The Preaching and Teaching form Mayflower Congregational UCC of Oklahoma City

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Senior Minister

Rev. Robin R. Meyers, PhD

Mayflower's Senior Minister Rev. Robin R. Meyers, PhDRobin 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.

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Associate Minister

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.

Rev. Lori M. Walke

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.

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Director of Christian Education

Joanna Chenoweth

Joanna Chenoweth, Director of Christian Ed.Joanna serves as the Director of Christian Education at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Originally from Albuquerque, Joanna moved to Oklahoma City to attend college at Oklahoma City University. After graduating in 2012 with undergraduate degrees in Religion and English, Joanna was fascinated by the Hebrew Bible and the power of narrative, which aided in her decision to attend seminary.

Joanna moved to Madison, NJ and began her Master of Divinity degree at Drew University in Fall 2012. Time at Drew brought clarity: Oklahoma was home; as much as she enjoyed New York City, she was not East-coast material; education is transformative; and there is a need for progressive curriculum, particularly for children.

Graduating in December 2014, Joanna moved westward right away and began 2015 as part of the admissions team for a graduate theological school and traveled extensively. As the daughter of a public school reading teacher who taught for over 35 years, Joanna felt called to respond to the teacher shortage in the Oklahoma City Public School system. She currently teaches 6th grade English and Language Arts to 96 students between 3 classes. When not in the classroom, writing JL Creative curriculum, or working on lesson plans, Joanna enjoys cooking, especially trifles, and learning about bee-keeping with her boyfriend, Charles, a federal judge.

 

Director of Music

Clint Williams

Clint Williams, Director of MusicClint 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 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.