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.

Rachael Lawrence  Finance and Office Manager  I started life as a California girl and moved to Germany when my dad was stationed there. My dad, little sister, and I moved to Oklahoma when he left the Air Force. I attended Soldier Creek Elementary, Carl Albert Junior High, and Carl Albert High School.  Brad Lawrence and I were married in May 1995 at Wickline after dating for five years. We have two wonderful sons, Alexander and Brock. We love to travel, hiking, and enjoy attending Sooner sporting events.  My favorite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17.  “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Rachael Lawrence
Finance and Office Manager

I started life as a California girl and moved to Germany when my dad was stationed there. My dad, little sister, and I moved to Oklahoma when he left the Air Force. I attended Soldier Creek Elementary, Carl Albert Junior High, and Carl Albert High School.

Brad Lawrence and I were married in May 1995 at Wickline after dating for five years. We have two wonderful sons, Alexander and Brock. We love to travel, hiking, and enjoy attending Sooner sporting events.

My favorite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17.

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Tyler Lippe  Administration & Communications Manager  I grew up in Bethel Acres, just outside of Shawnee. I have grown up in Wickline UMC and am very excited that God has called me to serve the church in a new way. I am blessed to be engaged to a beautiful, strong, amazing woman, Audrey Moylan. We met in Washington, D.C. in 2012. We will be getting married in September of this year.  In my free time I enjoy listening to audio books, designing a hotrod/muscle car magazine, playing video games, spending time with my loved ones and friends, and volunteering. I volunteer a lot in my free time in many different ways. One is through a non-profit organization called The Sydney Angle Memorial Foundation, which raises money in memory of a young lady who lost her life in the 2013 tornado in Moore. The foundation uses the money it raises to award scholarships to Oklahoma seniors who play softball. The major fundraiser for this foundation is an annual softball tournament held each year in April around Sydney’s birthday. I also volunteer with Jedi-OKC, a cosplay/non-profit organization in which members dress up as their favorite characters from movies, games, books, etc., and attend different events raising money for different local charities. Our main charity is the Spencer’s Children Hospital in Spencer, Oklahoma.  My favorite verse of the Bible is Psalm 23:4 (KJV).  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.

Tyler Lippe
Administration & Communications Manager

I grew up in Bethel Acres, just outside of Shawnee. I have grown up in Wickline UMC and am very excited that God has called me to serve the church in a new way. I am blessed to be engaged to a beautiful, strong, amazing woman, Audrey Moylan. We met in Washington, D.C. in 2012. We will be getting married in September of this year.

In my free time I enjoy listening to audio books, designing a hotrod/muscle car magazine, playing video games, spending time with my loved ones and friends, and volunteering. I volunteer a lot in my free time in many different ways. One is through a non-profit organization called The Sydney Angle Memorial Foundation, which raises money in memory of a young lady who lost her life in the 2013 tornado in Moore. The foundation uses the money it raises to award scholarships to Oklahoma seniors who play softball. The major fundraiser for this foundation is an annual softball tournament held each year in April around Sydney’s birthday. I also volunteer with Jedi-OKC, a cosplay/non-profit organization in which members dress up as their favorite characters from movies, games, books, etc., and attend different events raising money for different local charities. Our main charity is the Spencer’s Children Hospital in Spencer, Oklahoma.

My favorite verse of the Bible is Psalm 23:4 (KJV).

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort 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 Vandewalker  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 Vandewalker
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




Shawn Lippe  Facility Manager

Shawn Lippe
Facility Manager

 
 
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