Ministry Staff

The church is served by one pastor, Reverend Shavon Starling-Louis.

Shavon and family
Shavon Starling-Louis and Kirk Louis with Sariah Louis

Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, Pastor. Shavon grew up in Florida, raised by a hardworking grandmother. After graduating from St. Leo University with a B.A. Psychology – Cum Laude in 2008, she accompanied her husband, Kirkley, while he served a tour of duty with the U. S. Coast Guard. When that tour was completed she entered Columbia Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters in Divinity in May 2013. While at Columbia, she distinguished herself in an in depth research effort at the intersection of art, worship, and multi-culturalism for which she was awarded honors in the area of practical theology. Upon her graduation she was awarded the William Dudley Award for excellence in the area of evangelism and church growth. After graduating from Seminary, Shavon accepted a call as solo pastor to the First Presbyterian church in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Her responsibilities in that position were diverse, but she particularly found joy in crafting worship, pastoral care, encouraging as many people as possible to be involved with congregational life, and in leading the community in faithful discernment. She is currently servicing the wider church through Executive leadership for NEXT Church and the General Assembly Committee for the Self Development of People.