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Rev Sarah Thornhill

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Hello! I’m Rev. Sarah Thornhill and I’m the pastor of 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 four year old, Griffin! Griffin is active, joyful, and a little ornery, so he keeps us on our toes! We have one fur baby, Wiggles, who love to cuddle and wait for any food Griffin drops.




Administrative

Nikki Smith

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Welcome! I'm Nikki Smith the administrative assistant! 

 My family just moved to Skiatook and we couldn't agree more that it was the best move we could have made! I'm an Owasso graduate but Arkansas will always be where my heart calls home  (WOO PIG SOOIE) My husband Josh is originally from a small town in Maine but has worked at Community Cable in Skiatook for 5 years, so I'm sure you've seen him around town!  We have two boys, Eason who is in second grade and loves playing football, and Archer who just started Kindergarten and loves playing basketball and attending ASAC! Our family loves traveling and our boys are road trip champs! On the weekends we enjoy hiking all over the mountains of Arkansas, spending time with family, and having our house overrun with all 20 (yes, 20) of our nieces and nephews! 

 With several years in hospitality management, I look forward to putting my experience and skills into the office of the Church, while also serving a higher purpose in the community! I'm so excited to have been given this opportunity and can't wait to get to know each member of FUMC Skiatook! 




Youth Director

Josh Smith

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Our Youth Director Josh can be described in one word... FUN. 

His energy and excitement for our youth sparks from being a Dad to two boys, and an Uncle of 20 kiddos! He is always ready to be apart of planning and playing games that help break down walls, and helps our teens become active members of FUMC Skiatook. Josh was raised in Maine, and is a born New England Patriots fan. He has worked in Skiatook for 5 years at Community Cable as the lead technician, and enjoys coming home and being in the kitchen! His nickname is Martin Stewart (a manly Martha) and when you meet him you'll understand why! His other joys come from going on adventures no matter if its the beach or the mountains with his wife Nikki (our Administrative assistant). 




Children's Ministry Director

Jade McNeil

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Meet our Wonderful Children's Director, Jade! 

Jade comes to us after years in the teaching industry at Paul Mitchell the School Tulsa! Some of her favorite memories as a child were all of the wonderful adventures and activities she participated in at St. Mathew's United Methodist Church of Tulsa. Jade and her Husband Geric have two boys in the Children's program, Rylan who is 8 who loves playing football for the Collinsville Cardinals, and Everett who is 5 and just started Pre-K.

In her free time Jade loves to read a good book, crochet, and go hiking and exploring with friends and family! 




ASAC Director

Miria Jones

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Miria Jones is our director of ASAC 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 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 graduate of 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.




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