Bruce A. Hess
Melanie oversees Awana programming and Thursday morning childcare.
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Family: Zac (husband) and daughter Parker and son Hayes
Education: BBA in Management Information Systems from University of Oklahoma
On Staff Since: 2013
Hobbies: Running, reading, going to the lake, spending time with my family and friends
Favorite Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Something you might not know about Melanie: She has run 5 marathons and 10 half-marathons!
Brooke directs the Children’s Ministry Team.
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Family: JT (husband) and kids, Mabry, Harper, Hazel, & Henry
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oklahoma
On staff since: 2012
Hobbies: Taxi driver (for her family), traveling, shopping
Something you might not know about Brooke: She would love to drive a school bus someday!
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Jennifer manages administrative tasks and communications for Children’s Ministry, as well as oversees the Welcome Team and the Impact 5 program.
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Family: Bryan (husband) and two kids, Jacob and Sam
Education: Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Music History from the University of Oklahoma
On staff since: July 2018
Hobbies: Cooking, working out, listening to podcasts, reading, traveling
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Something you might not know about Jennifer: She would love to write a book one day!
Emily serves as the director of our special needs program.
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Family: Perry (husband), Cooper and Asher (sons)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Family Development from Oklahoma Baptist University
On Staff Since: May 2019
Hobbies: travel, research, and watching her boys’ activities and sports
Favorite Movie: Elf
Something you may not know about Emily: She loves to dance and make people laugh!
Lessye oversees the elementary programs on Sunday mornings.
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Family: Michael (husband), Zoey, Addison, and Delaney (daughters)
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Health & Exercise Science
On staff since: November 2015
Hobbies: Staying active, listening to podcasts, exploring nature, drinking coffee, family time
Favorite Movie: Home Alone
One thing you might not know about Lessye: I’m very competitive and love a good board game.
Jolie oversees children in nursery, toddler, and preschool ministries on Sunday mornings.
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Family: Husband – Greg; Sons – Isaac and Hudson
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Texas Baptist University
On staff since: September 2017
Hobbies: Running or reading a good book.
Favorite movie: Thanks to all of the boys in my house, I love all super hero movies.
You might not know about me: I love watching sports!
Greg plans and oversees the worship ministry at Wildwood.
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Family: Carolyn (wife) with three kids: Taylor, Katie, and Ryan
Education: OU graduate
On staff since: 2003
One thing you love about Wildwood: Wildwood is full of wonderful people who love to serve.
Listening to: Acoustic, classic rock, folk, choral, jazz, pop
Favorite book beside the Bible: Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Hobbies: Astronomy, karate, home recording, reading.
Click Here to contact Greg about Worship and A/V team
As the High School Minister, Abe serves the community of Wildwood through overseeing our ministry to 9th – 12th graders.
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Family: Korie (wife)
Education: MDiv at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
On staff since: November 2018
Favorite Book besides the Bible: Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Hobbies: Basketball, board games, playing with my dog
Click Here to learn more about Student Ministry (6-12 grade)
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Family: Bryan (husband) and daughter, Taylor & son, Josh.
On Staff Since: June 2019
One thing you love about Wildwood: The culture of building one another up in Christ!
Hobbies: Reading and board games
Braden assists the Facilities Director in maintaining and improving our building.
On staff since: June 2019
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Kevin serves the community of Wildwood through overseeing our SHIFT Middle School Ministry (6-8th).
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Family: Wife, Carley
On staff since: April 2019
Education: MTS at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & BA in Communication at the University of Oklahoma
Favorite Movie: Star Wars, La La Land, Dead Poets Society
Hobbies: NBA, OU Football, Fantasy Sports and Reading
As the College and Student Pastor, Jonathan serves the community of Wildwood through overseeing our ministry to 6th – 12th graders and College Students.
