Ministerial Staff


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 a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, former semi-professional football player and former owner of Richey Financial and Business Services.  Richey was a Certified Public Accountant for 31 years after earning Bachelor's degrees in Business and Finance and Political Science from San Francisco State Univerisity and a Masters in Business Management and Organization from Ashland University.    

His heart for service in ministry has led him to serve in meaningful roles throughout his time in the Church of God in Christ including ONFJ Chief Adjutant, ONFJ Chief of Protocol, Chief National Adjutant, National Protocal Officer, and as Advanced Team Travel member for Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., the Presiding Bishiop and Chief Apostle for the Church of God in Christ Worldwide. Senior Pastor Richey is the past President of McElrath Improvement Corporation, and former Executive Board member of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca Counties Community Development Coropration. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of King-Kennedy Community Center of Portage County. 

Pastor Richey has been married to Evangelist Missionary Geraldine Richey for more than 39 years and have two children.


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 39 years (January 12). They have two children from their union; Elder LaShana (Zack) Smith of Columbus and Dennis Richey, Jr. of Fremont.


Executive Assistant Diana Starks

Evangelist Missionary Diana Starks, Executive Assistant to Pastor Richey, 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 Vice President in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion 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.


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.


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.

Evangelist Dametra Dawson

Evangelist Dametra Dawson is married to Deacon Clarence Dawson Sr. She is the mother of three children Danae Dawson, Clarence Dawson Jr.  and Delaney Dawson. In 1996 she obtained a Bachelors of Science with a Concentration in Management Information Systems from Wright State University. And in 2012 she  earned  a Master of Business Administration degree  with a concentration in Finance from Keller School of Management. She is dedicated to Pastoral Care, being appointed to that position in 2014. Evangelist Dawson is a Adult Sunday School teacher, and also handles Resolutions for the church.


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.