Our Team

James Shires, President
Apple Park, Executive Secretary
Apple was born in S. Korea as a third generation Seventh-day Adventist. Being chosen as a servant of God at a very young age, Elder Park had to take the stand for the Sabbath and his God at all costs. He has served as church planter, Area Coordinator, Conference Pathfinder Director, Conference Youth Director, Camp Director, and now he is serving as the Conference Executive Secretary. His special skills are team leadership, inspiring and sharing vision, and empowering people to do God’s work.
Carlos Portanova, Treasurer
Carlos was born and raised in Peru. He graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting at Universidad Peruana Union and he received his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting at Southwestern Adventist University. He has served as a GCAS Auditor, Assoc. Treasurer and Undertreasurer in different Adventist organizations and is now serving as the Oklahoma Conference Treasurer. He is married to Cinthia and is the father to Carlos Jr, Adolfo and Yaritzel.
Bob Burnette, Asst. to the President
Assistant to the President
Daniel Ortega, Youth Director
Daniel began full-time ministry in Oklahoma in 2007 after graduating from Southwestern Adventist University. Daniel has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, Bible teacher, and elementary principal. He moved back to Oklahoma in January of 2018, after serving three years in the Indiana Conference, to serve as the Youth & Young Adult Director and Communications Director for the Oklahoma Conference. He enjoys youth ministry along with his wife Yesenia and two boys, Isaac and Benjamin.
Tim Kripps, Education
Tim met his wife Angeliqua as students at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. His Bachelors Degree from SWAU is in Social Science and he has a Masters Degree from UNLV in Educational Leadership and Administration. During his twenty plus years in education he taught various grades, has been a school administrator, an associate superintendent. He loves to share with students the importance of choosing God daily, and watching students give their lives to God.
Ciro Castillo, Hispanic Ministries
Spanish Ministries
Personal Ministries
Sabbath School
Walter Martinez, Family Ministries
Family Ministries Director
Jim Landelius, Native Ministries
Jim started ministry in the Ark-La Conference as a Bi-Vocational Pastor in 1997. He entered full-time ministry here in Oklahoma in 2004. He was ordained in 2009 has pastored several districts and currently serves the churches of Shawnee, Seminole, and Ada. He has worked with Native Ministries since 2006 and was voted as Director at the last Constituency meeting. He loves his wife, Tammy, and their children with all his heart and desires to introduce everyone he meets to Jesus.
Robert Quintana, Stewardship
Stewardship Director
Susan Castillo
Administrative Assistant to Hispanic Ministries, Sabbath School, Personal Ministries
Tamra Clark
Assistant Treasurer
Accounts Payable
Angeliqua Kripps
Administrative Assistant to the President
Millie Hall
Administrative Assistant
Yesenia Ortega
Adminsitrative Assistant for Youth & Communication
Joan Rupe
Service Records
Human Resources
Trust Services
Norma Shepherd
Youth Department Support Staff
Korean Missions Assistant
Carol Thomas
Administrative Assistant for Education
Carlene Vigneron
Assistant Treasurer & Payroll
Thelma Vigneron
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The purpose of the Oklahoma Conference is to 

"Proclaim, Disciple, Live With Christ"


4735 N.W. 63rd Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73132


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Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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