Who is Jesus?

More than two thousand years ago God sent Jesus Christ into this world. He became one of us, but he did nothing wrong. He showed us what God is like – merciful and kind. He healed the sick people, the blind were made to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. Some people followed him, and to them he gave a new way of life – God’s way. But others hated Him because He was so good, and he exposed their evil ways.

He gave his own life as a sacrifice, a payment for our sins. He died on the cross to save us. Three days after he died, Jesus Christ came back from the dead. Now He lives in the power of an endless life to meet your need, to be your Saviour, to forgive your sins. Jesus Christ is the only one who can do this for you.

Why We Exist

The Ohio Ministry Network exists to encourage and support Ohio families, churches and ministry leaders. We strive to equip and resource churches and pastors to tell the world about Jesus.

However, if you've come to this site seeking answers about Jesus, seeking help in troubled times, or would like prayer, please contact us at the number below.

May God richly bless you today!

Contact Info

8405 Pulsar Place

Phone: 614.396.0700

Fax: 614.396.0701

Web: ohioministry.net

Forum 2016-10-12T11:59:02+00:00

*You can still register onsite.

The Forum Unplugged

The Forum is the Ohio Ministry Network’s annual leadership training and fellowship get-away for pastors, staff pastors (both credentialed & non-credentialed), and credentialed ministers of all ages.  If you are a student currently enrolled in OSOM and/or close to finishing the credential process you may also request attendance.

Key Note Speakers

Millennials in Ministry

Dr. Jolene ErlacherConsultant at Leading Tomorrow
Dr. Jolene Erlacher founded Leading Tomorrow in 2013 with the aim of equipping churches, businesses, schools, missions agencies and other organizations for effective inter-generational leadership in an evolving culture. Her passion for equipping a new generation of leaders emerged from various leadership experiences in education and ministry.

Jolene worked for eight years at North Central University, specializing in leadership training, student development and personnel management. During that time, she identified the need for building awareness of generational differences as young leaders entered the workplace, especially in ministry contexts. This began an extended journey of researching the experiences and needs of Millennials in ministry positions. Her book, Millennials in Ministry (Judson Press) was released September 1, 2014 and documents her findings. Most recently, Jolene served as a team consultant with Sync Leadership Development. Jolene specializes in providing training and consulting on team effectiveness and inter-generational leadership. She works with community organizations, government agencies, churches, missions agencies, and small businesses. She is also an adjunct faculty member and teaches graduate courses on Organizational Leadership at North Central University.

Patterns in Ministry and the Local Church

Greg Ford
Greg FordLead Pastor at One Church AG
Greg Ford is a pastor, leader, and entrepreneur.  He currently serves as the Lead Pastor at One Church, a progressive, fast-growing church in the Gahanna area.  Well known for his high energy, visionary leadership, and innovative thinking, Greg’s passion is to develop community-focused churches that lead people into holistic health. In 2011, One Church received national recognition as the “New Church Plant of the Year” by the Church Multiplication Network and the General Council of the Assemblies of God.  He is a regular keynote speaker for churches and organizations both locally and nationally.

Greg is also the Founder and Directional Leader of the IGNITE Network.  IGNITE is a network of related churches focused on funding, resourcing, and coaching new churches to a place of stability and organizational health.  Greg is a 2003 graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University.  Upon graduation he started and lead thriving ministries in Wooster, Ohio in 2004 and Toledo, Ohio in 2006, before moving to New Albany in 2010.  Greg and his wife Shaylyn have three children, Ella, Hudson and Miles.

Innovations: Global & Local Missions

Paul HurckmanExecutive Director of Venture
Paul is the Executive Director of Venture – an organization committed to partnering with the local church to use its greatest energies to meet the world’s greatest needs.  He has spent time working in higher education, the church, and the non-profit sector. The common thread with each of these has been a passion for advocating on behalf of those affected by injustices, as well as educating and mobilizing communities as to their responsibility and opportunity to change these situations.


Together with his wife Candace, and their their children, Lola, Justus and Nia, they are committed as a family to engage in God’s story of justice and hope. Paul loves both camping in the wilderness and drinking coffee in the city.

Breakout Speakers

Building a Social Enterprise Bridge

Derek BoivinLead Pastor at Warren First AG
Pastor Derek and Jennifer have been pastoring at Warren First Assembly since August 2012. Pastor Derek loves to preach and teach about God’s wonderful love for people. He is energized by hearing people laugh and encourage each other.
Pastor Derek earned his Master of Biblical Studies degree in 2015 from at Moody Theological Seminary and his goal is to present the Scriptures in a way that honors God and builds up the church and impacts people in positive ways, ultimately by sharing the hope Jesus gives.
In his spare time he loves to hang out at home with his family, meet friends for coffee, play cards and cheer for the Detroit Red Wings.
He is fond of fountain pens, books, small kitchen appliances,Apple products, Tim Horton’s Coffee, cool gadgets and is always on the hunt for the perfect highlighter.
He has four wonderful children and He loves Jennifer more than anything on this earth.

