2018 Ohio State Youth Convention Impacts nearly 650

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posted 11-27-18

2018 Ohio State Youth Convention Impacts nearly 650

With Salem Church of God serving as hosts, nearly 650 youth and leaders gathered together on the second weekend of November. During this weekend many kids made major commitments to Christ, were challenged to live their lives as created by God for purpose and worship, made new friends while cultivating older friendships, and ate lots of pizza!

Special thanks goes to Salem pastor, Steve Southards,  Student Ministries Pastor Nathanael Lyon, and the whole Salem team for hosting this convention with a sense of joy and excellence.

Joe Watkins illustrated the worship service. This illustrates the Friday night session from Genesis 3


Youth flocked to the front in worship when Inside Out led the services.


Pastor Nathanael Lyon can’t believe that the convention is running so smoothly. Thanks for opening Salem up to OSYC this year!


Several youth knelt at make-shift altars on Friday night



Saturday morning youth leaders conference

Sami Stimer is always ready to share about summer camp opportunities!


Youth conference time is fun for all!


Ansonia Leaders huddle for a quick staff meeting


Dr. Esther Cottrell
Author: Dr. Esther Cottrell

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 have focused on church multiplication, developing the next generation of leaders, and coaching pastors and congregations toward sustainable health and growth. 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.

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