Donald Cherry - Pulpit
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Pulpit Minister - Donald Cherry

I was born (March 2, 1961) and raised in Muskogee, OK.  I was baptized at an early age of 10 years old by the late Hubert Brown at the 18th and Denison Church of Christ in Muskogee, OK. After graduating from high school in 1979, I served 4 years in the U.S. Army as a Correctional Specialist.  My basic training and AIT was conducted at Ft. McClelland, AL.  I then served three years in Mannheim, Germany and the last 6 months at Ft. Knox, KY.  After serving in the military, I came home to the best girlfriend (Marchel) in the world that has been my wife for the past 24 years.  We have two children, Donta, 23 yrs. old and Kiara, 19 yrs. old.  I was employed with the Georgia Pacific Corp in Muskogee, OK, as an Asset manager for 24 years during which time the late gospel pioneer I.S. Vinson, for three years, patiently directed and lovingly supervise my spiritual development.  I was also tutored and mentored for many years, directly and indirectly by Johnny Vinson and Arnelious Crenshaw, faithful and committed gospel preachers.

I served as the pulpit minister at the Northside Church of Christ in Coweta, OK, for a period of 18 months before returning back to Muskogee.  I then served as a deacon and lay minister for the Westside congregation in Muskogee under the leadership of brother Frank Morgan for five years.  After serving at the Westside congregation, I served as the pulpit minister at the LakeRoad Church of Christ congregation in Gore, OK, for eight years.  I currently serve as the pulpit minister for the Poteau Church of Christ in Poteau, OK.

Paul Fletcher - Youth
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Youth Minister - Paul Fletcher

I was born in Norman, OK to Ron and Pam Fletcher on June 8, 1972.  My Father Ron has been a Church of Christ preacher my entire life. He is still preaching in Butler, OK where he has been preaching for over 20 years. My dad as well as my brothers and I have all been a part of the University of Oklahoma Sooner Football team.  We grew up in Clinton, OK where my dad served as the preacher for a Church of Christ there for eight years.  I was 12 years old when we moved back to Norman.  Christmas day, 1984, I was baptized by Willie Franklin at the Westside Church of Christ.  I graduated from Norman High School in 1990. 
The summer immediately following my high school graduation I took classes at the University of Oklahoma and the following spring joined the Sooner football team.  I went through the off season program, spring ball, two-a-days and was a part of the 1991 - 93 Gator Bowl champion team under Gary Gibbs.

Throughout my life, I traveled with my dad and Willie Franklin throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri to various speaking engagements. I saw the way they preached, but also how they did personal work, leading people to Christ! These men had passion and were hard fighting soldiers for Jesus! I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing the same thing! They were making a difference in the lives of people for the greatest cause possible! Although I'd been given so much, for a long period of time I made many sinful choices, leading me into slavery of a very sinful lifestyle. It was a time of rebellion and sin that came with severe consequences.  When I was 26 years old, my life came crashing down and I hit a severe rock bottom. In June 1999, by the grace of God, Jesus Christ set me free from the slavery that held me captive for many years.  I made all this known and received help and accountability from the Butler, OK Church and the Westside Church of Christ in Norman.  It's at that time I taught my soon to be wife Dory Monroe the gospel.  Dory and I were married on December 11, 1999 and have been on a mission for Christ ever since!

From 2000-2004 we served as Youth and Family Minister for the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Van Buren, AR. Dory and I had our two children, Caleb and Shiloh, in Ft. Smith during that time.  In 2004 Nancy Rankin, Jimmy Allen and Bobby Parks were instrumental in helping send me to the Harding School of Biblical Studies in Searcy, AR, along with many other loving family, friends and supporters.  We graduated from the School of Biblical Studies in July 2006. We served with the Crossroads Church of Christ in Bradford, AR the first year while in school and with the Downtown Church of Christ during the second, along with a few trips to Poteau as well.

While at Harding we heard from Marvin Crowson about an opportunity to do a Church Revitalization work with the Lake Merced Church of Christ in San Francisco, CA. We served in that work from 2006-2010. In addition to being a missionary with the church in San Francisco, I worked a fulltime job as a teacher/coach at Bridgemont Christian High School. As of September 2010 we are now serving as Youth and Family Minister for the Poteau Church of Christ. We are excited and passionate about this work and we thank and praise God for all of this!

Robert Martin - Prison

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Prison Minister - Robert Martin
Spanish Minister - JJ Espinoza
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Spanish Minister - JJ Espinoza

I was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jose V. and Rosalinda S. Espinoza. I am the oldest of three boys and one older sister. I was raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated in 1995 from Sidney Lanier High School. After high school, I continued my education at San Antonio College and Harding University School of Biblical Studies in Searcy, Arkansas.

At the age of 15, I was baptized at Grove Avenue Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas, where I was part of an inner-city youth group. Later at the age of 23, I was invited to volunteer in some medical campaigns to different parts of Mexico, which made me realize how blessed I was by God. Upon returning from one of the medical campaigns, I was encouraged by my now brother-in-law, Esteban Gonzales, to get to know Christ better and attend Harding School of Biblical Studies. I was already seeing God's blessings, but I wanted to know more of his word and that grace which saved me. After attending Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, I came to Poteau, Oklahoma to see my first niece born. Coming to Poteau, Oklahoma is a blessing because God continues to bless me and now uses me in the sharing of his word. Poteau, Oklahoma is also where God blessed me with my beautiful wife, Amy S. Espinoza, and my Christian family at the Poteau Church of Christ, where I now serve as the Spanish Minister.

Office Manager - Mary Scott
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Office Manager - Mary Scott

I was born and raised in Poteau by my parents, Luther & Ethel Woodruff. I have a brother, Bill of Poteau, and a brother, James, who passed away in 1996. I also have a sister, Kay, who lives in Fort Smith. When I was in high school, I was baptized at the Lakeview Church of Christ in 1958. After graduating from Poteau High School in 1960, I attended East Central University in Ada, where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Business Education and a minor in English. Later, I received a Master's Degree in Education.
After teaching 31 years, I retired in 1995 and returned to Poteau. In 1997, I started working here for the Poteau Church of Christ as secretary/bookkeeper, where I have worked for 15 years. I have two children, Mark, who lives with his family near Heavener, and Michelle, who lives with her family at Gretna, Nebraska. I have four grand- children: Jeffrey (16), Jenna (14), Tanner (11) and M' Kinley (4). My family, teaching, and working here for the church have been very rewarding parts of my life. God has truly blessed me in so many ways.

Office Assistant - Loretta Sisco
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Office Assistant - Loretta Sisco

I was born in Chico, Calif., during my dad's many trips to Calif., to find work. I was raised in Inola, Okla. where I graduated from Inola High School with 42 in our class (the largest class to graduate at that time). Life was simple in Inola. My dad managed a farm/ranch of about 1600 acres. Most of my life was spent on a horse helping dad, or working with my mom in the garden to provide food for our table. I Married in 1965 to my high school sweetheart. We had 2 wonderful daughters, LeeAnn, 45, lives in Booneville, Ar. She has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Ronda, 42, live in Alma, Ar. She has 2 beautiful daughters. Most of my working career was in banking, I worked in several areas of banking for 25 years. My most adventurous was moving to Joplin, Mo., to take a job managing a sewing machine store. Had lots of fun selling machines and learning about every avenue of that job. Wonderful experience. My most healing job is the job I have now. Working in the office at Poteau Church of Christ, Poteau, Okla. Wonderful people & friends helping me understand the way to grow spiritually, mentally, and in my health. My life has changed so much in the last year. God is Good.