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Meet the leaders of Emmaus

Meet our leadership

Dr. Owen Nease - Senior Pastor

Owen became the Senior Pastor in November 2015. He grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. After OBU, Owen and his wife Amanda attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Owen earned a Master of Divinity in Christian Thought, a Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament/Greek at New Orleans. He most recently pastored First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis, MS, and Crossroads Community Church in Kenner, LA (a suburb of New Orleans). In addition, he has served in various ministry roles at churches in Oklahoma and Texas, and as the Chaplain for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team. Owen and Amanda have three young children.

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Jim Lehew - Associate Pastor

Jim became the Associate Pastor at Emmaus in 2001. His responsibilities include oversight of the staff and mobilizing the members of Emmaus for ministry inside and outside the church facilities. Jim leads the Sunday Night Adult Bible Study and gives oversight to the educational ministries of the church. Jim and his wife Brook have three children.

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Jeron Young - Associate Pastor of Youth

Jeron started on staff at Emmaus in September 1999 as the College and Singles Pastor. He became the Student Pastor in May 2006. Jeron is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeron and his wife Kristine have two sons and have lived in Oklahoma City their entire lives. They pour into our students to make disciples who will impact schools and their community for Christ.

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Jeff Hemphill - Associate Pastor of Discipleship Ministry

Jeff started at Emmaus in the summer of 2008 as a Student Ministry Intern. After leaving for Southern Seminary in January 2012 he returned the summer of 2013 and began working with our College Students and Young Adults. In the summer of 2017, Jeff completed his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary and began serving as the Discipleship Ministry Director. He and his wife GinnyAnn have two children.

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Courtney Ingram - Children’s Director

Courtney became the Children's Director in April 2012. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and has ministered at churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. She leads our kids and their families to engage in worship, discipleship, and missions.

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Amy Halverson - Preschool Director

Amy became the Preschool Director in January 2015, where she equips families and volunteers to minister to our youngest children. She previously ministered at another local church and helped to develop a week-day preschool ministry there. Amy and her husband Jeff have three children.  

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Carl Dean - Pastoral Associate for Senior Adults and Evangelism

Carl has been a member at Emmaus since 2017. He, his wife Brandy and their 4 children live in Blanchard. Carl graduated in December of 2017 from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. Carl is leading our senior adult ministry and has a heart to share Jesus with everyone he meets.

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David Hillis - Interim Music Minister

David began as the Music Associate in 2009 and has served as the Interim Music Pastor for the past several years. David teaches at Heritage Hall High School, in addition to leading the choir, band, and ensembles at Emmaus. David and his wife Crystal have three children.

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Support Staff

Jonathan Smith, Business Administrator

Gwen Unruh, Communications and Creative Director 

Nathan Hurlburt, Technology

Jeff Meyer, Maintenance

Greg Elledge, Facilities

Noah Whitmill, Facilities

Todd Pepper, Facilities

Gail Hill, Facilities


Deacons are the Leading Servants in the Church. Every member is called to serve, but Deacons lead the way in organizing teams, caring for widows, making sure no one is overlooked, and displaying a life of humble care for those in need. 

With Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:8-12, and 1 Timothy 5:1-16 as a foundation, Deacons:


  • Care for widows 
  • Meet physical needs that arise in the Church
  • Seek to preserve unity when points of division arise
  • Serve as examples of Christian character and witness
  • Assist the Senior Pastor and Ministry Staff in administration of the Ordinances, and
  • Lead service teams throughout the Church

Deacon Teams at Emmaus include:

  • Hospital Visitation
  • Lord's Supper/Baptism
  • Prayer Room, Hospitality/Greeting
  • Nursing Homes/Homebound
  • Support/Coaching
  • Helps/Service

List of Active Deacons

Anderson, Mark

Bynum, Bob

Corn, Greg

Elliston, Rich

Greenfield, Justin

Hardin, Tim

Hinkley, David

Ingram, Bruce

Kitchen, John

Laib, Brian

Loyd, David

McCoy, Dale

Meyer, Jeff

Neal, Arthur

Noble, Kenny

Raper, Dub

Robie, Brian

Shaw, Gary

Stewart, Dan

Stull, John

Watford, Paul

Whitmill, Matt

Whitten, Dustin

Wilkinson, Bryan