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Kevin Clarkson

Senior Pastor
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I began pastoring here in the Fall of 2001, after serving 3 other great churches in our great state (in Muskogee, Chickasha, and Claremore). Studied at Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

My passion is to see people come to KNOW Christ, help them GROW in their faith, and learn to GO carry His love to others. It's such incredible joy to get to study God's word and share its riches with people every week of my life! And I love watching God's church at work, making an impact on lives, being a part of the greatest enterprise in the whole word - God's kingdom!

I married the love of my life, Cherie, in 1982. She's my righteous babe and main prayer partner! We are BFF, and we've been blessed with seven amazing kids: Zack, Rachel, Laura, Joey, Melanie, Justin, and Chris. Each one a very special creation of Heaven, and today the joy multiplies as we welcome grand babies into our family: Annelise, Bonnie, Matthew.

I enjoy reading books, meeting new people, learning new stuff, keeping up with what's going on in the world, getting outdoors to hike, listening to and making all kinds of music. Sometimes I get to jam keyboard with my sons' band, shaking the house to the rafters. I love seeing the Lord's handiwork and His fingerprints all over creation: "Everywhere I go I see You!"

I am excited about the future the Lord has for us right here in FBC. We are truly becoming "A Home for the City."
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Walter Bradley

Children's Minister
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I am the Children’s Minister and have been on staff for 10 years. Of these 10 years, 4 months as the Children's minister. Also, I served as interim for 1 year, and children’s associate for 9 years. I've been married to my beautiful wife Wendy for 16yrs. We have two great children Destiny who is 19, and Jordan who is 14. We have two dogs, Esther and Minny, and a cat Nala. Before being on staff at First Moore I worked at York International in Norman for 11 1/2 yrs. When I'm not at church I like to spend time with my family. We like to go camping, hiking and just enjoy nature. I love old car and fixing things. Or tearing things apart.

I feel like I am serving God at my best when I am visiting with a child about what is going on in their life.

A little known fact is that I have four older sisters and they did all kinds of mean things to me as a kid. (Just imagine a boy with four older sisters.)
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Raymond Cox

Singles Minister
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I came to FBC Moore in 1993 as a single adult and have been involved in Single’s Ministry since that time. I sold my business in 2007 after 24 years in the office equipment industry and went into ministry full time. I met my wife, Katherine, on a Single’s ski trip in 1996 and we married in 1997. We have two spoiled cats.

I feel God uses me the most when I am serving others.

I am a very picky eater so I assumed God would not send me on any mission trips because I don’t like most American food, let alone foreign food. God has stretched me a long way with multiple mission trips to Ukraine and China. Peanut butter and jelly to go can take you anywhere in the world.
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Joey Dean

Emerging Generations Pastor
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I joined the First Moore team in January 2013. Previous to coming to First Moore, I served on church staffs in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Duncan. The best part of ministry for me is equipping believers to do the work of ministry while explaining the gospel to others. I love seeing people from all different walks of life roll up their sleeves and dive into the work that's being done.

The best part about me is my family. I have been married to my best friend, Kristi, for 10 years, and together we have the most beautiful daughter, Keira. I love going home at night and playing with my two favorite people in the whole world. Being able to do ministry together with them keeps me going when things get tough.

I am an avid Thunder fan, and root for the Sooners every Saturday afternoon during football season. I hope to one day see the Rangers actually win a World Series, and the Cowboys return to a Superbowl. In my spare time I like to play golf and shoot hoops.
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Doug Dees

Equipping and Education Pastor
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I was here as Singles Pastor 1997-2000. Then went to FBC Orlando to do the same. Became 'Education Pastor', then 'New Venues Pastor'. Left FBC Orlando in 2010 for Henderson Hills Baptist Church. Was education pastor there for three years. Then God called us back here. How cool is that?!?!?!

My family consists of Karen and two kiddos, Katie and Matt. Katie is back in Orlando going for a second degree, this one in nursing. Matt manages a clothing store in Aspen, Colorado. Obviousness we HAVE to go visit our kiddos :)
My parents and sisters live in and around Ft. Worth Texas. Karen has two sisters and her dad in Las Vegas, and a sister in Ft. Worth and Houston.

