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.
Stephen and his family came to Eastern Heights in March of 2012. 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.
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.
Carole will celebrate her 35th anniversary in the church office this November. She is active in the Son Seekers Ministry and is the editor of 'The Vision', the church's weekly newsletter. Carole also serves Missions Coordinator for EHBC.
Barry and Jenifer Miller serve as Awana Co-Commanders. They are active in many areas of Children and Student ministries.
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.
Cindy has been active in preschool ministry for many years. She also teaches VBS, and coordinates the preschool summer ministry.