Dr. Michael Vallandingham accepted the call to pastor Eastern Heights in May, 2010. Michael was saved and baptized at the age of 8 years old in Wetumka OK. He surrendered to full-time Christian service when he was 17 years old while attending Falls Creek. He married Tara Sledge, August 13, 1994, and their partnership in ministry began immediately. Michael served bi-vocationally as youth minister at First Baptist Church of Greenfield, OK and as pastor at First Baptist Church Red Rock, OK. Michael accepted his first full-time pastorate in 1997 at First Baptist Church of Wister, OK. Following his ministry in Wister he served as Chaplain at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He then pastored Vamoosa Baptist Church for five years before pastoring in his hometown for six years at First Baptist Church in Wewoka, OK. Michael graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 with a Masters of Divinity. In addition, he graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009 with a Doctorate of Ministry. Michael and Tara have two children. Their daughter, Jordan, was born in 1997 and their son, Jonathan, was born in 2000. They also have four foster kids who are 5, 4, 2 and a baby.