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 four children. Their daughter, Jordan, was born in 1997 and their son, Jonathan, was born in 2000.  They adopted Abel and Ruby in 2016.  They were born in 2009 and 2011. They also have three foster kids who are 2, 1, and 1.


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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.


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. 

  August 2016  
This Week's Events


Sunday Morning Life Groups
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Each Sunday morning, our Life Groups of all ages, birth through senior adults, meet to study God's word together. This small time is an integral part of our corporate worship, where our people meet to do life together.
Sunday Morning Worship Services
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us for a special time of worship and learning each Sunday morning. Childcare is provided in our Extended Session for children (birth - pre-k), while our kindergarten - 3rd grade children enjoy the worship portion of the service with their families, and then are dismissed to go to WorshipKids.
Sunday Evening Worship Service
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Each Sunday evening, we gather together for more worship and learning with our church family.
Bible Study - Women's Ministry
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction by Beth Moore provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. In this biblical guide to authentic repentance and restoration Beth examines why devoted followers of Jesus Christ can fall into the traps of Satan.

Believers are still subject to Satan's attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of Christians, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have "fallen" may not recognize the devil's schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This six-week study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God.

Books may be purchased or ordered online from LifeWay, Amazon or other online retailers.
Fall Women's Bible Study
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Fall Bible Study will begin on August 21st. Dani Leuck will be leading “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” by Beth Moore. The study will be on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM. Sign up at the Women’s Ministry Table. Books may be purchased through Lifeway or other online retailers.


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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