Northwestern Ohio District Church Of The Nazarene


Mark Coulter

Church Planting & Multiplication Catalyzer                                            

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In 2022, Mark became the catalyzer for the Northwestern Ohio District in creating a multiplying culture that plants, revitalizes, and starts all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. Mark is certified as a  Master Director of Church Planting Assessments and has helped lead several multi-district Assessment Centers. 

Mark is a Certified Trainer in Evangelism and Multiplication Training. In addition, he is a Certified Training in the following Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) courses: Churches Planting Churches, Church Planting Essentials, House Church Planting, Mentoring Church Planters, and New Church Dynamics. 

Currently, he is in a doctoral program at Nazarene Theological Seminary focusing on Innovative Leadership in Changing Contexts. 

Mark is also the Lead Pastor of the Valley Church, and the Campus Pastor of their Troy location, which launched in 2018 and has grown to over 500 people. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Doctorate of Education with a Specialization in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.  Prior to coming to The Valley in 2016, Mark worked as a teacher, baseball coach, and pastor in Ohio, Michigan, and South Carolina.  

Mark loves to coach church planters and those interested in church revitalization. He believes that planting new churches is the best way to reach people who do not know Jesus and desire to see Northwest Ohio plant dozens of churches over the next few years.

Mark and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Dilan and Zalome. He enjoys sports, reading, and traveling.

 Terra Gorrell

Director of Gold Leadership Development Pathway

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In 2023, Terra Gorrell became Director of Gold Leadership Development Pathway for the Northwestern Ohio District. This program leads all local and district licensed ministers through a comprehensive process developed to enrich and equip this next generation of pastors to have a solid foundation in Nazarene doctrine, theology, and church polity, as well as build practical ministry skills and leadership tools. The program is designed to be a catalyst to give these leaders the opportunity to grow in grace and knowledge, to walk in their Call, and to advance the Kingdom of God. It also provides each candidate with the skills that they need to succeed by learning alongside many of the most effective pastors in the district.

Terra received a BSN from Lourdes College in 1998 and completed the NWO Directed Studies Program in 2008 when she became an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has served the Defiance Church of the Nazarene since 2002 as Worship & Connections Pastor and
became the Co- Lead Pastor in 2022. She has also previously served on the District Advisory Board and continues as a member on the Ministerial Credentials Board on the Northwestern Ohio District.

Terra grew up traveling with her family’s gospel musical group “The Singing Fry Family.” She began singing on stage at the age of 3 and playing piano at the age of 5. Through this ministry, she witnessed hundreds of people coming to an altar to give their life to Jesus. This heritage continues to have a powerful impact on her life and her passion for ministry. She is deeply humbled and grateful for the Call of God on her life and His many blessings. She loves to lead people into His presence and break open the Word through teaching and preaching. Along with pastoring the Defiance Church, she leads women’s conferences, Young Adult groups, and continues to lead worship services weekly. Connecting people to the story of God in scripture is one of her greatest blessings. This fuels her passion to come alongside and help equip those young in ministry to grasp and be able to clearly connect and articulate the life transformational message of Holiness.

Terra married her high school sweetheart, Brian, in 1997. Together, they have two children, Brianna (Griffin) and Zach. She enjoys spending time with her family, and one of her greatest joys is ministering along with them at the Defiance Church.

Phil Starr

NDI President and Discipleship Catalyzer

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Phil is the President and Team Leader for NDI (Nazarene Discipleship International) which is a catalyst for equiping local churches to carry out the Great Commission to make Christlike Disciples in the nations beginning with our children, youth, and adults.

 Phil is Lead Pastor of Mt Sterling First Church of the Nazarene which ministers to the tri-county area of Madison, Pickaway, and Fayette County. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a Masters of Pastoral Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, and Intergenerational Training through Fuller Youth Institute’s Sticky Faith Cohort. Phil also currently serves as Field Vice Chair and Call Coordinator for East Central Field NYI. He is a co-author of “Go: Engaging Youth In Leadership” published by the NYI Resource Library.

