Staff

Dr. Clayton Chisum

Dr. Clayton Chisum

Lead Pastor

Central is excited to welcome Clayton Chisum as our new Lead Pastor, along with his wife Holly and kids Corban and Hannah.

Kevin Laufer

Family Pastor
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What are your pet peeves?
Questions (I am a man)

What is your favorite movie and why?
It’s A Wonderful Life. I relate to George Bailey.

Who is your favorite author?
Tony Campolo and the guy who writes the Far Side

What super power would you like to have and why?
I want to fly…. Duh!

What are the must-have items in your refrigerator/pantry?
Cold water or diet drinks. Pantry: Gluten free snacks

If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
The old west. I want to carry a six-shooter!

What did you want to be when you were 6 years old?
The Lone Ranger or John Wayne

What is your favorite food/restaurant?
Mexican … Baja Jacks is awesome

What are your hobbies/interests?
Shooting guns!

Who first introduced you to Jesus Christ?
My parents and extended family

Who most influenced your walk with Christ and why?
My dad and my youth pastor Mike Duncan. Both were men I wanted to be because they were real and put up no pretenses.

Please tell us about your family.
I’m married to Kendra. My children are Hanna, Molly, and Kara, and my dog is Honey Bun.

Please tell us about your call to Central.
I was at a church for 10 years and I spent a year struggling with coming to Central. After we came to Central in April of 2003 I knew that God blessed us by putting us in the family known as Central Baptist Church. I have said and make no apologies by saying that Central is for me and my family the most like extended family we have experienced in over 20 years.

Please tell us about your upbringing.
Kenneth and Carol Laufer adopted me when I was 2 months old. I have always accepted that the Laufer’s were my family and I was so thankful that God put me with them. I was raised in a Christian home and my earliest childhood memories revolved around the church. I was also blessed to have an extended family that taught me the ways of the Lord.

If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what would you do?
Ninja

What do you love the most about your job?
The kids and adults I work with….including the best staff I have ever been around! Seriously….

Please share your salvation experience in how you came to Christ.
I was raised in the church and truly believed that I was a Christian because my folks were believers. I was a good church going boy and I basically did nothing wrong in my years growing up. Yet, as a small child I had a reoccurring nightmare were I would die and I would be standing before the gates of heaven. An angel would open the books and would say to me, “Sorry, your name is not in God’s book. You must go to hell.” At that time I would wake up scared to death that I was going to die. The dream lasted into my early teen years until I was 15 years old. At that time I was at camp and I went to my youth pastor and told him that I was lost. He said to me that he thought I was a Christian and just go sleep on it. I didn’t sleep at all. I knew I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. The next morning I woke him up by yelling at him that I was going to HELL! On the balcony of our church cabin, I gave my life, my everything to Jesus to live out the cause of Christ forever.

Please share your call to the ministry.
When I was a teenager I felt that God had something for me. When I was 17 years old I knew inside of my heart that I was going to work with teenagers and point them to Christ. I have been doing this for over 20 years. My greatest joy is seeing teens grow into faithful followers of Christ. There is nothing else in the world I want to do with my life than be a Youth Pastor.

Matt Flindt

Education & Administration Pastor
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Which famous person would play you in a movie?
Popeye the Sailor Man, but I don’t like spinach.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I am experiencing them more and more.  I walk into a room and forget why I went in there.  Have to retrace my steps.  The mind is the first to go.

What are your pet peeves?
Filling out bios like these.

What is your strongest quality?

I am easy going.

What is your biggest weakness?
I am easy going.

What is your favorite movie and why?
It is impossible to have one favorite movie.  I like drama’s and real life movies.   Remember the Titans, Rudy, Saving Private Ryan, and many more.

Who is your favorite author?
Grisham.

What would you like to ask God when you get to heaven?
What was happening before You created the earth, oh yeah, were mosquitoes really necessary?

What are the must-have items in your refrigerator/pantry?

Now it is Turkey burgers and low fat blah, blah, blah.

Ryland Russell

Worship & Media Arts Pastor
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Which famous person would play you in a movie?
Chris Pratt
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Had to restart a song in worship because I was playing in the completely wrong key.

What are your pet peeves?
Taking personality tests.

What is your strongest quality?
I play well with others

What is your biggest weakness?
I work TOO hard (LOL!)

What is your favorite movie and why?
Nacho Libre! Also, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shawshank Redemption, Dumb & Dumber.

