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YOUR STORY MATTERS

Everyone has a story of where they come from, how they came to be here at Community and how God has touched people’s lives through their faithful service to the Lord. Each week as we highlight someone who has been called into ministry at Community Church, we pray that their story will encourage each of us to recognize how God is working in our own lives and how He desires to bless us as He blesses others through our obedience to Him.

Jan Cox

by: Erin Keller

02/02/2020

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Jan can’t remember a time when she didn’t love the Lord. She played “church” when she was a little girl; she sang at her first funeral when she was seven, and she was credentialed by the Pentecostal Holiness Church when she was 16. She has traveled the country with a singing group, is on albums with Jimmy Swaggart and Dale Evans, has been in a street ministry and was a worship leader. She got married over the phone and has lived in Saudi Arabia. She has also had...


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Andy & Erin Keller - Importance of Finding Life in Community

by: Erin Keller

01/19/2020

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“It begins with openness, the willingness to come alongside someone else, to pour out, care, invest. It’s about sharing the journey, doing life together, growing, forging, becoming. It’s about selflessness, caring enough to walk through the valley, even when it’s painful, to love people as Christ has loved us. It’s rejoicing when they rejoice, hurting when they hurt, being a hand, an encourager, a friend. We were not created to wander alone. For as iron sh...


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Barbara Ramirez

by: Erin Keller

01/12/2020

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Barbara Ramirez was born in Louisiana, Missouri, a small farming town, but she was raised in Houston for most of her life. She was raised in church, but God became real to her when she was 12, when she and her sisters were invited to attend a revival and God pricked her heart.

She married when she was 19—she says that is way too young and she doesn’t recommend it—to a career military man so she spent most of her adult life moving from one place to anoth...


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Heather Cook

by: Erin Keller

01/05/2020

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Heather went through a season of rebellion as a teen, but she realized she was going down the wrong path and with the help of family and new friends, she turned back to the Lord. She married Matt when she was 20, and they started their family shortly thereafter. Now she is a Mom to six wonderful children.

Heather lived for many years with anxiety and depression to the point that she wouldn’t leave the house without Matt. She homeschooled the kids and had very...


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Susan Swart

by: Erin Keller

12/29/2019

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Susan Swart comes from a long line of faithful followers of Jesus, and she accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was seven, but it was in her 20’s that a deeper relationship developed as she learned who the Holy Spirit is and what role He plays in her life. In her mid 30’s Susan went through a divorce. It was through that difficult time that God did a lot of healing and started planting seeds in her life that have grown and matured and are now used to minister to wo...


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Andy Keller

by: Erin Keller

12/22/2019

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Andy Keller says, “Sometimes God uses a 2x4 to get our attention.” God used several 2x4’s to get Andy’s attention back in 2011.

Andy grew up in a poor, single-parent family. When he was in junior high, a friend invited him to Falls Creek, and that is where he gave his life to Jesus and was baptized. But when he got out of high school, Andy pulled away from God for a season. He met and married Erin, who brought him back to church, but he admits he was tryin...


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Darla Kilhoffer

by: Erin Keller

12/15/2019

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Exhuberant, joyful, enthusiastic, fun: those are all words that describe Darla Kilhoffer. Darla may be young in years, but she is mature in her faith in Jesus and in her desire to chase after Him with all her heart. Darla grew up in a Christian home, the middle child of five. She says that her Dad’s family was all musical, and he would sing around the house. The kids all picked up that habit, and one friend said, “It’s like walking into a Disney movie when I ...


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Jeff Robards

by: Erin Keller

12/08/2019

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Jeff’s is a life that has been transformed by the power of relationship. Jeff didn’t have any Christian influences in his life as he was growing up. He just tried to live life as a “good person.”

Jeff met Bill and Lauri Williams in 2000 when Jeff was coaching soccer and their daughter Sarah was on the team. Jeff says, “Bill invited us to church and we went. We weren’t searching. We didn’t know that we needed the Lord. We just liked Bill and Lauri and...


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Merri Logue

by: Erin Keller

12/01/2019

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The church is so blessed to have Merri working in the facilities department here at Community Church, but Merri will tell you she is the one who is blessed. The body of Christ that is Community Church was there for her as her husband, JL, battled lung cancer and after he died. The Sunday after JL’s funeral Merri was in church, and the sermon was about giving God our problems. “Pastor Bill preached a lesson about visualizing your problems in the palm of ...


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General T. L. Daniels

by: Erin Keller

11/24/2019

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No one in Guthrie and surrounding areas has to go without a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the vision and desire of General Tommy Lee Daniels.

Tommy Lee Daniels was born and raised in Guthrie and served in the U.S. Air Force and then in the the Oklahoma Air National Guard and at the Pentagon. It was important for him to give back to the community that had supported him. He fully funded the initial event in 1997, and the Guthrie community has embraced and suppor...


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Allen & Sheri Brown

by: Erin Keller

11/17/2019

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Allen and Sheri did not grow up in church, but each had a family member that planted seeds of God’s truth in their hearts. Sheri’s grandmother was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and Allen’s mother would read the Bible to him, mostly, he says, because he needed it. “She was big on the Ten Commandments because I was a wild child.”

Shortly after they were married 54 years ago, Allen and Sheri started attending a little country church on the west side...


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Tyler Rudek

by: Erin Keller

11/10/2019

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God takes our passions and uses them in unexpected ways. Tyler Rudek has always been fascinated with medicine and anything medical. He worked as an EMT and the more critical the situation, the more he thrived. His ultimate desire was to become a flight nurse on a helicopter. He says, “I loved meeting people at that biggest crisis point in their lives and having the skill and technique to rescue them. I loved the adrenaline rush.” Today, God has taken that passion f...


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Prim Cockrell-Dunn

by: Erin Keller

11/03/2019

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“I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ.” Those are the words Prim likes to use when she meets someone new. “When you say that to somebody, they know immediately where you stand.”

Prim remembers her grandmother spending time in her Bible every day, but she was raised a Catholic. Prim trained horses and their riders. Many of them became world champions, and Prim moved in the circles of the rich and powerful. After her husband Andy died, Prim married a ...


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Lisa Trask

by: Erin Keller

10/27/2019

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“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. That is definitely true in the life of Lisa Trask. Her plan was to get her law degree, become an agricultural lobbyist and a career woman. Children were definitely not part of her plans. But where has God called her? And where has she happily worked for over a decade? You guessed it, with children and their parents. And God has opened the door each step of the way....


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Charlie Jones

by: Erin Keller

10/20/2019

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If you hear the words “Operation Christmas Child,” chances are that Jean Ingram is the speaker. Jean is the voice of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Guthrie and surrounding towns, and she is passionate about the mission of the organization: evangelism, discipleship and multiplication. She says, “You see that being carried out even in what we (the local church) are doing. First of all, it’s to evangelize and to tell people about the Lord. It’s not ju...


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