Steven Lester - Lead Pastor Pastor Steven serves as the Lead Pastor of Tulsa Central after feeling God’s call to Tulsa in September 2011. He grew up in the rural parts of Indiana where he became an avid sports enthusiast, including football, baseball, hunting, and in later years, bicycling. He attended Olivet Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in Religion, and later attended Nazarene Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity. For the past 20 years, Pastor Steven has served in the Church of the Nazarene in Miami, OK, Peoria, Ill, and Estill Springs, TN.  “Nothing excites me more than sharing God’s redeeming love and watching His children come to life…I want to encourage and teach everyone with all the wisdom God has given me. My primary role is to preach, pray, and lead…and I must lead by example. Therefore my relationship with Christ is exemplified by how I love my wife, children, and my church.”  Pastor Steven has been married to his wife Rhonda for the past 31 years and have 3 children: Kristin, Lindsay, and Drew.

Steven Lester - Lead Pastor

Pastor Steven serves as the Lead Pastor of Tulsa Central after feeling God’s call to Tulsa in September 2011. He grew up in the rural parts of Indiana where he became an avid sports enthusiast, including football, baseball, hunting, and in later years, bicycling. He attended Olivet Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in Religion, and later attended Nazarene Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity. For the past 20 years, Pastor Steven has served in the Church of the Nazarene in Miami, OK, Peoria, Ill, and Estill Springs, TN. 

Nothing excites me more than sharing God’s redeeming love and watching His children come to life…I want to encourage and teach everyone with all the wisdom God has given me. My primary role is to preach, pray, and lead…and I must lead by example. Therefore my relationship with Christ is exemplified by how I love my wife, children, and my church.” 

Pastor Steven has been married to his wife Rhonda for the past 31 years and have 3 children: Kristin, Lindsay, and Drew.

Gregg Counce - Worship Arts Pastor Pastor Gregg serves as the Worship Pastor of Tulsa Central after feeling God’s call to Tulsa in November 2013. He grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and loves golf, music, carpentry, and recording.  Gregg has served in ministry for 25 years and has led worship for six churches in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Alabama, before landing at Central. He attended Southern Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in Church Music, and later attended Point Loma University to work on his Masters degree.  “My passion is to see lives transformed by the power of God through the ministry of his people both inside and outside the church walls.”  He who prays well, lives well.  He who lives well, dies well. He who dies well, all is well. Pastor Gregg has been married to his wife Robin for the past 33 years and have children living in other parts of Oklahoma.

Gregg Counce - Worship Arts Pastor

Pastor Gregg serves as the Worship Pastor of Tulsa Central after feeling God’s call to Tulsa in November 2013. He grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and loves golf, music, carpentry, and recording.  Gregg has served in ministry for 25 years and has led worship for six churches in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Alabama, before landing at Central. He attended Southern Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in Church Music, and later attended Point Loma University to work on his Masters degree. 

“My passion is to see lives transformed by the power of God through the ministry of his people both inside and outside the church walls.” 

He who prays well, lives well.  He who lives well, dies well. He who dies well, all is well.

Pastor Gregg has been married to his wife Robin for the past 33 years and have children living in other parts of Oklahoma.

Melanie Ross - Children's Pastor Pastor Melanie serves as the director of children’s ministries at Tulsa Central. She was born in Iowa, lived in Indiana for 12 years, and calls McPherson, Kansas her home. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Ed from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Ks. Melanie has been married to her husband, Joel, for 25 years. They have 4 sons: Kyler, Parker, Peyton, and Keaton. Melanie loves sports. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball in high school, and volleyball in college. She enjoys watching her boys play football and basketball.  Melanie has been a teacher at All-Stars/Discovery Kingdom Preschool since 2006, and has been the director for the past 6 years. She has actively been involved in praise team, choir, women’s ministries and children’s ministries. Her deepest desire is to see children ask Jesus into their hearts and to help engage parents to actively particpate in a strategic plan for their families’ spiritual development. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  

Melanie Ross - Children's Pastor

Pastor Melanie serves as the director of children’s ministries at Tulsa Central. She was born in Iowa, lived in Indiana for 12 years, and calls McPherson, Kansas her home. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Ed from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Ks. Melanie has been married to her husband, Joel, for 25 years. They have 4 sons: Kyler, Parker, Peyton, and Keaton. Melanie loves sports. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball in high school, and volleyball in college. She enjoys watching her boys play football and basketball. 

Melanie has been a teacher at All-Stars/Discovery Kingdom Preschool since 2006, and has been the director for the past 6 years. She has actively been involved in praise team, choir, women’s ministries and children’s ministries. Her deepest desire is to see children ask Jesus into their hearts and to help engage parents to actively particpate in a strategic plan for their families’ spiritual development.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  

 
Timmy Greene - Youth Pastor Pastor Timmy Greene serves as the Pastor of Youth Ministries at Tulsa Central. Timmy was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA with a degree in Religion and a minor in Social Justice. He is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary. His hobbies include photography, hiking, hammocking, and plays guitar and drums.  This is Pastor Timmy's first ministry assignment. In college he served as a Resident Assistant and on Student Government. He was also involved in other various campus ministries, clubs and intramural teams. Ever since feeling the call to full-time pastoral ministry in 2011, Timmy has been journeying with God to find out what that means. His desire is to see young people come to follow Jesus faithfully and partner with Him in bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.  "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8

Timmy Greene - Youth Pastor

Pastor Timmy Greene serves as the Pastor of Youth Ministries at Tulsa Central. Timmy was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA with a degree in Religion and a minor in Social Justice. He is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary. His hobbies include photography, hiking, hammocking, and plays guitar and drums. 

