Roland Youngberg

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     Roland Youngberg entered full-time pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1988. He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984, earning a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Education. After surrendering to a felt call to ministry, Roland enrolled in seminary in the fall of 1984. In 1988 he graduated from Oral Roberts University School of Theology earning a Masters of Divinity degree. Roland was ordained deacon in 1989 and was ordained elder in 1991. He has served local churches in the Oklahoma Conference ever since.
    Roland’s passion is to help people discover and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He believes that the local church is God’s primary arena to make that happen. In his five appointments, Roland has worked diligently to develop his own relationship with Jesus and to introduce others to him and encourage them to develop their relationship with him. Roland believes strongly in ministry to and with children and youth since most people who become Christians do so at a young age. He actively participates in district camp and in fact that is were he met his wife Jalynn in 1995, who also enjoys ministry with children and youth.
    Mission is also a big part of who Roland is.  He understands that to fully develop our relationship with Christ and become more Christ-like we must put our faith to practice by helping those around us. He was challenged more fully to mission by his wife who was very active as a leader in Youth Force OKC at the time of their marriage. She has served on the design team in just about every capacity including director of several Youth Forces. The Youngberg’s daughter Carly was born in 1997 and even spent a week sleeping in a makeshift bed in a dresser drawer in Walker Hall at OCU during Youth Force week that year.  
    In their appointment at Cherokee, the Youngberg’s encouraged the church there to host a satellite Youth Force that really helped the church there grow. Roland developed a Wednesday after school program for children that is still meeting and blessing kids in that community.
     While at Dewey, the church stepped up to host three Youth Forces one in Dewey and two in Bartlesville. It was here that Roland really grew in his ability to recruit and develop staff, one of whom he recruited there, is now an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference.
    Upon moving to Clinton, Jalynn worked a few years as the Christian Education Director, also serving several years as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children. In 2013, she accepted a position as the Program Director of CASA of Western Oklahoma.  The Youngberg’s also became foster parents and through that process, eventually adopted their son Jason who very much needed a loving home.
    It is a strongly held belief by Roland that to truly become the disciples and to truly develop in your relationship with Jesus one must step up to tithing and beyond. It is his biblical understanding that each of us has a need to give. We were created in the image of God and God is giving. Roland has been intentional to teach stewardship in each of his congregations and to practice tithing to God’s Church throughout his life and ministry    
    Prayer and corporate worship round out Roland’s understanding of discipleship.  He works hard at developing engaging worship services that are meaningful and memorable to help himself and his parishioners grow.
    Youngberg would like to continue serving churches in Oklahoma and looks forward to his next appointment with joy and excitement, hopefully in a church that values doing ministry in its community and around the world. It is his hope it will be in a setting where his wife Jalynn will be able to find meaningful employment helping children in DHS custody find safe and loving homes and where their son Jason will find a good school to attend. Their daughter Carly graduates high school this year and has been accepted at Oklahoma City University, where she will study English and History in preparation for law school.


Youth Director

Kendall Warren

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Children's Director

Jeana Robinson

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Jeana Robinson has been working with children for many years. First at Okmulgee Elementary School and then as the Childrens's Director at Okmulgee Public Library.  Now retired form the library she is very excited and happy about leading the children's ministry at First United Methodist Church.

Church Secretary

Susie Fuller

Music Director

Michael Broyles

Michael Broyles has been directing music groups since he was in the first grade, where he got his start as leader of the Rhythm Band! He sang his first solo in church at the age of seven, and the Minister of Music had to borrow the water fountain step stool to put behind the pulpit at the First Baptist Church! His love of music enabled him to be in Hugo Junior High and High School choirs and bands, and his ability to play piano allowed him to accompany solos, ensembles, weddings, church services, etc.
He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Music Education, Piano emphasis. He has hours toward a Masters in Conducting, and he has studied at Silverlake College toward Kodaly certification—a form of sight reading and music analysis.
He has taught in the Oklahoma City area school systems of Western Heights, Moore, Edmond, and Heritage Hall. He has been a professional staff singer at many churches in the OKC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Fort Myers, FL areas. While in Boston, he was a singer in the Boston Symphony Orchestra choral group —Tanglewood Festival Chorus, where he appeared on many televised shows with the BSO and Boston Pops.
He is currently employed by Tulsa Opera as a director in the inaugural season of Raise Your Voice!, where he oversees three middle school choirs as the TPS system strives to bring vocal music back into the classroom. He is accompanist for the music program at Hale High School, and was recently a professional Tenor at Trinity Episcopal, Tulsa.
He is the father of a very talented and successful OSU graduate—Elizabeth. She is currently living in Boston and works in the fine dining industry.
Michael has expressed his excitement about assisting our church in worship experiences through music, and we are so blessed God called this very talented person to share his gifts with God’s people in Okmulgee. Come

Pantry Coordinator

Helen Nygard

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Organist / Keyboardist

Corinne Pitts


Marie Harris


Jack and Janel Wright

Nursery Coordinator

Joy Crow

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   February 2019   
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