WICKLINE’S PASTORS

Sam Tucker    Senior Pastor

Sam Tucker
Senior Pastor

I’m just an Okie from the small, country town of Temple, Oklahoma. The Tucker family, Martha, Elizabeth, Matthew and I, are very blessed and honored to be Wickline’s pastoral family. I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University. That probably tells you where I stand on Bedlam weekend—”Go Pokes!” I met Martha when we both attended Perkins School of Theology. We were married in July 1989 and served United Methodist Churches in Oklahoma until 1998. Colin Powell’s book, “My American Journey,” which I received from my mother-in-law in 1995, changed our lives when I felt the Lord calling us to go onto active duty to serve those who defend our country. In 1998, I joined the United States Air Force. Including my time in the Army Reserve, Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the Air Force, I served a bit over 38 years.

That's a great reason my family and I are very blessed to be in the Wickline family. You see, many of the members are retirees like us or still serve today. We are intentional to be supportive of military/civilian D.O.D. personnel and their families. We get it. We have been there and done that. But we are not finished. We still serve God and country.

Wickline works because Church works, because God works. Come be a part of this mission outpost for Christ.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Nancy Johnson    Executive Pastor

Nancy Johnson
Executive Pastor

I grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma, in a Methodist home. I love my family and friends and the color pink. Most of all I love Jesus! Although people kept telling me I should go into ministry, I resisted—until I asked God “why” and heard Him telling me that He needed me to share Jesus. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in psychology at OCU, I went to Asbury Theological Seminary. I graduated with a Master’s in Christian Education and then became a deacon in the Oklahoma Conference. I love the opportunities I have to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds. I love reading the Bible, praying, and going where God leads. I love coming up with Children’s Moments that illustrate the message and include our kids in Sunday services.

A few years ago, I married my best friend George, who is also a pastor, but in another denomination. Marriage to George brought me two beautiful teenage daughters.

My favorite Bible verse is John 1:1-5: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (RSV)


WICKLINE’S STAFF

Carol Bates    Director of Children   I have been married to my wonderfully wacky red-headed husband Roger for 32 years. We have three beautiful and talented daughters—Cassandra, Stephanie and Allison— and soon-to-be son-in-law, Wyatt. We also have two four-legged girls, Roxi and Trixie. I taught my first children’s class when I was 14 and I’ve been a leader in Children’s Ministry ever since. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University. I love house DIY projects, reading spy/murder mysteries, yoga, walking and the color “Pepto” pink!   My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Carol Bates
Director of Children

I have been married to my wonderfully wacky red-headed husband Roger for 32 years. We have three beautiful and talented daughters—Cassandra, Stephanie and Allison— and soon-to-be son-in-law, Wyatt. We also have two four-legged girls, Roxi and Trixie. I taught my first children’s class when I was 14 and I’ve been a leader in Children’s Ministry ever since. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University. I love house DIY projects, reading spy/murder mysteries, yoga, walking and the color “Pepto” pink!

My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Jenifer Bynum    Director of Youth   I am married to a wonderful, hard working man, Clay Bynum, and we have 3 amazing, unique kids;  Abigail, Emily, and Xander. We also have a sweet lab mix named Daisy. I grew up in MWC, and graduated from UCO. I loved being a teacher for 6 years, and now I homeschool my two youngest children, which is how the opportunity came about for me to become the Youth Director here at Wickline. I believe everything happens for a reason and God led me here to this position for a purpose.   In my free time I love baking, crafting, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family. I feel like Kindness is the most important thing I can teach a child, you can see the light of God shine bright in acts of kindness great or small. So each day if I can’t be anything else, I try to be kind, through my words and my actions! Although I don’t have a favorite verse in the Bible, I am comforted, encouraged, and inspired by many at different times in my life.  One passage I love is 1 Corinthians 16:14  “Let all that you do be done in love”.

Jenifer Bynum
Director of Youth

I am married to a wonderful, hard working man, Clay Bynum, and we have 3 amazing, unique kids; Abigail, Emily, and Xander. We also have a sweet lab mix named Daisy. I grew up in MWC, and graduated from UCO. I loved being a teacher for 6 years, and now I homeschool my two youngest children, which is how the opportunity came about for me to become the Youth Director here at Wickline. I believe everything happens for a reason and God led me here to this position for a purpose.