Worship: World is Changing

James DewhurstLead Pastor at Real Church
Pastor James is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Real Church, based out of Columbus, Ohio.  Pastor James Dewhurst proudly served as a youth pastor in two youth ministries for the past 15 years.  He has also written and recorded two albums, developed and sent many leaders into full-time ministry, and has been a frequent national and international guest speaker.  He’s been married to his best friend Tiffany for the last 17 years, and has two amazing children, Malachi and Malena. He recently left a large youth ministry in Atlanta, Georgia in order to plant Real church in the metro Columbus area.  His passionate and genuine approach to preaching the gospel will challenge and inspire you to allow Christ to take total control of your life!

Small Groups

Victor & Sonya DulaneySmall Group Coordinators at Real Church
Victor Dulaney has served as the small group coordinator for the past three years at REAL Church based in the central Ohio area. Victor has lead small groups for three different church organizations starting in 1996. These experiences have provided a well rounded education on a wide variety of small group systems. He also served as a youth and young adult leader for 12 years, has served on several short term missions trips, and as a Senior Pastor of a church in transition.  Victor’s true passion is leading and developing life giving small groups. Victor has recently celebrated 15 years of wedded bliss to his wonder wife and best friend Sonya, and together they raise three children:Jocelyn (13), Eli (9) and Ethan (5). Victor is employed full time as a firefighter and paramedic in the central ohio area. The Dulaney family spends all free time remaining with their horse.

Get Found Online! Digital Marketing Strategies for Today’s Churches

R.J. LoweryBusiness Coach and Digital Marketing Consultant
R.J. Lowery is a passionate follower of Christ, a devoted husband of 25 years to his bride, Connie and loving (yet often misunderstood) father to their 3 girls Moriah, Mikaela and Marissa and son in law, Justin. R.J. is also a business coach, award winning leader and top producing marketer for over 30 years, currently serving as a Digital Marketing Consultant and Regional Sales Manager with RevLocal.  RevLocal, the leader in personalized digital marketing, is a full service digital marketing agency for businesses and non-profits. This Central Ohio company is also a 3 time Inc. 500 fastest growing company (#121 in 2015) a Premier Google Partner and serves over 5000 brick and mortar locations across the United States and Canada. During the  25+ years of attending  Assembly of God churches, R.J. has served and led in just about every ministry possible at Capital City Church and currently serves on the Vision Development Team and leads the marketing team at One Church.

Trends in Family Ministry

Julie PrattLead Pastor at Hope Church
Julie serves as the Lead Pastor of Hope Church, a new church plant in Worthington, Ohio. She has been involved in Family Ministry in the local church, Christian Higher Education, and as a consultant for 20 years. Julie has authored articles on ministry life and parenting; been a featured speaker at seminars and events; and has appeared on radio, speaking on raising children intentionally. She is passionate about the church and the family partnering together to help lead children and students to follow Jesus. Julie and her husband Shelby live in Columbus with their 3 kids and 2 dogs.

Sustainability in Christian Leadership

Ken RobertsAuthor, Speaker and Coach
Since 2010 I’ve served as the visionary leader and primary teaching pastor of New Life Community, located in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Before serving at New Life Community, I served for twenty years as the Senior Pastor of World View Community Church, located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.  I’ve been married to my wife, Missy, since 2007. I have a daughter, Nicole, a son Britton, and a step-son Mychael. Missy and I live in Maple Grove, MN. Our three adult children live in different places across the country.

As an author, I desire to provide content that will engage the mind and change the heart; specifically offering thought-provoking content that will challenge us to become more like Christ and live a life that will leave a lasting impact. I’m the author of Unexpected: Navigating Life’s Unforeseen Turns and the just released Staying Power: 5 Core Ideas For Sustainability In Christian Ministry. I’m working on my third book, Finding Your NEXT: Focus Your Life, Fulfill Your Destiny to be released spring 2016

Staffing & Hiring Trends

Brian StoneExecutive Pastor at One Church
Brian Stone currently serves as the Executive Pastor at One Church, a progressive, fast-growing church in the Gahanna area.  He joined the One Church team January 1st, 2015 after previously spending 20 years as a Design Consultant in the residential remodeling field. As a Design Consultant, Brian won numerous local, regional and national Business and Design awards. His passion for effective practices combined with a deep desire to reach disconnected people has assisted One Church in growing both organizationally and numerically.


Brian attended Central Bible College in Springfield Missouri and has led many thriving ministries over the years including outreaches to children in the urban areas of Columbus along with multiple “recovery” focused groups. Brian and his wife Karen have to adult children, Jessica and Gabriel.

Trends in Developing Leaders

Michele ThompsonCoach/Staff Pastor at Cross Community Church
Over the past 16 years Michele has had the opportunity to be part of some great ministries spanning from Illinois to California.  With a potpourri of job descriptions and diverse age groups, Michele has been blessed by this experience and training and feels compelled to give that away to others.  Her passion for developing leaders is what brought her to Ohio in 2006.  Since then, she has developed a children’s ministry in her local church and a leadership environment that helps kids and students be all they can be for Christ.

