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.” (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

Jenifer Bynum
Director of Youth

   Amanda Martinez    Wickline Day School Director   My husband Joe and I have 4 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 4 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

Margaret Harris
Director of Resources

   Karen Lippe    Director of Communications   My name is Karen Lippe. 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

My name is Karen Lippe. 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.

 
   Bill Knisely    Director of Technology

Bill Knisely
Director of Technology




 
   Will Klukoske    Weekend Custodian

Will Klukoske
Weekend Custodian

  Ralph Duncan Director of Music

Ralph Duncan
Director of Music

 
   Greg Peck    Custodian

Greg Peck
Custodian

   Eddie Vanderwalker    Organist and Praise Band Leader

Eddie Vanderwalker
Organist and Praise Band Leader