Sarah Stewart was called as Pastor of FBCOKC in October of 2018. She served as the Minister for Young Adults for ten years prior to being called to this new role. God has been preparing her all this time to pastor this beautiful church. Although Sarah was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. There she met and fell in love with Brad Stewart. After getting married, the two of them attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary where she earned her Master’s in Divinity. She has served in various churches in Oklahoma and Texas. Sarah and Brad have three wonderful boys: Noah, Luke and Griffin. Sarah loves FBCOKC and is excited to see what God has for us.
Minister for Discipleship
Like a good Normanite, Brad attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology. After meeting and marrying Sarah, he attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary where he obtained a Master's in Divinity. He has previously served as a youth minister at FBC Rosebud in Texas. He and Sarah have three wonderful boys: Noah, Luke and Griffin.
Minister for Young Families
Ariel Koerner was called as Minister for Young Families in August of 2021. She grew up in this church and felt the call to ministry while in college. Ariel was born and raised in Oklahoma City and attended Oklahoma Baptist University where she earned a Bachelor of Art degree in music, voice emphasis. After college she worked in the financial sector where she met her husband, David. The last few years, Ariel worked for the State of Oklahoma and volunteered as Praise Leader at FBCOKC. This church is her home, and she is humbled to serve the church that served her so well.
Minister of Music
We are so excited to have Steven as our new Minister of Music at FBC. He was ordained into Gospel Ministry in July 2019. Steven is from Denton, Texas. He has earned a bachelors of fine arts in Music and a bachelor's of arts in history from the University of Oklahoma. He then pursued his juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He and his beautiful wife, Christi, have two sons, Brycen and Jarret. Steven works as Senior Vice President/General Counsel at Tinker Federal Credit Union and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Don Clothier grew up at First Baptist from cradle roll through Sunday School, Training Union and most especially the FBCOKC music ministry. He learned to read music in children’s choir before taking his first piano lesson, and found he could also play by ear, a gift from his grandmother. Don attended Oklahoma Baptist University, majoring in voice and has served as a church musician in Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. In 2014, he came home to FBCOKC, first as pianist for the First Family Singers, a group his parents were members of, then fulfilling a lifelong wish to become church pianist in 2019.
At the close of Mack’s fourth interim, First Baptist Church named him Pastor Emeritus. He has faithfully led our church family for years. He has long been a mentor of our new pastor, Sarah Stewart, and a shepherd to many. Mack has had a long history of education, preaching, and mentoring. He was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma Baptist University, then earned graduate degrees from Philips Theological Seminary and The University of Notre Dame, and his doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. He is happily married to Sandy. They have three children, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. We have been blessed by Mack’s faithful commitment to the church and to the Lord. He has taught us how to approach scripture with sincerity. Mack has taught us how to approach one another with love and care and great humility. He has inspired in us a love for the church and given us a picture of what we hope to be. We have seen the Lord shining through him all these years. We are forever grateful for how God has used Mack and Sandy in our lives and will continue to do so in the future.
Executive Ministry Associate
Toni grew up in Tucumcari, NM and attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX. This is where she met Mike, her husband. They made FBCOKC their home in 2016 after moving here from Katy, TX and have embraced this church family and find it a privilege to serve here at FBCOKC. Toni and Mike love their son Nathan and wife, Meredith and daughter, Brittain.
Lonnie was born and raised in Colorado and spent 42 years serving as the Director of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation Department at West Covina Unified School District in California. He is married to Debbie and the father of seven children. He also boasts 26 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren!