OKLAHOMA PASTORS’ DECLARATION ON PUBLIC SCHOOL

 
 

The time has come for Pastors to speak positively about Oklahoma’s public school children, teachers, and administration. We pledge to take proactive initiatives that advance a constructive future for Oklahoma’s public school system.

While every family is free to choose the direction of their children’s education, we believe it is wrong to insinuate public schools are “atheist-based” and that parents should abandon public schools in favor of private alternatives.

We recognize that education improvement and reform is necessary in Oklahoma in order to properly fund and resource our teachers, schools, and students. We reject the false notion that schools are “failing” or not caring for our students. We urge a halt to the demonization of public schools and anti-public school rhetoric.

We believe a free public education is a moral good that is vital to our state’s well being and requires adequate investment to ensure thriving communities. We believe public school children are God’s children who deserve the nurture of a good society, the prospect for a good education and the equal opportunity for a good life.

We affirm the separation of church and state, which will keep public schools free from coercive pressure to promote any sectarian faith.

We recognize vouchers, ESAs, and privatization as an attempt to convert the free public education of the many into a marketplace of financial gain for the few. The proliferation of school choice programs is an attempt to redistribute public education resources from the most underfunded districts into the hands of private education profiteers. We call for an end to this profiteering of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable children.

We resolve to be committed to a just society. A just society will ensure that every child has an opportunity for a good education and that public schools have the resources necessary to provide such an opportunity, achieving the highest standards possible.

We, the undersigned, pledge therefore to,

  • pray for public schools;
  • show our support for public schools through worship services that affirm all school-related personnel;
  • advocate for a high wall of separation between church and state that is critical to good public education;
  • pursue a just society that benefits every child;
  • challenge religious voices who demonize public education; and
  • share this letter with others.

 

Oklahoma Pastors/Clergy:

Dr. Dan Eischen
Dr. Bruce Prescott
Rev. Jack Ballinger
Bryan Partridge, St. Minister
Darryl DeBorde, Minister
Rev. Mark Rickman
Chaplain Susan Stephenson
Dr. Randy Ridenour
Dr. Steve Dominy
Rev. Jonathan Watt
Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks
Dr. Steve Dominy
Rev. Jonathan Watt
Rev. Jennifer Long
Rev. David Spain
Rev. Don Heath
Rev. Loyd N Dunaway
Rev. Susan Marks
Pastor Kevin Sutton
Kent Epling, Youth Minister
Pastor David Burgess
Pastor Justin Dunn
Pastor Michelle Castle
Rev. Alan Nagel
Rev. Lori Walke
Rev. Andrew Shelton
Rev. John Bain
Rev. Dr. Debi Powell-Maxwell
Rev. Julia Jordan Gillett
Rev. Tim Blodgett

Rev. Clark Frailey
Rev. R. Mitch Randall, D.Min.
Rev. Todd Littleton, D.Min.
Rev. Dr. Kent Berghuis
Brad Berryhill, Youth Pastor
Dr. Edith Guffey
Pastor Drew Swadley
Rev. P. Aaron Bolerjack
Rev. Chris Moore
Rev. Brian Warfield
Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe
Rev. Kathy Brown
Rev. Brian Warfield
Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe
Rev. Scott Spencer
Rev. Kayla Bonewell
Rev. Marla Lobo
Rev. Rich Lubbers
Father Tom Dahlman
Pastor Scott McLaughlin
Rev. Anne Clement
Rev. Michaele LaVinge
Rev. Roy Joe Ham
Rev. Jennifer Grantham
Father Henry Roberson
Rev. Jeffrey Corson
Rev. Michael Davison
Rev. Jenny Wynn
Rev. Leslie Dotson
Dr. B. Josef Thomas

 

Friends of Oklahoma Pastors:

  1. Autumn Lockett, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  2. Sheryl Frailey, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  3. Daniel Manuel, Trinity Baptist Church (Ada, OK)
  4. Sandra Looper, Baptist
  5. Larry Stevens, D.Min., Spring Creek Baptist Church (OKC, OK)
  6. Rajeania Runyon, Church of Christ
  7. Tammie Phanson, Western Hills Church of Christ (OKC, OK)
  8. Kristen Huffty, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  9. Dorinda Mayhue, Spring Creek Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
  10. Ava Wilhelm, Westmoore Community Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
  11. Lori Stevens, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)|
  12. Ria Huckeby, First Baptist Church (Ada, OK)
  13. Michelle Boykin, The Salvation Army (Oklahoma City, OK)
  14. Lynn McNeill, First Baptist Church (Ada, OK)
  15. Condy Byrd, H2O Church (Ada, OK)
  16. Sheri Ridenour, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  17. Sister Patty Metts, Baptist
  18. Linda Skaggs, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  19. Thresa Swadley, University Baptist Church (Shawnee, OK)
  20. Sherri Thompson, University Baptist Church (Shawnee, OK)
  21. Joshua Lockett, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  22. Janie Helm, Kirk of the Hills (Tulsa, OK)
  23. Marsha Stark, Church on the Move (Broken Arrow, OK)
  24. Kay Leslie, Faith UMC (Broken Arrow, OK)
  25. Jennifer Randall, First Baptist Church (Tulsa, OK)
  26. Lucia Frohling, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  27. Will McCutcheon, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  28. Lori Wood, Southeast Baptist (Muskogee, OK)
  29. Dr. Nicole Taylor, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  30. Lisa Raiber, First Baptist Church (Norman, OK)
  31. Cindy Rieger, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  32. Debbie Skeel, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  33. Wendy Frailey, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  34. Kim Anders, Bethel Baptist Church (Norman, OK)
  35. Scott Brown, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  36. Dena Nason, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  37. Kimberley Schooler, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  38. Pam Spain, First Christian Church (Norman, OK)
  39. Melissa Randall, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  40. Leatrice Donaldson, Church of the Harvest (Edmond, OK)
  41. Yolanda Shelton, Integrity’s Voice of Victory (Warr Acres, OK)
  42. Anita Cribley, United Methodist Church (Enid, OK)
  43. Phyllis Klugas, Newcastle United Methodist (Newcastle, OK)
  44. Michael Arrisontz, First Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
  45. Mary Harmon, Arrow Heights Baptist Church (Broken Arrow, OK)
  46. Mary Ray, First Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
  47. Jennifer Cox, University Baptist Church (Shawnee, OK)
  48. Dr. Cindy Brown, New Hope United Methodist (Oklahoma City, OK)
  49. William Huntington, St. Thomas More Catholic (Norman, OK)
  50. Shouna Brown, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  51. Joanie Abbott, NorthHaven Church (Norman, OK)
  52. Lamassick Cece, Evangelistic (OKC Metro)
  53. Sharon Willhite, First United Methodist (Broken Arrow, OK)
  54. Dave Willhite, First United Methodist (Broken Arrow, OK)
  55. Travis Carlson, First Christian Church DoC (Cyril, OK)
  56. Kim Moyer, (OKC Metro)
  57. Patricia Stephens, Mustang UMC (Mustang, OK)
  58. Deborah Friant, Spring Creek Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK)