Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Network Resource Center Leadership Team

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John Wootton - Superintendent

            A graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, John Wootton is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.  He has served since 2003 as an executive officer of the Ohio District Council (now the Ohio Ministry Network).  He currently serves as network superintendent, and previously served as network secretary.  For eight years, John served as the Network HonorBound men’s ministries director, as well as the assistant to Network Superintendent Robert Crabtree.  Before working at the Network Resource Center, John was a minister on staff at two Ohio churches (Trinity Assembly of God in Columbus and Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Parma).  John and his wife, Brigette, worship at Epic Church Assembly of God in Columbus, a church plant launched by the Woottons and a team of Network leaders in 2009.  Brigette is the Food Services Director of Heartland Conference Retreat Center in Marengo, Ohio.  They reside in New Albany with their four children, Tyler (18), Clayton (16), Abigail (14), and Olivia (10). 

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Jim Palmer - Assistant Superintendent

Jim and Renee were raised in northeast Ohio and have lived in Columbus since their marriage in 1984.  Jim serves as assistant superintendent, secretary and missions director for the Ohio Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. In 1990, Jim and Renee founded Capital City Church in northwest Columbus and guided the church for nearly 19 years. Previously, Jim served as youth director for the Network. Jim and Renee are passionate about partnerships for world evangelization, connecting relationally with pre-believers and coaching Christians to maturity. Jim completed ministerial degrees at Central Bible College and Ashland Theological Seminary. Two of the Palmer’s sons, Nathan (and his wife Lindsey) and Justin, live in Florida, and Christian is with the Marine Corps and based in North Carolina.

 

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Shelby Pratt - Finance Director

Upon graduating from Central Bible College, Shelby began full-time ministry at Fayetteville Assembly of God in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1997. It was during this youth pastorate that Shelby became aware of the multiple hats a minister often wears, and he got his first taste of church administration. Recognizing this as the Lord’s plan for his life, he would go on to serve as a church administrator at First Assembly of God in Raleigh, North Carolina and as a church business consultant for AG Financial Solutions. Shelby served as Vice President for Finance at Zion Bible College and as Vice President for Operations at Central Bible College. While serving both colleges, he also served the Southern New England Ministry Network as their controller and had the privilege of working with many of the network ministers and churches, in matters of minister’s taxation and church finance and administration. He joined the Ohio Ministry Network in June 2011. Shelby was licensed in 1997 and was ordained in 2001. He has been blessed to have his wife, Julie, by his side since 1995, and they have both been blessed to have three beautiful children: Anna, Chloe, and Samuel. Shelby enjoys playing golf, listening to audiobooks, and cooking with Julie.


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        Donna Bormuth joined the Ohio Ministry Network team in January 1991, serving as administrative assistant to former Executive Secretary J. Donald McManness from 1991 to 2004 and former Executive Secretary John Wootton from 2004 to 2008. She currently serves as office manager. Before joining the Ohio Ministry Network, Donna served as office manager for a general contractor. She judged for the Ohio Association of Skills USA (a competition for vocational school students) from 1991-2006. She has been married to her husband, David, since 1999. In addition to vacationing at their schoolhouse in Denbigh, ND, they enjoy traveling and cooking together.


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JOHN MUSGRAVE - CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

John Musgrave has been serving the Ohio District Council (now Ohio Ministry Network) of the Assemblies of God as the Director of Church Development since 2006.  John graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Studies.  He began full time ministry as a youth pastor for 3 ½ years, then served as a senior pastor for 25 years.  He was presbyter of the Youngstown Warren Section for 14 years.  A native of Ohio, John Musgrave has a heart and vision for our churches and pastors.  It is his privilege to work with and encourage District Affiliated churches and pastors, and assist churches in pastoral transition.  John and his wife, Barb, have two children, David and Danielle.  In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing and reading.


