Rev. Dr. Jennifer Long
Jennifer was born and raised in Oklahoma City. After graduating from Oklahoma City University in 1992 with a major in Mass Communications: Radio, TV, Film and a minor in English Literature, she moved to New England and worked in radio. It was there that Jennifer received her call into ministry and moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1994 to begin her Master of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. During her time at Garrett, she was part of a new UMC church plant in Gurnee, Illinois as the Minister of Worship and the Arts. In 2000, Jennifer came back to Oklahoma and began as the Associate Pastor at Bartlesville First UMC. She served there for 5 years before receiving a call to come to Oklahoma City University as the Director of Religious Life. Jennifer served in that position from 2005 - 2014. In 2014, she and her family moved to Berkeley, California to take coursework for her Doctor in Ministry in Worship and the Arts. During that year, Jennifer, her husband, Jason, and their two kids enjoyed the beauty of Northern California. In 2015, she accepted the call to Oologah United Methodist Church where she served until she was called to Kingfisher First UMC in January of 2021. Jennifer finished her dissertation and doctorate in June of 2017. Her dissertation is titled, “Dance Theology from Word to Praxis: Embracing the Body in Preaching, Teaching, Prayer, and Pastoral Care.”
Jennifer has served on the Annual Conference Council, Environmental Coalition, two different District Committees on Ministry, Samaritan Counseling Board Member, Oklahoma United Methodist Campus Ministry, Mainstream United Methodist Steering Committee, Worship Committee for Annual Conference, Worship leader for Joy Camp at Camp Egan, Camp preacher at the former CYME and JEM camps and Camp Spark, 2012 Jurisdictional Hosting Committee and Director of Pages, Alternate Delegate to SC Jurisdictional Conference 2012 and 2020, and has offered numerous workshops around the conference on Movement and Ministry. Jennifer is currently serving on the Board of Ministry for the Oklahoma Annual Conference as the Local Pastor Registrar.
Emma Goins was born and raised in Claremore, OK and now lives in Oklahoma City where she attends Oklahoma City University as a Religion Philosophy major. On campus, Emma is involved in the Wesley Center and Better Together, a student-led interfaith group. She is also a cheerleader on OCU’s competitive cheer team. Emma has been a member of the United Methodist Church since she was born and received a call into ministry while attending Annual Conference as a youth delegate in 2018. She previously worked at Mosaic United Methodist Church as their Children’s Director and at Stepping Stones Learning Center as a summer program teacher. Emma is passionate about social justice, inclusive theology, and watching Disney movies.
Audio/Visual Technical Director
Carlie Pendergraft is originally from Kingfisher, Oklahoma but currently lives in Oklahoma City. She is a registered nurse and employed at Mercy Hospital-Main OKC in the surgery department, working in the operating room as a circulator.
Carlie has prior experience with computer technology and software that she gained during her high school and college careers working on projects for others as well as her local church.
Since joining the First Kingfisher UMC team, Carlie acts as the Audio/Visual Director and plays the acoustic guitar in the praise band.
She enjoys listening to music, traveling, Marvel movies, and making her friends laugh. If she isn’t working, you can find her hanging out with friends or planning her next adventure.
Trisha was raised in Dover. When she married her husband Wes, they established their home in Kingfisher. They lived there for 23 years before purchasing her grandfather's home place back in Dover. She has mostly been a stay at home mom since having their first child, but has held numerous part time positions over the years.
Wes and Trisha have 4 children: Bailey, Heath, Addison and Easton. Trisha loves to be in the kitchen baking. She also enjoys spending time doing all kinds of crafts.
Mothers Day Out Coordinator
Shelley‘s background is in education with a degree in elementary education from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and a Master’s from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri. She taught school in Kansas City and in Kingfisher before becoming the Mother’s Day Out director in 2012. One of her greatest joys is getting to greet all the kids as they come to MDO each day and developing a relationship with the kids and their families. Shelley and her husband, David, have two daughters, Chloe and Callie. Shelley takes great pride in being a fifth generation Kingfisher resident.
Teresa Greco serves as Chancel Choir Director. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and has been director of vocal music at public schools in Oklahoma and Florida, teaching students of all ages. She was guest soloist and chorister with the Chancel Choir under the direction of Molly Neuman prior to becoming director.
Teresa is the music teacher at Gilmour Elementary in Kingfisher where she was chosen District Teacher of the Year 2018. She was recognized for her service in education as one of five Rising Stars by the Oklahoma Department of Education 2019 Teacher of the Year Committee. Her professional career includes work in areas of public education, higher education, and private business. As vocal soloist and choral singer, Teresa has sung with various church and community choirs across the United States, from Monterey, California to Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, she has served in church ministry in the areas of music, worship, and Bible Study leadership.
She enjoys spending free time with her son Gunnar, riding bikes, and watching beautiful western Oklahoma sunsets.
Genna Parr was born and raised in a small town called Nocona, TX. She was born into the United Methodist tradition and was baptized and confirmed there. Right now, she is attending Oklahoma City University, and is currently studying Religion/Philosophy with minors in Spanish, Ethics, and Interfaith Studies. She is passionate about children’s ministry and providing a safe and exciting environment for our kiddos to interact with God. She is thrilled to be a part of this church community!
Roberta serves as pianist for the church and choir. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from OCU and taught school in Kansas and Oklahoma. She has been involved in church music as accompanist since her teenage years, playing for missions, choral groups, and various churches. She has taught piano lessons since age 17. Roberta has been on mission trips in the states and abroad and feels blessed to have had these opportunities to serve the Lord.
Conya was born to Robert and Vinalee Hill. She was born into a large family of seven children. She has three brothers and three sisters. Conya and her husband John were married on February 27, 2011. She is the proud mother to four sons and has been blessed with six grandchildren.