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Family: Amber (wife) and children, Quinn, & Oliver
Education: Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary 2013
On staff since: April 2013
Listening to: Need to Breathe, Twenty One Pilots, Lecrae, NF
Favorite Movie: Oceans 11 and The Star Wars Saga
Favorite book besides the Bible: Life Together by Bonhoeffer
Hobbies: Graphic design, writing for youthmin.org, and board games
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Naomi connects college students to Wildwood and works alongside the Navigators on the University of Oklahoma campus.
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Family: Married to Matthew and together they have three children: Abby, Jacob and Robby
Education: BA in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration from Baylor University, MS in Journalism from Texas A&M University
On staff since: 2017
One thing you love about Wildwood: The people are amazing – so kind, encouraging and servant-hearted!
Listening to: David Crowder & Phil Wickham Stations on Pandora
Favorite movie: The Sandlot
Hobbies: Running, reading and traveling
Favorite book besides the Bible: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
You might not know about me: I love to bake (and eat) sweets.
Ciera assists in High School and Middle School ministry and leads Girls Nights.
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Family: Mike (Dad), Pat (Mom), and 3 sisters, Alexis, Brooke and Devon.
Education: Working towards an AS in Business
On staff since: Fall 2016
One thing you love about Wildwood: The people – it has always felt like a family to me
One thing you might not know about Ciera: I plan to open a restaurant one day.
Favorite book besides the Bible: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, photography & learning new songs to play on the piano
Bruce teaches on Sundays and in other venues, leads Latvian missions, assists with adult ministry and global outreach, plus provides leadership on theological issues facing the church today.
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Family: Janet (wife) and they have four grown kids – Rebekah (Nick), Emily, Kyle (Brittany), and Jennifer (Zac) – plus five grandsons, Aiden, Landen, Lincoln, Noah, Hunter and a grandaughter, Kinsey.
Education: BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska, Master of Theology in New Testament and Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary.
On staff since: 1979
One thing you love about Wildwood: The Wildwood family cares deeply about following Jesus by living out God’s Word! I highly value the tremendous privilege of teaching the God’s Word at Wildwood for four decades.
Listening to: Mostly 1964-67 oldies, plus great worship songs like 10,000 Reasons, Whom Shall I Fear?, and Who Am I? (current top three favorites)
You might not know ______ about Bruce: For the last 25 years Bruce’s messages have been broadcast (in the Latvian language) twice weekly on Christian radio throughout the eastern European country of Latvia. Bruce and Janet also have served for 24 years on the national speaker team for FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaways.
Hobbies: Bruce enjoys college sports, especially football and basketball. He also loves “Thundering Up.”
John cares for the members of Wildwood through counseling and referrals, hospital visitation and follows up with those in need.
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Family: Lori (wife) and children Chris, Elizabeth and Anna
Education: BA Communication University of Oklahoma, Master’s of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary
On staff since: 2001
One Thing I love about Wildwood: Our church family is eager to grow in their relationship with Christ and one another and to serve, love and encourage those around them.
Listening to: KLove and Air1, mixed in with music from movies, a bit of country and whatever my teenage kids want me to sample 🙂
You might not know ______ about John: He proposed to Lori in the old Worship Center downstairs at Wildwood.
Hobbies: Being with Lori and the kids, coaching soccer, teaching and fishing
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Brian serves Wildwood by overseeing our assimilation ministries and adult ministry groups.
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Family: Pam (wife) and three kids: Logan, Reagan, and Alex
Education: BA in Commercial Art from Southwest Baptist University and MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary
On staff since: 2009
Hobbies: Hunting & fishing
Favorite Movie: Sandlot
Listening to: St. Louis Cardinal baseball game
Favorite book besides the Bible: My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers
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Kevin serves the community of Wildwood through providing leadership to our global outreach.
Family: Becca (wife) and they have 3 children (Hannah, Sarah, and Christopher)
Education: Undergraduate degree from OU, two Master’s degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity International University.
On staff since: 2013 (previously a Wildwood missionary in Brazil for 20+ years)
One Thing I love about Wildwood: There are not many “sacred” traditions—so many people are committed to glorifying God and making changes as He leads them.
Listening to: Brad Paisley, Avalon, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Tchaikovsky, and random vocalists with great pipes.