When I am helping people find their sweet spot in ministry, I feel alive. When I am teaching with application of what God is saying, I feel alive. When I am helping a church re-think who they are and how to get done what God wants, I feel alive. As long as I feel like I am helping us all become more of who He wants us to be, I sense a smile from my Abba Father.

Just out of college, a buddy of mine and I took my dads ski boat out on Benbrook Lake on a very nice day in late February to tune up the inboard motor for ski season. Returning to the dock, I dropped of Kim, and he went to get the jeep and trailer. He backed the trailer into the water and I drove the boat up on it. When leaning over the front of the boat to attach it to the trailer with the wench, I realized my hand was splashing in the water. I looked up, and there was Kim trying to keep the jeep from rolling backwards into the lake. Not successful, we jumped in to the water to dis-attache the boat from the trailer because it too was being pulled down into the water. We then swam around to the back of the boat (cow boy boots, jeans and flannel shirts and all) climbed in, and watched the jeep role backward until it was completely gone. Two hours later the Benbrook Fire Department scuba team found the jeep 80 feet off shore. A tow truck retrieved the jeep and by 9:45 that evening we had the engine running. So, when my dad called at 10:00, and I told him the jeep got a little wet, at least I could tell him the jeep was running!! It was YEARS later at a Thanksgiving Dinner that I told him it was 80 feet off shore!! He still owns it. It runs real well.
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Kyle Duncan

Business Administrator
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I am single, with no children. I am also a graduate of Oklahoma State and current student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

God has given me a love of taking care of details and behind the scenes things so that others can fulfill their gifts better and more easily.

A little known fact about me is that I am a certified Reserve Peace Officer. One of my most embarrassing moments happened when I once tore a huge hole in my pants at a Billy Graham Crusade.
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Deanna Feild

Preschool Director
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Allen, my husband and I have been activity members at FBC since 1966 by volunteering in the children's ministry. God has given us the joy of sharing real life with the love and support of God's people here at FBC.Great teachers shared the charge of helping us teach our three daughters that God created them special and had a plan for their lives. Our girls are living and worshiping God today because of God's grace and the time, support and prayers given by our church family.

By 1990 our church had experienced a huge growth and there was a need to increase the staff for the children's area. At that time I became the preschool Director for the church. My position here gives me a chanceto pay back and honor the people who made this house of worship the best place to raise and teach our children.

It is an absolute joy to encourage parents and to create a safe and happy place for preschoolers to learn about Jesus. My passion to teach preschoolers is shared by many loving teachers for there is always a need to have a healthy teacher to child ratio with preschoolers. I focus on the fact that the things a child learns or habits they develop before the age of five truly forms their personality. So when a child experience the love of God through godly preschool teachers at FBC I know they will be able to trust the God that created them.

Psalm 139:14 "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." This is a verse we say and often use to rejoice with new borns, however, this is verse that I live by because I know that God is my heavenly father and daily He is with me and protects me which I do not deserve.

Just pain old facts that keeps us from fitting into the modern mold: Allen and I live at the same address, still have the same landline phone number, have the same bank account, and the same cemetery plots [a wedding gift] as the day we married. However, Jesus is the same and has never changed either. He is the only source of love and strength we can depend upon.
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Josh Gresham

Recreation Director
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Starting in December of 2012, I came on staff as an Intern. Starting in June, I became the full-time Director of Recreation Outreach. Although I have served as an Intern in youth ministry, this is my first full-time position in ministry.

My family is mostly in the Chickasha area where I was born. I was recently engaged, and am scheduled to be married to Talley Noland in July of 2014.

Serving in the Recreation Ministry, I feel like the time I am serving God best is when I am out in the gym building relationships. Many of the kids who enter the gym come from broken homes, rough lifestyles, and walks of life that many people couldn’t imagine. Although they are rough around the edges, being able to offer them a place to come away from trouble and where they can be shown love and compassion is something we as a staff strive for. Meeting them where they are and showing them the love of Christ regardless of any situation brings me a joy I can't explain with words.

