Meet Our West Ohio Cultural Coaches

Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson
Superintendent, Ohio River Valley District, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Sherri Blackwell
Lead Pastor, Concord United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference

Rev. April Casperson
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, West Ohio Conference

Mrs. Reba Collins
All In Community Consultant, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Karen Cook
Assistant to the District Superintendent, Capitol Area North District, West Ohio Conference

Ms. Rebecca Hug
Licensed Professional Counselor, Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision

Rev. Donnetta Peaks
Director, Office of Ministry, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Rae Lynn Schleif
Assistant to the District Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner
Director of Connectional Ministries, West Ohio Conference

Mr. Harris Tay 
Team Lead, Operations and Alignment, General Commission on Religion and Race 

Rev. Steve Putka
Pastor, Amlin United Methodist Church

Rev. John Girard
Associate Pastor, Worthington UMC

Rev. Alethea Botts, M.Div.
Executive Pastor of Discipleship, Rolling Plains UMC

Rev. Benji Sayre
Executive Director/Campus Minister, Wesley Foundation in Cincinnati

Brad Aycock
Director of New Church Development, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Dr. Arun Paul
Lead Pastor, Oak Hills United Methodist Church

Rev. Kathleen Herington
Lead Pastor, Whitehall United Methodist Church

Sam Rodriguez
Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement, West Ohio Conference

Tracy Chambers
Director, Lay Servant Ministries, West Ohio Conference


Ready to take the next step?

Contact Rev. April Casperson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion to talk through how our West Ohio Cultural Coaches can work with you and your church to move into more vital, effective, healthy leadership and ministry. Options include hosting a conversation about culture, diversity, Christian identity and outreach and using the IDI as an individual, leadership team or church group.

The West Ohio Cultural Coaches were funded out of a grant generously awarded by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), a ministry of the United Methodist Church. We give special thanks to Mary-Frances Winters and The Winters Group, LLC for working with the West Ohio Cultural Coaches.  

For additional resources, we encourage you to visit GCORR Resources website.