Dr. Esther Cottrell
State Pastor and Director of Ministries
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 serving as a chaplain in Hospice there. 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.
In September 2015, Esther became the 9th Director of Ministries for Ohio Ministries. In this capacity, she provides resourcing for all 220 congregations and the nearly 600 ministers of the Church of God in Ohio. Esther completed her Doctorate of Ministry degree from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. The emphasis of her DMin study was “Growing and Multiplying Churches in North America.”
Esther and her husband Chris have two grown sons, Nathan and Aaron.
Rev. Demetrius Booker
State Associate Pastor for Church Health
On December 19th, 1973 at the age of 15, Reverend 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 at the age of 58, 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 Rev. Booker served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Metropolitan 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 over 200 Church of God congregations through the State of Ohio.
Business Development Manager
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. Lets 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 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 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.
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 over 20 years. She and her husband, Andy, live in a log cabin in Morrow county and were married in 1978. 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.
Site Director-Camp Marengo/Ohio Retreat Center
Summer Camp Coordinator
Katlyn has spent many summers at Camp Marengo as a camper, counselor, and staff member. She is an amazing young lady who has a great passion for Camp Marengo. Many of you probably already know her. Those of you who don’t know her are going to love her! Welcome aboard Katlyn!!!
Disaster Relief/Special Projects
Leadership Focus Administrator
It is with great joy that we introduce to you, Rev. Michael Parks, our new Leadership Focus Administrator! This position is designed to work with ordination candidates and district chairs as they journey through the Leadership Focus. After a career in the military, Michael and his wife Shana moved to Springfield and are active members of the Maiden Lane Church.
Mike is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion for the credentialing process. He is part of the national Leadership Focus staff where he serves as Resource Manager and is himself a “graduate” having completed all modules in 2016. He has 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. He regularly fills the pulpit throughout congregations in the Ohio Central District as well as teaching a lecture style Sunday school class. Mike and his wife Shana returned home to Springfield following his career in the military and attend Maiden Lane Church of God where they are both actively involved. They have 2 adult children, Brittany (Grant) Inge and Andrew, and 2 children at home, Noah and Meghan.
Mike has been working with the national Leadership Focus staff for a couple of years, even as he personally journeyed through the modules. He knows the Leadership Focus program from both an administrators side as well as a candidate’s. And he is passionate about the value of Leadership Focus to prepare persons for ministry.