Ministry & Support Staff

  • Evan burkett / campus minister

    As Campus Minister since 2007, Evan works to reach college-aged adults—often associated with Oklahoma Christian University, the University of Central Oklahoma and other area colleges and vocational schools—with the message and love of Jesus. Evan earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from OC and worked as a vocational missionary in Japan for two years and then transitioned from a 14-year career in the insurance industry to begin full-time ministry at Edmond. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Levi and Canaan. Evan enjoys golfing, hiking, traveling with his family, and claims to have eaten at Chick-Fil-A over 1,200 times.

  • john frias / youth minister

    John Frias joined the ministry team at Edmond prior to the summer of 2016.  After serving as the graduate assistant in youth ministry for two years, John's ministry expanded to a full-time role as youth minister in February 2019. In this role, John works alongside Jeremy, youth deacons & sponsors, and parents to minister to students in 7th-12th grades. John and his wife Marci were an active part of our campus and young adult ministry, and each served as interns with the Edmond Church of Christ during their college years at Oklahoma Christian.  John is passionate about his faith and excited to help teens grow in their faith. He enjoys watching movies, writing papers, and hanging out with his wife (not in that order!).

  • brenda gordon / children's ministry director

    Brenda and her husband, Sylvan, have been members of the Edmond congregation for over 35 years. With a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from OC, Brenda taught for 21 years in the public school system. In 2003, she went to work full-time directing the children’s ministry and education program at the Edmond Church. In this role, Brenda provides opportunities for parents and children to grow in the Lord through Bible classes, special activities and relationship building. She and Sylvan have two grown daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter.

  • david laxton / facilities care manager

    After serving 30 years with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, David decided to retire in 2013 and start a new chapter in his life by working full-time with the Edmond Church. David oversees all facility and grounds maintenance and upkeep and directs special projects associated with the church campus. David and his wife, Cathy, have three grown children, Drew, Derek and Rebecca. In his free time, he enjoys golf and other outdoor activities.

  • audrey mauck / missions coordinator

    Audrey assists the Missions Committee and provides administrative support for all our long-term and short-term mission efforts. God has been preparing Audrey for this role for quite some time. She went on mission trips to France, Mexico and other places in high school and college, and for the past 10 years she and her husband, Kyle, have planned the Young Families class annual mission trip to Nicaragua. They have two young children, Carson and Kerrigan. 

  • Shawn Mcelroy / young adults minister

    Shawn joined the ministry staff at Edmond in the fall of 2015. His areas of ministry include young adults, counseling, inter-generational ministry and outreach. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Shawn worked as a therapist, providing counseling and guidance to a diverse population of clients. Shawn earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Christian and a Master's in Counseling Psychology from UCO in 2006. He and his wife, Liz, have two children, Ivy and Elijah. Shawn and Liz came to Edmond from the Britton Road Church of Christ in OKC where they were active in several ministries. At home, they spend their time doing house projects, outdoor activities, reading, and keeping up with the little ones.

  • katie rayner / support staff

    Katie began working in the church office in 2013 and works mainly with attendance/visitor records, minister support, special seminars/classes and projects such as mailings, publications, Christmas Wish program and many more. Before moving back to Oklahoma, Katie and her husband, Kevin, and their two sons, Dustin and Patrick, served as church planters and domestic missionaries for 26 years in Fond du Lac, WI and Rochester, MN. In her spare time, Katie enjoys quilting, paper crafts, and spending as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.

  • kevin rayner / community & seniors minister

    After 26 years as a church planter and domestic missionary in Fond du Lac, WI and Rochester, MN, Kevin and his family moved back to Oklahoma. Kevin preached for the Tecumseh, OK, congregation for six years and then joined the Edmond ministry staff in 2012. In his unique role at Edmond, Kevin provides leadership in church-wide outreach efforts, guests relations and ministry to senior adults. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from SWOSU and is a graduate of Harding University’s Center for Advanced Ministry Training. Kevin and Katie have two sons, Dustin and Patrick, who also attend Edmond along with their families. Kevin’s interests include his family, worship music, humor, sports, computers, social media and exercising.

  • kent risley / executive minister

    Kent, a graduate of Oklahoma Christian, has served as a minister at Edmond since 1987, including work as the campus minister and associate minister. He now helps coordinate our ministerial team while preaching and assisting with the implementation of our many ministry opportunities. Kent and his wife, Brenda, have three grown children, Caleb, Sarah and Hannah and a son-in-law, Tracy, married to Sarah.  Kent and Brenda love to dote over their two grandchildren. Kent also enjoys reading, working in the yard and spending time with family.

  • jeremy robertson / youth & family minister

    After completing two internships with the Edmond Church (youth & college), Jeremy joined the ministry staff at Edmond in a full-time position in May 2010. Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a bachelor's degree in Ministry/Bible and a master’s degree in Family Life Ministry from OC. As youth & family minster, Jeremy partners with parents in intentionally discipling students with the goal of faith ownership while also helping provide family-based resources such as Financial Peace University, marriage classes, Griefshare, etc. He and his wife, Ashley, have two sons, Judah and Ryder. Jeremy enjoys golf and watching OU football and OKC Thunder…and one more thing, he has "mad" shuffleboard skills!

  • randy roper / preaching minister

    Randy began serving the Edmond Church in 1994 as the youth minister, and in 2000 transitioned into the role of family minister. In 2011, Randy transitioned again--this time to preaching minister. In his current role, he coordinates the preaching schedule, preaches regularly and is involved in staff leadership and strategic planning for the congregation. Randy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, a Master's degree in Family Ministry from Oklahoma Christian, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. Randy enjoys golf, OU sports and camping. Randy and his wife, Kerianne, conduct marriage seminars for churches. If interested, click here for a downloadable flyer.

  • Tony sepulveda / spanish-speaking minister

    Jose Otoniel Sepulveda, “Tony”, came to Edmond in May of 2012 to work full time with our Spanish Speaking Ministry. Tony became a Christian in Dodge City, Kansas in 1995 and then studied at the South Texas Preaching School. He worked for a Spanish speaking congregation in Pharr, TX, before going to work for Chandler Road church of Christ in Muskogee, OK, where he served until coming to Edmond. While in Muskogee he served as Chaplin for the Muskogee Police Department. He and his wife, Norma, have three children. 

  • dana sorrells / asst. to children's ministry

    Dana began working alongside our children’s ministry in her official role in March 2012. Before that, she spent five years teaching in public and private Edmond schools, five years as a Sonshine School teacher and four years as a church secretary at Edmond. In her current role, Dana serves as a resource for families to help children “grow in wisdom, in statue and in favor with God and men.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and two children; she also enjoys cooking, creating and reading.

  • john trotter / administrator

    John works in the church office in the role of finance and facility administration. Primarily, John develops and maintains systems to assist the congregation with stewardship of God’s physical and financial blessings. Before joining the staff at Edmond in 2005, John worked for 32 years in various positions in the telecommunications industry. John holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business. He and his wife, Vickie, are very involved with young professionals, campus ministry and mission work in Mexico. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. 

  • danielle waldo / support staff

    In 2008, Danielle began working in the church office. While the support staff at Edmond works together on many projects, Danielle works in the specific areas of bulletin, publications, worship coordination, record-keeping, phone reception and several others. Danielle and her husband, David, are also very involved in Edmond’s Spanish-speaking ministry, providing leadership and support in all aspects of this growing ministry. The Waldos have two children, Alex and Hayley, and Danielle enjoys cooking, crafts and traveling.