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ERIC SCHROETER - CHURCH PLANTING

Eric and his wife, Kathleen, were church planters in Mount Gilead, Ohio, for nine years before transitioning to the district office in October of 2006.  He has served at the Ohio District Council in several capacities before assuming his current role as the director of the Ohio Church Multiplication Network in January of 2009.  For almost five years Eric has worked with those starting new churches and he has a passion to help facilitate and support a statewide network of churches and leaders committed to planting new churches and sites.  He and his family also serve on the staff of a new church plant in Columbus to remain connected to “front-line” multiplication efforts.  Eric and Kathleen have five children Ericsson, Konrad, Landon, Isabela, and Sofia.  He enjoys spending time with his family and skiing.



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TOM GROOT - STUDENT MINISTRIES

       Tom was not raised in a traditional church home.  As a child, he didn’t attend church at all.  Tom committed his life to the Lord shortly after graduating High School.  He then began his walk with Christ which lead him to his wife of 14 years, Mandy, and to Southeastern University where he received his degree in Youth Ministry.  After college Tom and Mandy moved home to Sandusky, Ohio to become the youth pastors at Faith Memorial Church.  They served there for 10 years as youth pastor and later as associate pastor.  Tom Groot now serves as the Student Ministries Director for the Ohio Ministry Network in Columbus, Ohio.   As the Student Ministries Director he oversees the ministries for young adults, youth, children, boys and girls.  His current goal is to develop the current leaders into a team that helps transition students from cradle to career.  He understands and pursues his life calling “to help people succeed in Christ and in life”.  Tom’s passions are his family with Mandy and their three boys (Micah, Levi, and Noah) and sports.


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BECKY GARRETT - CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

In January 2003, Becky Garrett came to the Ohio District Council (now Ohio Ministry Network) as the new Christian Education director.  Prior to coming, she served for 8 years as Children’s pastor and Christian Education director at First Assembly of God, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  A graduate from Central Bible College, she earned a B.A. in Administration of Christian Education and Bible.  Upon graduation, she served on staff at Teen Challenge of the Ozarks as live-in staff and the education supervisor.  After coming to the District Office, Becky met and married the love of her life, Mike Garrett. Mike is a great support to her ministry and shares her love and passion for seeing people transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.  Becky has been a part of the Assemblies of God all her life and accepted Christ into her heart at a very young age.  Filled with the Holy Spirit at a youth camp, God confirmed His call on her life to full-time ministry.  She believes deeply in discipleship, and has a genuine love for children and a desire to see them active in their relationship with the Lord. 


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KEITH STEPHENS - MEN'S MINISTRIES

In 2013, Keith joined the Ohio Ministry Network as the co-Men's Director with his son, Konan. Keith also serves as pastor of Grace Fellowship AG in Canton, OH. Stephens is a very energetic, charismatic and caring Pastor.  He and Debby have been in full time ministry their entire adult lives.  They are the proud parents of 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. His mission statement for Grace Fellowship is: “Connect with God, Connect with People, and Connect in Ministry”. His hobbies include hunting and fishing and he is also an avid sports aficionado. He loves to be active and “about the Father’s business” in everything he does.  


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Lisa Bosse - WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Credentialed with the Assemblies of God, Lisa Bosse has a heart to reach all the Wonderful Ohio Women ~ W.O.W.!!!~ with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ, who meets us at our every need. One of Lisa’s life goals is to share with women that they each have a God-given potential and that God has created each of us to live in freedom and victory! Lisa has served as the Ohio Women’s Director since December 2008. After the advancement of Lisa’s husband, Brent Page, to heaven in September 2012, Lisa was voted in as the Lead Pastor at New Life Community Church A/G in Ashland, Ohio. Lisa then married John Bosse on October 12th, 2013. John, a widower himself, was also a good friend of Brent & Lisa's from their days in Bible college. Lisa has 4 children: Brooks, married to Katelyn, lives in Seattle, WA and attends Northwest University. Taylor, married to Kendra, currently resides in Springfield, MO where Taylor is pursuing his Masters at Evangel University.  Lindsay, lives and works in Columbus and helps with worship at Adventure church. Lindsay also serves as Lisa’s Administrative Assistant for the WOW!!! Ministries. Garrett is the youth pastor at Calvary A/G in Orrville, OH and a Dalton Middle School football coach. Along with talking and laughing, Lisa loves chocolate (especially Reese’s!!!).  She loves to write, bake, sing, watch old movies, read and laugh… A LOT!!! One of Lisa’s life goals is to share with everyone she meets that “The King is wild about you!!!” (Psalm 45:11) and God is singing over you right now!!! (Zephaniah 3:17)  Shout Now!!!  :)  

