Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Ricky Huggins “Rick”

Senior Pastor

journey_ricky@yahoo.com

phone: 918-635-2232

My journey through ministry began as grandson of a coal miner here in Leflore County with elementary educator parents who migrated to the Durant area. After high school I married my sweetheart Donna then spent a decade completing a Bachelor's then Master's degree in Business Administration while working as a manager for corporate grocers, including Skaggs and Albertsons. During this time God blessed us with five wonderful children and increasingly called me into more active ministry and I served as a bi vocational pastor as I entered seminary at SMU in Dallas, Texas. After sixteen years serving as pastor, I developed Your Best Journey as a 501c3 organization in 2012 and began pastoral counseling and developed several recovery ministries. Donna transitioned from home educator to public school educator. In 2017 the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma offered me an opportunity to be on a mission with them. I currently provide mental health counseling and teaching through the Choctaw Nation Health Services Administration most weekdays. When preaching recently I realized serving as pastor and counselor go hand in hand as an inseparable part of my identity. So I am very grateful to be serving as your pastor and listening for God's call with you. Life is an exciting journey toward restoration when we offer Christ and grow in faith together.

Mayte Vasquez

Youth Leader

phone: 918-653-2232

Maggie Leder

Pianist

phone: (918) 635-2232

Maggie brings her talent to our worship services every week and is an enormous blessing to our congregation.

Jeanne Mead

Music Director

phone: (918) 635-2232

Jeanne Meade leads our music program and has recently started our Youth Choir for grades 4-12.

Leslea Abshire

Director of Children's Ministries

phone: (918) 635-2232

Leslea has had a deep passion for children's ministries for many years and has blessed our congregation by her devotion, talent and kill in leading many children's programs. She teaches our primary Sunday School Class, leads Children's Church (Sunday SonShine) and is the director of our annual Vacation Bible School.

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