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Michael Vallandingham

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 three foster kids who are 4, 3 and a baby.


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Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth
Stephen Kelley

Stephen and his family came to Eastern Heights in March of 2012.  He is responsible for the Worship Team and Youth Team.  He previously served at New London Baptist Church in New London, Texas.  Stephen is a graduate of Bartlesville High School and Oklahoma Weslyan University.  He is married to Christy and they have three children; Logan, Harmony and Gavin.

Administrative Assistant
Cathy Tennell

Cathy celebrated her 30th Anniversary of serving in the church office in 2012. She volunteers as an extended session teacher and Son Seeker Coordinator.  Cathy is on the Finance Committee and serves as the Assistant Treasurer.

Adult Ministry Team Leader
Jim McColloch

Jim is a retired pastor and song writer.  He is responsible for coordinating the adult ministries which include Life Groups, Men's Ministry, Women's Ministry and Son Seekers.

Children's Ministry Team Leader
Tara Vallandingham

Tara has served in many areas of children's ministry & leadership, including Awana, VBS, and  Worship Kids.  Tara and her husband, Pastor Michael Vallandingham came to EHBC in May of 2010.

Missions Team Leader
Ralph Stafford

Ralph is an ordained minister, Life Group Leader and a deacon.  He is responsible for helping our ministry teams in their mission endeavors through education, planning, and raising funds.

Chairman of Deacons
Barry Miller

Barry also serves as co-leader of our AWANA ministry along side his wife, Jenifer.

Stewardship Team Leader/ Treasurer
Debbie Laroche

Property Team Leader
Bruce Waterbury