Ministry Staff

Dr. Owen Nease, Senior Pastor - Email Owen

Owen became the Senior Pastor in November 2015. He grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. After OBU, Owen and his wife Amanda attended New Orleans Baptist The Seminary. Owen earned a Master of Divinity in Christian Thought, a Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament/Greek at New Orleans. He most recently pastored First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis, MS, and Crossroads Community Church in Kenner, LA (a suburb of New Orleans). In addition, he has served in various ministry roles at churches in Oklahoma and Texas, and as the Chaplain for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team. Owen and Amanda have three young children.

 Jim Lehew, Associate Pastor- Email Jim

Jim became the Associate Pastor at Emmaus in 2001. His responsibilities include oversight of the staff and mobilizing the members of Emmaus for ministry inside and outside the church facilities. Jim leads the Sunday Night Adult Bible Study and gives oversight to the educational ministries of the church. Jim and his wife Brook have three children.

Jeron Young, Associate Pastor of Youth- Email Jeron

Jeron started on staff at Emmaus in September 1999 as the College and Singles Pastor. He became the Student Pastor in May 2006. Jeron is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeron and his wife Kristine have two sons and have lived in Oklahoma City their entire lives. They pour into our students to make disciples who will impact schools and their community for Christ.

Courtney Ingram, Children’s Director- Email Courtney

Courtney became the Children's Director in April 2012. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and has ministered at churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. She leads our kids and their families to engage in worship, discipleship, and missions.

Amy Halverson, Preschool Director- Email Amy

Amy became the Preschool Director in January 2015, where she equips families and volunteers to minister to our youngest children. She previously ministered at another local church and helped to develop a week-day preschool ministry there. Amy and her husband Jeff have three children.  

Jeff Hemphill, Discipleship Ministry Director- Email Jeff

Jeff started at Emmaus in the summer of 2008 as a Student Ministry Intern. After leaving for Southern Seminary in January 2012 he returned the summer of 2013 and began working with our College Students and Young Adults. In the summer of 2017, Jeff completed his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary and began serving as the Discipleship Ministry Director. He and his wife GinnyAnn have one daughter.

David Hillis, Interim Music Minister- Email David

David began as the Music Associate in 2009 and has served as the Interim Music Pastor for the past few years. David teaches at Heritage Hall High School, in addition to leading the choir, band, and ensembles at Emmaus. David and his wife Crystal have three children.

Support Staff

Jonathan Smith, Financial Administrator
Gwen Unruh, Creative Director
Nathan Hurlburt, Technology
Jeff Meyer, Maintenance
Greg Elledge, Facilities
Melissa Stringfellow, Facilities
Preston Whitmill, Facilities
Todd Pepper, Facilities
Gail Hill, Facilities