Topic: church plants
31 October 2021
Speaker: Corey Baird
, Phil Brookman , Travis Akins
Topic: church plants , Missions , Near and Far
We concluded our series Near and Far with a focus on our church plants. Phil read more…
Tom joined the MRCC ministry staff following a 40+ year career as a business owner and financial advisor. Previous ministry experience includes serving as an elder at the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa for more than 10 years. In Tulsa, Tom championed a Neighborhood Ministry for more than 25 year where he brought many children, parents and families into the church fellowship.
Tom and his wife Lisa became members at Memorial Road church of Christ after relocating from Tulsa to Edmond to semi-retire close to family and to passionately indulge their four adorable grandboys!
In May 2022 Tom began a new avocation as the Senior Adults Minister at Memorial Road where he applies his talents to serve senior members by encouraging them to grow, fellowship and be included in ministry. Another goal of the senior adult ministry is to bridge relationships with senior members and other MRCC members of all ages. At this stage in life Tom is enjoying ministering to this vibrant and vital part of our church community.
Tom enjoys reading, cooking, eating, coffee, bad dad jokes, teaching Bible class, traveling and RV camping in the great outdoors.
Blended and blessed, Tom and Lisa have 5 grown children: Kate (Conklin) Treat, Dylan Conklin, Carly Conklin, Tori (Averitt) Campbell and Dani Averitt…. AND those four previously mentioned grandboys Oliver, Ben, Drew and Elliot.
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Sarah has worked at MRCC since June of 2021. She assists Josh Kingcade and Lee Langdon with the Adult Education, QGroups, and Young Adult ministries in day to day tasks.
She graduated with a bachelor’s in organizational communications from Oklahoma Christian in 2009.
Sarah and Matt have been Married since 2012 and have two boys Niko and Hoyt and a girl on the way. Sarah Loves being around a pool and teaching others to swim in her free time.
Logan graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She began her career at Memorial Road in 2013 as a summer youth intern before joining the staff after graduation. She and her husband Kendall were married in June of 2015, and are both involved in the campus ministry.
Kendall and Logan have three children, Karrie, Cal, and Drew, who love being a part of MRCC Children’s Ministry and hanging out with the cool college kids whenever they can.
Scott began his career with Memorial Road in July 2006 after working for the Central Church in Ada, Oklahoma for 18 years. Scott leads and coordinates worship, and he is very active in the campus ministry. Scott has been worship leader for conferences and youth events all across the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Europe. He served on the board of the National Conference on Youth Ministries and currently , along with his wife Sonya, organizes the Euro-American Family Retreat in Rothenburg, Germany each November.
Scott and Sonya were married in September 1983. Sonya works in the Student Life Office at OC as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students. They have two sons, Tyler and Tanner, and two granddaughters, Edyn Grace and Willow Elyse. Tyler lives and works in Tulsa. Tanner, and his wife Kaycie live and work in Ada, OK.
Delise serves as Administrative Assistant to the Children’s Education Ministry, including those in preschool and Journey Land (elementary). She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in elementary education and taught school for 13 years.
Delise has attended Memorial Road since 1986. She and her husband Bryan have two adult daughters, a son-in-law and the sweetest grandbaby! She enjoys making memories with her family and preserving them through scrapbooking.
Junior High Ministry is a natural for Kurtis because he’s basically still a Junior High kid himself. He loves playing with toys (just go in his office and you’ll understand), ranking favorite candies and sodas, along with talking about very important stuff like high scores on the newest apps and video games. Kurtis also loves building relationships with kids and showing them God’s love in a fun, creative, and child-like way.
He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2008 with a degree in Youth Ministry. He and his wife Carla got married in 2009. Carla is also active in the ministry, leading small groups and attending trips. You’ll also notice two little humans, Kinsley and Camden tagging along with them to most youth group events and activities as honorary youth group students.
Brian is one of our Campus Ministers who works with our college students. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2004 and completed a Master’s in Family Ministry in 2014.
Brian did youth ministry for many years and can drive a 15 passenger van with the best of them. He enjoys OU football and any basketball game he can find. His passion is connecting with students and helping them develop a faith that will last beyond college.
Brian’s wife, Shannon, is also very involved within this ministry. Brian and Shannon have four children Tate, Reagan, Case, and Jude.
Linda has worked in the church office since 1992. She enjoys using her spiritual gifts as the Administrative Assistant for Mark Taylor, Phil Brookman, and the elders. She also manages the building scheduling and assists with other administrative duties.
Linda has been a member of Memorial Road since 1967; her parents are Howard and Marilyn Leftwich. She went to school at Oklahoma Christian where she met her husband, Bob, and they married at Memorial Road in 1979. They have two adult children, Brandon and Kristen. Bob is a deacon, and he and Linda are members of the Christians in Action class. Linda volunteers with the Children’s Ministry.
