Staff

Pastor

Rev. Sarah Thornhill

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Hello! I’m Rev. Sarah Thornhill and I’m excited to pastor First United Methodist Church of Skiatook!

I’m an Oklahoma native - I was born and raised in Bartlesville and attended The University of Oklahoma for undergrad (boomer!), where I met my husband Chase. We’ve been married since 2012. I studied at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for my Master of Divinity, and miss being a 20 minute walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan and enjoying deep-dish Chicago pizza!

There are many things I love about ministry. I have a great passion for preaching: declaring the Good News in a way that is relevant and empowering for people is a challenge I love taking on! I absolutely love connecting with people and learning their stories! Sitting down to coffee with someone new is fun to me (and doesn’t seem like work at all)! I love to be part of the community that we’re serving: engaging in service, connecting with community leaders and finding where the energy is, and seeing how the Holy Spirit might be calling us to new creative ministries. I also count it has such an honor to be part of really tender moments in people’s lives: weddings, crises, illness, and funerals. It’s a privilege to be invited into these moments.

I love to be active: walking and hiking (anything that gets me outside), dance, and yoga. I’m a voracious reader, and a good book is one of my favorite ways to unwind. My husband is a building superintendent for a home builder in Tulsa. He’s a big golfer in his free time. We love to play games and soak up time with our two year old, Griffin! Griffin is active, joyful, and a little ornery, so he keeps us on our toes! We have two fur babies, Foster and Ollie, who love to cuddle and wait for any food Griffin drops.

I look forward to how the Holy Spirit leads us in sharing Christ’s love in new ways with our community!




Administrative Assistant

Ka'Lu Underwood

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Ka'Lu is a Georgia Peach who was transplanted to Oklahoma over 20 years ago.  She brings 30 years of customer service and clerical work to the job.  As the first contact that many people have with the church, her desire is to conduct the business affairs of the church with a smile.    

She and her husband Jon raised two lovely daughters, Kionna and Kelie.  They have brought the girls up in a house filled with love, laughter, and a passion for learning and helping others.  

Ka’Lu is a voracious reader who also enjoys singing, dancing, and has a guilty pleasure for watching television court shows and reality tv.  Her prayer is that she is heeding God’s call to share His word, show His love, and serve His world.  




Director of Children's Ministry and After School Adventure Camp

Miria Jones

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Miria Jones is the director of childrens ministries at FUMC Skiatook.  She is a lifelong Methodist and has served in many roles concerning children and youth for several years at Village United Methodist in Oklahoma City before recently coming to Skiatook.  These roles include teaching Sunday School, teaching and directing Vacation Bible School and being a youth sponsor and volunteer for the Appalachian Service Project  (www.asphome.org). 

Miria and her husband Keifer both grew up in Miami, Ok.  They moved Oklahoma City in 1996 along with their children Lindsay and Amanda.  Lindsay still lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Cesar Betancourt where she works for the State of Oklahoma.  Amanda and her son Alex also live in Oklahoma City where she attends Southwestern Christian University on a soccer scholarship.  Mirias son Will was born in Oklahoma City and is now a student at Newman middle school in Skiatook.  Keifer, Miria and Will made the move to Skiatook when Keifer was transferred to the Tulsa office of Halliburton where he is a Tech Professional in the Baroid division.

Miria enjoys working with children and looks forward to helping them to grow in Christian journey through Bible study, stories, crafts, play and mission.

Miria is in the office most  afternoons  and can be reached by telephone or email as needed.  Office:  918-396-2519, Cell phone:  405-850-2253, Email:  children@fumcskiatook.com




Interim Youth Director

Kaitlan Teague

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Hello! My name is Kaitlan Teague, I am the summer interim youth director for the Skiatook First United Methodist. I am excited to work with your student and hoping the youth group will have a blast this summer. For the majority, I want to keep the youth group's minds focused and ready for whatever the next youth pastor has to throw their way. I know that adjusting to a new youth pastor can be difficult, but I hope to help make that transition smooth and easier for your student.

A little bit about me, I am the ripe age of 20 and just finished my freshman year at The University of Oklahoma. I will be returning in the fall to continue my degree in nursing. My family and I have attended the Skiatook FUMC since 2017. During my senior year of high school, I worked with the youngest members of the congregation in the nursery and at the After-School Adventure Camp in the LAF building weekdays after school. I have found a passion for working with children/youth, and I am excited to see where this summer takes us!




 
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