Benjamin J. Williams
Senior Minister
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About Ben

Member of Central Since: Fall of 2019

Favorite Book (other than Bible): The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Favorite TV Show: The West Wing

Favorite Movie: Nolan's Batman Trilogy

Favorite Restaurant: I'm still looking for it, but it will probably serve General Tso's Chicken.

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do?
This. I'm one of those rare people who get to do what they love most of the time.

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After graduating with a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Oklahoma, Ben went on to get a Masters of Divinity from Oklahoma Christian University, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Philosophy and Apologetics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor and an author of Why We Stayed: Honesty and Hope in the Churches of Christ (2018).

Ben is married to his heart's love, Selene (McKnight), and they have two sons, Lucas and Calvin.

In addition to his Christian faith, Ben is a fierce believer in Aristotelian philosophy, human kindness, and the supreme goodness of carefully brewed coffee.

Blake Earnhart
Youth Minister
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About Blake

Member of Central Since: 2007

Favorite Book (other than Bible): The Lord of The Rings (It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door...)

Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation (New band name, called it!)

Favorite Movie: Nacho Libre (Give me a piece of that corn!)

Favorite Restaurant: Rubio's in Santa Monica, CA.

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do?Build a recording studio onto my house and make FIRE beats all day long! Whoa, wait a minute...Dr. Dre heard my beats? He wants me to start producing for him? I'm in!

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I have had the great fortune of serving as the Youth Minister at Central for 12 years now. Central has welcomed us into their family and we are extremely grateful to be here!

Outside of Youth Ministry related things, I am on a team of worship leaders that lead on Sunday mornings, very involved in our upstart Men's ministry and also have a significant role in planning our monthly Restore Worship services. Most things technically related in and around the church seem to find their way into my inbox! We set up a lot of tables and chairs...HA! I have also recently taken over the Director duties at Camp J.A.M., a week that our church started at Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp nearly 25 years ago.

I graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2007 with a Bachelor's in Youth and Family Ministry. Our Youth Group has been on several mission trips including our Tegucigalpa, Honduras trip, Colorado Mountain Discipleship Week, and our summer camps.

My beautiful wife Karla and I have been married for 12 years now. We have 3 amazing children, Emerson (7), Addi (5) and Jack (1). They fill our hearts and our ears with lots of joyful noises, smiles, diapers, tears and laughter!

Cameron Bishop
Campus Minister
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About Cameron

Member of Central Since: July 15, 2013

Favorite Book (other than Bible): Fiction: Harry Potter and The Order Of The Pheonix Non-Fiction: Next Generation Leader

Favorite TV Show: Past: LOST or The Office Present: The Good Place

Favorite Movie: Orange County

Favorite Restaurant: Whole Foods

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do?I would live out of an RV (like a legit, Xzibit designed RV), buy a plane (also designed by Xzibit), and travel around doing various adventures. In all honestly though, I’d probably spend a significant amount of time surfing in Malibu. I like doing significant work so I would still create content and hang out with college students.

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How long have you been at Central?
I’ve been at Central for 6 years
What is your primary role at Central and what are some things you are involved in outside of your primary role?
I am the college/campus minister. I also currently preach once a month and work with Felicia and Blake to make sure our individual ministries reach a church wide impact.
Extra curricular activities:
Professionally Focused activities:
•I’m working on my Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Sioux Falls Seminary.
•I did my undergrad at Georgia State University & Eternity College in Simi Valley CA.
•Grad certificate program at Harvard Business School
•Clifton-strengths Certified Strengths Coach.
•I attend a host of campus ministry events each year with our students (gulf coast getaway, passion, c4c, etc).
•Recent conferences/events I’ve spoken at have been Cornerstone Impact Retreat, FCA Gathering, and Healthy Leadership Forum.
Personal Focused Activities:
•I train in mixed martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
•I enjoy anything fitness related such as
•Rock climbing
•Escape rooms
Family Info
My incredible wifes name is Brooke. She is the most creative and focused individual I know. We have a 5 year old son named Harbor who is obsessed with science, dinosaurs and zoology, a little girl who will be born in October 2019, and another child we are working on adopting.

Felicia Whitworth
Children’s Minister
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About Felicia

Member of Central Since: I was born in Ada and went to Central until I left for college. I was gone for ten years before I moved back in 1993

Favorite Book (other than Bible): The Giving Tree

Favorite TV Show: Downton Abby and Poldark

Favorite Movie: Muppets Christmas Carol

Favorite Restaurant: Ted's

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do?Sleep more, garden, quilt, paint, read more, and travel.

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I was born and raised in Ada. I left for college, got married and was gone for about 10 years before moving back home. I met my husband, Barry Whitworth, at Oklahoma Christian College. He graduated from OC and went on to Oklahoma State University to study veterinary medicine. I followed him and graduated from OSU.
We have been blessed with three children. Lauren is my oldest. She has a master’s degree in education and is an English teacher at Southeast in OKC. Madison has a master’s degree in dietetics and just passed her boards to become a registered dietitian. She is job hunting. My son, Walker, just graduated from East Central University with a math major. We also have a bonus child. Cheyene Howell has lived with our family for six years and is a senior at Ada High School. We got to know Cheyene from church. She rode the bus.
I have worked as Central’s fulltime children’s minister for 18 years. Our mission is to build relationships and to teach kids to love God and love people. Never in my wildest dreams did I think children’s ministry is what I would be doing, but I love it! When I look back, I see God’s hand all over it.
In my spare time I like to garden, paint, take pictures, and read. I don’t have much spare time though. Barry and I live on a farm and raise sheep, cows and chickens. We also have 5 dogs, 8 cats, a donkey and most recently added a peacock that we named Kevin.

Naomi Jorgensen
Administrative Assistant

Member of Central Since: 1998
Favorite Book (other than Bible): Anything knitting or quilting related
Favorite TV Show: The Great British Baking Show
Favorite Movie: 101 Dalmations 1996 version
Favorite Restaurant: La Fiesta in Ada
If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do? Explore the United States with my husband and knit/quilt

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Ed Poblete
Benevolence Minister
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About Ed

Member of Central Since: 1979

Favorite Book (other than Bible): Experiencing God

Favorite TV Show: Big Bang Theory

Favorite Movie: Back To The Future

Favorite Restaurant: Asahi Sushi

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do? Participate in International Mission Trips

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How long have you been at Central?
Since December 1979-- 40 wonderful years.
What is your primary role at Central and what are some things you are involved in outside of your primary role?
My primary role is an Outreach Minister for the Compassion Outreach Center, a charitable medical clinic for families with no medical insurance. Secondary Role- Ministering to those that we meet at the clinic, benevolence program and court-appointed community service that gather for worship and fellowship on Sunday nights.

Extra curricular activities:
As a former missionary to the Philippines, I make periodic trips to help with MARCH for Christ, a medical organization that focuses on church-planting and emergency relief missions.

Family Info
Sherry Poblete, my wife of 43 years is a retired RN from the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. Dan Poblete, 37 yrs, is married and has three beautiful kids living in Kansas City, Kansas. Michelle Euper, 34 yrs, is married and lives in Ada, Oklahoma

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