Executive Leadership

Keith L. Ivester
Administrative Bishop

Bishop Keith Ivester was recently appointed to the State of Florida as Administrative Bishop during the General Assembly in 2012.  He is known to be progressive, innovative and an extraordinary leader.  Prior to his appointment to Florida he, and his wife Debbie, have served the Church as Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, Associate Professor at East Coast Bible College, State Youth Director, Evangelism Director and Administrative Bishop in Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii.  He is a graduate of Lee University, accomplished post graduate work at Winthrop College, Liberty university, Church of God Theological seminary and Andersonville Theological seminary.  Presently he holds a Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He and Debbie are the proud parents of Ryan and Carrie both of whom reside in Cleveland Tennessee.


Dusty Wilson
Youth & Discipleship Director

Bishop Dusty Wilson accepted the call of God upon his life at an early age. His journey into full time ministry began in 1980 and it also marked the year that he married Jackie. Together their ministerial background includes a vast experience of television ministry on networks such as the P.T.L. Club, 700 Club, 100 Huntley Street, TBN and many other broadcasts including hosting their own 30 minute weekly telecast on Daystar Christian Television. It was in Dallas Texas, while pastoring a leading church, their ministry began to flourish. Over the years Dusty has served the church in various capacities such as: Evangelist, Youth Pastor, Minister of Music, Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, District Overseer State Youth & C.E. Director (Southern Ohio and Michigan). He has served on numerous boards and committees for the Church of God including the International Youth & Christian Education Board. Presently he serves as a member of the Discipleship Divisional Board and is a member of Who’s Who among American Business Men. Jackie Wilson’s miracle story “Life After Death” has been viewed around the world via network television show 911, and has also been the cover story for theEvangel Magazine. Bishop Wilson has shared his dynamic preaching style with a variety of cultures and age groupings from all around the world including Israel, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Canada and Trinidad. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Church of God Theological Seminary in Church Leadership and Administration. Dusty and Jackie are the proud parents of three wonderful children and three 'children n-loves'.  They are also proud grandparents.  Their family is serving the Lord in various ministerial capacities Dusty and Jackie are excited to serve the state of Florida as State Director of Youth and Discipleship. 

 Jerry Jeter
Ministerial Enrichment Coordinator

JJerry Jeter IIweberry Jeter joined the Church of God State Office team in March of 2015. As the Ministerial Enrichment Coordinator, he brings a wealth of pastoral and educational experience. Jerry has pastored for 18 years in Florida and continues to serve as the Pastor of RiverLife Church of God in Bradenton. He is a graduate of Lee University and holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he is currently on the Board of Directors. He has served the Church of God in Florida on the State Youth and Christian Education Board, the State Evangelism Board and the State Council. Since 2010, he has coordinated the Ministerial Internship Program for the Church of God in Florida. Jerry is a native Floridian, born and raised in the Pensacola, and has done extensive research on the history of the Church of God in Florida. Jerry’s wife, Stephanie serves with him in pastoral ministry and is currently working on a graduate degree in Christian counseling. They are the proud parents of Abigail. 



Earle Cushman
Cross Cultural Ministries

Earle Cushman, an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, currently serves as the Florida Multi-Cultural Co-Coordinator.  He has a wealth of experience in this area.  Dr. Cushman has also served as Multi-Cultural Director for Los Angeles, California.  He has also served as State Youth & Christian Education Director for Missouri, New England, Pennsylvania and Northern Ohio.Prior to becoming part of the State Team, he served as the Senior Pastor of the World Harvest Worship Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  He has pastored churches in Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.He is motivated by the fact that Florida is one of the  greatest  harvest  fields in the world.  At the present, there are over 25 missions and many of these are ready to be organized. 




Thomas Odom
C.G.A.C.S. Coordinator

odom-thomas-98Thomas Odom is the sixth Executive Director since the organization’s inception. Thomas attended Lee University and is an Ordained Bishop with Church of God (Cleveland, TN). He also serves as Chief Administrator of Light Christian Academy and Lil’ Lights Preschool. The academy and preschool are both ministries of Ocoee Church of God, where Thomas serves as Lead Pastor. He has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 20 plus years. Together, they have three children: Cherith, Titus, and Meariah.  http://cgacs.org/governance.html



Debbie Ivester
Women’s Ministries President

Debbie Ivester is a committed Christian woman with a leadership style that demonstrates grace and excellence. Debbie has lived her life committed to the Lord, her family and ministry.  While attending Lee University she met the love of her life.  After marrying her husband, Keith L. Ivester, they have together served the Church of God faithfully in various positions.  Debbie has proudly served as State Women’s President in Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii.  The Ivesters have also held the position of State Youth Directors in such states as Pennsylanvania, Michigan, California/ Nevada, Delmarva-DC and Florida.  She loves serving the Lord in this capactiy however nothing brings any more pleasure to her than to be the proud mother of her two children Ryan and Carrie; both graduates of Lee University who reside in Cleveland Tennessee. 


Dr. John Sweet
Heart of Florida Youth Ranch Executive Director

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John serves as Executive Director of Heart of Florida Youth Ranch and as a field consultant to orphanages and children’s ministries for Church of God World Missions.. His experience working with troubled children and the caregiving parents provides a unique perspective of experience and competence for parental training and counsel.  John, with his wife, Jo Ann, led the Green Meadow Church of God in Alcoa, Tenn., for 20 years. In 1995, they developed a foster care ministry out of that church. Sweet has been involved in recruiting and training caregiving parents for 18 years. In 2002, the foster care program moved to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, where he became Program Director in 2007. The program served about 180 children daily and nearly 500 a year. Well over 100 children were adopted during Sweet’s tenure. With the needs and numbers of hurting children growing ever larger, the need for training and support regarding the traumatic impact of abuse and loss has become vital. Sweet is the author of the book, Healing for a Hurting World: Five Steps to Behavioral Change, which serves as a training manual and resource for childcare and Christian education workers. During his tenure as program director of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tenn., the agency achieved top ratings among similar programs based on professional performance standards. A recently revised edition of his Five Steps book, titled Parenting: The Peacemaking Model, furnishes guidance to parents of troubled children. In addition to raising awareness and promotion for children’s ministries, Sweet provides training, program development, networking, and consultation for the institutions and agencies. Sweet brings to a wide array of experience and a passion for caring for hurting children and those who care for them. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., where his graduate project focused on care ministry for the 21st century. He has served as a pastor, foster parent, law enforcement chaplain, crisis intervention specialist with children and families, and has taught courses in the sociology department of Lee University. He serves as a consultant and advisor to Serving Orphans Worldwide and is a board member for People for Care and Learning, a humanitarian agency working primarily in Southeast Asia.

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