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 as an ordained minister in the PCA. He grew up south of the Red River in Wichita Falls, TX and graduated from Texas A&M (B.S. Biomedical Science). He earned his Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary where he also received the Edwin Deibler Award in historical theology. He is married to Lauren & has four children children - Andrew, Annie, Bennett & Augie. Before Trinity, Blake was a campus minister at Princeton University. He is a member of the PCA's Mission to North America Permanent Committee and the executive board of the Southwest Church Planting Network, a cooperative church-planting network that has planted over 100 churches and Reformed University Fellowship campus ministries in Texas, Oklahoma, Lousiana, New Mexico, and Arizona. Blake enjoys cycling, flying, snow skiing, and the outdoors.
REV. SCOTT MITCHELL
Pastor of Discipleship and Teaching Elder
Scott leads community groups, discipleship, and youth staff at Trinity as an ordained teaching elder in the PCA. Scott was raised in Greenville, TX, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S., civil engineering) and Westminster Theological Seminary, Dallas Campus (M.Div.). Scott is married to Bonnie and has two children, Lucy and Eli. Before coming on staff at Trinity, Scott served as the RUF campus minister at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, for nine years, and as a civil engineer in Texas for six years. In his spare time, Scott enjoys fishing, hunting, reading, and playing piano.
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 led 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 four grandsons. In 1989 the DesLauriers Family moved to Oklahoma where Paul took a job with Phillips Petroleum and Joann continued to teach. Paul is currently a self-directed, Research Fellow at Chevron Phillips in Bartlesville, OK., and Joann is now retired from Oklahoma State University. 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 Elder at Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church, PCA, Spring Cypress, TX (1986-1988)
- Ordained Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, OPC, Bartlesville, OK (1990-2005)
- Ordained Elder at Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA, Tulsa, OK (2007-2014)
- Member of Temporary Session for Trinity Presbyterian Church, PCA, Owasso (2011-2013)
Paul and Joann are currently members of Trinity and are active as teachers and community group leaders.
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 the Parkers, the Phelps, the Carinis, and many others, which God used to bring him to Trinity Owasso 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.
Jason came to a saving faith at age 6 after his family’s narrow escape from a house fire. As he has grown in the Lord, he has found that God uses “mini-fires” in his life to reveal his weak faith, idols, and rebellious heart but more importantly how God’s “power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” 2 Cor. 12:9. Jason completed his doctorate in Chemistry at OSU and they moved to Boiling Springs, SC where they first attended a PCA church. They now live north of Bartlesville with their four children Noah, Levi, Jesse, and Elianna. In his spare time, Jason enjoys Trinity's Bartlesville Community Group, brewing beer, working on his farm, and shepherding Trinity's church plant in Bartlesville, Hope Church PCA.
WILL PARKER (on sabbatical)
Will is a husband, father, high school principal, musician, and blogger. He grew up in West Tennessee where he came to faith as a child. He earned his B.A. in English Education from Oral Roberts University and has been a career educator for the past twenty years. He was led to the P.C.A. ten years ago and has never looked back. When he is not at school or church, he is spending time with his family, playing music, or writing. His wife Missy and four children -- Emily, Mattie, Katie, and Jack -- love doing community with Trinity Owasso.