About Us

Welcome to
Good Shepherd

We pray this is a place where you can “learn to follow Jesus.”. Our caring, accepting, and diverse congregation invites you to come and worship with us. We would love to meet you!

8:30 a.m. Traditional (weekly Communion)

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

11:00 a.m. Traditional

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Adults, Youth and Kids

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World

Our History

Church of the Good Shepherd’s development began in 1982 when a young pastor, Rev. Chuck Nordean, was sent by the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to start the work of planting a new church in the south Yukon, Ok. area. A small piece of land had been purchased by a district church board for the future location of the church buildings at 10928 S.W. 15th. S.W. 15th was a gravel road at that point. A new housing addition, Westbury, had started just east of the property.

Pastor Nordean gathered together a group of Christians interested in begin- ning a new church. On the last Sunday of February in 1983 Good Shepherd’s first worship service was held in a double-wide trailer on the property on S.W. 15th. Since 1983, our buildings and properties have grown and our area has changed, but our mission has not.

Good Shepherd’s mission is summed up in the phrase: “People of God, learning to follow Jesus, inviting others to join the journey.” In their journey of faith in Jesus Christ, the people of Good Shepherd have worshipped our Lord, baptized new Christians into the faith, built ministries to bring help and mercy to persons in our local communities, trained disciples of Jesus, assisted parents in bring up children and youth in the Christian faith, and sent support and mission teams to those in need literally all over the earth.

We invite you to join the journey!

Members of UMC Good Shepherd Smiling
About Us Smiling Faces

Our History

Church of the Good Shepherd’s development began in 1982 when a young pastor, Rev. Chuck Nordean, was sent by the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to start the work of planting a new church in the south Yukon, Ok. area. A small piece of land had been purchased by a district church board for the future location of the church buildings at 10928 S.W. 15th. S.W. 15th was a gravel road at that point. A new housing addition, Westbury, had started just east of the property.

Pastor Nordean gathered together a group of Christians interested in begin- ning a new church. On the last Sunday of February in 1983 Good Shepherd’s first worship service was held in a double-wide trailer on the property on S.W. 15th. Since 1983, our buildings and properties have grown and our area has changed, but our mission has not.

Good Shepherd’s mission is summed up in the phrase: “People of God, learning to follow Jesus, inviting others to join the journey.” In their journey of faith in Jesus Christ, the people of Good Shepherd have worshipped our Lord, baptized new Christians into the faith, built ministries to bring help and mercy to persons in our local communities, trained disciples of Jesus, assisted parents in bring up children and youth in the Christian faith, and sent support and mission teams to those in need literally all over the earth.

We invite you to join the journey!

Members of UMC Good Shepherd Smiling
About Us Smiling Faces
About Us - Linda Truitt
Pastor Charla Gwartney

Rev. Charla Gwartney

Pastor

Pastor Charla loves doing life together with Church of the Good Shepherd. Arriving in July 2022, Good Shepherd is her seventh appointment as a United Methodist Pastor. She’s been serving churches for 25 years. Her loves are preaching, teaching, and developing leaders. Her newest interest is spiritual formation and practices of prayer. Her leadership is collaborative, but she is clear that the main goal is to make disciples for the transformation of the world. She likes to read, kayak, and enjoy new restaurants with her husband Kurt. She’d love to see you in worship and connect with you over a cup of coffee or tea when you have time.

Our Staff

Cathy Childers

Director of Adult Education & Discipleship

Cathy enjoys helping people connect with God and others.  She has been attending Good Shepherd since 1991 and received her call to ministry while participating in Disciple Bible Study in 2001.  While obtaining a Masters in Religious Education at OCU, she began her second career at Good Shepherd as the interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator and then the first Director of the Christ-in-Action after-school program.  She and her husband Alan enjoy traveling and spending time with family.  They have two adult children, two grandchildren and three grand-dogs.      

Email

Rev. Karen Styers

Children's Minister

Karen experienced her call to ministry at age 10 in her hometown, Sioux City, Iowa. Since then, she's had a passion to help children know the Lord. she pursued this passion at the University of Iowa and then at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has a Masters in Christian Education and is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She has served churches in Texas and Oklahoma. She is so glad to be a part of the ministry at Good Shepherd.

Email

Lindsay Bogard

Children's Day Out Director

Lindsay is the Children's Day Out program director.  Originally from the great state of Ohio, she moved to Oklahoma in 2003 with her husband who is in the military. They built a life here with three children and couldn't be happier or anymore grateful for the blessings in her life.

Lindsay has been a part of CDO for 10 + years. In August 2021, she became the Director. She has always had a passion for childcare and teaching. Now she does what she loves everyday here at Good Shepherd.

Watching the children grow and develop gives her great joy, knowing the program has made an impressionable impact on their lives. Her faith in the staff  is unmeasurable. The exceedingly strong support she gains from Pastor Charla generates a strong and successful Children's Day Out program.

Email

Casey Hodson

Treasurer

Bio Coming Soon

Email

Curt Timmons

Director of Traditional Music

Curt Timmons served as Music Director at Good Shepherd from 2013 to 2021 and rejoined our staff in 2023 as Director of Traditional Music. Classically trained as a conductor, Curt has been a church choir director since his early 20s. He believes that many people connect to God through music. His passion is working with volunteer singers and other musicians, drawing upon their talents and weaving them into a cohesive ensemble. He has an appreciation for a wide range of musical genres and styles and enjoys incorporating this variety into the music offered in worship.

Email

Jamie Ruston

Church Secretary

Jamie is the secretary at Good Shepherd, a role she has held for about five years. The great loves of her life are her children & grandchildren and helping other people. That is one of the reasons she likes Good Shepherd so much. She said, “It really makes my day when we get to help someone. I am a firm believer that churches should build bridges and not walls.”

Email

Stephen Bumgarner

Youth Director

Stephen has served the United Methodist Church in youth ministry for the past 20 years. He joined our staff in September 2022.

He has a passion for the development of our youth and children. He leads youth gatherings and loves bringing his musical talent to the youth ministry.

His free time is taken up by his wife Felicia and their four boys.

“I love the welcoming community of Good Shepherd and have encountered nothing but smiling faces and loving hearts.”

If you would like to know more about our youth ministry, Stephen would love the opportunity to talk.

Email

Tim Bourne

Contemporary Music & Media

Tim has been a member of Good Shepherd since 1990, serving on staff since 2003. He currently serves as Contemporary Music Director and Media Director. During the years, he has led youth and young adults, Sunday school and Financial Peace University. He has served alongside his family on mission teams locally and to New Mexico, Missouri, Haiti and Puerto Rico.

Tim’s passion is to help others know the love of God through music and media. Tim and his wife, Catrina, are proud parents of Madeline and James. They love travel, giving together, exploring local shops and eateries and enjoy all things Disney and Marvel.

Email

Misha Yancey

Financial Secretary

While not a founding member of Good Shepherd, Misha began playing the piano for church services in 1983 when Good Shepherd launched in a doublewide trailer. Ever since, Good Shepherd has been her church home.

Misha has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, working in the accounting field for 35 years as an Analyst, General Manager and Accounting Manager. She began serving as Financial Secretary for Good Shepherd in 2005 (volunteer) and has held the position ever since. She loves all the numbers, but also enjoys interaction with the congregation. For Misha, Good Shepherd folk are family.

Email

Logan Walker

Accompanist

Bio Coming Soon