Keith Burkhart has served the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma since 2007. At the Convention, Keith served as the Family and Men’s Ministry Specialist for over 10 years. In May of 2018, he became the Falls Creek and CrossTimbers Conference Centers Director. Keith is passionate about helping churches develop spiritually strong men and families who impact their communities for the Kingdom of God. Through his leadership with the “Rewired” men’s conference, men across the United States are discovering new ways to live out their faith. Keith is the author of “Advanced Men’s Ministry Training…A Manual for Building Your Men’s Ministry”, used by churches throughout the United States. Keith has contributed to various articles related to men, marriage and family for Lifeway Christian Resources and serves on various boards and advisory committees related to men’s ministry.
Keith also leads the Oklahoma Faith Riders motorcycle ministry, representing riders in over 75 churches across Oklahoma. Keith began his ministry at First Southern Baptist Church where he served for 10 years. Keith’s other accomplishments include being a small business owner and serving in the United States Army Reserves for 21 years. Keith has been married to his wife Jeanette for 40 years and is the proud father of 10 children and 13 grandchildren.
Joe joined the staff of First Southern in 2009 as Associate Pastor. A native Oklahoman, he has served in a variety of local churches and Baptist denominational positions. Joe’s ministry passion is to help adults become “fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” Joe and his wife, Liz, have two grown sons.
Mitch came to First Southern in 2010 and serves as the Worship Pastor. Mitch has been in ministry for over 30 years in many different positions such as concert artist, student pastor, worship leader and senior pastor. He is married to Rebekah and they have two adult children.
Wilson has served on the staff over 30 years under five pastors. As assistant to the pastor, he is responsible for baptism, benevolence and pastoral ministries. His joy and delight is our church family and leading people to the Lord each week. He is married to Ruth Ann.
Brian joined our staff in May of 2015. He is married to Sheree and has a son named Brock. Brian trusted Christ at the age of 15 in Wichita, KS. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and has served in student ministry for 20 years in Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Brian enjoys spending time with family, cycling, watching Jayhawk Basketball, and riding his motorcycle.
Derek joined the staff full time in 2016, he was a student intern for a year prior. He is from Anadarko Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where he also played on the baseball team there. He is a people person and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
He’s married to his sweetheart Sara and they have two children, Hannah and Emily. He previously served as Children’s Pastor (where he served for over 9 years). He was born and raised in the Oklahoma City area. His hobbies are hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.
Cara joined the First Southern staff in 2015. She is married to Tyler, her high school sweetheart. They have 2 girls, Lainey and Lauryn. She enjoys triathlons, marathons, being outside and photography.
Dave joined the staff at First Southern in 2014. He and his wife, Londa, have been married for over 25 years. They have one son, Daniel. Daniel and his wife, Rebecca and grand daughter, Genesis live in Australia.
Dave served in the Air Force for 15 years and has owned/operated their family business since 1997. He and Londa have served as Sunday School teachers and directors in the past here at First Southern for many years.
Dave’s interests are traveling and biking with Londa. Hobbies include sporting clays, upland bird hunting, and biking.