See the friendly faces of Fostoria Church of God!
Pastors Daniel and Jennifer Lucien (click to expand)
Fostoria Church of God has been led by Pastor Danny Lucien since June 2014. He has great enthusiasm for our church and for Fostoria. Pastor Danny has a Masters level education in Pastoral Leadership, which enables him to empower people in their journey of being a disciple. His passion is to see the spiritual transformation in others as they grow in Christ. Pastor Danny shares his visionary approach in leading the church. He speaks with an emphasis on the word of God, and allows the Holy Spirit to guide him.
Pastor Danny is accompanied by his wife, First Lady Jenni. They continue on with twenty years of marriage and twenty years of being in the ministry. They have three beautiful daughters, all actively involved in the youth ministry. Jenni especially loves the children as she leads the Mission Discovery Kids Church. Also, her kindred spirit allows her to help women discover their identity in Christ.
Together they share with the church a vision of “Loving God, Loving People, and Loving the Mission”. Pastor Danny and First Lady Jenni are a reflection of their faith and trust in the Word of God in all they do. It can be seen in their message, their vision, their outreach and their love. They have a compassion for our church and its members. There also is a desire for spiritual growth for the community of Fostoria. #whynothere
Oyama and Carri Bishop (click to expand)
We are Oyama and Carri Bishop: together, we lead the Hospitality services at Fostoria Church of God. We have been together for 10 years; married for 6 years. We have a blended family of 6 girls. Our life, now as we know it, is a true testimony of God’s glory!
We share a compassion for people. We offer non-judgment, love, acceptance, and true caring. Expect from us big hugs, strong handshakes, smiles, and maybe even tears. The ministry of hospitality allows us to welcome our church visitors, actively support our church family, and be a disciple of Jesus within our community. We believe in “Loving God, Loving People, and Loving the Mission”. #whynothere
Randy and Paula Correll (click to expand)
We are Randy and Paula Correll and have lived in Kansas, Ohio for over forty years. We graduated from Lakota High school, were married, and had four children. I entered into factory work and am now retired. After many years as a homemaker, Paula gained her degree from the University of Findlay and is currently teaching as a senior high school math teacher with Tiffin City Schools.
We both received Christ in our early 20’s and soon after received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We served the Lord and his people in many different capacities. My first experiences were assisting with inmate Bible studies at the Sandusky County Correctional facility in Fremont and subsequently at the Marion prison in Marion, Ohio. Paula has taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and has taught at Christian schools as well.
We have served as youth leaders, have served in young married couples ministries, and have taught foundational Bible training classes for new converts. We have been active in evangelistic campaigns as worship leaders and in preaching weekend revivals. We served with three pastors as assistant pastors and as lead pastors at a Foursquare Church in Bowling Green, Ohio for over eight years.
It was a little over four years ago that, in prayer, God led us toward Fostoria Church of God with a burden for revival in the city in which I practically grew up. Many of my relatives have lived and now live in Fostoria and most have worked here all of their lives. Paula and I are excited to see what God is beginning to do in this city. We believe that the best days are ahead, and that God can do great things in Fostoria. After all, “Why not here?”
