May 19th, Rev. Rick Spleth

Rick Spleth joined the staff of the
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) IN INDIANA as Regional Minister on September 1, 2001. His duties include pastoral oversight for congregational and regional ministries and serves as the chief executive officer of the region. As regional minister, Rick works with Search and Call and the Regional Board.  He also works with the Stewardship Commission, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Reference and Counsel Team of the Commission on Ministry.
He also serves as liaison to the General Church in several capacities, including:
General Board, College of Regional Ministers, Christian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, Division of Overseas Ministries Board, and the Council for Theological Education. He also serves as president of the Indiana Interchurch Center board.
Rick has a B.A. from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, and an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Rick and his wife, Diane, have two adult children and three grandchildren.  Diane is the Senior Minister of Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis.
Rick Spleth, Regional Minister-Indiana, has responsibility for our area of Ohio in the absence of a Regional Minister for the CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) IN OHIO.

May 12th, Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

The Rev. Dr. Willie Barnes-Jackson

Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson was born in Bourbon County, Paris, KY. He is the son of Mrs. Wanda M. Anderson of Dayton OH, and Dr. Willie J. Barnes of Longview, TX. Dr. Barnes-Jackson accepted his call to ministry on August 22, 1998 at a John Maxwell “Equipping the Saints” seminar in Toledo, Ohio.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1998 from Central State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. He graduated in 2002 from Payne Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in Theological Studies and Pastoral and Marriage Counseling, while having matriculated as a Daniel A. Payne Presidential Scholar. He also completed over 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education and was ordained in December 2002 by the Christian Church in Ohio and Summit Christian Church under pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Johnson. In 2013, he graduated from United Theological Seminary after completing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Education and Urban Ministry Development.

Dr. Barnes-Jackson has volunteered as a Chaplain for both Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals in Dayton. He is a member of the Disciples Chaplain Association. He held the position of President of the Reconciliation Committee. He is a trained member of the Anti-racism and Pro-reconciliation Commission and is considered a New Church Planter for the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Dr. Barnes-Jackson established the first and successful annual Brother’s in God’s Grace (B.I.G.G.) Men’s Rally at Tabernacle Baptist Church. He spearheaded the development of a Clergy Social Action effort called Dayton Ecumenical Social Action Collaborative and led the development of a non-profit Community Development Corporation and

Action group with parishioners at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. Currently he is an Associate Minister at Summit Christian Church in Dayton. Rev. Dr. Barnes-Jackson was an Associate Minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Pastor of Light of the Community Christian Church (DOC). He is married to Rev. Dr. Pamela Barnes-Jackson and is father to six children and fourteen grandchildren. He and Pamela celebrated thirty-one years of marriage on February 22, 2018 and currently reside in Clayton, Ohio. He is a loving and caring member of the Body of Christ and a dedicated man of God who looks forward to working with others in ways that enhance and promote continuous spiritual growth.

May 5th, Mr. Michael Massey

Michael is a part-time student at Lexington Theological Seminary (Disciples of Christ) and is a “member in discernment” working towards ordination in the United Church of Christ. He was raised Southern Baptist and has a church music degree from Southern Seminary, but found his spiritual home in the UCC. He has been a member of Faith UCC in Cincinnati for 18 years.

Michael is Special Projects Director at Dolbey and Company, a healthcare documentation solutions provider, and has worked there in a variety of positions since 1994. He and Leslie have been married for nearly 37 years and have a son Jonathan who is an incredible professional musician and songwriter.

April 28th, Rev. Rebecca Woods

Rebecca Woods, M.DIV, Lindner Center of Hope

Rebecca Woods serves as Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She sees patients who want to include spirituality and faith in their ongoing recovery, helps provide for patients’ spiritual and religious needs, and leads Enrichment groups.

Rev. Woods is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center and Twin Towers Retirement Community. In 2015 she completed additional training in Palliative Care Chaplaincy through California State University and the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. She is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association.

Her focus is on helping people develop and maintain a healthy spirituality to support recovery and wellness; facilitating connections with supportive faith communities; and educating faith leaders and communities on how to support individuals and families in coping with mental health and addiction issues.

Before joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, she worked as a full-time chaplain at Twin Towers Retirement Community and served on the board of directors of NAMI of Butler County. Prior to that, she pastored an urban congregation and was the executive director/campus minister at the Campus Ministry Center (now the Interfaith Center) in Oxford, Ohio, serving students at Miami University.

April 21st, Easter, Rev. Carol Oetzel

Rev. Carol Oetzel

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ). Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry  and the Camp Christian Committee for our region. Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

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