Meet Our Team

Our Board

The Board of Directors consists of representatives from each of the five Church of God districts in the State of Ohio and meets twice per year to prayerfully address Church of God news and needs from across the state. As of April 30, 2019, our Board of Directors includes:

 

  • Mark Martin (Central) – Chair
  • Vaughn Bell (Central)
  • Mark Jackson (Southwest)
  • Josh Deeter (Northeast)
  • Janet Orr (Northwest)
  • Matt Roe (Southeast)
  • Richard Triplett (Central)
  • Nancy Blankenship – Treasurer

Dr. Esther Cottrell

State Pastor and Director of Ministries

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An ordained minister in the Church of God (Anderson, IN), Esther’s ministry experience includes partnering with her husband Chris to serve as Co-Pastors at the Southside Church of God in Muncie, Indiana, Associate Pastor at the Barberton Church of God in Barberton, Ohio, Associate Director of Christian Education at Ohio Ministries, Associate Pastor at the Ansonia, Ohio First Church of God, and as a chaplain in Hospice in the Western Ohio area.

In February 2007, Esther joined the Ohio Ministries staff as the Associate Director. Her efforts as Associate Director were focused on church multiplication, developing the next generation of leaders, and coaching pastors and congregations toward sustainable health and growth. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Anderson School of Theology and the Wesley Seminary to teach in areas of evangelism and leadership.

In September 2015, Esther became the 9th Director of Ministries for Ohio Ministries, and the first woman to hold this position. In this capacity, she and her powerful and diverse staff provide resourcing for all 210 congregations and the more than 700 ministers of the Church of God in Ohio. The focus for state ministry in Ohio is leadership development, church transformation, and church multiplication within the churches with the anticipated goal of making more and better disciples, leaders and churches.

Esther is a proud alumnae of Anderson University, receiving her B.A. and 2 master’s degrees from the university and School of Theology. She also has earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. The emphasis of her D.Min. study was “Growing and Multiplying Churches in North America.”

Esther and her husband Chris live in Delaware, OH. They have two grown sons, Nathan and Aaron, one daughter-in-love, Katie, and the most beautiful grandson in the world, Isaac.

Rev. Demetrius Booker

State Associate Pastor for Church Health

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In December 1973, at the age of 15, Rev. Demetrius Booker received an invitation from a few of his high school friends to attend a midweek Church Service. The joy of the LORD and the fellowship of the Believers served as a changing point in his young life. It was during that service that he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior.

In a few months, the members and Pastor of the church recognized the call of God upon his life and at the age of 16, he preached his first sermon. Now 44 years later, Rev Booker has amassed a lot of accomplishments and wins for the Kingdom!

He graduated from Azusa Pacific University in California with degrees in Religion and Communication. He received a Master’s Degree from Southern California School of Ministry. Upon graduation from management school and certifications from Cornell Business School, Rev. Booker’s skills led him into management where he supervised multimillion-dollar business units including The Kroger Co., PepsiCo’s Taco Bell Division, Wendy’s International, Churches Chicken and Burger King Restaurant. At Wendy’s, he won the Executive of the Year Award for his ability to improve not only the bottom line but also his record-setting operations, which ranked highest in the company.

But on September 11, 2001, Rev. Booker, then a bi-vocational Pastor and Corporate Executive, watched the devastation at the World Trade Center unfold on the television as he was planning for an upcoming business meeting. At that moment he decided, “If people could be taught to hate and destroy, I must dedicate my life to teach people to love and build!” And with that, he walked away from Corporate America and pursued full-time ministry at part-time pay.

It was during these lean financial years that God abundantly enriched both his family and congregation. During those years, his wife Doreen and their three daughters all received their college degrees and he went on to attain certifications in Coaching. Doreen now works for the University of Michigan Hospital Systems as a Business Analysis and his daughters (Danyelle, Dana and Dominique) are public servants in the field of social work.

Rev. Booker was Adjunct Professor at Southern California School of Ministry (Detroit Campus) where he taught Systematic Theology and New Testament Greek. On the Local, state and national level, Rev. Booker served in the following positions before accepting the position of State Associate Pastor for Ohio Ministries:

  • Vice President and Treasurer of the Metropolitan Detroit Area Ministerial Fellowship
  • Founder of the Cognizance (a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to feed and empower the poor)
  • Church Health Minister for the Church of God in Michigan, SHAPE Implementation team (Anderson, IN)

Bethanne Martin

Business Development Manager

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Bethanne comes to us with great passion. She has four children and attends Meadow Park Church of God, Columbus. This past Summer she showed her attention to details and passion to see a successful Marengo Camp. Let’s join in welcoming her to Ohio Ministries and as she takes on the role of Business Development Manager. She is already off to a great start!

Nancy BlankEnship

Business Administrator

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Nancy Blankenship is an ordained minister in the Church of God. She married her sweetheart, Jim, in 1985 and they reside in her hometown, Carlisle, OH. They have two grown children, Brandon and Courtney. Courtney is married to Wiley and they live in Tennessee. They have two daughters, AvaLeigh and Evelyn.

Nancy and Jim are avid boaters and love the fact that they get to share their love of the water with their family on the great waters of Tennessee.

Nancy has been in bi-vocational ministry for more than 20 years serving in worship ministries for the Church of God. She’s also employed as a bookkeeper and finance manager in the Middletown area.

Kyna Shindle

Administrative Assistant

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Kyna enjoys serving others and will help you in any way that she can. She grew up in Ohio and worked in a church office for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Andy, were married in 1978 and live in a log cabin in Morrow county. They currently have three Shetland sheep just for fun and their wool. Their two children are married and blessing them with grandchildren. Music is a big part of her family and they are very active in their own church ministries through music and technology.

Olivia Potts

COGO Camp Administrator

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Hello Everyone! My name is Olivia Potts. I’m 20 years old and I will be a senior in college this coming fall. 
I grew up going to Camp Marengo and it had such a huge impact on my faith and my life. Seeing the number of lives the staff has impacted throughout the years, I always hoped to do the same someday. With that being said, I feel like I get to be the best version of myself whenever I am involved with camp and I am so excited to be apart of COGO Camp this year!

Vernon Maddox

Disaster Relief/Special Projects

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Vernon was ordained to Church of God ministry in 1962. He grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia, and attended the Anderson School of Theology and Nova University. Throughout his ministerial career, he’s spent 36 years in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama and Florida and served as chairman of the state assembly in three of those states for two terms each. He dutifully served as the Director of Ohio Ministries from 1999 to 2006 and after retirement, served as the assistant to the General Director of the Church of God through 2013. Throughout his career, Vernon has held many impactful leadership positions across the country. In his free time, he enjoys his grandchildren and his Canadian cabin in the summertime.

Kimberly Leach

Credentials Administrator

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Kim has served alongside her husband in ministry for thirty years. In February 2019, she completed Leadership Focus to become an ordained minister in the Church of God (Anderson, IN).

Kim’s ministry experience includes partnering with her husband, Alan, to serve in Galesburg, Illinois; Union City, Tennessee; Mesa, AZ; New Springfield, Ohio; and now at Connection Point Church in Sidney, Ohio.

Over the years, Kim has served on staff as an Administrative Assistant and Youth Director. She is currently the Pastor of Women and Children’s Ministries.

Kim has grown the children’s ministry from a few children and a couple of volunteers to a vibrant Children’s Ministry with more than 50 volunteers each month. She enjoys partnering with her husband to strategically plan; share vision; and minister within and without the walls of the church. Kim also enjoys serving through Mission Trips. She has served in Guatemala, Ecuador, and twice in Allen, South Dakota (Lakota Indians).