I am an avid sports fan and enjoy going to and watching sporting events (especially anything Texas Rangers, Oklahoma State University, or Oklahoma City Thunder related). I’m also a musician and enjoy worshiping through playing and listening to music!
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Tim Harless

Student Pastor
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I am a Student Pastor. Served at Beverly Hills Baptist Chruch, FBC Yukon, Ok, FBC Ft. Smith AR. My wife Adrianne and I married June 15, 2002. We have a son: Easton (11/17/2005) and daughter: Gracen (2/14/09).

I feel like I am serving God at my best when I see students and families (mine included) begin to live the Gospel out in their own lives. When it transforms their lifestyle from a "come and get it" mentality to a "let me tell you what we have."

While in high school a trailer parked next to our house began to fill up with propane that was leaking from a canister stored inside. I had gone out to check the gas in my mom's car before I headed out on a date and decided to go back in and check my hair. While making sure every hair was in place, a bare wire on a freezer in the trailer sparked and the trailer exploded. The blast registered on the Richter scale and was felt 10 miles away. Vanity literally saved my life, at least that night.
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Reid Jackson

Associate Minister to College Students
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I began working at First Moore in September of 2013 after recently graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. I am married to the beautiful Taylor Jackson whom is fueled and driven by the gospel to partner with me as we live life with College students around the metro. Apologetics and discipleship are my top areas of interest and I am serving God at my best in these areas with a warm cup of coffee in hand.
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Doug Loafman

Minister of Pastoral Care and International Ministries
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I have been married to Lucinda since 1979 and have three married sons, Matthew, Caleb and Micah. We also have 8 grandchildren. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. I spent 25 years in education as a Spanish/history teacher and coach for football, basketball and soccer. I also started a soccer program at Hillsdale Baptist College in Moore.

My title is Minister of Pastoral Care and International Ministries. I visit those in the hospital and other care facilities. I am the pastor on call when individuals call or come by the church wishing to speak with a pastor. I also oversee the benevolence program, English language classes, and serve as pastor to the Hispanic congregation.

I feel that I am at my best in my service to God when I am serving others. This begins at home. It is my joy to serve my family. I believe this is our first duty and as head of the home we are to model servant leadership. I also enjoy serving in the broader community and especially with those from other cultures.

Travel is one of my favorite activities. I have visited all 48 contiguous states in the U.S. and 18 foreign countries on 4 continents.
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Larry Quinton

Minister of Evangelism
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I am a retired Letter Carrier .I have been attending here since 2000 and my wife Sarah and I joined in 2001.Sarah and I have been married since 1969 and we have 2 daughters and 1 son.We have 7 Grandchildren. 5 Boys and 2 Girls.

After retiring from the Post Office I was hired in 2004 to work on a part-time basis with the Minister of Evangelism . After 3-4 years of working under him I was asked to take the position full-time when he left for another church. I have been officially full-time for 5 years.

Job description: I offer classes to help people learn how to share their faith. I make home visits to people who have visited the church and want more information on becoming members here.I do the majority of adult baptisms.My wife and I are co-leaders of our Church’s annual Nicaragua Mission Trip.

I feel like I am being used the best by God when I am sharing the Gospel with someone. I feel the most fulfilled when I am on the Mission Field and I am seeing other people accept Christ.
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Jacob Steward

Associate Minister to Children
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I am the Associate Children's Minister. We handle the Bus Ministries and Route 66 (sixth grade). The past ministries I have been involved with are First Baptist Shawnee (Music and Children) and CrossTimbers (3 years).

Kids desire for adults to love and have fun with them. This is the best way to serve every kid. I believe I am serving the best when I am constantly having fun and showing the love of Christ to kids.

One of the most embarrassing moments I remember is when I was leading worship at a small church in Shawnee. It was one of the first times that I had ever lead worship. I had seen the "big time" worship leaders lead without any music. I thought I would try. Nerves took over and I blanked. Needless to say, we had a great instrumental worship service.
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Bill Vanbuskirk

Minister of Missions
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Danny Bice

Pastor to the Deaf Ministry
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1.I am the pastor of the deaf congregation, Moore Deaf Fellowship, FBC Moore. In the past, I worked as the missionary to the deaf for the state of Oklahoma and pastored to the deaf in Fort Worth, Texas. My wife and I have three children and ten grandchildren.