This is Pastor Timmy's first ministry assignment. In college he served as a Resident Assistant and on Student Government. He was also involved in other various campus ministries, clubs and intramural teams. Ever since feeling the call to full-time pastoral ministry in 2011, Timmy has been journeying with God to find out what that means. His desire is to see young people come to follow Jesus faithfully and partner with Him in bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. 

"What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8

Douglas Reyes - Hispanic Pastor Pastor Douglas serves as the Hispanic Church (Mahanaim) at Tulsa Central. He was born in Guatemala but calls Tulsa, OK home. He holds degrees from Colegio Centro Americano, and Seminario Teologico Nazareno (ITN), Guatemala. Douglas has been married to his sweet wife Maria for 29 years! They have 3 children: Joselin & her husban Jorge, Susan and her husband Wes, and Douglas Jr. He loves playing soccer, swimming, and reading! Pastor Douglas has been a part of several churches on staff and he joined the work of planting a new Hispanic ministry at Central in mid 2012.  Already leading a fast growing and vibrant group, Douglas longs to see people improving the quality of their spiritual lives, worshiping God earnestly, finding sanctification, families being restored and baptism confirming God's work.  Through prayer and fasting He longs to establish the kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit's guidance, proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus, obeying and living the word of God, worshiping and praising our Creator, making faithful disciples for Jesus Christ and influencing other families to Christ.

Douglas Reyes - Hispanic Pastor

Pastor Douglas serves as the Hispanic Church (Mahanaim) at Tulsa Central. He was born in Guatemala but calls Tulsa, OK home. He holds degrees from Colegio Centro Americano, and Seminario Teologico Nazareno (ITN), Guatemala. Douglas has been married to his sweet wife Maria for 29 years! They have 3 children: Joselin & her husban Jorge, Susan and her husband Wes, and Douglas Jr. He loves playing soccer, swimming, and reading!

Pastor Douglas has been a part of several churches on staff and he joined the work of planting a new Hispanic ministry at Central in mid 2012.  Already leading a fast growing and vibrant group, Douglas longs to see people improving the quality of their spiritual lives, worshiping God earnestly, finding sanctification, families being restored and baptism confirming God's work.  Through prayer and fasting He longs to establish the kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit's guidance, proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus, obeying and living the word of God, worshiping and praising our Creator, making faithful disciples for Jesus Christ and influencing other families to Christ.

Christina Knight - Special Needs Pastor Christina serves as Pastor of Special Needs Ministries at Tulsa Central. She grew up in the Tulsa area before heading to college at the University of Notre Dame (go Irish!) for a degree in Accountancy. Christina is a CPA and has served in business and nonprofit accounting roles.   Christina has a passion for people with special needs. She is blessed with two sons and two nephews (ranging in age from 8 to 19) with diagnoses on the autism spectrum and a brother-in-law with an intellectual disability. Over the past decade she’s been active in mentoring children and teens with special needs in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; volunteering in the autism program at Broken Arrow Public Schools; and serving on the board of LeadLearnLive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing college degree and certificate programs to Oklahoma for students with disabilities.  In her “free time” she enjoys reading and playing the piano and marimba. It is Christina’s heartfelt desire that all people with disabilities would have a place in the church, a place for spiritual instruction, care, and community, a place to grow, love, and be loved. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is part of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:27

Christina Knight - Special Needs Pastor

Christina serves as Pastor of Special Needs Ministries at Tulsa Central. She grew up in the Tulsa area before heading to college at the University of Notre Dame (go Irish!) for a degree in Accountancy. Christina is a CPA and has served in business and nonprofit accounting roles.  

Christina has a passion for people with special needs. She is blessed with two sons and two nephews (ranging in age from 8 to 19) with diagnoses on the autism spectrum and a brother-in-law with an intellectual disability. Over the past decade she’s been active in mentoring children and teens with special needs in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; volunteering in the autism program at Broken Arrow Public Schools; and serving on the board of LeadLearnLive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing college degree and certificate programs to Oklahoma for students with disabilities.  In her “free time” she enjoys reading and playing the piano and marimba.

It is Christina’s heartfelt desire that all people with disabilities would have a place in the church, a place for spiritual instruction, care, and community, a place to grow, love, and be loved.

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is part of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:27

Our History

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In early 1936, a vision began to stir in the hearts and minds of three families. Over the course of the next few months, a series of prayer meetings and planning sessions were held that culminated on July 22, 1936 with the Tulsa Central Church of the Nazarene.

For the first couple of years, Tulsa Central met in rented facilities (a renovated dance hall) until it was able to purchase land just north of downtown Tulsa at the corner of 13th & N. Denver. The hand of blessing was upon the church, and it quickly grew to become a very vibrant church fellowship.

In the years since, Central has relocated twice---in the early 60’s to the midtown area, and in the early 80’s to its current location on twenty acres in south Tulsa on 81st Street between Sheridan & Memorial. During those years, the church has also been selfless in surrendering people and resources to establish and build other congregations in the metro Tulsa area and around the world.  Launching five churches locally in Tulsa and a school overseas in the Dominican Republic.

And the hand of blessing that was so evident in the life of the church in its formative days is still upon the church. While people have come and gone, and the generational torch has passed from one generation … to another … and yet another, the “corporate DNA” of warmth, genuineness, and a welcoming spirit of acceptance has remained in place over the years. God has intervened on a number of occasions, demonstrating without a doubt that Tulsa Central is an important part of His Kingdom plans for this community.

While the church has a legacy and heritage to be happy about, and a rich foundation of faithfulness to build upon, what’s more exciting and engaging is the wonderful future God is calling the church to embrace. The best days of Tulsa Central are ahead of us, and there’s a place for you to be a part of this incredible journey.