 Previously, he served as Field Training of Youth Leaders for the East Central Field NYI. He was the Pastor of Student Ministries at Lima Community Church prior to moving to Mt Sterling. Phil also served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Grand Rapids International Fellowship a multi-ethic community focused on making disciples in multicultural, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities. He was part of the restart launch team for Springfield Community Church in Springfield, MO. He is passionate about making disciples and equipping leaders in the coming generations. He is an advocate for the marginalized, youth and multi-generational communities.

Phil and his wife, Melanie, have four children – Cathryn, Eli, Isaiah, and Aubrey. He enjoys learning, spending time with others, and camping in the mountains.

Kristi Dodds

Co-Director, Cross Oak Camp

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In 2023, Kristi and Marcus Dodds began their journey as Co-Directors of Guest Services at Cross Oak Camp and Retreat Center. Kristi, previously a school secretary, worked part-time at the camp over summers. Marcus grew up working alongside his dad at the campground, fostering his passion for camp ministry.  Together, they bring a unique blend of skills to their leadership role, ensuring exceptional guest experiences. From coordinating events to ensuring guest comfort, they create a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors. 
Outside of work, Kristi enjoys spending time with their three children: Tristen, Tobias, and Isabelle. Kristi also volunteers in schools, loves to attend Christian concerts, and cherishes family time. Her gift of serving and passion for making the camp a place where you encounter the Spirit continues to uphold the camp’s mission of providing transformative experiences.

Andy Monnin

District Superintendent                                                           

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Andy was elected to the role of District Superintendent in June 2023. His focus is resourcing and inspiring local churches to build up leaders who will plant, revitalize and create all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.

Andy began preparing for pastoral ministry in 1996, enrolling at Nazarene Bible College and completing a BA in Pastoral Ministry degree in May 2003. He was ordained in 2004.  Before he answered the call to pastoral ministry, Andy worked twelve and a half years for an Industrial Manufacturer, primarily in Technical Sales & Marketing. He also served 12 years in the Army National Guard, ending that chapter as a Platoon Sergeant in an M1 tank company.  

Prior to becoming the District Superintendent, Andy and his family were part of the launch team of The Valley Church when it was planted in 1994, a church that grew to three campuses and over 1200 people. Andy joined the staff full-time in 2001 and served at the various pastoral roles, most recently as Lead Pastor from 2012 to 2023. 

Andy is a certified Master Assessment Director for Church Planting Assessment Centers and helped form a six-district regional church planting assessment center centered in NWO which is the largest assessment center in the US. He is certified to teach Evangelism and Multiplication Training (EMT) and Churches Planting Churches classes (CPC).  

Andy’s greatest passion is helping people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, developing them as leaders to make an impact in our world for Jesus, and then sending them out to start new churches that reach unchurched people. His greatest joys are the changed lives he’s gotten to be part of and the leaders he’s been able to develop and send out.

Andy & his wife Paula have three children: Kristen (Ryne) Davis, Daniel & Nathan (Kelsey), and three grandchildren, Olivia, Carter, and Luke.

Jeff Stark

Revitalization and Leadership Development Catalyst                              

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Jeff Stark is the catalyst for revitalization and leadership development for the Northwestern Ohio district. He became a Jesus follower at age 25 in Skopje, Macedonia, deployed with the US Army. He served on staff for seven years at Clarksville First Church of the Nazarene, filling a variety of associate roles while planting two churches. He then spent five years in a small rural community in Erin, TN. In 2014, he moved to Bridgeway Community Church, a multi-site, church planting church in Pekin, Il. In the summer of 2019, he moved to the heart of Chicago to serve as the Executive Director of Reach77 and Missional Director for the Chicago Central District Church of the Nazarene until August 2022. During his time in Chicago, he assisted Community Christian Church in relaunching their city campus post-COVID. He’s spent the last two years serving as a coach and consultant with churches and districts across the United States.

