Staff

Pastor

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 three 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.  




Children's Director

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




Youth Director

Lenox Johnson

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My name is Lenox Johnson. I grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma and have recently moved back after completing my course work at Denver Seminary in Littleton Colorado. I have a heart for teenagers and am passionate about telling and showing them that God loves and accepts them just as they are. 
Outside of ministry and school work, I enjoy reading the newest books from my favorite authors, listening to the plethora of podcasts that I’ve subscribed to, and watching whatever new show I’m working my way through at the time. I am also blessed to live so close to my sister and her husband, which gives me lots of time to spend with my sweet little six year old niece who is my pride and joy. If I’m not here in Oklahoma, then I’m probably traveling up east to New Hampshire to visit my brother, his wife, and their foster daughter. Or traveling to Missouri to see my other brother, his wife, and their new son who was just born this month. 
I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to get to pour into the lives of the teenagers of Skiatook First United Methodist, and am looking forward to becoming part of the congregation as a whole.