Our Staff

 

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Doug Serven

PASTOR

Doug grew up in southwest Missouri and graduated with a journalism degree from Mizzou, but he has lived in Oklahoma since 2001 (with an extra three years in the mid 1990s). He loves the state, its traditions, its quirks, its friendliness and being an Oklahoman. He worked for The Navigators for four years, including three at Oklahoma State. After graduating from Covenant Seminary, Doug moved to Norman, Oklahoma, to begin ordained pastoral campus work at OU for ten years with Reformed University Fellowship. He finished a Master’s degree in Professional Writing at OU. He and his wife, Julie, and their four kids moved to Oklahoma City in 2011 to start City Pres.

Doug enjoys yoga, racquetball, running, reading, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Thunder, long and complicated board games, brewing beer, Sufjan Stevens, Patty Griffin, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, U2, country and dance party music.

doug@citypresokc.com

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Bobby Griffith

PASTOR

Bobby is a fifth generation Oklahoman who knows and loves Oklahoma culture. Ask him about the original state flag or Governor Alfalfa Bill Murray. He loves to share his experiences from growing up in the church, and he can relate to those who have considered leaving the church. After graduating from Covenant Seminary, he finished a Master of Arts in history and worked in churches in Pennsylvania and Norman, OK.

He fancies himself an amateur chef, enjoys riding motorcycles and working on cars, listening to indie rock and other types of music. He and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Sammy, and live in the Shepherd neighborhood near City Pres.  Bobby is completing a dissertation for the Ph.D. in History at the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Anna’s House Foundation, which serves the foster care community in Oklahoma. He teaches History of Christianity at Mid-America Christian University and has been invited to speak at academic and church conferences on the topic of race and Christianity in the US. Bobby enjoys being one of the pastors of City Pres, a church he wrote about on a half-sheet of paper while daydreaming during a seminary class back in 2005. He was one of the contributors to Rulers: Gospel and Government that was released in Fall 2014.

bobby@citypresokc.com

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Brenden Gateley

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Brenden grew up in Edmond, but currently resides in Oklahoma City and loves being part of the growth and revitalization of the downtown/midtown area. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with a youth ministry degree and has since undergone many difficult and wonderful theological changes. He is excited to be a part of the growth of City Pres in downtown Oklahoma City.

Brenden completed his MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 and is currently employed by MidFirst as a Manager of the Loss Drafts Department. He and his wife, Renee, have three children, Noah, Katelyn, and Owen. He enjoys living vicariously through his kids, mud races, the St. Louis Cardinals, indie music, and a good brew.

worship@citypresokc.com

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Jarod Mason

YOUTH DIRECTOR

Jarod grew up in Moore and attended Moore High School. He has always had a love for sports and attended Southeastern Louisiana University to play football. He graduated with a degree in health & physical education and is a P.E. teacher and coach at Brink Junior High School. He and his wife, Liz, have been married since 2007 and have two wonderful boys named Tripp and Grant.

Jarod enjoys Saturday morning breakfasts with the family, wrestling with Tripp, impromptu meetings with the youth, antique and estate sale shopping, and the occasional cigar on the porch. He’s a die-hard fan of the Sooners and Dallas Cowboys.

youth@citypresokc.com

Keely Steger

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Keely grew up in Moore, OK and now calls Oklahoma City home. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She met her husband, Charles, at OU, where they were both involved with Reformed University Fellowship.

Keely and Charles have 4 kids who occupy most of their time. Keely enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and eating delicious food. She heads up the City Pres Women’s Fiction Book Club and keeps her nose in a book as often as possible.

keely@citypresokc.com

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

Our women’s ministries are being coordinated by a team of dedicated, talented women. The women meet for a weekly bible study on Tuesdays at the church, various dinners in homes throughout the year, stage-of-life groups and retreats.

women@citypresokc.com

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Matt Teeselink

DIRECTOR OF DEACONS & DIACONATE CARE

Matt grew up in Eastern Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Religion and Non Profit Management. Matt moved to Oklahoma in 2013 in response to the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes where he helped coordinate the Sheds of Hope program.  He is a 2013 graduate of Covenant Seminary where he cheered on the hometown Cardinals. After moving to Oklahoma, he met and married his wife, Catherine, in June 2014.  He and Catherine are excited to make Oklahoma home.