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MANDY GROOT - GIRL'S MINISTRIES

Mandy Groot currently serves as the Ohio Girls Ministries Network Director.  She has been involved in several church ministries.  For over fifteen years, Mandy has led in the areas of youth, Girls Ministries and church administration.  She and her husband Tom have been married for thirteen years and have three sons, Micah, Levi and Noah.

 

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Harry Hunt - ROYAL RANGERS 

Harry has been involved in the Royal Ranger ministry for 37 years.  He began as a leader in 1975 with appointments to Northwest Sectional Staff in 1980 and then the Ohio District Staff in 1984.  Harry was appointed to serve as the Ohio Royal Ranger District Commander by former district superintendent, Robert Crabtree in 1988.  He has been a member of the National Royal Rangers Council since 1984, where he has served in various elected offices.  He currently serves as the President of the national council and is a member of the Executive Committee.  Harry and his wife, Dawna, travel to various districts speaking at leadership seminars, district and regional events, and serving on various national training camps in the states and overseas.  As well as serving in the Royal Rangers ministry, Harry became the Lead Pastor of Erie Shores Assembly of God in Port Clinton in 2003.  Harry and Dawna have 3 children all of who are active in the church, Aaron (30), who is married to Michelle, Thomas (27), and Brittany (22).  They also have 3 grandchildren, Courtney (8), Zachery (6), and Melanie (4).

         Steve and Liz Brannan pioneered Chi Alpha (XA), the Assemblies of God missionary arm into secular universities and colleges, on Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 2001.  It quickly grew influencially and numerically to become a defining factor on the WSU campus. DaytonXA expanded onto the University of Dayton and onto Sinclair Community College in the years following and has affected thousands of students and multiple local AG churches throughout the city. Steve relinquished being the director in Dayton in June, 2011 to become the Statewide Director for Chi Alpha, helping to plant new XA's across Ohio and coaching existing XA's toward health and growth. Steve and Liz have two kids, Cole (8) and Lydia (6) and are in the process of adopting a boy from the Congo.

 

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Sue Nigh - HEARTLAND DIRECTOR

Sue Nigh was appointed Executive Director of Heartland Conference Retreat Center in September 2007 after joining the Heartland team in February 2006.  Owned and operated by the Ohio District Council of the Assemblies of God, Heartland provides special event, retreat and summer camp opportunities for the Ohio District and other Christian groups and organizations.  In addition, Heartland offers Outdoor Environmental Education and day and overnight opportunities to public and private schools and other organizations.  Before joining the Heartland team, Sue served as Director of Marketing at United Church Directories for 17 years.  She also served as Director of Sales and Marketing, and then President, of an information technology services company in Columbus, Ohio for 5 years before serving as Operations and Marketing Director of the YMCA of Mount Vernon, Ohio for 4 years.  Sue has 11 years of experience in Christian camping, and in the local church served as youth leader and young adult Sunday school teacher for ten years.  She and her husband, Randy, have been married for 36 years.  They have a son, daughter and six grandchildren.   Randy and Sue are both passionate about Heartland’s mission to “provide a place for people of all ages to learn, grow and experience the love and presence of God” and enjoy their many opportunities to love and serve God and His people at Heartland.