Ohio Ministries Staff
Dr. Esther Cottrell
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
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 skills led him into management where he supervised multimillion-dollar business units which included The Kroger Co., PepsiCo’s Taco Bell Division, Wendy’s International, Churches Chicken and Burger King Restaurant. It was at Wendy’s that 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 among his peers and in the company.
It was on September 11, 2001 that Rev. Booker, then a bi-vocational Pastor and Corporate Executive, was planning for an upcoming business meeting when he watched on television the devastation of the World Trade. It was at that moment that he decided, “If people could be taught to hate and destroy, he must dedicate his 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 lean years, his wife and three daughters all received their college degrees and he went on to attain certifications in Coaching. His wife (Doreen) works for the University of Michigan Hospital Systems as a Business Analysis; all three of his daughters (Danyelle, Dana and Dominique) are public servants and work 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 Pastor Booker served as 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) and in May 2016, he accepted the position of State Associate Pastor for Ohio Ministries where he consults with over 200 Church of God congregations and 700 hundred licensed and ordain ministers.
Nancy has been in bi-vocational ministry for over 20 years serving in worship ministries for the Church of God as well as employed as a book keeper and finance manager in the Middletown area.
Besides serving as Senior Pastor at Ledbetter Road Church of God in Xenia, Mike is the Resource Manager for the national Leadership Focus staff and is himself a “graduate” having completed all modules in 2016. He knows the Leadership Focus program as both an administrator and as a candidate. He is passionate about the value of Leadership Focus to prepare persons for ministry and brings a broad perspective of the Church having served in various leadership roles at a number of Church of God, US Air Force Chapel, and Church of the Nazarene congregations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Mike and his wife Shana have 2 adult children, Brittany (Grant) Inge and Andrew, and 2 children at home, Noah and Meghan.