Ministerial Staff

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Dennis J. Richey, Sr. - Senior Pastor

Dennis J. Richey, Sr. was appointed Pastor of Winfield Church of God in Christ in February 2013 and installed by the Prelate of Ohio North First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (ONFJ) Bishop Edward T. Cook. 

Pastor Richey is an original member of the first Equity and Inclusion Task Force for Ravenna School District.  He is a Silver Life-Time member of the NAACP, member of National Action Network (NAN), and People United to Save Humanity (PUSH). He is currently serving on the Portage County Minority Health Task Force. 

Pastor Richey has been married to Evangelist Missionary Geraldine Richey for more than 42 years and they have two children: Pastor LaShana (Deacon Zach) Smith; and Dennis Richey, Jr.

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Mother Geraldine Richey

First Lady Geraldine Richey is a dedicated servant and worshiper. First Lady matriculated at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio where she majored in Early Childhood Education. After serving as a Missionary in The Church of God in Christ for 10 years, First Lady Richey was elevated to the position of Evangelist Missionary in November of 2015 at the COGIC Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO.

She had been involved in many areas of church ministry including: choir member, choir Director, Youth leader and Hospitality. Currently she serves as Director of the Women's Department and member of the Mothers Board at Winfield.

This is a "Miracle Women"!  Diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer in 2007, and undergoing chemotherapy for a year, God healed her.  In November of 2013, she was diagnosed with Stage IV liver cancer. The doctors said she would not survive more than 8 months...BUT GOD!  Without any medical treatment for the cancer, SHE IS STILL HERE! To God be the Glory.

First Lady Richey has been married to Pastor Dennis J. Richey,Sr. for 41 years (January 12). They have two children from their union; Pastor LaShana (Zack) Smith of Columbus and Dennis Richey, Jr. of Ravenna Township. 

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Assistant Pastor Diana Starks

Evangelist Missionary Diana Starks, Assistant Pastor, Trustee and Chief Financial Officer of Winfield C.O.G.I.C. Missionary Starks serves as secretary to the Ravenna District Women’s Department, Treasurer for the Ravenna District and as a Trustee for Ohio North First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under Bishop Edward T. Cook, jurisdictional prelate.  She is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer  at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In addition to leading the Bank’s diversity and inclusion efforts, she serves as the deputy Equal Employment Opportunity officer.  Highly educated and extremely motivated with a Bachelors degree in business administration and a pair of Masters degrees in psychology and organizational management, Starks loves the Lord and loves to serve. Appointed the Assistant Pastor in January 2021.

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Associate Pastor David Williamson

Minister David Williamson has been a member of Winfield COGIC since 1980.  He a is married to Mother Victoria (Strong)  and have one son, Steven.  David attended Kent State University and is a graduate of the National Institute of Technology in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  While at Winfield, he has served as past President of the Usher Board and as a member of the Deacon Board.  He currently serves as Sunday School Supt., Men's Sunday School class teacher, and Director of the Men's Department.  He is also serves as the Ravenna District Sunday School Supt.  In 2017, he was appointed to the Winfield Board of Trustees and to the position of Associate Pastor.

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Youth Pastor Barron Chambers

Minister Barron Chambers was appointed to the position of Youth Pastor in 2016. Chambers reunited to Winfield with his family in January 2015.  Previously, the Chambers' were members under Pastor Dr. Melvin L. Howard at St. James COGIC serving as Choir & Band member for 14 years.  When away at college (where he met my wife and married in 1999) he was under watch care of Bishop Elton Amos serving as Choir, Band & Praise Team member, helped the deacons design and build a new sanctuary, was part of a Charter school and served as Youth Leader for just under 2 years.  In between St. James and his original beginnings, the Chambers' followed the late William T. Spells to Chapel Ministries in Elyria for two years.  To come full circle, Minister Chambers roots lie at Winfield where he was a member under the late Willie J. Evans from age 3 - 12 years old.  He was a sunshine band member and drummer.
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Evangelist Marcia Grair

Evangelist Marcia Grair absolutely loves people and has a special place in her heart for single moms. In addition to her current assignment as Evangelist, she is a Sunday school teacher for the Sr. High class and a member of the Praise Team. She is grateful God is a God of second chances and believes its never too late to start over. It is her belief that we should all give back to our communities in a variety and does so by serving as a member of the Skeels-Mathew Community Center Advisory Board and as a Reed Memorial Library Board of Trustees member of the Reed Memorial Library.