2018 Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting

The 2018 Annual Parish Meeting will be Sunday, January 28, at 9:00am in the church.

To view a PDF of the Annual Report, click here. Printed copies of the Annual Report will be available Sunday morning. The Annual Report includes nominees for election to the Vestry and as diocesan convention delegates.

Vestry Election.

We will elect four people to serve full 3-year terms, and one person to serve the last year of an unexpired term.
Vestry nominees are:

John Brock. John, along with his late wife Donnie, has been a longtime member of St. John’s Church. Born in Durant, Oklahoma, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 and served as an artillery officer in the Korean War. Brock has spent some 50 years exploring and producing oil and gas. Since 1981, he has been the president and chief executive officer of Rockford Exploration, Inc. and serves as chair of the board of directors of Brighton Energy, LLC, the AGOS Group, LLC, as a director of Fabtec, Inc., and as an advisory director of Ward Petroleum, Inc.

He endowed the Brock Chair of Energy Economics and Policy at OU and is an organizer and director of The Trust Company of Oklahoma. He created the Tulsa Innovation Center to provide new opportunities for employment and to enhance the economic environment in northeast Oklahoma.

He was appointed by the Vestry in 2017 to fill an unexpired term, so he is eligible for re-election. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and chairs the newly formed Investment Committee.

Steve Emery. Steve Emery has been a member of St. John's Church since 1999.

I grew up in Tulsa and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

I have two sons who are in college, Taylor at OU and Breen at Western Colorado University.

My background and work experience includes owning my own business, and long careers at two local companies.

I was the Director of Image and Standards for Thrifty Car Rental.

I recently retired as the Senior Manager of Meetings for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists where I organized and managed meetings and expositions around the world.

At St. John's, I am an usher Team Captain, and I recently started volunteering for the Music at Midday events.

Leanne Hudson. Leanne has been a member of St. John’s since she moved to Tulsa 17 years ago. She is married to Floyd Hudson, and has two children, Katherine and Matthew Barlow, and a mother, Kay Garland, all members of St. John’s. Katherine and Matthew were in the children’s choir and have been acolytes for many years. Leanne previously served as a Vestry Member from 2007-2010, and was Fellowship Chairman from 2006-2008. She has also served as a Lay Eucharist Minister since 2005. Her areas of interest in the church include strengthening the church’s endowment so St. John’s is well-positioned for the future. She would also like to improve fellowship across generations because there is a lot to be learned from older parishioners, and younger members have skills to offer our seniors, as well.

Leanne is an attorney specializing is Wills, Trusts and Estates. She is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. She recently left private practice to join the Bank of Oklahoma as a Vice President and Trust Officer.

Meghan Joiner. Meghan Joiner is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was an active acolyte, handbell ringer, and youth participant at the Saint James United Methodist Church. She moved to Tulsa with her husband, Eric Estes, in August 2015. Meghan became a member of Saint John’s in 2016, where she currently participates in the Saint John’s handbell choir, the Young Adults group, and was featured in the Saint John’s Mission Possible campaign event video series. Meghan is particularly interested in the continued growth of the Saint John’s children and youth ministries, as well as increasing participation in Young Adult programming. Continued engagement in church activities throughout all stages of life is vital to sustaining the health of the church community.

To facilitate planting her roots in Oklahoma, Meghan is an active member of the Junior League of Tulsa and the Country Club of Tulsa. She enjoys watching college football, cuddling with her beagles, and exploring Tulsa’s food scene with her husband. She is an Associate General Counsel at Xcaliber International, Ltd., L.L.C. Meghan and Eric are expecting a daughter, Eleanor “Ellie” Estes, in April 2018.

Kenna Mitchell. Kenna has been a member of St. John's for nearly ten years. She has served on the Outreach Committee and currently serves in the Children's Chapel. She is a member of the Ushers and is training to join the Altar Guild. She is also teaming up with Fr. Andrew Scott to create "Leadership St. John's", a new mentoring and development program for high-school aged youth in our church.

Outside of church, she is a Public Information Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Kenna is an award-winning former TV news producer, including a regional Emmy award and a national Gracie Allen award. She is currently on the PTA Board at Eliot Elementary and helps volunteer with the Tulsa Ballet and the American Diabetes Association. She and her 7-year-old daughter Vivienne live in Tulsa.

If nominated to the Vestry, she hopes her communications skills can help increase our social media presence and grow our church.

Alec Moss. Alec Moss began attending St. John’s in 2016 and was confirmed in 2017.  He has been working in the Information Technology and Customer Success industries for more than a decade.  He started in these industries by serving in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst.  He graduated from UCO in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration.

Alec has been active at St. John’s through the Young Adults Group, the Outreach Committee, and Music at Midday.  He also volunteers in the welcome booth on Thursday mornings and has appeared in one of the Mission Possible videos for the church.  He serves as the primary liaison to Iron Gate for the Outreach Committee.  

Raised in Tulsa, Alec returned after working for a software security company in San Jose, California.  His parents, Bard and Kathleen, were confirmed to St. John’s Church in 2013.  He also visits his brother’s family in Denver, Colorado as the silly uncle to their 3 daughters and one son.  Alec is passionate about music programs and outreach to newcomers at St. John’s.

Amanda Norwood. Amanda writes: “I moved to Tulsa in 1982 and my family and I became members of St. John’s Church. After graduating from high school, I went to the University of Tulsa on a running scholarship and studied Broadcast Journalism. I spent 4 ½ years working in television news before starting an 18-year career in marketing and sales which has included city magazines and small to large advertising agencies.

“I also had a career as a competitive triathlete for nearly two decades, travelling all over the world. I finished in the top ten Americans at the World Triathlon Championship twice; was named by USA Triathlon as an All-American six times and was the Oklahoma state triathlon champion five times.

“My husband, Joe, and I have two little girls, Lakeley and Landry. Joe has his own law practice. My mother, Susan Erwin, is a longtime member of St. John’s and an usher.

“I was heavily involved in St. John’s during my school years including being an active member of the youth group, performing in church musical performances, being a member of the youth choir, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and acolyting.

“Years ago, I visited countless local churches to find out whether my “church home” was at St. John’s or perhaps somewhere else. I never felt the sense of belonging that I have at St. John’s, so I came back to stay. Once my daughters were born, I realized this is the church I want them to grow up in, as I did.

“I love St. John’s and want to help create a place where families can celebrate the milestones in their lives and create church traditions as I did.”

B.J. Pohl. B.J. writes: My history with St. John's goes back my entire life as I was baptized as an infant in the church. Although my parents moved us to Trinity downtown where I served as an acolyte through my high school years, I frequented the church often as a guest of its youth group and with my grandmother, Doris Spraker, who was heavily involved in the bookstore throughout the 1980's. When Heather and I were looking for a church home for the family, St. John's was a natural place to land.

I have four children ranging in ages from 12 to 21. The three younger children regularly attend Sunday school and one of my children has gotten very involved in the youth group program. I joined the youth and children's program "Renovation Team" last year to help support the wonderful commitment the church has made to these programs. My main contribution to this team has been with our "Holy Grounds" coffee hour for parents that kicked off this year. I've enjoyed working with members of the church staff and other parishioners as part of these efforts. Professionally, I am an engineer by training but fell into computing. Currently I work as IT manager for a large oil and gas company.