Reverend Kelley Becker
Kelley earned a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was called to Disciples Christian Church, as the Senior Minister, in January 2017. She is passionate about sharing God’s love by creating inclusive community, embracing diversity, and showing compassion to all human beings. She is an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ community, an advocate for people who are experiencing chronic homelessness, and a voice for accessible healthcare. Kelley loves working with and learning from people from other cultures and who express their faith in different ways. She reminds us often that we are called to welcome and care for immigrants and refugees.
Kelley, and her husband, John, are the parents of two sons, Christopher and Andrew. Christopher and his wife, Kelli, are the parents of 2 sons whom their grandparents adore. Kelley and John are also parents to a 11 year old Labrador Retriever, J.R. Kelley’s hobbies are biking, reading, and traveling to warm, sunny places.
A scripture verse that speaks to Kelley and her ministry is Micah 6:8, "Make justice happen, now. Love passionately as God loves, now. Be God's image in the world, now." (translation by Dr. Lisa Davison, Phillips Theological Seminary)
Director of Youth Ministries:
Josh Linton is a graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary. He works as an Inclusion and Diversity Program Coordinator at ONE Gas, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also serves as chair for the Inclusive Leadership Council of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. He gets to share life with Jenny and attempts to keep up with his three children Jarret (21), Avery (16) and Jaxon (14). He rarely writes at his blog (https://joshlinton.net) but always has intentions of writing more. It's probably easier to connect with him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/josh.linton1).
Dianne grew up in southern California and was raised in the church. She has worked in the nursery, been active in youth group and missions, played flute in the church band, taught Sunday school and VBS, and volunteered in other roles. She moved to Oklahoma in 1999 and to Bartlesville in 2006.
Dianne has a BA in English and an M.Ed in School Counseling. She was a high school English teacher and a high school and middle school guidance counselor. After leaving education, Dianne worked with the developmental disabilities community as a case manager with DHS and as a behavioral teacher. In addition, she was a mental health care coordinator, working with the local indigent population. Currently, she is a licensed esthetician and owns Advanced Skin & Body Spa, a small skincare spa in town.
Dianne is blessed to have a wonderful daughter, Allyson. Dianne and Ally love to play board games, bowl, read together, go to parks, take walks, and cook. They also have two rescue dogs, Henry and Riley, and four cats. The boys (as they call the dogs) love to go on car rides and visit the local dog park.
Director of Music:
Marilou was introduced to music while attending church as a child where her mother led the singing. As a teenager she played piano and sang at many funerals or weddings around her community in SE KS. She studied music in college and was a substitute director of Pittsburg FCC choir. After moving to Bartlesville, she and husband, Jerry, were charter members of DCC and she has led the DCC choir for about 4 decades. She is an LCSW (clinical social worker) and works in the mental health field. She was a cofounder of Washington County Elder Care and continues to lead a group there.
Marilou & Jerry will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this year. They love music, their dogs, friends, niece and nephews, DCC family, reading, birdwatching and travel. Marilou volunteers for Hospice, church and a few local agencies.
Service Musician/Choir Accompanist:
Brenda graduated from Sooner High School in 1979.
During her High School years, she played piano for the High School choir and for the children's choir at First Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She has played for several different churches in and around Bartlesville.
Brenda graduated from Bartlesville Wesleyan College in 1984.
During her college years, she played piano for the Wesleyan Singers, and enjoyed touring with 20 college students.
She enjoys crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, tennis, volleyball, bowling, playing the piano and organ.