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Feb 16 Newsletter Video
January Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!

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!

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.

New Summer Camp Directors
We are so excited to announce our 2016 Camp Directors!!

Alan and Jess have been married since May of 2013. They both graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2013 with degrees in youth ministry and psychology. Alan is an admissions counselor and Jess is a Resident Director at OCU. Together they have served at Camp Marengo for eleven years in both counselor and staff roles. They are excited to be able to serve the campers in this new role and look forward to what God is going to do this summer!

2016 Summer Church Camp Dates

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

We are looking for Summer Camp Staff! 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 Staff applications are available online: 
Click here to download the application!

Watch for Camper Packets at your church in March!!!

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 by March 1, 2016.

Will you join us?

For more information Contact Chris Cottrell at

Click here for details and cost.

Please note that the Senior Adult Spring Fling has been canceled.
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!! 

Leadership Focus New Ordination Module Dates

Payments due for Spring 2016 module     March 18
Spring 2016 Module Launch                      April 1

If you or someone you know is interested in beginning the ordination process, or are interested in restarting the process, please contact Eric McEvoy at

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?

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!

News from Around Ohio

Rev. George L. Reed

It is with sadness mingled with joy that we inform you of the passing of Pastor George L. Reed from this life to his eternal home. Pastor Reed was a spiritual giant and leader among us throughout his ministry. Our condolences and prayers for comfort extend to Sister Ruth and the family as well as the Hillside Church.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15.

Rev. George L. Reed

Rev. George Reed silently but victoriously left this world to claim his eternal reward on February 8, 2016. He was the eighth of ten children born to Howard and Fanny Smith Reed in Harrisburg, Illinois. He began preaching when he was 17 years old. After serving in the army during the Korean War, he graduated from Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana. After graduating he attended the Anderson School of Theology. His first pastoral assignment was as pastor of youth at the Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio. Following that assignment he went to Fairborn where he spent 20 years establishing and building a new church. His call and acceptance to become senior pastor of the Hillside Ave Church of God in Springfield came in 1977, a position from which he retired in 1992. During those years he held various offices on the local state and national level. In retirement he served as interim for five different churches and taught a senior Sunday School Bible class for many years. 

He met and married Joyce Ruth Foster on June 25, 1955. God blessed them with three wonderful children: Rev. Alan Reed (Diane), Retha Stork (Keith), and Dr. Eric Reed (Grace). Alan died unexpectedly in October, 2015. They have nine grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Rev. Reed has one surviving sister, Ruth Mugge, and one brother, Donald Reed of Harrisburg, IL. He loved his family dearly and took joy in all they did. Fishing in Canada and woodworking were his greatest hobbies. He was an avid student and reader all his life. 

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please contact the Ohio Ministries office.


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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 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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February 2016
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February 2016

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