Rev. dr. Samuel T. Powers
Welcome to our church home! I have served as clergy in the Oklahoma Conference since 1996 when I returned from seminary at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
My spouse is Sheryl Heaton Powers and we’ve been married since 1994! We have two children: Kyla is in college and David is in High School.
Outside of church activities, our family enjoys traveling, swimming, eating at locally-owned, independent restaurants, hiking, Oklahoma State athletics, Thunder games, reading and movies. I like to dip my toes in the ocean as often as I can.
I enjoy liturgical worship which includes corporate prayers and responsive readings. Liturgy is the work of the people and it involves the congregation as we participate in worship together. I find that worship should sometimes be comforting but that it should also be challenging.
I am most likely to err on the side of presenting God’s grace over God’s judgment.
As a pastor, I am leading this congregation into regular practice of the General Rules of our church: that we would seek to do no harm to those around us including the created order; that we would seek to do good wherever possible; that we would seek to grow more deeply in Christ.
I am not a fundamentalist but I take the Bible very seriously as God’s word and direction for our lives. My sermons will be prayerfully thought out and are designed to bring the Biblical passages to relevance for our daily lives. My hope is that through our weekly worship together, we will continue to be shaped by the overarching themes of scripture. With God’s grace, we will each become more Christ-like as we grow in the faith.
If you are seeking deeper meaning in your life, I would invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings. As we walk side by side in this journey of faith, we may find that we each have something to teach and learn about God together.
May God’s blessings be yours!
Rev. Trey Witzel
A born and raised Okie, Rev. Trey Witzel is a graduate of Putnam City North High School ’10, Oklahoma City University ’14, and Boston University School of Theology ’17. Trey was appointed June 1, 2017 to lead Edmond First United Methodist’s alternative worship service and to assist in young adult, new member, and discipleship ministries.
Trey is a cradle United Methodist—baptized as a child at St. Stephen’s UMC in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Trey’s Christian faith was nurtured at Village UMC. It was through Village that Trey attended youth group, church camps, and every mission trip the church offered. Village UMC was also his first long term preaching position, as he helped create and lead their contemporary worship service.
Answering his call to ministry during his freshmen year of high school, Trey went on to study religion and philosophy at Oklahoma City University, where he served as an intern for the Wesley Center. Following graduation, Trey and his newly wedded wife Addison moved up to Boston, Massachusetts where they both received masters degrees in their respective fields—Trey, his Masters of Divinity from Boston University and Addison, her Masters in Higher Education from Boston College. During their time in Boston, Trey served a local United Methodist Church as their senior pastor for two years, and was afforded the opportunity to study discipleship at Harvard Divinity School and immigration along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Trey’s passion for ministry stems from Jesus Christ’s example of preferential option for the poor. He strives to take seriously the Lord’s Prayer when Jesus prays, “On Earth like it is in Heaven,” and is passionate for helping people better realize that they are made in the image of God, that God’s grace is radically extended to all of us, and that Christ calls us by the Holy Spirit to become disciples for the real, tangible transformation of the world. Trey believes that the Spirit works through us and we become the hands and feet of Christ when we share the good news of the Gospel through word and deed, and that the Christian life is composed of a balance between private and public works of piety and mercy.
Looking to Beyonce’s United Methodist pastor Rev. Rudy Rasmus as an example, Trey has the spiritual gift of “hanging out,” of cultivating the sacredness of ordinary experiences and seeking where the Spirit is moving amongst us in our lives, our families, and our communities. So often Christ is experienced around the dinner table, at the bar, or as Jesus himself says, “where two or more are gathered” (Matt. 18:20). Trey invites you to join our community so that we might together learn what God has in store for us
Rev. Kevin "Tank" Tankerson B.A.
Tank is from Lake Charles, Louisiana and graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in 2016 with a Bachelor of the Arts in History. He played football at OPSU for 5 years and he served at OPSU's Methodist Student Center as an intern for 4 years. He is on the elder track in the United Methodist Church. Tank currently attends seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Oklahoma City. Tank is a prison minister and serves with Kairos Prison Ministry. Moreover, Tank serves as a camp leader for many church camps, such as CLUE camp and CYME. Before accepting his call to ministry Tank was pursuing a dream to play in the National Football League. In pursuit of his dream Tank achieved many awards.