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Central Church of Christ
820 Stadium Drive, Ada, OK 74820

Loving God, Loving People

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Blake Earnhart - Youth Minister

Blake and Karla

 

My name is Blake Earnhart, my lovely wife Karla and I moved to Ada in 2007 and immediately fell in love with this congregation!

I grew up in St. Louis Missouri where my passion for youth ministry was born and encouraged by my former youth minister Steve Awtrey. I would be lying if I said that I could do this job without Karla. She is truly amazing and shares in my passion for ministering to teens. Together we share in the joy of parenthood as God has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl, Emerson.

I love teenagers and believe God has given me a heart for understanding them. My dream is for your children to fall in love with Christ and imitate him. No matter where they go, or where life leads them we pray that your kids will always keep God the number one priority in their life.

May God Bless your life and may you bless others with what you have been given!

Cameron Bishop - Campus Minister

My name is Cameron Bishop and I am unbelievably blessed to over-see the Z-Tree student center and Central college ministry. After a series of wild events leading me to pursue church ministry, I did a couple of internships and then moved out to California to attend Eternity Bible College, and take a youth pastor position. My second day in California, I met the amazing woman, Brooke, that would eventually be my wife. We have one son Harbor.  Like everything else in life, Brooke and I never thought we would be living in Ada, OK doing college ministry, but we love it and have been so blessed by it. Central Church is home, and we are excited to be here.

Bud Ross - Senior Minister

Bud Ross has served the Central congregation since 1971. In his words, "I love being a part of the Central church family. This is a wonderful, loving family who do more than call each other "brother" or "sister". They treat each other as brothers and sisters. This is a family that "rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep." It is commonplace for me to go to minister to a member of this church family only to find that others have been there ahead of me. Central is a church that cares about people.

Bud and his wife Judy have two sons, Jody and Toby. Jody is a Human Resources Manager in Houston, Texas. Toby is a licensed professional counselor in Ada.

Bud did his undergraduate work at Oklahoma Christian University and his graduate work at Abilene Christian University. In addition to his preaching and administrative responsibilities Bud also has a private counseling practice, Faith Based Counseling Services. He is extremely active in the Ada community, serving on numerous boards of helping organizations and also works with the Tyson Pork Group at Holdenville as their Chaplain.

Ed Poblete - Missions and Outreach

Since called to serve for Central in 1979, Ed has served as Youth Minister (79'-83'), Missionary to the Philippines (83'-00'), and presently serves in the Outreach Ministries. He also volunteers as a Hospital Chaplain for Valley View Hospital.

Next to God's love, Ed is energized by the love of his family! His wife; Sherry, and children; Daniel and Michelle, are a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. Sherry, works as a Registered Nurse at Carl Albert Health Systems.

While serving in the Philippines, the Poblete's took part in missionary team efforts in the cities of Cebu, Baguio, and Antipolo. Having survived killer earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and typhoons they saw how God's power could turn natural disasters into spiritual blessings. One blessing was the establishment of M.A.R.C.H. for Christ; a medical-evangelism team that conducts free Clinics and church planting through out the Philippine Islands. This ministry tool has produced churches on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Aklan, Negros, and Luzon. Ed continues to make annual trips to the Philippines to keep his heart close to missions.
The Poblete's returned from the Philippine Islands in 2000 not knowing what to do or where to work. The Central Eldership graciously allowed Ed to work and find a place within the church family. Soon, ministries such as the Turkey Hotline, and the new Compassion Outreach Center would provide a natural transition from foreign missions to local work. It is amazing how God uses one's past to prepare them for future ministries.
". . . serve one another in love." Gal. 5:13

Felicia Whitworth - Children's Minister

My name is Felicia Whitworth and this is my husband Barry. I have been privileged to serve as Children's Minister at Central since the Fall of 2001.

I was born and raised in Ada; Barry is from Broken Arrow. I met Barry at Oklahoma Christian University and we were married in the Spring of 1986. Barry graduated from OCC and went on to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. I completed my bachelor's degree at OSU from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Over the years, we have been blessed with three children: Lauren, Madison, and Walker. In 1993 we were also blessed with the opportunity to move back to Ada. I wa excited that I would get to worship with the Central family again because this was the body of people that helped introduce me to Christ. I am still excited to worship at Central because they are still committed to sharing their faith and helping each other grow. Nowhere can this commitment be more clearly seen than with our children. Our goal is to help them love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and mind. May we all make that our goal as we strive to bring honor and glory to our King.

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