Josh Kingcade has been at Memorial Road since 2008, where he writes curriculum and coordinates teachers for our Sunday and Wednesday adult classes, works with our Sonshine School staff, and leads our QGroups (small groups) ministry. Josh and his wife Aubrey have three children: Mariah, Jayden, and Myles, and their family is involved in supporting foster and adoptive families.
Josh has attended TBRIⓇ Practitioner Training with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and he serves on the board of The HALO Project, a 10-week intensive outpatient intervention designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of foster/adopt children and other children with attachment difficulties.
Any combination of books, coffee, music, and comedy is right up Josh’s alley.
A native of Wichita Falls, TX, Josh received a B.A. and M.Div. from Oklahoma Christian University and a Doctor of Educational Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Marilyn is an Oklahoma Christian graduate with degrees in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. She enjoys her work with Sonshine School as it gives her the opportunity to use her training, gifts and experience to bless children and their families. Marilyn and her husband Clint have been members at Memorial Road since 2004. They have three children, Wesley, Natalie, and Colby. Outside of her work at Sonshine School, Marilyn volunteers in the Children’s Ministry and is a part of the Christian Families class.
Daniel joined our ministry staff in 2019 after working in youth & family ministry with the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, TX and the Britton Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. He earned a degree in youth ministry from Oklahoma Christian University in 2009. His role at Memorial Road involves working with our youth & their families.
Daniel and his wife Amy have two daughters, Afton and Emmie Jo.
If Sunday morning church is your favorite time to take a nap, then Phil is not your preacher. But if you want to be challenged and encouraged to become more like Jesus so you can make a difference, then you have found your guy! Drawing from his deep passion for God’s word and his love for creative teaching, Phil delivers heart-felt, deeply biblical lessons that make the church think.
Phil is like other preachers in some ways: He married way over his head (Mary in 2005), has two children (Anna and Heidi), got a master’s in Bible and has lots of books in his office (to make you think he’s smart). Phil is very different from preachers in other ways: He’d rather play ping pong than golf, he doesn’t know much Greek (despite taking a class in college). He’d love to meet you, so come join us this Sunday!
Terry began at Memorial as the Young Adults Minister before transitioning into his current role as Community Outreach Minister. He works with the community, following up with guests, encouraging and facilitating community service projects, and leads church plant projects. Shortly after they were married in 1989, Terry and his wife Kelli moved to Vitoria, Brazil to work as missionaries for 12 years. There, they had two children, Pryce and Dia. Pryce is now married to Paige and Dia is a student at Oklahoma Christian.
Terry graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a B.A. in Bible in 1988 and a M.A. in Ministry in 1992.
Clay works with Memorial Road’s international members, encouraging and supporting them through their Christian walk. Clay works with a team of volunteers, teaching the international members about the Bible and helping them practice English. Clay and his wife, Cherry, were long-time missionaries in South Africa. There they led many to Christ, planted churches, and began a Christian school while there.
Since returning to the states a number of years ago, they have worked with Let’s Start Talking and, more recently, have worked closely Inter-Mission and Third Culture Kids. The Harts are uniquely gifted by God to partner with our current volunteers and international members to continue our legacy of reaching people from all over the world whom the Lord has brought to our doorsteps.
Jenny is the director of the Care & Counseling ministry; she assists members in seeking counseling, offers lay-counseling in specific areas, and is a local resource for members in crisis. She also coordinates several of our ongoing support groups and seminars, including grief support, divorce support for adults and children, and enrichment classes and seminars on topics such as parenting, marriage, and personal mental and spiritual wellness.
Jenny and her husband David have been attending Memorial Road since 1993 and have three children, Amelia, Haleigh and Moira. In addition to her work with the Care Ministry, Jenny enjoys volunteering in the campus ministry by adopting college students, being with teens and young adults, and learning in MRCC bible studies.
Jill helps direct a facet of Memorial Road’s Children’s Ministry, specifically focusing on preschoolers. Since 2009, Jill has been writing and preparing curriculum, organizing special events, leading Creation Station (Bible hour), assisting with Vacation Bible School and coordinating a special needs program.
Jill graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in early childhood education. Prior to beginning at Memorial, Jill worked in public schools for eight years. Jill and her husband Darren have attended MRCC since 1994. They have four children.
Stephanie fills two roles at Memorial Road as the Sonshine School Co-Director and one of the Preschool Directors. In her work, she collaborates with her respective co-directors and teachers to provide a safe environment for children to play and learn.
Stephanie graduated from Oklahoma Christian with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She has attended Memorial Road for over 20 years, where she and her husband Travis are members of the Friends and Families class. Stephanie and Travis have two daughters, Merideth and Maddie.
