We will choose 5 deacons at our annual meeting on Sunday, March 10. Please be in prayer as you consider your selection of these candidates.
Mark Carter and his wife, Karla, became members of Metropolitan in 2016. Mark is a federal employee with the Department of Labor. He became a Christian around 1986. The Carters are part of the Firm Foundations Sunday School Class. Mark was a part of Pastor Faulkner’s 2:7 discipleship group and attributes the time spent in this group with helping him to grow as a dad and as a husband. He currently leads a men’s small group through the Navigator 2:7 men’s discipleship series. He also has seen the importance and usefulness of the AWANA program in the lives of his two sons.
Mark desires to see MBC “stay the course,” and not succumb to the social pull to apologize for our faith at the behest of society’s increasing misunderstanding of our faith. He feels that the church needs to clarify its biblical interpretation of women participation in leadership areas, and to clarify biblical male leadership/headship (L/H), developing and discipling proper male L/H within the church that can be practiced within the home and individual lives.
Judy Heritage and her husband, Bob, have been married for 50 years. She is a homemaker and part-time teacher with Son Light Preschool. She became a Christian at the age of 8 at a Good News Club in New Jersey. Her family has been part of Metropolitan for 35+ years.
Judy has been involved with the AWANA program, Whiz Kids, and choir. She is part of the Missions Committee, and has coordinated the volunteers and collection of boxes for Operation Christmas Child for the past two years. She also participates in the Precept Bible study. She attributes the AWANA program as a foundation for learning and applying scripture in her daily walk. Judy wants to see our church stay in the Word so that we can be a light in this dark world and to help young parents stay the course through difficult challenges.
Aaron Martin is an analytical scientist at Cytovance Biologics. He and Amanda have 3 sons. Aaron has been a Christian since 1990. The Martins joined MBC in 2011.
Aaron is a member and class president of the Firm Foundations Sunday School class. He leads a D-Group of 10th grade guys in our Student Ministry, plays trombone in the church orchestra, and serves in the nursery/childcare area during services. He previously led a purpose team to organize home repairs for fellow church members.
Aaron has been impacted by the relationships within his Sunday School class family where he and Amanda have been taught and strengthened individually and as a couple. He attends a weekly men’s breakfast where he’s been mentored and discipled through the years. The children’s ministry and AWANA have been instrumental in teaching their kids the good news of Jesus.
He wants to see MBC encourage group prayer and one-on-one discipleship to help build us up spiritually. He would like the church to partner with an inner-city or other local church to extend our reach in OKC and to be stretched by working/worshiping with people of different demographics. Aaron sees a long range goal of strategically engaging our city through the continuation of our current activities (Whiz Kids, marriage/parenting conferences, back to school bash, etc.) and participating with other churches in the area to volunteer and support events which bring the gospel to OKC.
Cecil Nichols is retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and works at Lowe’s. He and Mary have been part of Metropolitan for 9 years. He received Christ as his Savior in 1969.
Cecil has served as a Deacon, and oversees the Safety and Security Committee. The Nichols came to Metropolitan looking for and found a strong youth program for their grandchildren, whom they are raising. They have always loved the music ministry at MBC. He believes that our church should continue with a strong youth and Sunday School program as children are our future. Cecil also desires for us to continue with our mission and outreach programs.
Tyle North and his wife, Julie, have been members of Metropolitan since 1996. Tyle came to faith in Christ in August of 1984. The Norths have two sons and a daughter. He is Vice President of Atlas Paving Company.
Tyle has been involved in AWANA, teaching in Sunday School, was a member of the Missions Committee, and serves as a greeter. The pastoral teaching, contemporary worship, and youth ministry D-Groups have had the greatest impact on him and his family. He would like to see continued growth with young families in our community, for the church to partner with dynamic local and global ministries, and for small group interactions that promote unity and discipleship within Metropolitan.
Roy Wile is a retired banker and is married to Ruby. He became a Christian in December of 1966. A member of Metropolitan for almost 4 years, Roy has been involved in Sunday School and is a Sunday morning door greeter. The ministry that has had the great impact on him is working with and serving those in the Koinoinia class.
Roy would like to see an increase in young couples becoming members of Metropolitan. He feels the yearly marriage/parenting conference could serve as a path for this goal.
Next week we will get acquainted with our elder nominees. Elder candidates are Ken Bradford, Dennis Dunham, Ted Mickle, Bob Thompson. Our other church officers are Church Clerk:Clarence Voth; Treasurer: Kris Roberson; and Financial Secretary: Larry Heidebrecht.