Matt enjoys spending time outdoors, playing frisbee golf, mountain biking, handyman work, yard work, watching sports of all kinds, but especially college football, and great conversations with friends old and new.

matt@citypresokc.com

Alana Valentine

NURSERY COORDINATOR

 

nursery@citypresokc.com

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Mallory Carter

CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR

Mallory grew up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Communication and Non Profit Organizations. After college, she worked at a homeless shelter in Houston and then went on to teach Kindergarten in Oklahoma City. She is currently working on a Masters in Infant and Child Development. Mallory married her husband Ryan after college and they are excited to be expecting their first child.

Mallory has a passion for reaching the underserved children in our community, and teaching all children about the gospel of Christ. Mallory enjoys being outside, cooking, hosting, and spending quality time with others.

children@citypresokc.com

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Josh Dodson

DIRECTOR, RESTORE OKC

Josh grew up just down the road in Stillwater and graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in History. He and Caylee were married in 2007 and shortly after moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary.  After seminary, Josh worked for a ministry that provided low-income housing in the inner city of St. Louis.  It was through these experiences and the experience of working with his church, New City Fellowship, that Josh had his eyes opened to the gospel in a new and refreshing yet challenging way.  Josh is excited about the opportunity to be a part of RestoreOKC and to join in where God is at work in City Pres and the broader community as He brings about His healing, reconciliation and restoration!

Josh enjoys spending time with his wife  family, anything in the Colorado mountains, traveling, other cultures, watching movies, sports and good coffee.

josh.dodson@restoreokc.org

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Caylee Dodson

DIRECTOR, RESTORE OKC

Caylee grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations. Upon graduation, she married a handsome fellow named Josh. They survived the first year of marriage in Oklahoma City and then decided to move to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary. Caylee began to work at New City Fellowship church after their first semester to begin a ministry with women who were trapped in the addiction/sexual abuse cycle of the inner city. She and Josh finished their MA in Religion and Cultures and decided to move into the inner city where they spent 8 years working and learning a ton from their neighbors and community. By God’s grace, they have developed a passion for seeing God heal broken communities to be places of beauty. Caylee, Josh and their two kids are excited about the opportunity to join CityPres with their family of four and ask him to lead them more deeply into loving this city.

caylee.dodson@restoreokc.org

Kat Chukwu

TWO ROOSTERS CLEANING, RESTORE OKC

Kat Chukwu serves as team leader for Two Roosters Cleaning. A native of NE OKC, Kat sees relationships—with other people and with Jesus—as the necessary piece for women to thrive and become who they were made to be.

Though she has experience in the cleaning industry, it is her desire to mentor and encourage younger women that most excites Kat about growing Two Roosters. Specifically, her passion is to help single moms earn a stable income and work predictable day hours that allow them to be home with their children in the evenings to read, cook, encourage and support their children. She believes that so much of the cycle of poverty is linked to kids not having what they need to grow into successful adults. Having experienced the challenges of being broken and hopeless, Kat wants to remind women of their worth in God’s sight and that together they can do much.

Kat is the mother of two boys.

Kirsten Spears

WEDDING COORDINATOR

Kirsten grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, and currently lives within a couple of miles of the house she grew up in.  She and her husband, Josh, are high school sweethearts who got married just before her college graduation.  After a short stint as a paralegal, Kirsten has worked from home as a financial assistant for a local company for the past 11 years.

Kirsten and Josh have 4 children, so she enjoys hiding out with her sewing machine and pretty fabric when her house gets a little too loud.  Kirsten also enjoys reading, long walks with podcasts and creating all the things.

events@citypresokc.com