Staff

Jack Terrell-Wilkes

I am the seventh generation of my family to be ordained in the Methodist tradition. I entered Oklahoma City University as an Art major. Eventually, I changed to Philosophy \Religion and graduated in 1999. While attending OCU, I met Kristin Terrell, who I married in 2000, after dating for three years. Kristin and I both earned Master of Divinity Degrees at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.

After completing our degrees in 2002, we moved back to Oklahoma City. I took a job at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church working with youth ages sixth grade through college. In 2003, I also assumed the position of Coordinator of Ministerial Recruitment and Nurture for the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since then I have served at Crown Heights UMC, Spencer UMC, Stratford UMC and Wynnewood UMC.  

CALL TO MINISTRY

  • Following the way of Christ Jesus, by loving God, self, and others. Inviting others to join the Jesus movement to build the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
  • My passion is for social justice and multi-ethnic ministries. This is especially important to me as we are a multi-racial family.    
  • My call is much like my favorite saint, Francis of Assisi, who is reported to have been told by God to “Rebuild my church”. I see my life’s work as helping communities of faith address what it means to be relevant in today’s world. We are called to be a present example of a future reality, the kingdom of God on earth as in heaven

   

 


Co-Director of Music / Pianist

YiuKa Chan Spannagel

YiuKa comes to Lawton Heights as a great gift of God.  An accomplished pianist, Yiu Ka has accompanied the recitals of numerous students at Cameron University.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance and teaches piano in Lawton.


Co-Director of Music / Pianist

Billy Spannagel

Billy comes to Lawton Heights as a great gift of God.  An accomplished pianist, Billy has accompanied the recitals of numerous students at Cameron University.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance and teaches in Lawton.  He also plays the trumpet and a few other instruments we are learning about.


Treasurer/Organist

Bob Hoppe

Bob has been a musician in and around churches since he began studying piano at the age of four.  Not too long after beginning on the piano, his interest turned to organ and began he began studying organ after becoming fascinated with the giant instrument that was available in the Lutheran Church he grew up in.  His first assignment as organist was at the age of thirteen when he played for his Church’s performance of “The Messiah.”  He became a substitute organist for many Lutheran and Methodist churches.  After that for many years until moving to Texas in the late 70’s.

After moving to Texas, he enrolled at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where he studied piano, organ, and woodwinds, as well as Choral Conducting.  He studied organ as a student of Dr. Ronald Hough.  During that time he spent several years as the organist and choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wichita Falls.

In June of 1992 he became the organist at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lawton, then in September of that year he became the organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Lawton.  After a year, the Choir Director quit and he became the only musician there for the next 16 years, organist, pianist and Choir Director.  After serving there for 17 years total, he moved on to Lawton Heights United Methodist Church where he remains today as a volunteer organist.

Bob works full time as a bookkeeper in a local accounting firm.  His hobbies are centered mostly around music and he enjoys practicing both piano and organ at home.


Finance & Trustee Chair

Dale Clodfelter

Dale Clodfelter is a long time member of the Lawton Heights Church and serves as our Finance and Trustees.  The Trustees watch over the legal aspects of the church property as well as maintain the physical facilities. Dale works in construction and therefore has a great deal of knowledge which aids the Board of Trustees in it's work. 


Nursery Attendant

Whitney Beckett

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Whitney is our Nursey Attendant for infants to age seven. The nursery is located in the felloship hall.


Custodian

Jerry Ramos

Jerry is retired from Goodyear and is a valuable asset to our church staff.


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