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).
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.
Callie Rivera is a Bartlesville native who grew up in rodeos, choir, and church lock-ins. She married her high school sweetheart, Alex, in June 2013. She received her Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Music Education and Religious Studies. After graduating in 2013 she taught middle school choir for a year and went on to work for various churches in both the choral and children's education areas.
Callie and her husband are Foster/Adoptive parents who have a passion for walking alongside parents through hard times and bridging children back to their families. They currently have three forever Riveras, but usually have at least one other child sharing their home and hearts. She enjoys to sing, organize, talk about what keeps you up at night over much-needed coffee, and going on quiet shopping trips.
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.