Division Leaders

Christian Education
Dr. Charlene Watkins

Deacon Robert Childs
Discipleship Ministries Division Director

Trustee Penny Singletary and Sister Rosalyn Price
Christian Education Secretaries

Music and Arts
Willie B. Barthel, Jr.

Began his music career as a child. Growing up at Greater Liberty Temple Church of God In Christ, Willie was asked to play one Sunday night in the absence of the current church musician. He sat down and started playing organ and the rest is history.

Willie is currently Director of Music & Arts at the historic Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, where the honorable Dr. Charles E. Booth serves as Senior Pastor. Willie is responsible for the choirs, mime, dance and step ministries. Under his leadership the church began its Music Academy to help train and develop current and future music personnel. Willie has taught at Raise Productions, a local gospel music school headed by the renowned Dr. Raymond Wise. Willie also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College where he was the first Gospel Choir Director. Willie is currently an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Christian University teaching contemporary keyboard.

Willie has recorded two CD’s: ‘Flawless’ and ‘Awesome.’ The CD’s include all original music, written and arranged by Willie. You will find a variety of good music to teach to your choir and praise team.

Willie made his radio debut as co-host of the Gospel Music Radio Show (1580 WVKO) in Columbus, Ohio, in September, 2012.

Willie has served as the Music Director for the City Wide Revival Choir in Columbus, Ohio, (200 + voices) from 2009 - 2013. He also served as the Progressive National Baptist Regional Music Director for the youth department (over 150 voices) from 2003 to 2008.

Willie has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of gospel music's greatest artists, including: Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark Sisters, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, The Mississippi Mass Choir, and Lexi, to name a few.

Willie has shared his musical gifts and talents in various denominations such as: The Church of God In Christ, The Baptist Church, The Lutheran Church, The Catholic Church, The Methodist Church and Interdenominational churches. Willie has the unique ability to adapt to various environments and audiences in order to relay the gospel via song.

God has blessed Willie to obtain his Associate of Applied Science degree in Micro Computing Technology from Columbus State Community College, his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Wilberforce University and his Master of Arts in Church Music degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He went back to school again in December, 2010, and obtained his Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma (LPN).

Willie has been invited to numerous workshops, concerts, conferences, prisons, schools, and colleges to share the Good News thru music.Most recently Willie completed his Associate Degree in Nursing (August 2016) and successfully passed the state nursing board exam making him a Registered Nurse!

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Media & Technology
Jon Cameron