2.Ministry is ongoing, you have to put work in continually. Just like a farmer continues to sow seeds and work the ground, I continue to sow seeds of truth in the lives of those I am ministering to and pastor their hearts as they go through different seasons of life. The best moments come when you see the fruit spring from the ground; when a person’s life shows visible life-change from the truth that has been planted in their hearts.

3. A little known fact about me is that I have ridden to 45 states on a motorcycle.

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Grant Adams

Music Associate
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I have been a member of First Moore since 1998 and a part of the Music Ministry staff since October of 2012. Currently, I am also a student at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma where I’m majoring in Vocal Performance. Two years from now I plan to graduate from UCO with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Technology.

I feel like I’m serving God the most when I’m leading others in worship, mentoring a younger musician, or just simply talking with people about how their life is going. To me, there is nothing more incredible than a gathering of people all worshipping together as one. I absolutely love leading worship and hope that I can help draw people closer to Christ through music.

My most embarrassing moment happened a few years ago at Zio’s in Bricktown. As I was eating my Spaghetti, one of my friends said something that was really funny (I can’t even remember what it was now), and I got a little choked. My laughing soon turned in to coughing, which soon turned in to me vomiting all over myself right there at the table. I couldn’t believe what I had just done, so we all quickly jumped up and left. As we were leaving, our waiter came running towards us yelling, “Hey, stop!” I panicked and thought I was about to get chewed out for leaving my vomit there. “You forgot your keys!” Whew! I remember leaving a 65% tip and just hoping I wouldn’t see that waiter ever again. I left as if nothing ever happened.
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Britany Burt

Assistant to the Recreation Director
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I have worked at The Link for three years. I live with my mom, dad, little sister, and two dogs.

I feel I am best serving God when I am completely consumed with His Word and am able to share His love with friends, family, and others that I may not know. This can look like giving advice, speaking encouraging words, and also just spending time with those people.

I have a strange obsession with cows, and would love to live on a farm on some land one day.
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Juli Harman

Assistant to Equipping and Education Pastor
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As the daughter of a church secretary, while growing up in O'Fallon, Missouri, I never planned to follow the same path as my mom. Within six months of moving to Moore, here I was, the Singles Assistant at FBC. In 2011, I became the Education Assistant.

My husband, Dr. Keith Harman, and I moved from Missouri to Prescott, Arizona where we lived until 2006, when Keith took a faculty position in the Paul Dickinson College of Business at Oklahoma Baptist University.

The Lord gave me the right husband, moved me to the right city, and gave me the right job to ensure that I am serving Him to the best of my abilities.

And, oddly enough, He put me in the town with the most dead skunks per capita, because He knows that, also like my mom, I like the smell of skunk...from a VERY far distance!
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Bob Herbert

Facilities Manager
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I had been serving the church as a vendor for over 6 years and was invited to come on staff at FBC as the facility manager in July of 2014.

I will celebrate my 20th year anniversary with my wife April in October of 2014. Together we have two children, our daughter a freshman at OSU, and our son a sophomore at Norman North.

I have grown up in the church since I was five years old after God dramatically changed my family. My family was decidedly non Christian, my Mom raised Catholic had rejected the Catholic Church, my Dad lived to party and wanted nothing to do with “religion”. I was invited to AWANA by a neighbor child who I played with often and it was there that I was first presented the gospel and believed. My family was very shocked and surprised at the changes God was already producing in me even at such a young age and asked that neighbor family, “What have you done to our son”. Within a year the mother of my friend led my Mom to the Lord, and the father of my friend was instrumental in leading my Dad to the Lord. I am thankful for God’s grace not only to me but also to my entire family.

I feel the most alive in ministry when I am talking about the truths expressed in the Bible, discussing/teaching theology, and helping others see the wonderful grace that is ours in Christ. I also, genuinely like to help others and meeting people’s needs makes me happy.
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Haley Hull

Music Associate
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I joined the team here at First Moore in January of 2013. This is my first staff position at a church, however I have been involved in other music ministries. Before moving to Moore I attended Hastings College in Hastings Nebraska as a music major. The majority of my crazy awesome family lives in Nebraska and South Dakota.

