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 Anneliese's gymnastics and Elliana's 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.
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.
Brayden & Avery Corliss
Church Planting Residents
Braden and Avery found their way to Oil City Vineyard through close friends, Dylan and Aimee Ziegler. Braden completed his Masters of Divinity at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 2019 where they first encountered the Vineyard. Previously from Indiana and Iowa respectively, Braden and Avery moved to Butler in July 2020 (yes, in the middle of the pandemic). Braden served for two years as a campus/discipleship director at a church in Butler before he and Avery began to prayerfully consider what it would look like to be a part of a Vineyard Church again. Outside of OCV, Avery teaches 7th-8th Grade Language Arts. They both enjoy spending their time hiking, going on adventures, and training their Border Collie/Australian Shepherd, Nala–who walked 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail with them. Both Braden and Avery are excited to see how the Lord is working at OCV and in Greater Western Pennsylvania.
Penny is a Missouri native who found her way to Pennsylvania after marrying her husband, Garrett, in 2016. Penny put her trust in Jesus at an early age and began serving in her local church soon after - doing anything needed from cleaning to secretary to nursery helper to elementary kids leader. Penny has a passion for teaching kids and equipping them for God’s work. In addition, Penny desires to support parents as they are “in the thick of it” so they are encouraged and can grow closer to God. In her spare time, Penny enjoys being with her family, especially her husband and three kids, being in nature, drinking coffee, and reading a good book.
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!
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.