Being a part of Memorial Heights has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my years in the ministry. Worship is such an essential part of our life in Christ and it is my privilege to be a part of pointing people to Jesus. It is my prayer as you enter the sanctuary of God, you experience the fact that God loves you and He desires that you have a personal relationship with Him. Not just in a one-time event - salvation, but by daily walking and living in His will and His strength.
A little about who I am.
Born and raised in Tulsa. A proud Central High School Brave. I grew up attending Immanuel Baptist Church of Tulsa. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the preaching ministry of Dr. Eugene Enlow and the guidance of my father, I came into an personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a youth I felt the call of God into the full-time ministry. As a result, I attended Oklahoma Baptist University, GO BISON! While attending OBU, I met and married Marcy Gunnels, the joy of my life. The Lord continued to lead and guide through the years and I entered the full-time ministry of music at First Baptist Church of Mission, Texas on December 1,1981. Mission was such a wonderful place to learn what it takes to be a minister and to invest in the lives of others. In July of 1990, God moved Marcy and me to First Baptist Church of Garfield, Arkansas. The Lord continued our growth in Him as well as providing a wonderful son, Michael. In November of 2000 God brought us to Memorial Heights Baptist Church. God is continuing His plan for my life while serving Him here. I praise the Lord for our Choir and I thank you for daring to go outside the box and do some pretty amazing things. I also praise the Lord for all who help me lead in the worship services; your faithfulness and devotion to Christ keeps me going. Through every challenge God has been faithful to provide exactly what is needed, when it is needed. I pray we will continue to follow His leading and His way.
I enjoy wood working and home remodeling (Marcy’s glad of that), fishing at Roaring River State Park in Missouri, traveling, and going to Branson MO. My favorite foods are Steak and Mexican, although my favorite restaurants in Oklahoma are Gripado’s, Olive Garden & The Cheese Cake Factory. My favorite Mexican food place is in Mission TX. Taco Ole! If you don’t know that I like Dr. Pepper, you haven’t been paying attention. I also enjoy talking with Michael about music and choir stuff; son you’re amazing. One of my other favorite things to do is take the SAMs and SALs of Memorial Heights on trips of any kind. Most of which ends up at a restaurant. You all are so much fun.
I hope you know that I want to encourage everyone to invest yourselves in the praise of our Lord, because praising Him is one of things that will last when this world has past. For we will continually praise Him before the throne, when we enter into an ever deeper fellowship with Him in heaven.
Minister of Music and Senior Adults