I feel that I am best serving the Lord when I am creating something beautiful as an act of worship, whether that be music, art, or a cup of coffee.

One of my most embarrassing moments happened during high school. I was asked to sing the national anthem, but didn't think it was necessary to practice. I started singing and thought I was killing it, until I forgot the words half way through the song. I stopped for a couple seconds, skipped to the last line, and walked away as fast as I could. The lesson I learned? Spontaneity is important, but preparation is just as important.
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Gloria Nunn

Assistant to Missions & Evangelism
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I have worked as an assistant in the Evangelism/ Missions office for the last ten years. My husband, Roy, and I have three grown children and four "perfect" grandchildren.

I am at my best when I can share Jesus with incarcerated women. What a blessing to plant seeds and see changes in their lives.

While preparing for a business meeting with several of the Vice Presidents of General Moters Acceptance Corporation, I knew I had to put my "best foot forward." My presentation was ready, I had a new suit to wear.. you get the idea. During the meeting, just before my presentation, I looked down to see that I was wearing one black shoe, and one blue shoe!
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Shelley Rappe

Assistant to the Student Pastor
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The bride of Jerry Rappe’ since 6/13/87
The Mother of Ms. Mackenzie and Ms. Dustyn Rappe’
Birthdate: January 14
Favorite Fast Food: Five Guys
Favorite Sports: Hammock Riding
Favorite TV Shows: Downton Abbey, Vicar of Dibley, Sherlock
Favorite Music Groups: Bon Jovi
Favorite Hymn: “It is Well”
Favorite Book: A Knight in Shining Armor
Favorite Family Game: Canasta
Hobbies: Repurposing Vintage and Antique Items, Going to our Farm and Rummaging through any old barns.

I grew up in OKC, and was raised actively attending South Lindsey Baptist Church. And yes, I am a PK. I spent my summers, until I was a teen, in Ringling, OK at my grandparents. Where we now own my grandparents farm. Yes, it is the home of the Ringling Bros Circus. I met Jerry the first semester of college at Southwestern in Weatherford and we married that June. We have worked with students in ministry since 1992 when Jerry became a bi-vocational youth pastor. We later went to work at Boys Ranch Town in Edmond, After the Lords prompting and much discussion with my great uncle, Judson Cook, 15 years ago. At this time Jerry still works for the Children’s Home.

I was asked, “when you are serving at your fullest potential for the Lord, what does that look like?” Well, it is when I am pulling an idea or an event together to serve a purpose for the kingdom. When you take an idea from nothing, and pull it into something that people walk away from either talking about it or knowing their lives have been touched, man that’s awesome. It is also when I am getting to cheer someone on to accomplish something that they never thought they could do. I get a total kick out of that!!

I was also asked to give a little unknown fact about myself; I am related to Church Norris (no he cannot break kryptonite, but he is a nice guy). He is a 3rd cousin. I am also related to Ivan the Terrible (which makes me really weirded out). And a Cherokee Chief’s daughter, who was my 4th great grandmother who personally ran the Jesse James gang out of Oklahoma, hmmmmm. But so far everyone my husband is related to, well they did super awesome things in History, as in his 6th great grandfather is Daniel Morgan Boone, I mean really now? My only claim to fame, I car surfed down I-44 and didn’t die!
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Barbara Redman

Administrative Assistant
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I started working at FBC in 1994 after a 32 year career in the banking and data processing business. I thought at the time that I was retired but God had other plans for me. I had been volunteering at the church answering the phones and was offered the job full-time. This was a total departure from the career that I had. After some thought, my husband and I decided that I would go back to work for a while. After, all how hard could it be to answer phone? One week later he died suddenly of a heart attack. I know that God had already prepared the way for me to have a job and that he placed me in a place where I would have love and support as I was grieving.

I have three children. Two live in Moore and one in Chicago. I have four wonderful grandchildren that I enjoy being able to see a lot as they live in Moore and attend FBC also.

As I would find out answering phones turned out to be a little more than I imagined. As you might expect out phones are generally very busy. I feel like I serve best when I am able to assist callers with the information they are seeking and to be as helpful as I can be to direct them to the right area to meet their needs.

