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.
Ted and Anne Curran
Ted and Anne Curran, with their ten-year-old daughter Lily, began their Oil City OCV journey on the banks of the Allegheny while services were being held at Justus Park during the summer of 2020. Prayerful consideration and a passion for helping youth build and strengthen their relationship with Jesus, led the couple to volunteer to lead OCV Youth. Ted, an OC native, joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from Oil City Senior High School in 1986. His duty took him to Myrtle Beach SC, Tucson AZ, Saudi Arabia and around the world. Anne moved to Oil City from Kane in 2008 to take a position teaching English at OCHS. She is currently the elementary school principal of Smedley and Seventh Street Elementary Schools where the students have captured her heart. In his free time, Ted works on gathering all the “best” dad jokes during golf sessions with his father. Anne enjoys reading and rating Ted’s jokes through her “eye-roll” rating system. The family also spends time together playing games, enjoying S’mores by the fire, and visiting with family and friends. The couple has a son Luke who is currently living in Buena Vista, Colorado and working for an adventure company.
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.
Janae grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania and just graduated from Grove City College with a BA in Christian Ministries and a minor in Marketing. She loves working with kids, and has enjoyed serving as a camp counselor the past three years. Though she loved constantly getting covered in paint (not so much in bug bites, however), she is ready to start really pursuing a ministry career with a focus on mentoring young women. She loves meeting new people, learning new things, and being outdoors. She has thoroughly enjoyed going on various mission trips and being involved in different on-campus ministries, such as Orientation Board, where she mentored freshman and helped them transition into college life. Janae is thrilled to be a part of the OCV family and can’t wait to see how God works in Oil City this summer.