Meet the leadership of Grace
Pastor / Teaching Elder
Ryan and his wife Emily are both from Edmond, Oklahoma. After college they spent the year of 1998 in Japan with Mission to the World. When they returned to the states, Ryan worked in sales a few years, and then in 2001 they moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2006 they moved to Fort Collins, CO, where Ryan worked as the RUF campus minister at Colorado State University. This time with RUF was amazing for Ryan and for the Baker family. The main challenge was raising enough financial support in a very unchurched area. In the Fall of 2011, after five years with RUF, Ryan resigned due to funding challenges in the ministry, and in the Spring of 2012 their family (Ryan, Emily, Grayson, Coleman, Meredith and Bonnie) moved back to Oklahoma where Ryan worked in sales. After two years, Ryan returned to full-time pastoral ministry when he was called here to Grace Presbyterian Church in May 2014! The Bakers love Stillwater and have been blown away by the community at Grace. email@example.com
The elders at Grace lead our church with a "big-picture" vision of our mission and ministry. They are wholeheartedly devoted to Christ’s Church, and they seek to serve our congregation and our community by humbly offering their wisdom, their time and energy, and prayer. If you need prayer, wise counsel, or ever just someone to talk with about your struggles, you can’t do better than these men. Listed below are the men currently serving:
Tom is a native of Enid, Oklahoma, and graduated from OSU where he met his bride of 42 years, Marcia. He then attended OU medical school and finished his residency in OB/GYN in Tulsa in 1984. He and Marcia moved to Stillwater in 1985 where he began and continues to practice at Stillwater Women’s Clinic. Marcia is a fulltime, professional volunteer and was instrumental in starting the Wondertorium and serves on the boards of Stillwater Community Health Center and M-power. They have two grown children. Elizabeth, who is a fulltime mom and Disney travel agent, lives in Tulsa with her husband Tim, who is a critical care physician. They have two beautiful children, Maggie (b.2006), and Greta (b.2008). Their son Bryan is married to Ashlie, and they are living in Rochester, NY, where he will be directing the 2019 Senior PGA tournament. Tom and Marcia have been attending Grace since 2004, and Tom has served as ruling elder for 11 years. They are excited about what God is doing at Grace and the truths of the reformed faith. firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug grew up in and around Tulsa and met Sylvia (a transplant from PA and real peach of a girl) at OSU, where he graduated with an English Literature degree. To be able to homeschool their three boys, he took a job as a pilot weather briefer in Buffalo, NY, for 15 years. That job ending, they moved back to Stillwater in 2006, and Doug became a high school English teacher for 10 years. Following the advice of Martin Luther (who said no one should be a school teacher for more than 10 years), he next took the job as admin. asst. and music leader at Grace (and loves it!). Their boys are now 28, 26, and 22, and Sylv and he are still world-class indoorsmen. They enjoy theological discussions, reading classic literature, poetry, music (esp. progressive rock), and movies. Socially, they like nothing better than belly laughs with friends. email@example.com
Eddy and his wife Susie were invited by their son Jonathan and his wife Claire to move to Stillwater in 2013 on the rumor that they would become grandparents. (Although, in God’s perfect providence their journey to Stillwater and Grace Church started many years before.) In 1975, Eddy’s father was called to be a pastor of a small church in Oceanside, California, where he met Susie at a church picnic. After their schooling, Eddy and Susie were married and moved to Portland, Oregon, to start a business and a family. Soon, they were blessed with two sons, Joel Thomas (JT) in 1981 and Jonathan David in 1985. God chose to receive JT into glory in 1993, and in His goodness and healing blessed their family with His gracious gift of hope and an adventure with Jonathan that led to Stillwater. In 2004, Jonathan was invited to play for the OSU golf team, and it was during that time that he met his lovely wife Claire and his Covenant family at Grace Church. And it is in those relationships, that the Moores have been richly blessed. At Grace, Eddy and Susie have witnessed many covenant baptisms, including Jonathan’s in 2005, and their precious grandchildren's, Adelyn Grace in 2015, and Jeffery Thomas (JT) in 2017. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Ps. 118:1) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent is a native Oklahoman and grew up in McAlester. He moved to Stillwater in 2001 to study at Oklahoma State University. He completed his master's degree in electrical engineering in 2006. While at OSU, Brent met his wife, Jessica, and they were married in 2004 and have continued to call Stillwater their home since then. Brent worked for FLIR Systems in Stillwater for 10 years and is now employed by Subsite Electronics in Perry as a Product Engineer. The Perteets have been members of Grace since 2010. Brent became a deacon in 2012 and an elder in 2017. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, theology, and craft beer. He loves the Church and is excited about what God is doing at Grace and in Stillwater. Brent and Jessica have four children – Micah (b. 2009), Julianna (b. 2011), Jacob (b. 2014), and Lucy (b. 2016). email@example.com
A deacon (a word that means servant) carries out the works of mercy and service in the Church. He tends to the poor inside the church and out and takes care of the church’s financial and practical concerns. He is a man you would feel comfortable talking to if you need help.
