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
Michael Smith, Ministerial Director
Over the past 18 years Michael has served as an ambassador for Christ in various capacities ranging from an Evangelist, Medical Missionary, Pastor, Bible Instructor, and Teacher in the United States, Ghana, the Philippines, Ecuador, Canada, and Nicaragua. His greatest passion is sharing about his personal Savior Jesus Christ, who has called him out of darkness to reflect the marvelous light of Jesus everyday.
Walter Martinez, Family Life Directo
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.
Susan Castillo
Administrative Assistant to Hispanic Ministries, Sabbath School, Personal Ministries
Carol Chadwick
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Secretary and Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Tamra Clark
Assistant Treasurer
Accounts Payable
Joan Rupe
Accountant
Insurance
Service Records
Retirement
Human Resources
Trust Services
Pam Fraser
Receptionist
Millie Hall
Administrative Assistant
Yesenia Ortega
Adminsitrative Assistant for Youth & Communication
Norma Shepherd
Youth Department Support Staff
Korean Missions Assistant
Carol Thomas
Administrative Assistant for Education
Carlene Vigneron
Assistant Treasurer & Payroll
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OUR PURPOSE

The purpose of the Oklahoma Conference is to 

"Proclaim, Disciple, Live With Christ"

ADDRESS

4735 N.W. 63rd Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73132

405-721-6110

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

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