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Andy began serving at Memorial Road as a volunteer in our Missions Ministry when God opened a door to a career he never knew he wanted. He hasn’t looked back since. He studied marketing at Oklahoma Christian and Southern Methodist University. He works planning events, working with various ministries and their leaders, dealing with church communications, and helping people connect and become active members of our church family.
Andy has been at Memorial Road all his life and he feels blessed to be able to work at his home church. He and his wife Summer have been married since 1999 and have two children, Mia and Bode.
Will serves as the counselor for our Care & Counseling Ministry. He provides pre-marital counseling and family, individual, and couples counseling. He also leads relationship discussion groups, and family mediation for blended families or family disputes. Will obtained a BS in Management and a MS in Marriage & Family Counseling from Friends University.
Will and his wife, Carla, have three children: Myles, Mia, and Morganne. He and Carla are involved in many aspects at Memorial Road, including Bible classes, small groups, and several other ministries. He and his family have attended Memorial Road since 2011, after Will completed an extensive Air Force career. Please contact our Care & Counseling Ministry to learn more about counseling services and other services available to our members and community.
Amy has worked in our Journey Land program, teaching elementary school children, since 2011. She reviews, edits and writes elementary Bible class materials, and she regularly teaches in the classes. She also helps coordinate Vacation Bible School and Journey Land special events. Amy works with Karla in Memorial Road’s Journey Land program.
Amy graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in mathematics and then received her Masters in mathematics from the University of Missouri. She worked in Oklahoma public schools prior to her position at Memorial. She and her husband Brent have three children, Madison, Olivia and Sophia. She is active in her QGroup, and she enjoys sponsoring youth and college events.
Mark began his work with Memorial Road in 1994 as Education Minister. In 1999, he and his family moved to Arlington, Texas, to preach for the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. They returned to Memorial Road in 2007 when the elders asked Mark to take the position as pulpit minister here. Now, Mark serves as Executive Minister, coordinating the staff and working closely with the elders on leadership and shepherding issues.
Mark earned a BA in preaching from Oklahoma Christian University and has a Master’s degree in Organizational and Intercultural Communication from the University of Oklahoma.
His wife, Karla, serves the Memorial Road staff as co-director of Journey Land, Memorial Road’s elementary age children’s ministry. They have two children and two grandchildren: Karenna of Lubbock, TX and Karissa, who is an elementary music teacher in Edmond. Karissa and her husband, Adam, have two children, Lorabeth and Isaiah.
Mark is a frequent guest speaker for churches, non-profit organizations, and Christian universities on spiritual leadership, church administration, and faith formation. Together, Mark and Karla are trained, independent facilitators of Love & Logic Parenting Curricula. They regularly facilitate parenting workshops and teacher training seminars.
Jerry serves as Memorial’s Prison Ministry Director, working with those who are incarcerated and helping spread the Word to them. He has filled this role since June of 2011. He has a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and His church and has a burden on his heart for the souls of those who are incarcerated.
Jerry has a unique ability to understand & explain God’s Word. His goal is to help every incarcerated person know the spiritual freedom that is found in knowing and holding to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Debbie assists with the Youth and Campus activities, meals, data bases, and other necessary tasks. She also helps with the van calendar and key distribution for the transportation ministry.
Debbie has a degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in commercial art. She and her husband, Kim, married in 1979 and have been attending Memorial Road since 1988. Kim and Debbie attend the Upward Bound class and have two adult children, Christopher and Lezlie. She loves calligraphy, sewing and baking (especially chocolate chip cookies).
Stefanie has worked at Memorial Road since September of 2000. She feels blessed to work with such fine Christians and use her gifts and talents in this ministry environment. She says she constantly wondered while growing up what career her talents and gifts were best fitted for. She never dreamed that they’d be put to use in one place, and to glorify God.
Stefanie is married to Chad, who is the Director of Musical Theatre at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. They have three children: Nathan, Samuel and Chloe.
Jay has been working at Memorial Road as Facilities Manager, supervising the facilities and housekeeping staff and managing special projects and activities for over 20 years. He is the go-to guy if something needs to be fixed or built, and the church building could not function without him.
Jay has lived in Edmond since 1988 and has been attending Memorial Road for over 25 years. He and his wife, Mary, have four children: Jennifer, Matthew, Michael, and Jay Lee. They also have several grandchildren. His son Michael works with him as Assistant Facilities Manager.
Karla has worked in Journey Land, an elementary Bible class program, since 2009. She recruits and trains teachers; reviews, edits and writes elementary Bible class material, and teaches regularly. She also works very hard to know the names of all 150+ elementary children here at MRCC. One of her yearly highlights is taking the 1st – 5th graders to Inside Out Camp at Camp Rock Creek in Norman, OK.