In my free time I love baking, crafting, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family. I feel like Kindness is the most important thing I can teach a child, you can see the light of God shine bright in acts of kindness great or small. So each day if I can’t be anything else, I try to be kind, through my words and my actions! Although I don’t have a favorite verse in the Bible, I am comforted, encouraged, and inspired by many at different times in my life.

One passage I love is 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love”.

Amanda Martinez    Wickline Day School Director   My husband Joe and I have four children; Robert, Gabriella, Isabella, and Elianna. We have been members of Wickline since 2012, and I have worked for the Day School since 2017. I am a senior at UCO working on my Bachelors in Child Development and plan to begin my Masters in Children’s Ministry when I graduate next spring. I love working with children of all ages and abilities and enjoy teaching Sunday School, leading a Girl Scout Brownie troop, and working with the families and children here at the Day School. My favorite Bible verses at this moment are:  Ephesians 5:1-2 (NRSV)  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God.   Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)  Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Amanda Martinez
Wickline Day School Director

My husband Joe and I have four children; Robert, Gabriella, Isabella, and Elianna. We have been members of Wickline since 2012, and I have worked for the Day School since 2017. I am a senior at UCO working on my Bachelors in Child Development and plan to begin my Masters in Children’s Ministry when I graduate next spring. I love working with children of all ages and abilities and enjoy teaching Sunday School, leading a Girl Scout Brownie troop, and working with the families and children here at the Day School. My favorite Bible verses at this moment are:

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NRSV) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Margaret Harris    Director of Resources   I retired in 2004 after a 38 year career at Tinker and went to work here at Wickline in July 2005. I started with  The Vine , but soon moved over to help in the finance department. I am active in the Seekers Sunday school class. I have been married to Paul since 1970 and we have one daughter, three grandsons, and twin grandsons. My hobbies are reading and watching sports. Proverbs is my go-to book of the Bible.

Margaret Harris
Director of Resources

I retired in 2004 after a 38 year career at Tinker and went to work here at Wickline in July 2005. I started with The Vine, but soon moved over to help in the finance department. I am active in the Seekers Sunday school class. I have been married to Paul since 1970 and we have one daughter, three grandsons, and twin grandsons. My hobbies are reading and watching sports. Proverbs is my go-to book of the Bible.

Karen Lippe    Director of Communications   I am married to my high school sweetheart, Dennis. We were married in 1966, and if you do the math you can see we've been married 52 years. I have worked at Wickline for 10 years, and love being the Director of Communications. I love being creative in advertising events. My favorite part is getting to visit with you when you stop by my office. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:11,  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  (ESV) What a comfort to know angels are always guarding me.

Karen Lippe
Director of Communications

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Dennis. We were married in 1966, and if you do the math you can see we've been married 52 years. I have worked at Wickline for 10 years, and love being the Director of Communications. I love being creative in advertising events. My favorite part is getting to visit with you when you stop by my office. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:11, For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (ESV) What a comfort to know angels are always guarding me.

 
Ralph Duncan Director of Music   I feel that the Lord led me to Wickline in 1983. One of the most time-consuming parts of being the Director of Music for Wickline is ensuring that the lyrics and spirit of the music contributes to and complements the message being preached. It is also one of the most rewarding.

Ralph Duncan
Director of Music

I feel that the Lord led me to Wickline in 1983. One of the most time-consuming parts of being the Director of Music for Wickline is ensuring that the lyrics and spirit of the music contributes to and complements the message being preached. It is also one of the most rewarding.

Eddie Vanderwalker    Organist and Praise Band Leader   I came to Wickline in August 2017 as the organist. My position has grown since then, and I am now also the Praise Band Leader. I come from a musical family, and I’ve always loved music. I’m also passionate about worshiping God. I think music is corporate; it enforces theology for us.

Eddie Vanderwalker
Organist and Praise Band Leader

I came to Wickline in August 2017 as the organist. My position has grown since then, and I am now also the Praise Band Leader. I come from a musical family, and I’ve always loved music. I’m also passionate about worshiping God. I think music is corporate; it enforces theology for us.

Bill Knisely    Director of Technology

Bill Knisely
Director of Technology




Will Klukoske    Weekend Custodian

Will Klukoske
Weekend Custodian

Greg Peck    Custodian

Greg Peck
Custodian

 
 
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