Meet Our Pastors


                                         Pastor Teshome  Deingede


Pastor Teshome serves as a Pastor for Oromo Evangelical Church (OEC). He has been with OEC since 2014. His Teaching is modeled around the Mathew 28:19-20“…, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…” Pastor Teshome has Diploma in Theology & Church Management. Master’s Degree in Economic & Social Studies in Development Administration from University of Manchester, England;Masters degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH. Pastor Teshome says that “I love and fear my creator and redeemer Jesus Chris.  I love, care, and serve my family and the people of God.” 


                                    Pastor Kansa Deresa 

Pastor Kansa serves as a Pastor for Oromo Evangelical Church (OEC). He has been with OEC since 2011 during which he served as Evangelist until he become a pastor in 2017.  Pastor Kansas' ministry is modeled around the Acts 6:4 mandate to devote oneself to “prayer and the ministry of the word.” Pastor Kansa earned his BA in Christian Ministries/Missions from Ohio Christian University in 2014. He is ordained with the Assemblies of God. After Jesus, Pastor Kansa says that has been "fortunate to be blessed with a caring wife and wonderful daughter. My family and my love of Christ are the biggest strengths."  


To lead all people into a life-changing, ever-growing relationship with Christ, building and equipping believers to become fully devoted followers of Christ. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8


Our vision is to become a Biblically rooted congregation moved by the Great Commission, which equips and enables men and women to communicate Christ through significant relationships with God and with one another believers.


The Church provides Regular Sunday worship, weekly Bible study, prayer time every Saturday morning and evening, Sunday school for children, annual spiritual conferences, congregation fellowship every Sunday after service, confirmation class, Baptizing, pre-marriage counseling, marriage ceremony, and entertain social events. 

After several years of worshiping in rental places, OEC now owns a formal Church that is fully furnished and equipped to provide different community services to members and local community. Planed services include: daycare, after school, English as a second language and different social services as needed. 

  • The Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  • Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

    • Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

    • The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

    • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them the Holy Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

  • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God are the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life, "according to which all doctrines should and must be judged

  • The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.


Timeline History:

  • In early 2011, majority congregations of OEC departed from Oromo Lutheran Church affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) due to the disagreement on the Social Statements of Human sexuality. In the same year, the congregation voted to join the Northern American Lutheran Church (NALC). 

  • With no place to worship around mid-2011, the congregation was forced to worship at one of the Columbus Cities Park and Recreation event facility. After two weeks, the congregation was prohibited from worshipping due to the rules and regulation of the city park.

  • In October 2011, OEC members started worshiping at “Crossroad Wedding and Event Center” for three months during which the Oromo Evangelical Church in Columbus Ohio was born and registered with the state of Ohio.

  • In early 2012, OEC members started worshipping at Nazarene Church in Whitehall for about six months. In the same year, OEC congregation rented office building for a worship service on South Hamilton Street in Columbus, Ohio.

  • In early 2018, with the help of  NALC, OEC bought a permanent and fully furnished Church in Baltimore Ohio, east side of Columbus.

  • In summary: OECs biggest challenge was a place of worship. The congregation faced and overcome several ups and downs. As of February 2018, OEC is growing at 20% per year, has 260 members (of which 90 members are children) and served by bi-vocational pastors.


Let Glory and Honor be to the Lord Jesus Christ!