Youth Director

Meg Burris

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Hello, Skiatook FUMC family! I am Meg Burris – your Skiatook FUMC Youth Director! . 

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the things happening in your congregation. This is my first job as a Youth Director, so I’m really excited to get started, learn the ropes and of course – meet all the kids! I volunteered for two years at St. James United Methodist Church in their youth and children’s departments. I’ve taught lessons, led discussions, fielded hard questions, and even helped create a confirmation curriculum! I know I’m from a big Tulsa church, but don’t think I’m a big city girl. I’m from Stilwell, which some of you may know is not at all very different from Skiatook. In all the best ways, this church makes me feel like I’m home again, and I look forward to worshipping and working with all of you.

It is an interesting time to be a young person and I find myself very privileged to get to work with youth at a time such as this. What an honor to get to be one of many people who show them what Christianity looks like. Not just the things we don’t do (because teenagers hear a lot of that anyway!) but the things we engage in, the love we generate, and the relationships we foster. Through service in the community and thoughtful contemplation of scripture and active worship, I hope to develop the identities of our young men and women as more than nominal Christians, but as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ. 

I graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City in 2003. From there, I went to Norman to study medicine at the University of Oklahoma. I hated it almost immediately. My heart was always in the arts, so after a year I changed my major and started pursuing a degree in writing. In the spring of 2004, I met my future husband John, and we were married in May of 2005. In May of 2007, John graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and I followed with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in December of the same year. 

Our daughter, Charlotte Kathryn, is the love of our lives.Now we live in Bixby and Charlotte is a 3rd grade Spartan at Bixby Northeast. Although her parents are crimson and cream, Charlotte’s favorite color is orange, and she thinks she might want to become a veterinarian someday. We’re an active family. We enjoy biking, kayaking, hiking, obstacle courses and going to the lake – our favorite of which is none other than Skiatook! We watch a lot of OU football and I like to spend my weekends feeding the homeless with a group of friends when I’m not studying for my third year of classes at Asbury Seminary. We’ve always been a family open to adventure and we are thrilled to have our adventuring bring us to Skiatook First United Methodist Church!