You might not know ______ about Kevin: He moved across the street so he could walk to the church!
Hobbies: Hanging out with our kids and other internationals, traveling, Texas Rangers baseball, board games
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Herschel helps Wildwood pursue excellence in being faithful stewards of all that God has blessed us with. This includes HR, finances, facility, communication, and the church office team.
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Family: Alison (wife), Andrew (son), & 3 princesses (Beth, Naomi, & Hannah)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Communication, from the University of Oklahoma.
On staff since: October 2016
One thing you love about Wildwood: I love the long term faithfulness of staff and volunteers pursuing God together like the Bereans.
Listening to: Air1, Coldplay, & Freakonomics podcasts.
Favorite movie: Braveheart & Elf
Hobbies: Cycling & keeping up with my kids
Becky answers incoming calls and visitors, database updates, ordering supplies, and many more administrative tasks.
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Family: Mark (husband) and 2 children & 4 grandchildren
On staff since: 1993
One thing you love about Wildwood: I love the teaching from the pulpit and lay leaders as well as the people of Wildwood, and the way they love and serve others.
Hobbies: Running and hanging out with the grandkids, as well as kayaking, hiking and scubadiving
Garry maintains and upgrades Wildwood’s facility.
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Family: Wife, Linda and grown sons Brad (& Chelsie) and Mark. His grandchildren: Aubrey, Bradley and Emery.
On staff since: 2013
One thing you love about Wildwood: The community of the Pastoral and Support Staff
Listening to: Christian talk radio
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing, any outdoor activities
You might not know about me: I retired from GM after 24 years.
Lindsey oversees the daily financial transactions and communications for Wildwood.
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Family: Aaron (husband) and 3 sons, Ethan, Cooper and Owen
On staff since: 2017
One thing you love about Wildwood: The people!
Favorite book besides the Bible: To Kill a Mockingbird or ANYTHING by Christine Caine
Hobbies: Watching my boys play sports and game nights with friends and family
Lisa facilitates the church’s outreach in our community.
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Family: Christian (husband) and 3 kids, Grant, Tyler and Aliya
Education: Masters of Education from University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, BS in Physical Education & Athletic Training from Taylor University
On staff since: April 2011
One thing you love about Wildwood: I love the heart people at Wildwood have to serve others with the time, talent and treasure as a means to sharing the love the Christ, not only on Sundays but everyday!
One thing you might not know about Lisa: I played basketball at Taylor University.
Hobbies: Anything with Orphan care, jogging, playing with my kids
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Rebekah serves as a ministry connection & facility resource coordinator, and also as an assistant to Pastor Bruce Hess
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Family: Nick (husband) and 3 kids (Aiden, Landon, and Kinsey)
Education: Rose State & OU
On Staff Since: 2000
One thing you love about Wildwood: The Biblical teaching & the people!
Listening To: Air 1
Hobbies: Hanging out with family
To contact Pastor Mark, click here
Family: Kimberly (wife), and son, Joshua
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Oklahoma, Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary,
On staff since: January 2001
One thing you love about Wildwood: I love the people at Wildwood and the chance we have to connect to Christ together: worshipping Him, living in community around Him, and being on His mission.
Listening to: Crowder, Matt Redman, Bon Jovi, and James Taylor
Favorite movie: Les Miserables
Hobbies: Watching, playing, coaching, and talking about sports
Jen helps support the Community Pastor with all adult ministry groups.
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Family: My husband Chad and I have been married 13 years and have been blessed with 2 boys, Keaton & Nolan
Education: BS in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma
One thing you love about Wildwood: The community and support Wildwood has brought to our family!
Listening to: Lauren Daigle, Hillsong, Needtobreathe, Mercy Me
Favorite movie: You’ve Got Mail
Hobbies: Walks with my husband, watching my boys play the sports they love, spending time with family, reading
Favorite book besides the Bible: A recent favorite is Seamless by Angie Smith
You might not know about me: I taught dance classes for close to 19 years