I am an avid sports fan, particularly the Sooners and Thunder. I also enjoy the Olympics and I have been fortunate to be able to attend two Olympics including the Opening Ceremonies. I love to travel, especially a yearly trip to the mountains of Colorado.
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Marji Robison

Assistant to Singles Minister and Emerging Generations Pastor
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Married to Mark Robison, mother to 3 girls - Logan (married to Tod) Thornton, Alex and Breanna. Member of FBC Moore since 1988. On staff at FBC Moore in many areas since 1990.

I love singing in the choir, performing with the dramatic arts ministry and “putting on a show”…, but my dominant spiritual gift is service and that is where I feel most at home. I am the consummate gopher – tell me what to do, give me the resources and direction I need and I will give it my all. I am NOT the one making the decisions or deciding which way to go! I am an extreme extrovert and I enjoy being around other people – I get my energy from that!

I went to college on a theatre scholarship and planned to teach Theatre Education. However, about 2 years in to my studies I realized I didn’t really enjoy being around teenagers. God is a humorous God and married me to a man who loves being around them – so we spent the first 10 years of our marriage working with teens. I learned to love them, which was a good thing since God also gave us 3 daughters!
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Ramona Romines

Prayer Ministry Coordinator
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I am the coordinator of the intercessory prayer ministry at First Baptist Moore for 35 years. I have three boys, six grandchildren, all members here at FBC, and live in south Oklahoma City.

Living one day at a time. Honoring and glorifying God by actions and attitudes.

While in college, I played in a powder-puff football game. While running for a touchdown, I stiff-armed a girl. She went down and broke her leg. I scored the touchdown. Forever after, I was know around campus as rambling Ramona.
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Dianna Royland

Church Services Director
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I was a very timid and shy child. When I started school I could not be left in a classroom with other kids so if the teacher walked out into the hall I would have to follow. I was badly bit by a dog when I was 4 and developed a phobia for being left alone or away from my parents. Needless to say I was a timid and shy child until I was a sophomore and my aunt took me for voice lessons along with my cousin who was like my sister.

I have a brother and sister but they are 15 years older so I was raised like an only child. My voice developed quickly and before long I was entering voice contests and winning first place. It built my self confidence that soon I was singing at different churches, banquets, and special events in our small town of Custer City. I was actively involved in school my junior and senior years and had a totally different outlook on life. I was raised in a home with loving Christian parents with lots of extended family events so family is very important to me to this day.

My husband and I were married for 43 years before his death 6 years ago. We had 3 daughters who all married and gave us 10 grandchildren. Our middle daughter went to be with Jesus 5 months before my husband. It was a difficult time in our families life but I know now that my faith grew through the storm of life and my heart changed to how I see the world today.

My husband and I owed and operated a flower shop in south OKC for 17 years during the school years of our daughters. Then 3 days before Valentine's Day, which is the busiest day of the year, God woke me at 2:30 in the morning and told me I needed to close our shop and He had a place for me at FBC.

Our family was baptized at FBC 3 years before after coming from and raising our family in the Lutheran faith. I was serving as Wedding Coordinator for the church at the time and I was so at peace with God's plan for me that we closed the doors on the shop March 1st. I trusted God's plan for me so much that I came to the church the day after my talk with God and told the pastor at the time what I had experienced and I knew I was to work at the church. God was so good that He gave me the summer to spend with my mother and sister to move her closer to us.

Then January 3rd, 1994 I was called to come to work at FBC. In fact, they weren't even sure what my job would be or for how long but I started as Singles Secretary. After a year or so my title changed to Church Hostess and God started using my gifts and forming my position as Director of Church Services. My duties are many but I coordinate the church calendar and events for the church. I was also voted by the church in 1995 as Church Clerk.

I love to serve others by helping them in any way I can to use my gifts and remove stress from their lives. I still serve as Wedding Coordinator and find it a blessing to be a part of the special day in a couples new life together. What a blessing it is to me to see a wedding or event go smooth and know that God has used me to be a blessing to others. I know that God has raised me to be who I am and is still molding me in many ways to serve Him.
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Kathi Rudd

Assistant to the Children's Ministry
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I am married to Dan Rudd, have 2 kids, Amy and Jeremy, a daughter-in-law Staci, and two amazing grandsons - Ethan - 3 and Logan 5. This is my first actual staff job with a church but I have served with youth ministry, kitchen staffing, and various other duties as well as working as a Sunday School teacher for 7th grade girls and a LifeGroup leader for 5th grade girls.

