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Fantastic Four Training Summit

Edmond’s First Baptist Church is organizing our Connection Groups around our church’s vision. Our Fantastic Four weekend training summit for our Connection Group leaders is this Saturday, August 3, from 9:00 AM to noon.

This training is for all of our Connection Group leaders, including: directors, teachers, mission leaders, ministry leaders, and outreach leaders. Also, if you have ever thought about serving in any of these positions, then you are invited. You are welcome to attend and see what is involved.

Where do I meet?

We will begin with a general session in Fellowship Hall Center and then have many breakout sessions for you to choose from. Plan to join us!


Contact Susan Leach, 405-919-9166, EMAIL Susan

Leadership Summit Breakout Session Leaders

DIRECTORS: Bob Mayfield will be leading the breakout session for Department Directors. In this session directors will focus on managing and leading the department and making disciples through their Connection Groups. Bob joined the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in September 2005. He serves as the Sunday School and Adult Discipleship Specialist. Prior to coming to Oklahoma, he was the Church Ministries Facilitator with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. Bob has been an education minister and a youth minister in churches in Texas and Arizona.

OUTREACH LEADERS: Pastor Blake Gideon is leading the session for Outreach Leaders. Our church's vision is for Connections Groups to emphasize evangelism and engage our lost friends and neighbors with the Gospel. Pastor Blake is a true evangelist, with a heart for missions and to see people saved. He has led mission teams to Mexico, India, and Bangladesh, and has planted a Hispanic church in Idabel and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

CARE GROUP LEADERS (Ministry Leaders): Ray Griffin is the session leader for Care Group Leaders (Ministry Leaders). We want everyone who belongs to Edmond's First Baptist Church to be in a group where they can belong and be ministered to. During this session, Ray will share how to build community and to provide ministry within your Connection Group. Ray currently serves at Quail Spring's Baptist Church (QSBC) as Executive Pastor and is in charge of their Care Group Ministry. Prior to this role, he served as Minister of Education at QSBC since the fall of 2003. He has served churches in education, families, singles, and youth ministry in Oklahoma and Texas. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and holds a masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

MISSION LEADERS: Sam Porter is nationally known as a Missions leader. Sam was one of the few individuals invited by the President to be on the platform for the 10th anniversary of September 11. Sam will be sharing a multitude of ways that Connection Groups can be on mission in Edmond, Oklahoma, and throughout the world. Sam joined the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) in 1998 and currently works in the position as a Partnership and Volunteer Missions Specialist. He has pastored for over 20 years at Sapulpa First Baptist Church, Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church, and Eakley First Baptist Church. He has led close to 100 volunteer mission projects including local and state trips as well as 30+ foreign mission trips. He graduated from Baylor University where he was a defensive end on the Baylor Bears football team. He earned his B.A. degree from Baylor and his Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary.

ADULT TEACHERS: Jessele Miller will be leading a breakout session about using a variety of teaching skills for adult groups. Jessele is the Principal for the new Centennial Elementary School and helped with the start of that school from the ground up. She has over twenty years of experience teaching in the Edmond Public Schools. She also served as the Principal at Angie Debo School. Jessele received her Bachelor Degree of Music Education from OCU and her Masters in Administration and Education from UCO. She is known as a teacher of teachers.

ADULT TEACHERS: Steve Taylor is leading a breakout session on how to teach adults, specifically on ideas of how to best use curriculum to build disciples in a Connection Group. Steve is the Regional Representative for Lifeway Resources. His job involves providing ministry solutions for churches to help them make disciples. Steve has over 25 years of Church Staff Education experience. Steve Taylor is a graduate of East Texas Baptist College for his undergraduate work and holds a masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, in Masters of Religious Education. Steve has worked for Lifeway for seven years and serves the west Texas and Oklahoma areas.

STUDENT TEACHERS: Todd Sanders will be leading our student leaders on how to make disciples in the changing 21st century culture. Todd is serving as the Youth Education Specialist at the BGCO and also serves as the Falls Creek Program Associate. Todd is a graduate of OSU in Zoology and Southwest Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, with a Masters in Christian Education. With over twenty years of experience in youth ministry and in the local church, Todd has a passion to sharpen leaders, to help them invest in students’ lives, and to see them become devoted followers of Christ.

PRESCHOOL LEADERS: Gina McKean is leading our preschool teachers. Preschool Connection Groups are more than childcare. Gina will lead these leaders to engage children with the truth of God's Word. Gina is the Director of Children's Ministry at Portland Avenue Baptist Church. She is currently attending Oklahoma Baptist University Ministry Training Institute Oklahoma City. In May she received her diploma in Christian Studies. One of the highlights in her ministry was receiving the Darlene Koch Ministry of Childhood Education Award in 2009.

GRADE SCHOOL LEADERS: (5th thru 6th Grade) Jesica Fredin will be our presenter for leaders of preteens. Preteens are a unique group of people and she will share discoveries on reaching and discipling preteens, in addition to sharing the Gospel to this age group. Jesica is currently serving as the Children's Director at Oakdale Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. She loves preteens and sharing the gospel truth in creative ways. She is currently pursuing a degree in Christian Ministries from Mid-America Christian University. Jesica currently serves on the Oklahoma State and Capital Baptist Association Vacation Bible School Training Teams in the area of PreTeen Ministry. Recently she has launched a new Evangelistic skit team known as the Skit ‘n’ Miss.

GRADE SCHOOL LEADERS: (1st thru 4th Grade) Lorie Honeycutt is one of the most sought after children's Sunday School leaders in America. She serves her church as a children's Sunday School Department Director and also serves as a LifeWay Ministry Multiplier, VBS curriculum writer, and conference leader who loves planning with fellow VBS ’groupies’. She currently serves at First Southern Baptist Church in Wellton, Arizona.