Ohio Right to Life Introduces Leadership Team

John Coats Named Executive Director

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(COLUMBUS) – Today, the Ohio Right to Life Society Board of Trustees announced the appointment of John Coats as the organization’s Executive Director. Serving in this role, Mr. Coats will lead the organization’s day-to-day operations and develop strategies to protect and promote all human life.
“The Board of Trustees is very excited about John’s engagement,” said Marshal Pitchford, Chairman. “John’s energetic personality and leadership experience serve only to strengthen our already dynamic staff.” 
Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life, will continue in his leadership role working closely with our pro-life elected officials in Ohio and Washington DC and with the Political Action Committee. Mike will continue to serve as the National Delegate and member of the Board of Directors for National Right to Life. 
“It’s a blessing to grow an already dynamic pro-life team at Ohio Right to Life. John Coats brings a wealth of experience, passion and integrity to our organization,” said Gonidakis. “Our over 40 chapters and statewide membership should be excited as we look forward to enhancing our mission and protecting even more women and saving even more lives.” 
John Coats II, a native of Columbus, has led the Ohio Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens (CCBC) for 15 years. Mr. Coats has professionally worked in media for over 15 years as a Senior Marketing Specialist at The Columbus Radio Group and as a media, political and public relations consultant. 
Mr. Coats is an ordained Elder in the Church of God In Christ and is currently Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Church of God In Christ in Columbus. He is married and is a proud father.
“It is a great honor to serve in this capacity for Ohio’s largest and longest serving pro-life organization. I look forward to providing my experience as a grassroots advocate to magnify the mission of Ohio Right to Life,” said Coats, the new Executive Director. “Abortion, human trafficking and euthanasia are plagues which affect our community, and I’m proud to join the statewide effort on the front lines to bring an end to these life-threatening practices.”


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