Aaron was born in Tucson, Arizona but moved to Stillwater at the age of 14 and has never left. During his time at Oklahoma State University, Aaron attended the Navigators and quickly found his passion for reformed theology. His desire for spiritual growth lead him to the PCA denomination. He drove 45 minutes each Sunday to attend church, but it was well worth it--during this time he established a solid foundation of how important the church is. Another perk of his time in the Navigators was his meeting his future wife, Teri. Though it took nine years from the time they met to marry, he knew he was marrying his best friend. They now have three rambunctious boys--Jett, Pryce, and Axton. Aaron has been involved with Grace Church from the onset. His roles have changed over the years, but one thing has remained--he loves this church. He now serves in a deacon capacity and finds great joy in meeting the needs of those he comes in contact with. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad grew up overseas (oil, not ministry). When his family returned to the States they settled in Ponca City in time for Chad to attend to high school. This led to a lifelong love of Oklahoma, Ponca City, and Marsha McKinnis. Chad moved to Stillwater to attend OSU and decided never to leave. He is the director of the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and feels very blessed to work on such a beautiful, exciting campus, filled with so many great people. He and Marsha have three wonderful children - Lydia, Norah, and Donovan, who all grew up in the Grace family (Norah was the first Grace baby!). Chad enjoys being with friends and family, going to the lake, and playing bass guitar in a local band. email@example.com
Dave became a Christian at Clemson University through Reformed University Fellowship. After marrying Tina in 1999 and a brief stint in Pennsylvania, Dave and Tina began their slow migration west. Their first stop was Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Dave worked for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development. Next, Dave finished his graduate school at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. His first academic position was at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dave, Tina and their three children moved to Stillwater in 2008, where Dave continues to work as an Extension Specialist in Community and Economic Development. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vernon grew up in Claremore (home of the Claremore Zebras!) and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at OSU, Vernon met and married the love of is life, Fran. After college, he and Fran moved to Pampa, TX. They lived in Pampa for 12 years, moved to Atlanta for a couple of years, and then back to Pampa for 6 more years. In 1997, they "came home" to Stillwater. Vernon started working in Product Development at Ditch Witch in Perry and Fran began teaching FACS at Stillwater HS. Vernon and Fran are blessed to have two sons, Christopher (with his wife, Marci and children, Harper, Sawyer and Shiloh) in OKC, and Taylor (with his wife Sarah) in Seattle. At home they have two dogs, two horses and birds of various kinds. Vernon and Fran migrated to Grace from another local church about 10 years ago, where they were captivated by the unequivocal preaching and teaching of God's word in the Reformed tradition. Vernon enjoys being outdoors, taking care of their "ranchette" north of Stillwater, and hunting or fishing when he has time (which it seems is not nearly often enough). Vernon has served as a deacon at Grace for about 5 years. email@example.com
Charles grew up in the small town of Lindsay, OK before moving to Stillwater in 1996 to attend OSU. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and went to work for the OSU Alumni Association as the Director of Information Technology. Four years later, he transitioned to the OSU Foundation to specialize in data management where he is now the Sr. Director of Data Services. While at the Foundation, Charles met and married his dream girl, Shelly, who hails from the town of Stillwell, OK. Charles and Shelly began attending Grace around 2012 and became members in 2015. In their spare time they enjoy exercising, good TV, motorcycles, kayaking, and most of all spending time with their friends and family. Their family consists of Shelly’s daughter, Sydney, who lives and works in the Tulsa area, and a whole slew of brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Charles is truly humbled with the opportunity to serve Grace and the Stillwater community. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent has called this area home most of his life. Growing up in Perkins, Oklahoma - where he still resides today with his family, wife Katie, son Keller, and daughter Brinkley - he is a photographer and office manager by trade. He met Katie at Oklahoma State where they were both involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. After earning his degree, and a brief stint in Columbia Missouri helping with K-Life, he returned to marry his wife and begin his adult life as Youth Minister at a local church. After many years, Brent and his family felt called to attend Grace, and they are very happy to be home. email@example.com
