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:

  1. Rev. Clark Frailey
  2. Rev. R. Mitch Randall, D.Min.
  3. Rev. Todd Littleton, D.Min.
  4. Rev. Dr. Kent Berghuis
  5. Brad Berryhill, Youth Pastor
  6. Dr. Edith Guffey
  7. Pastor Drew Swadley
  8. Rev. P. Aaron Bolerjack
  9. Rev. Chris Moore
  10. Rev. Brian Warfield
  11. Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe
  12. Rev. Kathy Brown
  13. Rev. Brian Warfield
  14. Rev. Scott Spencer
  15. Rev. Kayla Bonewell
  16. Rev. Marla Lobo
  17. Rev. Rich Lubbers
  18. Father Tom Dahlman
  19. Pastor Scott McLaughlin
  20. Rev. Anne Clement
  21. Rev. Michaele LaVinge
  22. Rev. Roy Joe Ham
  23. Rev. Jennifer Grantham
  24. Father Henry Roberson
  25. Rev. Jeffrey Corson
  26. Rev. Michael Davison
  27. Rev. Jenny Wynn
  28. Rev. Leslie Dotson
  29. Dr. B. Josef Thomas
  30. Rev. Kirt Moelling
  31. Rev. Stephen Carl
  32. Rev. Nathan Mills
  33. Rev. Susan Whitley
  34. Rev. Jessica Maynard
  35. Pastor Michael Facundo
  36. Rev. James Hunt
  37. Rev. Christy Germany
  38. Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend
  39. Rev. Tobin Jackson
  40. Rev. David Wheeler
  41. Rev. Shannon Rodenberg
  42. Rev. April Coates
  43. Rev. Doug Serven
  44. Dr. Dan Eischen
  45. Dr. Bruce Prescott
  46. Rev. Jack Ballinger
  47. Bryan Partridge, St. Minister
  48. Darryl DeBorde, Minister
  49. Rev. Mark Rickman
  50. Chaplain Susan Stephenson
  51. Dr. Randy Ridenour
  52. Dr. Steve Dominy
  53. Rev. Jonathan Watt
  54. Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks
  55. Dr. Steve Dominy
  56. Rev. Jonathan Watt
  57. Rev. Jennifer Long
  58. Rev. David Spain
  59. Rev. Don Heath
  60. Rev. Loyd N Dunaway
  61. Rev. Susan Marks
  62. Pastor Kevin Sutton
  63. Kent Epling, Youth Minister
  64. Pastor David Burgess
  65. Pastor Justin Dunn
  66. Pastor Michelle Castle
  67. Rev. Alan Nagel
  68. Rev. Lori Walke
  69. Rev. Andrew Shelton
  70. Rev. John Bain
  71. Rev. Dr. Debi Powell-Maxwell
  72. Rev. Julia Jordan Gillett
  73. Rev. Tim Blodgett
  74. Rev. Dr. Jason Haddox
  75. Pastor Dewayne Davis
  76. Rev. Dr. JD Ward
  77. Rev. John Malget
  78. Rev. Rick Anthony
  79. Rev. Charles King
  80. Rev. Bob Younts
  81. Rev. Tracy Evans
  82. Rev. Aaron Krueger
  83. Rev. Jen Logsdon-Kellogg
  84. Rev. Desi Sharp
  85. Pastor Rick Anthony
  86. Rev. Josh Wright
  87. Rev. Andrew Long
  88. Pastor Gabriel Pennington
  89. Rev. John Langille-Hoppe
  90. Pastor Jenny Archer
  91. Pastor Julian Rodriguez
  92. Pastor Dana Olson
  93. Pastor Scott Olson
  94. Rev. Jessica Dixon
  95. Rev. Emily Robnett
 

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)
  59. Risa Pierce, Wildwood Community Church (Norman, OK)
  60. Joe Ann Vermillion, Canadian United Methodist (Canadian, OK)
  61. Teresa Capps, BridgeView United Methodist (Norman, OK)
  62. Kelly Nix
  63. Dr. Wesley Fryer, First Presbyterian Church (Edmond, OK)
  64. Sherri Malget, First Christian Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
  65. Amie Fowler, Southern Hills Baptist Church (OKC, OK)
  66. Mary Littleton, Snow Hill Baptist Church (Tuttle, OK)
  67. Ashley Arnold, Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK)
  68. Steve Reese, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Shawnee, OK)
  69. Nash Carey, Connecting Point Presbyterian Church (OKC)
  70. Sandra Looper, Trinity Baptist
  71. John Waldron, Church of the Madalene (Tulsa, OK)
  72. Jennifer Crum, First United Methodist (Claremore, OK)
  73. Rob Carmichael, Crossings Community Church (OKC)
  74. Michael Cobb, Landmark Missionary Baptist (NE OK)
  75. George Harris, Methodist (NE OK)
  76. Kao Laizure, Goodrich United Methodist (Norman, OK)
  77. Dana McConnell, First UMC (Owasso, OK)
  78. Robim Combd, UMC (OKC Metro)
  79. Glenda Thomason, First Baptist Church (SE OK)
  80. Stephanie King, Asbury UMC (Tulsa, OK)
  81. Debbie Kerr, Yale Avenue Presbyterian Church (Tulsa, OK)
  82. Claudia Sweger, South Community Church (Tulsa, OK)
  83. Sandra Dee, Christ the King Church (Tulsa, OK)
  84. Staci Hunt, First Baptist Church (Piedmont, OK)
  85. Darla Larza, First Baptist Church (Blanchard, OK)
  86. Micah Groves, Cooperating Baptist Fellowship (Oklahoma)