Staff
Pastor

Michael Vallandingham

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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.

 

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Administrative Assistant

Cathy Tennell

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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 Stewardship Team and serves as the Assistant Treasurer.


Secretary

Angela Mowery

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Angela joined our staff in June 2015.  She is married to John, and they have two sons, Brad and Ben.  Angela serves in choir, VBS and as a greeter for Worship Kids on Sunday mornings.


Adult Ministry Team Leader

Brian Buford

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Brian began this new ministry opportunity ofter serving as a children's LifeGroup leader and volunteer in the Preschool Extended Session and WorshipKids.  He is a leader in Bounce which is a disaster relief agency out of Texas that uses youth to help bring restoration to those afflicted by natural disasters.  As Adult Team Leader he oversees Son Seekers, Women's Ministry, Men's Ministry and LifeGroups.


Children's Ministry Team Leader

Carrie Hugeback

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Carrie serves in many areas of children's ministry & leadership, including Awana Leader, VBS Directory, and  Worship Kids.  Carrie and her husband, John both teach children's Life Group Bible study each Sunday at 9:30.


Children's Ministry Team Leader

Jenifer Miller

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Jenifer serves in many areas of children's ministry including Awana Commander and Worship Kids. Jenifer and her husband Barry teach Life Group Bible studies each Sunday at 9:30.


Missions Team Leader

Ralph Stafford

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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

Ralph Stafford

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Ralph also serves as the Missions Team Leader.


Stewardship Team Leader/ Treasurer

Debbie Laroche

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Care Team Leaders

Chuck and Jana Bennett

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Chuck and Jana serve as Care Team Leaders as well as other areas in the church.  Chuck is a deacon and member of the Ministry Leadership Team.  Jana serves on the Fellowship Team and the Wednesday Meal Team.


Property Team Leader

Gene Hines

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Gene serves as Property Team Leader and well as others areas in the church.  He serves as a Trustee, a member of the Stewardship Team, and Life Group Bible study leader.  His wife Jennifer is the Preschool Team Leader and volunteers in many areas of church ministry. 


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This Week's Events
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Night at the Park - Student Ministry
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
On Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 PM, our students will have an awesome night at Sooner Park. Come ready to play games and have fun! Be sure to bring a friend! See Stephen Davis for more information.
Adult Bible Study & Prayer Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Adults of our church family meet every Wednesday night for pray for the needs of our church, community, and nation, and to study the Bible together.
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