Oxford University United Methodist Church is home to me. Through happy times and sad times, it has been my rock. I feel that I belong here.
Ministry Coordinator: Connections
Student PastorBill serves as the Youth Pastor. He has earned a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary. Bill is driven in his role at OU by working alongside Jesus to help students come alive in their faith and grow in relationships in the broader church through experiences that build them up. He says he has two favorite parts of the job: seeing students receive Christ and grow in faith and working with an incredible team of adult leaders that carry students through middle school and high school in their life groups. Bill loves the outdoors, rock climbing, and concerts!
Administrative Assistant to the Lead PastorEmilie serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor. She says she likes having a supporting role on staff because she’s not interested in being out front “at all.” She likes being in the background doing whatever she can to make sure our worship services, programs, and events run as smoothly as possible. Emilie’s favorite part of the job is sharing the load with some of the best people she knows: the OU staff. Her hobbies and interests include baking, walking her dog, and listening to music and podcasts. The OU staff says she makes some of the best cookies in town!
Director of Congregational CareBarbara serves as the Director of Congregational Care. She is driven by interacting with the people in our church and community. She strives to minister to the congregation through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Her favorite part of her position is meeting the needs of the people. Her hobbies include photography and cooking, and she loves family gatherings!
Assistant Manager of Buildings
Ministry Coordinator: Serve Teams, Local Outreach, Caring MinistriesPat serves as the Ministry Coordinator for Missions, Volunteers, and Outreach. She is driven by the search for spiritual connection with God, the desire to have God dwell in her life, and the knowledge that it is He who sustains us. This drives her to make disciples of Jesus and spread His love! Her favorite part of the job is being able to work with different people (of all ages) in the church and community. She cares about working in all areas including the Pantry, building beds for kids, cooking for congregational care, and especially being a part of Sunday worship. Pat says her hobbies used to be camping, canoeing, and hiking, but now it looks more like glamping, floating, and walking.
BookkeeperDonna serves as the bookkeeper. She is driven by pleasing the Lord and knowing that this is where he has placed her. She says that she is a numbers girl and “a little OCD”, so recording deposits and paying bills are her favorite. Her hobbies include baking and quilting.
Director of Communications & WorshipCody serves as the Director of Worship & Communications at OU. He is passionate about helping people connect to the Lord and one another through worship and storytelling. His favorite part of the job is working at a church that has vision beyond just our little block in downtown Oxford. He says he used to have hobbies. Now he has kids. He loves spending time with his wife and 4 kids. He has a lot of chickens, and he firmly believes that baseball is the greatest sport. Cody serves as the Director of Worship & Communications at OU. He is passionate about helping people connect to the Lord and one another through worship and storytelling. His favorite part of the job is working at a church that has vision beyond just our little block in downtown Oxford. He says he used to have hobbies. Now he has kids. He loves spending time with his wife and 4 kids. He has a lot of chickens, and he firmly believes that baseball is the greatest sport.
Pastor of DiscipleshipWes serves as the Associate Pastor and the Discipleship & Missions Pastor. He has earned a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary specializing in Youth, Family, & Culture). Living out the call of Jesus to make disciples and be witnesses in the world through discipleship and missions, and helping equip the local church to do the same drives Wes in his role. His favorite part of the job is getting to relate and walk with OU members at all stages of life from kids to senior adults. He also feels blessed to have the incredible privilege of teaching, preaching, and leading in this community. His hobbies include fitness, outdoor activities, and reading. He is a huge fan of The Office!
Director of Finance and OperationsChris serves as the Director of Finance & Operations. He strives to be a good steward of the church’s finances and property, and to put efficient systems and processes in place so that the staff and congregation can all lean into the mission and ministry that God has planned for OU. He likes working on a daily basis as part of a team with our church staff and leadership and also enjoys working on the complex challenges entailed in ensuring that OU continues to grow and thrive as an anchor institution in our community. Chris likes to ride his bike, attend SEC sporting events, hang out in the backyard with his family (and dog), and listen to music!
Director of Traditional Worship & OrganistAnita serves as the Organist and Director of Traditional Music. Worship drives her in her role at OU. She frames her role at OU around John 4.24: “God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Her favorite part of her position is leading God’s people in song. She believes that music is the language of the soul and that it often touches the soul where mere words cannot. Her hobbies and interests include cooking, reading, and trying to grow flowers that deer won’t eat!
Ministry Coordinator: Global Outreach, Caring Ministries, Leadership DevelopmentCarmen serves as the Ministry Coordinator for Missions and Congregational Care. Serving and loving others drives her every single day. Her favorite part of the job is working with all age groups in this role and seeking opportunities for others to encounter the love of Christ through mission experiences or caring for others. She has a deep passion for health and fitness and loves encouraging others to walk or run. Carmen is part of a running club and a book club, but her guilty pleasure is listening to crime podcasts.
Lead PastorChris serves as the Lead Pastor at OU. He has earned a Masters from Candler School of Theology and a Doctorate from Duke Divinity School. Seeing people discover the life that really is life as they encounter the mercy and hope of Christ afresh and begin the work of aligning their story with God’s story drives him in this role. He loves that the Church is one of the few institutions that works with people “from womb to tomb.” He loves to be part of building up a community of people from every generation and sector (small business owners, educators, politicians, health care providers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, real estate brokers) who are eager to integrate life, faith, and work/school for the common good. Chris’ hobbies include reading, mountain biking, cooking, and traveling - especially to the mountains! He loves spending quality time with his wife and kids.
Digital Media CoordinatorJake serves as OU’s Digital Media Coordinator. He is driven to cultivate faith, hope, and service through the use of digital media and worship. His favorite part of the job is working with great people for an even greater God! Jake’s hobbies and interests include photography, graphic design, drumming, Ole Miss sports, and tweeting entirely too much. He is driven to cultivate faith, hope, and service through the use of digital media and worship. His favorite part of the job is working with great people for an even greater God! Jake’s hobbies and interests include photography, graphic design, drumming, Ole Miss sports, and tweeting entirely too much.
Karie Sue McCaleb
Pastor to Children & FamiliesKarie Sue serves as the Pastor to Children & Families. She has earned a Masters of Christian Education from Asbury Seminary and is an Ordained Deacon in the UMC. Karie Sue loves that she gets to journey with kids and families as they walk with Jesus. She believes that getting to have fun while building faith is the best thing on the planet! Her favorite part of being a Children’s Pastor is seeing kids grow in their understanding of God and how we build lifelong relationships. Her hobbies are adventuring in her camper van, creating art, and collecting stickers!
Director of Preschool Programs
College PastorThomas serves as the College Pastor at OU. He has earned his Bachelors in Business Administration: Human Resource Management from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. His faith came alive in college because people poured into him. He is driven by helping college students experience the same thing! His favorite parts of the job are seeing people grow to the point of serving others and the staff culture at OU. His hobbies include tending to his cattle farm, playing tennis and pickleball, and writing music.
Manager of Building & Grounds
Staff DogMaisie is the unofficial Staff Dog at OU. She loves people, treats, people with treats, and sticks. She also loves playing with kids--especially when she gets to run around the playground. Her hobbies include long walks, rolling down hills, trying to chase squirrels, chewing on sticks, and getting treats.