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.
Jim Lehew - Associate Pastor / Missions
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.
Jeron Young - Associate Pastor / Worship
Jeron started on staff at Emmaus in September 1999 as the College and Singles Pastor. He became the Student Pastor in May 2006. In 2021 Jeron transitioned to serve and oversee our Worship and Senior Adults ministry. 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.
Jeff Hemphill - Associate Pastor / Discipleship
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.
Courtney Ingram - Director of Children's Ministry
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.
Amy Halverson - Director of Preschool Ministry
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.
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
List of Active Deacons