Rev. Robin R. Meyers, PhD
Robin Meyers has been the senior minister at Mayflower UCC for 30 years. He is also Distinguished Professor of Social Justice in the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma City University, where he has taught for 25 years. He is the best-selling author of seven books, and a national figure who lectures on the merits of Progressive Christianity.
His books include: With Ears to Hear: Preaching as Self-Persuasion (Pilgrim Press, 1993); Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life (Doubleday, 1998); The Virtue in the Vice: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly Sins (HCI, 2004); Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, and Your Future (Jossey Bass, 2006); Saving Jesus From The Church: How To Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus (Harper One, 2009); The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus (Jossey Bass, 2012); and Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance (Yale University Press, 2015).
A frequent guest preacher and workshop leader around the country, Meyers has authored numerous articles on preaching and human communication, has appeared on Dateline NBC, numerous public television programs, as a commentator on National Public Radio, and twice preached at Riverside Church in New York City. He was the Earl Preacher for the Earl Lectures at Berkeley, California, and gave the 2013-2014 Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale.
Born in Oklahoma City and raised in Wichita, Kan., Meyers received a Master of Divinity from Phillips University Graduate Seminary, Enid, Okla.; a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University, Madison, NJ; and a PhD in Rhetoric from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. He has served churches in Oklahoma, New Jersey and Michigan.
Meyers is married to Oklahoma City artist, Shawn Meyers (M.F.A., University of Oklahoma), adjunct professor of metals and design at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are the parents of three children, Blue, Chelsea and Cass, and grandparents to Iris and Hazel.
Rev. Lori Walke
Rev. Lori Allen Walke, a native of the Bible Belt and raised a Baptist, preaches and teaches progressive Christianity with a Southern style. Now serving as the Associate Minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Lori was a scholarship athlete for Oklahoma State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science (2005) and graduate degree in Health Care Administration (2006). Passionate about social justice and the public good, she earned her juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009 and passed the Oklahoma Bar exam the same year.
Like many in the Millennial Generation, Lori was brought up as a conservative Christian and grew dissatisfied with traditional answers and expectations. After sifting through the good, the bad, and the ugly, she still felt an undeniable pull towards the Church and parish ministry. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Philips Theological Seminary (2011) and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2012. She is a member of the UCC’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. Lori lives in Oklahoma City with her philosophy-loving attorney spouse, Collin Walke, and their beloved mutt, Tenzin.
Director of Christian Education
Joanna was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 to attend Oklahoma City University, thanks to the power of the luminous web, a dear friend and mentor, and formative experiences and interactions with women in various forms of ministry. Attending OCU as a Bishop's Scholar, Joanna majored in Religion and English and discovered a fascination with the Hebrew Bible, parables, and the power of narrative.
Senior year, Joanna began exploring the UCC by attending Mayflower and also began looking at seminaries for life after graduation, looking for a school that offered a more progressive curriculum and geographically a seminary located in places that were cold, gray, and had lots of snow, (and was close to a Target). Joanna was accepted to Drew University and began the Master of Divinity degree in Fall 2012 unsure of whether to pursue a calling in academia and the Hebrew Bible or in some sort of local ministry setting. While Drew's proximity to New York was a highlight of the two and a half years in New Jersey, Joanna knew she wanted to return to Oklahoma City, where the sky could be seen. Graduating in December 2014 with her M.Div., Joanna moved westward right away to begin the new year in Okla(home)a City.
In addition to serving as the Director of Christian Education at Mayflower, Joanna works on the admissions and recruitment team for Saint Paul School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary located at OCU and in Greater Kansas City, traveling to colleges and universities to connect with students about graduate theological education. For fun, she likes to spend time with Kevin and Emily, her dear friend; Teddy, their furry golden retriever child; and Anna, Joanna's tortoise-shell cat.
Director of Music
Clint Williams has been a church musician for 18 years and has worked in various denominations in that time. Holding degrees from the University of Oklahoma in voice and religious studies, he loves music in all styles and is most at home on Wednesday evenings in rehearsal with the Mayflower Chancel Choir. Since coming to Mayflower, he has introduced several new pieces and styles and has created the Choral Scholars and the Mayflower Octet.
Clint has also been a non-profit executive for the past nine years and has worked in that time for Mary Abbott Children's House, HeartLine, and The Xenia Institute.
Organist and Congregational Musician
Vicki Shaeffer, PhD
Vicki J. Schaeffer, a native of Salem, Ohio, holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, with a double major in organ performance and church music, studying with Marilyn Keiser and Larry Smith. Her dissertation and continuing research are in the field of Shaker hymnody. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College. Dr. Schaeffer is currently Director of College Counseling at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. Prior to this appointment she was an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Music and the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Schaeffer has also taught vocal music in Ohio, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. She is beginning her second term as the Regional Councillor for the Southwest of the American Guild of Organists., having served on the boards of AGO chapters in Indiana, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. She is a board member for Indiana Organists United and a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Factotum, Rick Bolin
Rick graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1996 and has a degree in Visual Communications. Rick joined Mayflower in 2005, then joined the staff in 2009 after working as an Art Director and Marketing Director for various firms and agencies around the country. Among his many responsibilities at the church, Rick designs and maintains the website, records the sermons, publishes the podcasts, and ensures that the church (as a whole) is in good working order. He lives in Warr Acres, OK and spends his free time trying to keep up with his two sons, Levi and Emmett.