Our Leadership Team
Charlie grew up just across the Venango County line in the Village of Kossuth. (For the record, he was born in Oil City!) After spending four good years in Charlottesville, VA, where he was a grad student at UVA, Charlie and Aimee moved back "home" and bought a house in Oil City in July of 2016. After spending time in various places and pursuing a variety of vocational avenues (including one horribly failed run at being a punk rock star) Charlie has a settled confidence about his three callings--husband/father, pastor, scholar/writer. If Charlie isn't changing Theo's diaper, playing football with Benton or watching Elliana and Anneliese dance, you'll probably find him with his nose in a book, or enjoying coffee and a conversation with a friend at a local cafe. Seldom bored, Charlie also stays busy writing (books, blogs, etc.) and serving as program director at the Project on Rural Ministry at Grove City College.
Pastor (Family Ministry, Outreach & Administration)
If you asked Aimee ten years ago where she would be and what she would be doing she would have told you that she was going to see the world and be either a missionary in Africa or Chicago or work in the health field. God had other plans. In the summer of 2009 an experience at a Christian camp convinced her that God was calling her to ministry. Within two weeks she and Charlie were enrolled in seminary. Almost as soon as she graduated Aimee gave birth to Elliana and made the choice to take on another full-time job--mothering. Five years and two more children later Aimee is still hard at work keeping the Cotherman household from going off the rails! She does, however, find time to play the piano, spend time with her favorite feline, Bella, and bake anything chocolate.
Mark is a husband to his "bride," Diana, and father to Erika, Nate, and Josiah. In his words, he is also "a bum from the North Side of Pittsburgh, saved by grace." His oft-used self description hints at his colorful childhood in one of Pittsburgh's roughest neighborhoods and points to the goodness of God in drawing him from a life of addiction and self destruction to one that has blessed many through over two decades of pastoral ministry. As a pastor Mark's ministry has been defined by deep personal relationships and a genuine concern for the local community. Indeed for many, Mark's self description is far from complete. More than simply a down and out from a tough neighborhood who had an profound encounter with God, Mark is for many a faithful friend, down-to-earth teacher, and trusted mentor who genuinely cares about the common good in our area. By the way, he's also an avid hunter. Mark is now retired (again) from paid ministry, but he will always be a pastor!
Chris grew up playing worship music with Charlie and Aimee in Knox, PA and later moved on to lead worship at a church plant in Niles, OH. While leading and helping to expand the Niles church to multiple campuses, Chris met his wife Courtney. When OCV was in its beginning stages Chris and Courtney decided to commit to being a part of it by moving to Pennsylvania and help in any way they could. In addition to his talents and experiences as a worship leader and church planter Chris also stands in as OCV's comedian in residence and in-house jack-of-all-trades. If you are working on a car or a bike or a locomotive engine (or pretty much anything else) Chris is your guy.
Marcella Dill and her family like bucking trends. Whereas many people have moved from our area to Dallas, TX following Quaker State Motor Oil's relocation in the mid-nineties, Marcella and her family moved from the Dallas area to Oil City in early 2017. Since then she has been actively investing in our community on behalf of the most vulnerable among us--children and the elderly. In addition to her work in these areas, Marcella brings experience as an international church planter and missionary (Albania) and expertise gained through her work with various youth ministries including Young Life. All this is to say she is a great addition to the OCV team! (Oh yeah, did we mention she's a huge soccer fan? Be sure to look for her at OCHS soccer games!)
Wes & Alexa Marquis
Wes and Alexa are an entrepreneurial husband/wife team with expertise in photography, videography, and website design. After meeting in Beaver Falls near where Wes grew up, they married and moved back to Alexa's hometown in 2016. Since then their work has taken them all over PA as well as to some amazing destination weddings across the country. Wes also teaches high school history and social studies. When they are not helping people capture some of life's most significant and beautiful moments on camera, they can often be found binge-watching something on Netflix or Hulu, antiquing, taking care of their feline-children, or (at least in Wes's case) further establishing their status as Cheez-It connoisseurs.