In addition, Jeff has been an Associate Professor at Olivet Nazarene University for the last six years and now serves as the Director of Graduate Programming for the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes. His focus is Missional Theology and the convergence of Christianity and Culture. He is the author of the book from The Foundry Publishing – The News is Good: Evangelism as a Way of Life and the forthcoming book from Wipf and Stock – Root and Fruit: Developing a Reproducing Leadership Culture.

Jeff graduated with a B.A. from Otterbein University in English Literature (’98), served 4 1/2 years in the Army as an Arabic Linguist, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University (M.A. Religion ’06), completed a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School (’10), and finished a Doctor of Ministry program at Lipscomb University in Missional Theology and Spiritual Formation (’17), writing an extensive dissertation on multiplication and movement. 

Jeff is passionate about empowering leaders, teams, and organizations to build an inspired story. Married for 25 years, Jeff and Angie have two sons, Derek (24) and Lt. Chance Stark – US Army (23) married to Olivia. 

Ruth Reynard

 NMI President and Missions Catalyzer                                        

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Ruth is the NWO NMI District President, serving with the District NMI Council in NWOhio. Ruth was born in the Ituri region of the DRCongo of missionary parents. She was raised in Northern Ireland and attended European Nazarene College in Germany with her husband, Andrew Reynard, COTN pastor and chaplain. Ruth completed a PhD and Masters at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

The Reynards have served the Lord in Germany, the UK, Canada and the US with the Church of the Nazarene. Ruth has developed and/or taught ESL/EFL programs for teachers of English here in the US, the Middle East, and in China and consulted in online educational programs and curriculum development with German and Congolese institutions. Ruth has worked in educational administration and/or taught for TNU, ONU, MVNU and currently teaches as an online adjunct with Colorado Christian University. Ruth founded a community nonprofit in Fayette, OH to provide education and training for lower income individuals and families and is VP of the local community development group.

Darryl Potts

District Secretary

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Darryl is the Northwestern Ohio District Secretary and also Secretary of the Board of Ministry and is responsible for helping coordinate the business of NWO’s annual District Advance. He also facilitates credential transfers issues, compiles annual reports and information for the District Journal, and handles other official record functions.

Darryl is the Lead Pastor of Spencerville Church of the Nazarene which has a reach into five other perimeter towns. He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Co. and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry/Theology and Christian Counseling.

Prior to coming to Ohio, Darryl served 10 years as the Lead Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Scottsbluff, NE. During his time in Nebraska, he served as the District Secretary, served on the District Advisory Board, and several other other boards and teams. He was involved in the community and coordinated the Global Leadership Summit in the northwest side of Nebraska.

Darryl and his wife, Amy, have four adult children – Christopher, Leah, Collin, and Connor. He enjoys working outside, building, connecting with people, and loves to hang out with Amy!

Kellie Anderson

District Operations Leader                                                                   

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Kellie joined the District Resource Team in December 2023.  She leads and oversees the day-to-day operations of the District Resource Center, serving as the supporting coordinator to the District Superintendent, district teams, and most importantly, local churches. In addition, Kellie helps leads teams to help coordinate events, systems, projects and initiatives on the district.

Kellie previously served as an Office Secretary and Administrative Bookkeeper, at North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church, for 17 years, providing support to the pastors and staff, working on special projects, managing the office workflow, and helping with the accounting functions. She also served for six years as an Accounting Clerk at 2 different firms. Kellie has taken courses through MVNU and Cuyahoga Community College and is a continual learner.

Kellie originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Eric Anderson who serves as the Lead Pastor at St. Marys Naz. They have been on the NWO District since March of 2023.  Their goal in St Marys is to build relationships with the neighborhoods surrounding the church and their home. Their desire is for the church to become a vital part in the community as the hands and feet of Jesus.  Kellie serves in many ways in St Marys First but finds her greatest joy and effectiveness in serving on the worship team and leading Children’s Church on Sunday mornings.  

