Matt has been a pastor since 2005 and has served McAlester First UMC since 2014.
He and his wife, Nanci, have three children: Emma, Caleb, and Blake, and you can usually find them somewhere between a soccer field, a baseball field, or a band event.
Following graduation from Buffalo Valley High School in Talihina, OK, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from East Central University in Ada, and then spent two years completing a graduate degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. After answering the call to full-time Christian ministry, he then served as mission director and junior high youth director at Chapel Hill UMC in Oklahoma City. Later, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree is from Drew University.
Prior to coming to McAlester First UMC in 2014, he served as a pastor at two other charges: Quinton/Canadian in the McAlester District, and Church of the Servant in the North Oklahoma City District.
Chandra comes to our staff with a background in both business and ministry. She has worked for herself in public accounting for nearly ten years. Prior to owning her business, she served as the Area Director of Young Life here in McAlester. She feels called to preach and teach God’s word in a way that allows others to see it is relevant and personal.
She is a graduate of McAlester High School and the University of Tulsa. She is married to Kyle, and they have two children, Anna and Abram. Outside of work and ministry, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching most any sport, and going to movies and concerts.
Linda has been with McAlester First UMC for more than a decade in the capacity of organist and choir director. She taught music in the public schools for 21 years prior to this tenure. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, and has completed graduate work at both NSU and the University of Tulsa. Her first position as organist was at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Tulsa at the age of 12.
Kay joined the McAlester First staff in 2012 as receptionist. She worked previously as an office professional at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Quincy, Illinois, before moving to Wilburton, Oklahoma with her husband, Greg. Kay’s ministry involves handling countless administrative tasks, while also helping provide assistance for others through our food pantry.
June coordinates our nursery on Sunday mornings and during special events, overseeing our caring staff of paid and volunteer nursery workers. June has an extensive background in child development and has been a part of our staff since 2008.