Michele is a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God and has been serving in full time ministry since 1999.  In 2013, Michele became a certified Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell team and continues to have a passion to teach, train and develop leaders of any age.

Coaching & Teaching Trends

Dutch VanderVluchtLead Pastor at New Life AG
In 1992, Pastor Dutch VanderVlucht and his wife, Cindy, moved to Findlay to pastor New Life

Connection Dinners

Monday 5:30 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse – Women in Ministry, Credentialed Women and Women’s Ministry Leaders
Host: Brigette Wootton
515 N Lexington Springmill Rd, Ontario, OH 44906
(419) 529-7427

Tuesday 5:30 p.m.

Cheddar’s – Pastors and Leaders 
Host: Pastor John Wootton & John Musgrave
979 N Lexington Springmill Rd, Ontario, OH 44906
(419) 747-9777

El Campestre – U.S. & World Missionaries (Special time: 5:00 p.m.)
Host: Jim Palmer
1971 W 4th St, Ontario, OH 44906
(419) 529-5330

Olive Garden – Children, Kids & Family Life Pastors
Host: Stacy Petty
558 N Lexington Springmill Rd, Mansfield, OH 44906
(419) 529-5070

Buffalo Wild Wings – Youth/Student Pastors
Host: Nate Ortiz
949 N. Lexington Springmill Rd, Ontario, OH 44906
(419) 525-2933


Monday, September 26

10:00a Recreation/Golf
2:00p Registration Opens
4:00p Golf Banquet and Awards at Oak Tree
5:30p Dinner (on your own)
7:30p Comedy Night with Jonnie W.

Tuesday, September 27







Breakout Session #1

Speakers: Julie Pratt, Ken Roberts, James Dewhurst, Derek Boivin and Victor & Sonya Dulaney

9:45a Break
10:00a Keynote Speaker (Dr. Jolene Erlacher)






Breakout Session #2

Speakers: Jolene Erlacher, Dutch Vandervlucht, Brian Stone, Michele Thompson, and RJ Lowery

12:00p Lunch (included)
12p-4p New Pastor’s Connection (by invitation only)
12:30p Free Time
4:00p Superintendent’s Forum
5:30p Dinner (on your own)
7:00p Keynote Speaker (Paul Hurckman)

Wednesday, September 28







Breakout Session #3

Speakers: Paul Hurckman, Dutch Vandervlucht and Michele Thompson

10:00a Keynote Speaker (Greg Ford)
12:00p Event Concludes


Looking for a place to stay? We’ve contracted special conference rates at three hotels near the event:

Hampton Inn Mansfield/Ontario (free hot breakfast & WiFi)
1051 N Lexington Springmill Road
Mansfield, OH 44906
$119 (5 single king / 5 2-BR queens)
Group Name: Ohio Ministry Network
Discounted rate ends: August 25, 2016

Fairfield Inn & Suites Mansfield/Ontario (free hot breakfast & WiFi)
1065 N Lexington Springmill Road
Mansfield, OH 44906
$119 a night
Group Name: Ohio Ministry Network
Discounted rate ends: August 25, 2016

Quality Inn & Suites (free hot breakfast & WiFi)
500 Trimble Rd
Mansfield, OH 44906
Single/ Double Rooms available ($72/night)
Suites ($82/night)
419. 529.1000
Group Name: Ohio Ministry Network
Discounted rate ends: August 7, 2016



Until Sep. 1
  • Sep. 2-Sep. 15: $85

OSOM Students


*Online registration closes Monday, September 19.

Recreation (Monday, September 26)

Golf (10:00a – 4:00p)

Golf – Reverse Shot Gun Start (with cart $60)
Lunch will be provided after golf at the course and will be $5 including a hotdog, chips and a drink. 

Oak Tree Golf Club
1440 Old Oak Trail
Mansfield, OH 44903
(419) 747-4653


Corporate Prayer (10:00a-4:00p)

Thankful to partner with Mansfield First AG who provided a designated prayer room if you would like to spend some time in prayer prior to registration.

Prayer Room is located above the Choir Room, near the Daycare Hallway, Upstairs

Shopping (3:00p-5:00p)

For those not golfing, there will be shopping with Bridgette Wootton and Michelle.


Special Entertainment

Jonnie W.
Jonnie W.Comedian
Once in a generation, someone comes along with the power and eloquence to inspire us all. Jonnie W will entertain us while we wait for that person. Entering the comedy scene with nothing more than a guitar and his razor-sharp wit, he has gone on to entertain multi-generational audiences nationwide. When not performing at solo events, Jonnie joins fellow funny man Tim Hawkins on his “Rockshow Comedy Tour”, delivering the funny at sold out shows coast to coast.

Jonnie blends musical chops, mad vocals, and off-beat standup for a hilariously unique comedy experience. His first DVD, “Angry Sandwich” was released in September 2013.


Oasis City ChurchOasis City Worship Band


Nate Ortiz
Nate OrtizNetwork Youth Director
Stacy PettyNetwork Children's Director

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