Pastors

 
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Reverend Samuel T. Powers

Senior Pastor

Welcome to our church home! I have served as clergy in the Oklahoma Conference since 1996 when I returned from seminary at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

My spouse is Sheryl Heaton Powers and we’ve celebrated 21 years of marriage together! We have two children: Kyla is a Freshman at Edmond North High School and David is a 6th Grader at Cheyenne Middle School.

Outside of church activities, our family enjoys traveling, swimming, eating at locally-owned, independent restaurants, hiking, Oklahoma State athletics, Thunder games, reading and movies. I like to dip my toes in the ocean as often as I can.

I enjoy liturgical worship which includes corporate prayers and responsive readings. Liturgy is the work of the people and it involves the congregation as we participate in worship together. I find that worship should sometimes be comforting but that it should also be challenging.

I am most likely to err on the side of presenting God’s grace over God’s judgment.

As a pastor, I am leading this congregation into regular practice of the General Rules of our church: that we would seek to do no harm to those around us including the created order; that we would seek to do good wherever possible; that we would seek to grow more deeply in Christ.

I am not a fundamentalist but I take the Bible very seriously as God’s word and direction for our lives. My sermons will be prayerfully thought out and are designed to bring the Biblical passages to relevance for our daily lives. My hope is that through our weekly worship together, we will continue to be shaped by the overarching themes of scripture. With God’s grace, we will each become more Christ-like as we grow in the faith.

If you are seeking deeper meaning in your life, I would invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings. As we walk side by side in this journey of faith, we may find that we each have something to teach and learn about God together.

May God’s blessings be yours!

In Christ,
Sam

To contact Sam, either call the church at
405-341-0107 or email sam@fumcedmond.org.


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Reverend Don Vaught

Associate Pastor

Don is an ordained deacon. Deacons are called to help the local church meet its mission to go “beyond the walls” of the church and into the community and world. Don has a long history of serving the needs in the community of the homeless and unemployed. He was appointed to Edmond FUMC as Associate Pastor in 2011.

His past appointments have included serving as Executive Director of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) and Director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. Don has degrees from Oklahoma State University (1979), University of Oklahoma Law School (Juris Doctor, 1982) and Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa (Master of Divinity, 2007), which included seminary work at Perkins School of Theology (SMU).

He shares pastoral care responsibilities along with our Senior Pastor.