Karla graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in the public schools for seven years. She and her husband, Mark, who serves on the staff as well, have been married since 1980; they have two daughters; one son-in-law and two very beautiful grandchildren.
Tasha has worked at Memorial Road since 2009. She keeps the office running smoothly and is involved in general administrative support for all ministries at MRCC. Tasha is the mother to Taden, who keeps her busy and having fun. They love sports – mostly basketball and football, but will attend any sports game.
Tasha enjoys watching movies or reading a good book. She loves spending time with family and friends. She volunteers in the children’s ministry. Tasha graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Organizational Leadership.
In his role as Transportation Manager, Blair oversees Memorial’s fleet of vehicles, their maintenance, repairs, and schedules and manages a team of volunteers. He also works as a Business Associate, helping to manage the missions and church finances. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in math & accounting.
Blair also volunteers with the A/V and Disaster Relief Ministries. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children.
Marty serves at MRCC as the Administrative Assistant to the Involvement, International, and Outreach Ministries. She also manages the online community and the Mombasa Children’s Fund.
Marty has attended Memorial Road since her time as a college student at Oklahoma Christian where she graduated with a degree in Communications and, more importantly, met her husband, Don. She and her husband are active members of the Families and Friends class and enjoy volunteering with LTC, prison Sunday lunches, Youth, Children’s, and Involvement Ministries. They have 3 children, Nathan and Kelly and her husband Ben Binkley.
Michael serves as the Assistant Facilities Manager, helping provide general maintenance for the church building and works on special projects for various ministries when they arise. He has worked part-time at Memorial Road since he was a teenager, and began full-time shortly thereafter.
Michael has attended Memorial Road with his family since he was a child. His father, Jay, works with him as Facilities Manager. He and his wife, Heather, were high school sweethearts and now have two children, Madelyn and Evelyn.
As Business Manager, Tammy manages the church and mission finances, which include the Baxter Foundation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Before Tammy began her role at Memorial Road, she worked in accounting for 21 years. She said God’s timing is always perfect – she was ready for a change when her current position was created. Tammy, her husband Chris, and daughter Monique began attending Memorial Road in 2004. She and Chris enjoy volunteering in the children’s and youth ministries, and spend much of their time supporting Monique at her various sporting events.
Krista manages the Prison Ministry office, processing incoming and outgoing Bible lessons from or for inmates, averaging 100-150 pieces of mail per day. She also takes care of individual requests, including sending Bibles or signing up additional inmates. She said her job in the Prison Ministry is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, and she enjoys watching the students turn their lives to God.
Along with her work in the Prison Ministry, Krista co-teaches Body & Soul Fitness and volunteers in the youth group and is on the communion prep team. She and her husband, Tim, have three children.
Stephanie fills two roles at Memorial Road as the Sonshine School Co-Director and one of the Preschool Directors. In her work, she collaborates with her respective co-directors, Jill Jones and Marilyn LaRue, to provide a safe environment for children to play and learn. Stephanie graduated from Oklahoma Christian with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She has attended Memorial Road for over 20 years, where she and her husband Travis are members of the Families and Friends class. Stephanie and Travis have two daughters, Merideth and Maddie.
Kelli works in the Prison Ministry, helping organize the lessons for inmates as well as the finished lessons for Prison Ministry volunteer graders. She helps prepare and mail out new Bible lessons as well.
Besides her work in the Prison Ministry, Kelli has worked with our Children and Youth ministries and she also helps with weekly attendance. She and her husband, David, have attended Memorial Road since 2006. Together they have two amazing kids.
Bailey graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a minor in History. She is a full time 2nd grade teacher at West Field Elementary in Edmond, Ok. She began her career at Memorial Road in 2016 as a summer youth intern before joining the staff after graduation.
She attends the Launch Class when she is not with the youth group.
Lee works with the Young Adults Ministry, a vibrant community of young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who long to know God and each other more. He enjoys teaching bible and empowering others to grow in their personal faith and ministry.
Lee married Aime in 1996 and they now have four grown children: Brittain, Keegan, Hayden, and Makenna. After earning a B.A. in music from Harding University, Lee earned an M.A. in ministry from Oklahoma Christian University. Even after working over twenty years in youth ministry prior to coming to work with us, he somehow retains a love for pizza, specifically sliced Italian sausage pizza.
Andrea works with our Children’s Ministry staff, organizing and preparing preschool curriculum for each quarter as well as aiding with communication and technology. She enjoys working with children and has a passion for ministering to families at Memorial Road. Andrea also works with our Communications Ministry maintaining the church’s website, social media platforms and doing graphic design.
Andrea graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in family studies and completed her certification in children’s ministry from there as well. She and her husband, Randon, have four children. Randon and Andrea also enjoy working together in the A/V ministry.