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Rev. Gus Christo-Baker


My journey started in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa on the 12th day of April 1954 and given the names Gustavus Olatungie Christo-Baker.

I am the first of ten children. The family has always been connected to the Methodist Church, but not until my junior-high school days did I accept the challenge of receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

I received my call to pastoral ministry when I was in elementary school and that call was later confirmed by members of our church family. After college and the necessary procedures for ordination, I was ordained a minister and began serving God and the Community of Faith in full-time ministry.

My journey started at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio “METHESCO” receiving both the Master of Arts in Christian Education and the Master of Theological Studies.

I began serving this congregation as Lead Pastor on July 1, 2018.  Before coming to COTC I served in the Van Wert First United Methodist Church (7yr), before that the Marne UMC in Newark, OH (7yr) and the Scott Trinity/Union congregations in Risingsun/Fostoria, OH (16yr).

I am divorced from my wife, but see her often. Formerly a professor at Purdue University, she recently moved to the Columbus area to be closer to our children and grandchildren. We are blessed with three sons, George, Gerald, and Gregory, and three grandchildren Samaya, Ethan and Araya.

The church PEOPLE: YOU plus me plus YOU! With a shared vision and a determined spirit, we the PEOPLE of God, carry out God’s vision in WORDS and ACTIONS, are challenged to make disciples for the transformation of our communities: local and global. My friends, this is our task, and with obedience to the call of God we shall be agents of transformation. 

Pastor Gus