Kellie’s other passion is to resource pastor’s, staff, and local churches to be effective and succeed in their mission so they can share the gospel and change lots of lives! She also loves helping people find a relationship with Jesus and she loves to see people dig deep into their relationship with Him. 

Kellie and her husband have 2 children: Victor Anderson and Andreah (Jon) Berndsen. Kellie loves reading. Her favorites are fiction as well as books on how to do ministry better and you will always find music on in her office, especially if its worship or Southern Gospel.

Amy Ambrose

Children’s Ministry Catalyzer                                                            

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Amy Ambrose is the Northwestern Ohio District Children’s Ministry Catalyzer and is responsible for helping resource local churches, creating learning communities and events for children’s ministry teams, and providing one on-one coaching to select leaders of churches hungry and positioned to reach children and their families.

Amy currently also serves as the Children’s Pastor of Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene and operates a small business as a Franchise Owner of Winans Coffee & Chocolate in Wapakoneta. She holds a master’s degree in Discipleship with a concentration in Children and Family Ministries from Huntington University and prior to that earned a BS in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University.

In recent years, Amy has also served as a Franchise Business Coach with the headquarters of Winans Coffee and Chocolate Corporation. Prior to her position in Wapakoneta, she served as Children’s Pastor at the Valley Church in Piqua, St. Marys Church of the Nazarene, and as a Children’s Ministry Intern/Volunteer at her home church, Lima Community Church.

Amy is married to Stephen and they both enjoy traveling, hiking, attending sporting events, and hanging out at their local gym and in their community.

Richie Griffith

NYI President and Youth Ministry Catalyzer

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Richie Griffith is the Nazarene Youth International (NYI) President for the Northwestern Ohio Nazarene District (NWO). Richie and the NYI team’s focus is to catalyze mission to students and with students on the district from ages 12 to 26. NYI equips local churches, leaders, and students to spread the gospel effectively in their home environments. In three words: BE – Evangelism | DO – Discipleship | GO – Leadership Development. 

Richie is married to Kristen Griffith, a lifelong member of the NWO and together they lead a church plant in Tipp City Ohio called Movement Church. Their mission is to help others experience God in new and exciting ways. Richie received his bachelor’s degree from Nazarene Bible College in Pastoral Ministries. He is also a certified DCPI Trainer in church planting. Richie is often traveling and speaking at local churches and also at youth camps and retreats throughout the year. Richie also serves on our East Central Field Council helping with events like field blast and how to resource our local churches effectively. 

Previously, he served as a youth and worship pastor at Tipp City Nazarene. While there he helped run a weekly teen rec center and developed a concert ministries team to reach the city in new ways. He has also served in the city of Springfield at High Street Nazarene Church, where he developed a new ministry called The Rock, a basketball program aimed to reach students within the inner city reaching those with addictions, students in gangs, and students outside the mainstream. 

Richie is passionate about connecting with students and equipping and empowering them to do the same! He believes that these students are not the church of tomorrow, but are the church of today. 

Larry Hammond

District Treasurer

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Larry joined the District Resource Team as the Interim Treasurer in October 2023 and is working to migrate the district to a new financial system and update its financial systems and processes.

Larry received his MA from Bluffton University and his MBA from the University of Nebraska. In 2010 he became the President and CEO of Trupointe Cooperative, a $700 million farmer’s cooperative serving Ohio and Eastern Indiana. After retiring, he has served numerous other entities through his company, Hammond Consulting with a focus on board relationships and organizational strategic planning, as well as assessing and profiling candidates to determine “right fit”.

Larry is serving as Board Secretary of the NWO District Advisory Board, the MVNU Board of Trustees, and the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene on the Global Administration and Finance Committee. He also currently serves as treasurer of three local churches and is on the board at Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Larry has always felt the call to ministry, not as a preacher, but rather in roles to serve the church at the local, district, and general levels to make the church more effective and able to reach more people. His strength is helping assist those in ministry in the financial and administrative areas, having served on multiple finance and search committees.

Larry enjoys riding his bicycle and helping others.