Pastor Mark and Kari have been a part of ministry for most all of their lives, as both were raised by parents in ministry. Since their Bible College days, they have been in either evangelistic or pastoral ministry. They have pastored churches in Tulsa, Del City and Ponca City, Oklahoma, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Branson, Missouri. Pastor Mark and Kari have been married for 29 years and have two children, a son, Evan; and a daughter Kasidi.
Writing books and developing discipleship and leadership materials for the church has been a passion for Pastor Mark. His first book entitled, A Father to the Fatherless is a family-focused book. Pastor Mark’s other books and discipleship courses include: The Winning Team, Multiplying the Ministry, Ministry Through Motivational Gifts, and I Want to Run.
Pastor Mark has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master's Degree in Practical Theology, and a Doctorate in Ministry.
Sarah earned her Associate of Ministry Diploma from The Word of Life School of Ministry in Shreveport, LA. She served on staff at Word of Life as a media production assistant and a member of the worship team. Sarah then spent three months interning in Brazil in missions ministry. In 2013, she moved back to Lawton, OK where she served with a local church plant. Later that year, Sarah met David and the two were married in 2015. They have one son named Kade.
Growing up with parents who were pastors, Sarah is no stranger to ministry or serving in the local church. She has a passion to see young people both inside and outside the church become fully devoted followers of Christ.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys car-dancing, laffy taffy jokes, music, outdoorsy adventures, trying to get David in a headlock, photobombing, and having fun with her family.
Pastor Tim has been a part of the ministry at Chickasha First since 1992. Thirteen years were in the children's department, twelve of which were as children's pastor, and eleven years as youth pastor. Since August of 2008, Tim has been serving as Chi Alpha pastor with seven years concurrently with the youth pastor position. Timothy is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Connie, have six children and four grandchildren.
Having grown up in a pastor's home, Kari has been in church ministry her entire life. Throughout the pastoral ministry of her and her husband, Kari has been actively involved and volunteered in just about every area of the church. Her church staff positions have been directing the music department and worship leader. She has also directed the children's choirs and children's Christmas musical productions for more than 25 years. In 2016, Kari became the full-time Children's Ministry Director at Chickasha First.
Kari has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Evangel University.
Shanna is passionate about helping others discover the transforming power of God’s presence. This passion is evident in every aspect of her life. Vocationally, Shanna serves as the CEO/Executive Director of Southwest Youth and Family Services, a not-for-profit organization specializing in youth prevention programs, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence intervention. She has been the worship leader at Chickasha First for the past 15 years and was recently appointed as the church’s women’s ministry coordinator. She has a Masters Degree in Human Relations, is an Oklahoma Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is also a certified teacher. Shanna is currently working towards her ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God. Firmly grounded in the Word of God, her professional background and personal encounter with anxiety and depression give her a rare perspective. Even though Shanna immensely enjoys preaching and making others laugh, her focus remains on creating a space for people to experience the transforming power of God’s presence.
Connie Black has been working in the office at Chickasha First since the year 2000. She and her husband, Timothy, joined Chickasha First in 1990 and have been a part of the ministry staff since 1992, serving as children’s pastors, youth pastors, and now Chi Alpha campus ministry pastors at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Having a background in commercial art and a love for design, Connie also serves on the creative team at Chickasha First.
Timothy and Connie raised six children in this fellowship of believers and are now the grandparents of four active boys.
Ladonna has been employed with Chickasha First since February 2014 as bookkeeper and receptionist. She has three children; two daughters and a son. Her favorite verse is