Penny Drake (click to expand)
I started singing with my Dad and my sister when I was 5 years old. Dad played the guitar and we sang mostly hymns and southern gospel songs. I started playing tambourine in church when I was about 9. At age 12 I began piano lessons. I had only taken about 6 months of lessons, when our church had a need for a pianist. I certainly didn’t feel ready and wasn’t ready since I only played by note. My Pastor at the time said that he felt God had called me to play the piano and thus God would bless me with an anointing to do it and take the ability and talent I had and make it work. The church prayed over me and I began playing the next Sunday. Dad played guitar and the Pastor played the organ. At first, I wrote out the notes on paper and used that to play. After a while of playing one handed, I was able to start playing with both. I learned a lot from the Pastor, my dad and the Pastor’s daughter who also visited and played the organ. At the age of 18, I finished with piano lessons, as the teacher I had only taught through 12th grade. I started attending Pastor Goodwin’s church in Fostoria. They already had a piano player, so I mostly just attended church and Youth group. I joined the choir after attending for a few months. There were three of us that took turns playing the piano as needed. I usually played on Wednesday nights. I never knew what we were going to be singing until I got to church because the song leader picked all the songs. It would be the song leader leading with me and any other musicians accompanying them. My dad and mom started attending along with my sister several months later. Dad and my sister joined the choir and dad played the guitar. I filled in when needed and learned so much from our organist and other guitarists that came and went. Anytime we had a revival or a group come in, I made it a point to talk to the keyboardist. I learned a lot from many different musicians this way. I was playing completely by ear now as the organist could not read notes. We learned songs by listening to them during choir practice and then singing them after we figured out the chords needed. Through the years I have had the pleasure of playing with many musicians and have always learned something from everyone and hope that I have been a blessing to them also. I play mostly by ear, but I can read notes and enjoy playing that way also. Today, it is so much easier, with the electronic keyboards to adjust to another key without actually playing in another key, however I am glad I learned the hard way and can play in nearly every key, although I do have my favorites. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of making a cassette with the choir in Columbus. It was an awesome experience that I remember fondly. It was very interesting to see and experience how a recording is actually done. I love playing for the Lord and have been blessed because I have been doing it now for over 40 years. I would encourage anyone who has children to instill in them to learn to play an instrument. It can be such a comfort and blessing when things are going good and especially when life is hard. I have held other positions in the church, but my heart is singing and playing for the Lord. I miss my dad greatly as he stood behind me and played guitar for 30 years. I thank my parents for the piano lessons, my grandmother for making sure that I had a piano and my family for my love of music. It is something I treasure with all my heart. It is truly a blessing from the Lord.
I have taught and assisted the teacher in Sunday school and helped with Junior Church. I have cleaned the church. I try to help the Pastor and his wife with anything I can, to lighten their load.
I graduated from Elmwood High School and Penta County Vocational School. I have a degree in Cosmetology. I attended Terra Technical School and was working towards a Computer Programming Degree when I accepted a job with the City of Fostoria. I became a Dispatcher for the City of Fostoria Police Department in November of 1985. I continue to work for the Police Department today as the Head Records Clerk and with 29 years credit, I will be eligible for retirement at the end of 2015.
I met Larry in August of 1985, and we were engaged in March of 1986, and married in July 1986. We have 3 children. Adam is our oldest. He is 27 and married to Tonya and has 2 children, Arianna and Ryder, our beautiful grandchildren. Katrina is our only daughter. She is 21, living at home and attending Owens Community College. Travis is our youngest. He is 15 and attending high school online. I am proud of all my children. Most important to me has and will always be to serve the Lord and have my children do the same. My family (on my father’s side) have always been involved in the music ministry and I pray that my children will continue this endeavor into the next generation.
Travis Drake (click to expand)
My name is Travis Drake and I am the current volunteer secretary at Fostoria Church of God! I have been the secretary for almost three years now. Currently I am fifteen years of age and I attend Ohio Virtual Academy. I am also an avid member of our church worship team. I have been a member of the worship team for about ten years now. I have been worshiping at Fostoria Church of God for ten years as well under the lead of Pastor Donald Goodwin. I want to take this time to say “Welcome to Fostoria Church of God!” #whynothere
Abigail Lucien (click to expand)
My name is Abigail Lucien. My position here at Fostoria Church of God is to serving on the worship team as music minister and being the youth leader to a wonderful group of pre-teens and teenagers ages 12-18.
Nearly 5 years ago, I found myself at Lee University pursuing the call of music. There I had the opportunity to sing in Ladies of Lee and Campus Choir, two amazing choirs that stretched my character and vocal technique in new ways. My years of study also included church music which enhanced my ideas behind worship technique and congregational song. This prepared me for the unseen journey of being uprooted and planted in Fostoria.
This past year, God called my family to serve the people of Fostoria. Being in ministry is something that has always been in our hearts and is exciting to walk out together in the present. Serving together has allowed me personally to put on many hats which is what led me into youth ministry.
Being in youth ministry has changed my life. I have developed such a strong love for the teens here in Fostoria. They are my heartbeat and seeing them grow in Christ and being his image to their peers is something to look out for! They are the future of Fostoria and will do amazing things for God. Along with serving our youth, ministering in Fostoria has also allowed me to answer the call of leading worship.
As minister of music, it is my intent to better serve our worship team by creating a structured, well-equipped, and unified setting to worship on Sunday mornings and evenings. This call to service has allowed me to work with beautiful people over the past many months. Every week we come together in one of the most intimate connections we can have with God through song. I’m looking forward to seeing how intimate we grow in God and with each other through the beauty of song in singing praises to his name!
“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord” Psalm 150:6.