Rick Whitter passionately serves as a pastor to pastors in Illinois. Having pastored  local churches for over 25 years, he has a heart for God’s ministers. Rick embraces II Timothy 2:2 as one of his theme verses: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” Many spiritual fathers poured into Rick’s life, and his calling is to share those things with others who will continue to impact future generations.You may feel free to connect with Bishop Whitter at
 Rick Whitter
Administrative Bishop
Letha is called to serve alongside the women of Illinois as they meet the needs of those who
are hurting, as they connect through genuine relationships and as they equip one another to
lead ministry. Married to Rick for 35 years, she actively serves in various roles alongside him.
Their daughter, Jessica, is married to Josh Hanson. The Hansons serve as Directors
of Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala. “Nana and Pop” to Sophia and Judah, Rick and Letha’s grandchildren bring them great joy. One of her favorite verses is Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Connect with Letha at
Letha Whitter
Women’s Discipleship 

Pastor Desmond serves the State of Illinois as the Youth and Discipleship Director. He is an Ordained Bishop of the Church of God since 2010. He also serves as the Children’s Pastor at Bethalto Church of God. A native of Jamaica, he graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry and from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Children’s Ministry. Pastor Wellington has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ for over 22 years. God has blessed him to take the gospel to China, Canada, Honduras, Mexico, Belgium, Guatemala and across the United States. His heart’s passion is to guide young people to love to worship, learn God’s Word and live a life of witness. Pastor Wellington is the husband of Keisha Wellington and the proud father of Declan Jackson and Gianna Joi. Pastor Desmond can be reached at His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Desmond Wellington
Youth & Discipleship Director

Keisha Wellington serves the State of Illinois as the Girls Ministries Coordinator. Alongside her husband, she has served in youth and children’s ministry since 2000. She is a proud educator of 18 years and has served as a classroom teacher and math coach in Tennessee, Florida, and now in the state of Illinois. As a mother to son, Declan Jackson and daughter, Gianna Joi, Keisha desires to see our children and youth filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in their God-given purpose in response to His call on their lives. You can reach Keisha by email at A scripture that she daily lives by is Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

Keisha Wellington
Girls’ Ministries
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Mary Lou DeMeio serves the Church of God in Illinois as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Administrative Bishop and she has served as State Treasurer for more that 18 years. During this time, she has worked with four different Administrative Bishops.  Mary Lou is a wife and mother.  She considers it a privilege and blessing to work with great leaders and the ministers and laity of this wonderful state. Email Mary Lou at
Mary Lou DeMeio
Administrative Assistant
 State Treasurer