The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
REV. BLAKE ALTMAN
Lead Pastor and Teaching Elder
Blake leads the vision and preaching at Trinity. He grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M. He earned a Masters of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary where he received the Edwin Deibler Award in historical theology. He is married to Lauren, a registered nurse at Owasso Public Schools. They have four children - Andrew, Annie, Bennett & Augie. Before Trinity, Blake was a campus minister at Princeton University. Outside of Trinity, he serves as the chairman of the Southwest Church Planting Network, and a board member of the PCA's church planting committee, Mission to North America. Blake's favorite band is U2; favorite authors are Augustine and Wendell Berry. He is an instrument-rated pilot, and enjoys sports and the outdoors.
Barry is a Bartlesville, OK native, as is his wife Janis, where they met at the age of 10 as competitive swimmers on the Phillips 66 swim team. They started dating in college at Oklahoma State University and have been married for 47 years. Both have OSU bachelor’s degrees and Barry has an MBA, also from OSU. Barry and Janis have been blessed with four daughters—Abby, Jennifer, Kelsey, and Rachelle. All are married, with Abby and Kelsey living in the Tulsa area. The have 12 grandchildren, ranging in age from almost 3 years old to 11 years old.
In 2002 Barry founded SixthSenze, a manufacturing consulting firm, helping clients achieve significant process improvement. Prior to that he worked at Andersen Consulting in Houston, TX and Tulsa, OK, Ditch Witch® in Perry, OK, and Raytheon Aircraft in Wichita, KS. He is now retired. Barry is an instrument-rated private pilot. Both Janis and Barry enjoy bicycling, hiking, water sports, and their new dog, Rizzo.
Barry was ordained as an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS in 2012, and as an elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination in 2014. Janis and Barry relocated to Owasso to be nearer family and started attending Trinity Presbyterian Church shortly thereafter. They are thrilled to be part of the growing Trinity family!
Ruling Elder, Emeritus
Chris met his wife, Keil when they were cast together in the musical “Kiss Me Kate” at OU. They have been married since 1982 and have two daughters and five granddaughters. Keil and Chris received their bachelor’s degrees in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1982.
Chris has been active with area nonprofits, including past service as public relations chair for Leadership Tulsa, vice chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust and president of the Board of Visitors for the College of Fine Arts at OU, where he was honored with the University of Oklahoma Regents Award.
Chris worked at QuikTrip in store operations and marketing for 20 years. He was one of three employees involved in the startup of its QT Kitchens subsidiary in 2004. Chris retired from QuikTrip in 2012, but remains engaged with the company through his service on its Board of Directors. His business background includes the mid-1990s development of Christopher Sound and Vision, a production company with recording studios, video production, interactive development and streaming media. He’s currently a partner in Leadline Marketing, a digital marketing company.
Chris and Keil have served in multiple leadership roles in the church over the years, including youth and adult education, deacon, choir, and small group leadership. Chris was ordained as a Ruling Elder in the PCA at the particularization of Ethos Presbyterian Church in 2015.
Ruling Elder, Emeritus
Paul is a Massachusetts native brought to the south via the US Navy (1972-1976) and by God’s providence he met Joann, a teacher on vacation in Pensacola, FL and was married (1975). The Lord used Joann to lead Paul to faith where he became a Christian in 1976. Both Joann and Paul join the PCA that year and worshiped at McIlwain Presbyterian Church. Following his move to Hattiesburg MS to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry, Paul and Joann started their family where they were blessed with the birth of Anna (now Anna Keltner) and after moving to Conroe Texas in 1984 to take a job with Penzoil (Woodland TX), they were blessed again with the birth of Hailey (now Hailey Shaw). Pretty amazing testimony of God’s grace in light of the fact they were told they would never be able to have children! Now they are proud grandparents of six grandsons. In 1989 the DesLauriers Family moved to Oklahoma where Paul took a job with Phillips Petroleum and Joann continued to teach. Today Paul, retired from Research Fellow at Chevron Phillips, and, Joann, retired from Oklahoma State University, enjoy serving Trinity. Paul and Joann have been active in the church where ever God has lead them and over the years Paul has been called to serve leadership roles in several congregations including:
- Ordained Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, PCA, Hattiesburg MS (1983-1984)
- Ordained Ruling Elder at Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church, PCA, Spring Cypress, TX (1986-1988)
- Active Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, OPC, Bartlesville, OK (1990-2005)
- Active Ruling Elder at Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA, Tulsa, OK (2007-2014)
- Member of Temporary Session for Trinity Presbyterian Church, PCA, Owasso (2011-2013).
- Active Ruling Elder at Trinity (2015-today).
Nathan Keltner is a husband and father, life-long Oklahoman, and 2012 Owasso transplant. He works in the Information Security field. He came to faith as a young child growing up in Bartlesville, OK, and over time, God was faithful in maturing Nathan's belief through placing instrumental believers in his life. While in his Senior year at the University of Oklahoma, he met his future wife, Anna, who deepened his commitment to Christ and introduced him to the Presbyterian Church in America. They were married in 2005. Through churches in OKC and Dallas, Nathan was mentored by many wonderful believers and grew to treasure Christ's church. Nathan and Anna moved to Tulsa in 2008 and joined Christ Presbyterian Church, where they met other families who God used to bring him to Trinity in 2012. Nathan enjoys working with his niche in Information Security, reading, trying and failing miserably at sports, and spending time with his three hilarious boys, Asher, Judah, and Caedman, and wife, Anna.
Jon grew up northeast of Philadelphia in Bucks County, PA. During college at Penn State, Jon’s involvement with the Navigators Collegiate Ministry helped to foster in him a heart for one-on-one discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2). He joined the staff of the Navigators as a campus minister after college and met his wife, Courtney (a Tulsa native), while they both served at The University of Texas in Austin. They married in 2002 and attended a PCA church while living in Colorado Springs. Jon and Courtney moved to Catoosa, OK, in 2010, and doubled the size of their family a few years later with twins, Drew and Krista. Jon currently works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian, focusing on procurement and acquisition. As a family, they enjoy visiting America’s National Parks and are working their way through a bucket list of visiting each park at least once.
Chuck Simmons and his wife Lori are founding members of Trinity Presbyterian Church Owasso which was born out of a church plant from Redeemer (now RiverOaks) Presbyterian Church Tulsa. Chuck was raised in Tulsa, OK until age 12 when his family moved to Claremore, OK. He attended and graduated high school from Sequoyah Claremore. During the summer between high school graduation and his freshman year of college at the University of Oklahoma, he served as the Summer Intern Youth Minister at First United Methodist Church Claremore. During his college career at the University of Oklahoma, Chuck was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ in various leadership positions and Summer Mission Projects. He was also a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Chuck had a 28 year career with American Airlines in Purchasing, Inventory and Supply Chain Management. Chuck was first introduced to reformed theology by colleagues at American Airlines. Chuck became a member of Christ Presbyterian Church Tulsa in the late 1980’s. During this time he attended Covenant Theological Seminary out of St. Louis, MO through an extension program completing 33 hours. Also during his time as a member of Christ Presbyterian Church Chuck served as a Deacon and left American Airlines in the mid 1990’s to serve 4 years as Christ Presbyterian Church full time Youth Minister of both the Junior High and High School Students. After returning to American Airlines in the late 1990’s, Chuck completed his Master of Science in Industrial Management from Northeastern State University. Chuck is married to the love of his life Lori Simmons and they have made their home in Owasso since 2007. Chuck retired from American Airlines in 2020 and is currently the Manager of Inventory Control at Omni Air International in Tulsa.