March 2016
Not Available
  Parish Paper
March 2016

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