Meet Our West Ohio Cultural Guides

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

Rev. Sherri Blackwell
Lead Pastor, Asbury South UMC, 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
Regional Missional Specialist & Director of Community Ministries (CAN), 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
Retired Elder, West Ohio Conference

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

Mr. Harris Tay 
Vice President, Client Success, The Winters Group, Inc.

Rev. Steve Putka
Pastor, Amlin UMC, West Ohio Conference

Rev. John Girard
Lead Pastor, Broad Street UMC, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Alethea Botts, M.Div.
Lead Pastor, Gaines UMC, West Ohio Conference

Brad Aycock
Director of Fresh Starts & New Beginnings, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Dr. Arun Paul
Lead Pastor, Oak Hills UMC, West Ohio Conference

Rev. Kathleen Herington
Retired Elder, West Ohio Conference

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

Tracy Chambers
Interning Associate Pastor, Epiphany UMC, & Director of Lay Servant Ministries, West Ohio Conference

Ready to take the next step?

Contact acasperson [at] (Rev. April Casperson), Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to talk through how our West Ohio Cultural Guides 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 Guides 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 Guides.  

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