Billy grew up in Oklahoma where he became a Christian in elementary school. He and his wife Kate have been married since 2006 and have three children (Maryn, Hudson, and Benjamin). Billy and Kate moved to Norman after high school and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Billy did his Ph.D. in American religious history at the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, they returned to Oklahoma and are glad to call Stillwater home. Billy works in student advising and scholarships at OSU. He enjoys reading, board games, music, and spending time with his wife and kids. firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Director - Emily Baker
Emily grew up in Edmond and met her husband Ryan in high school. They have been married 21 years, have 4 children, and have lived in Japan, St.Louis, Colorado, and Edmond. In all those locations she was in ministry as a Children’s Ministry Director or pre-school teacher. She has tons of energy and loves using it for Gods kingdom - planting seeds in the hearts of children. She also loves serving in GraceKids as a ministry to the families: supporting the efforts of the parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Scripture memory and understanding the gospel of grace are two particular passions that GraceKids see in Emily’s teaching. email@example.com
Nursery Coordinator - Tina Shideler
After several stops along the way, Tina landed in Stillwater, OK, with her husband and three kids nine years ago. Though she always considers herself a “Carolina Girl”, Tina has grown to love her adopted hometown of Stillwater and is happily watching her children grow up here. In her free time, she tutors math, avoids housework, and crochets. After being the beneficiary of great nurseries when her (now) teens were babies, she is excited to serve the parents of Grace by working to provide the safest and happiest environment possible to the littles of Grace and their parents. firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Ministry - Nathan & Hannah Taylor
Nathan is from Bentonville, Arkansas, where he attended a small Christian school. It was there that he met Hannah, his beautiful wife. Although they had known each other since the 3rd grade, it wasn’t until the end of their junior year that they started dating, and by then they had both decided that they were going to attend Oklahoma State. Nathan’s dad is a pastor at a PCA church in northwest Arkansas. He encouraged Nathan to get involved in RUF upon arriving in Stillwater, which he did, and absolutely loved. Nathan has attended Grace since the beginning of his freshman year. He is currently working on finishing his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and hopes to attend Vet school when he finishes. In his free time Nathan can be found napping on the couch with his wonderful lab Daisy or standing in a cold river fishing. He and Hannah are both really excited to be a part of Grace and hope they can positively impact the youth by showing them the love and grace of our Heavenly Father.
Hannah was born and raised in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. She met her husband, Nathan, when they were both 3rd graders at Life Way Christian School. They started dating their junior year of high school and got married in July of 2017. Hannah moved to Stillwater to pursue a degree in Elementary Education from OSU and is currently completing her senior year. She has worked with children and youth all her life, whether it be through swim lessons, babysitting, or working in child care here in Stillwater. Hannah loves being outside, playing with her black lab, Daisy, and trying new recipes from her growing collection of cookbooks! Hannah looks forward to creating lasting and encouraging relationships with the youth of Grace Stillwater and helping them grow in their knowledge and love for Jesus.
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