Who is your favorite author?
Dav Pilkey

What would you like to ask God when you get to heaven?
Hmmmm, I think I’ll be speechless…

What are the must-have items in your refrigerator/pantry?

Milk for my children, Bai drinks, Evolve protein powder.

Noah Mccormick

Student Pastor
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1. What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
All that & Boy meets world
2. Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
“It aint easy being cheesy… the Noah Mccormick story”

3. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
Read the Marvel superhero encyclopedia.

4. What is your favorite cereal?
Lucky Charms

5. What was your childhood nickname?
Noah Poah

6. What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
Hardcore Christian rap

7. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Go to Costa Rica, find Bigfoot and do a food eating challenge at a restaurant

Debra Stephens

Director of Childhood Ministries
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Which famous person would play you in a movie?
Joan Cusack

What is your strongest quality?
Seeing humor in every situation

What is your biggest weakness?
Seeing humor in every situation

What would you like to ask God when you get to heaven?
I won’t have to, I’ll have all the answers! (ok, WHY did you make the mosquito?)

What are the must-have items in your refrigerator/pantry?
Butter, I own all the Paula Deen cookbooks.

What did you want to be when you were 6 years old?
An artist

What is your favorite food/restaurant?
Ted’s/mexican

What are your hobbies/interests?
trompe L’oeil painting, gardening, crocheting, bleaching everything

What were your favorite activities as a child?
Reading, building lego houses, anything artsy, hosting the “Debra Show” in my room with my imaginary guests: Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy.

Do you play a musical instrument?
If so, what? I can play the piano but seriously need to practice. I always wanted to play the xylophone (the big one, not the Fisher Price one)!
Who first introduced you to Jesus Christ?
Many people, can’t name one specifically

Who most influenced your walk with Christ and why?
Many people. God orchestrated a diverse symphony of people to reach me.

Please tell us about your family.
Married to Clay Stephens since 1983, 4 children, Kenton 87, Sydney 89, Natalie 94 and Garrett 99.

Please tell us about your call to Central.
My call to Central and call to ministry happened simultaneously.  My background: I had served in many capacities at Central over a period of 14 years;  Sunday School Teacher, VBS leader, Sunday School Director, VBS Director, Women’s Ministry leadership, Women’s Bible Study Teacher, Kitchen help, set constructor, general flunkie.  We had been looking for a Children’s Director for 18 months when God started nudging me  that He was calling me to do this.  I fought it (yes, I’d seen that job, and didn’t want it!) for several months.  February 22, 2005 I gave up on arguing with God and submitted my resume, and on April 25, 2005 I was voted in.  I would not trade a minute of it since!  I genuinely love my job and the families I work with,  and find it a privilege to be able to do this everyday.

Please tell us about your upbringing.
I grew up in the Tulsa area and we settled in Owasso in 1971 (3rd grade).  So far I haven’t escaped.

If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what would you do?
Run my own multi-million dollar greeting card empire like Mary Englebreit, have my own show on the Food Network and pal around with Paula Deen, own a landscaping nursery, or open a Christian tattoo parlor (I’m kidding, don’t send e-mails quoting Leviticus 19:28) but I think I’d be a pretty mean tattoo artist!

What do you love the most about your job?
Seeing people surrender to Christ and getting the honor and privilege to watch or be a small part of it. I love to go on mission trips and host VBS’s on location, and you can’t get any better than kid’s camp!  Oh yeah, and I get to play with lots of toys and nobody questions it.

Please share your salvation experience in how you came to Christ.
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was in third grade at an after school meeting of the “Good News Club” that met in Fleeta Sunday’s garage in Owasso.  We were not attending church at the time.  I went to church off and on throughout my school years with friends (ironically I went to Central several times).  I always knew that I should be in church, but since my family didn’t go, I didn’t go very often.  It was after I was married and had two children that God really started working on my heart that I should have my kids in church.  Through many friendships and divine appointments, the kids and I started attending Central.  Going through an “Experiencing God” class really solidified my understanding of God and my relationship with him.

I was baptized when I was 28 (I knew I was saved, but had never been baptized).   I’m now happy to say that 14 years after that, Clay made the same decision and we both now serve at Central.

Donia Ledford

Office Admin

Jana Odor

Grand Central Kids Preschool

Pam Rains

Financial Secretary

Angie Combs

Secretary

Brenda Eckenfels

Secretary

Beth McConnell

Secretary