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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

Altman (11).JPGBlake leads the vision and preaching at Trinity as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (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 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 current moderator of Hills and Plains Presbytery, as a member of the executive committee of the PCA's Mission to North America, as chairman of the Southwest Church Planting Network, and as a member of the Owasso Young Life Committee. Blake enjoys cycling, flying, snow skiing, and the outdoors. 


    

REV. SCOTT MITCHELL

Associate Pastor and Teaching Elder

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PAUL DESLAURIERS

Ruling Elder

Paul DesLauriersPaul 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 is 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

Ruling Elder

Nathan KeltnerNathan 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.


 

WILL PARKER

Ruling Elder

“WillWill 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 PCA 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. Will is married to Missy and they have four children, Emily, Mattie, Katie, and Jack.