My spiritual gift is servanthood. I am happiest when I can help others. I am always first to volunteer when I see a need. I love working with children of all ages and am the happiest when I see a child smile.

It is very difficult to embarrass me because I am always making fun of myself and the situations I get into so - there are no embarrassing moments that I can think of. A little known fact - I am the middle child of 5 children and the middle child of 3 girls. I grew up on a farm near Corn, OK and married a city boy from Chicago, IL. It has been interesting because I am the "fix-it" person in our household. I will tackle just about any job and have learned to texture walls, repair toilets, and change flat tires. Okay, can't think of anything else really weird about me.
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Deb Stelter

Assistant to the Minister of Music & Worship Arts
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I have been active in music in church in some manner on-and-off (mostly on) since I was in Junior High. FBC-Moore is my only time to formally be on a church staff.

Thursday mornings in the Spring and Fall, I lead the MooreJoy Community Choir. The Choir sings at different care facilities in Oklahoma City and Moore. The residents of these facilities are often lonely. What a joy to see those same residents repeat Scripture and sing the words to a familiar hymn with the Choir! They bless me a WHOLE LOT MORE than I could ever bless them!!!

I was the runner-up in the Rice County, Kansas Spelling Bee when I was in the Eighth Grade. The word I misspelled? C-h-r-o-m-i-u-m (I left out the ‘H’)
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Kayla Thornton

Assistant to the Business Administrator
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My husband Ryan and I first came to First Baptist 3 years ago. We had just moved here from out of state, and were looking for a place to make new friends and serve God. I joined the staff a year later. I spent a year as the Rec Center Assistant, and then moved upstairs to the Business Office. Ryan and I have been married for just over 3 years, and we have a dog named Winston.

I feel like I am serving God at my best when I am helping others. I like to be more behind the scenes in making things run smoothly in different areas of the church. I also love spending time with people and hearing what is going on in their lives!

One of my more embarrassing stories happened when I snuck my 7 week old puppy into a military "patch on" ceremony. Ryan was being awarded for finishing training... and our puppy was too cute to leave home. Bad idea. At the very end when everyone started clapping, he decided it was time to learn how to bark. Everyone looked back and the commander was standing right in front of me! Luckily he thought Winston was cute, and we laughed it off.
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Debbie Troxell

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
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I wasn't looking for a job at the church when I went to work in 1989. I had been at home for 16 years with my four children and supported my husband, Doug, in his business. I had decided that if I had to work, I wanted to work for the Moore Public Schools so that I would have short days and could be off during the summer. Not long after I applied with the school system, a friend told me that there was a secretarial position open at our church with the children and youth ministries. Not interested.

I had been a member for over a year and was an 8th grade girls LifeGroup leader. The youth pastor, Mike Taylor, had asked me several months earlier to coordinate all the food for the students at Disciple Now ... get volunteers to make the food and deliver it to the 10-15 homes twice a day. It was crazy. When the position at the church came open, the children's director and the youth pastor approached me and asked if I would apply for the job. Turns out they thought that if I could pull off the Disciple Now food fiasco, I could be their assistant. Still not interested.

When the school system didn't call right away, I decided to apply for the job at church, just as a temporary situation, until the school system called. I took a bogus typing test (10 minutes before I quit and nobody timed me, in fact they left the room). I was hired/indentured and about a week after I came to work , God spoke to me as I was alone in the office of my temporary job situation. He reminded me of a weekend youth retreat when I had dropped off my oldest two girls a year earlier. Chaos reigned. I wondered why someone didn't help that poor youth pastor.

As God brought that back to my mind, He told me that I needed to be that help and that's why I was here. God does have a sense of humor. It was very humbling to think that God bothered to tell me why I was here. He's like that, though. We are all special to Him and we all have a purpose. The school system still hasn't called.