Rev. Kris Tate, Lead Pastor
Education: University of Oklahoma - Triple Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy with a Minor in History; Phillips Theological Seminary - Masters of Divinity
Joined the Staff: June 2017
Family: Married to Kinsie; father to Patrick, Henry, and E.V.
Interesting Facts: Rev. Tate's favorite thing to do when he is not working is to spend as much time with his wife and kids as he can. Before he went into ministry, Kris worked full time in politics. Kris tells his friends from that time in his life that ministry is his penance.
Best Part of Your Job: "I truly want two things in my professional life; God's best for everyone and to make a Christ-like difference in the world. What I love the most about ministry is that it gives me an opportunity to do both."
Bret Smithey, Director of Sanctuary Music Ministries
Education: Doctor of Music from Florida State University, Masters of Music from University of Tennessee, Bachelors of Music from Westminster Choir College
Joined the Staff: June 2019
Family: Married to Lori, a singer and worship leader. Three children Jake 12, Eli 10 and Annabelle 5.
Interesting Facts: I am a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and have been an active competitor in grappling and wrestling for many years.
Best Part of Your Job: "So far it has been the warmth and openness I have been received with here at QSUMC. Everyone have made me feel immediately at home."
Jared Shrewsbury, Director of Communications and Facilities
Education: Oklahoma State University - Bachelor of Business Administration - Management
Joined the Staff: September 2017
Family: Fiancé Jennifer; parents Mike and Debbie; sister Jordyn; owner of Dallas Cowdog.
Interesting Facts: Jared enjoys OSU football, hanging out with Jennifer and Dallas, and going to the lake. He loves the outdoors and eventually wants to move to a ranch in Montana.
Best Part of Your Job: "I enjoy working with the staff and congregation to make the vision of QSUMC a reality."
John Staton, Accompanist & Handbell Choir Director
Education: Southwestern State University - Bachelor of Music Education; Master of Music Education
Joined the Staff: December 2003
Family: “Family is my joy in life. My wonderful husband Forrest and I are proud parents to our two fur babies, Hartley and Buddy. A special joy is living less than a mile from my nephew Kolby which means I can take him to school every day and I get to be a kid with him at family gatherings while the other adults are being adults.”
Interesting Facts: John grew up in Hollis, Ok. After college he was a band director and was named Southwestern Oklahoma Bandmaster of the Year in 1981. In his present full time job at Pender's Music Company he consults with band, choir, and orchestra directors from across the state. In 2016 he received the Oklahoma Music Educators Lifetime Service award for his work in the music industry. His favorite hobby is flower gardening.
Best Part of Your Job: "I enjoy working with the talented and friendly people of QSUMC."
Ben Conrady, Director of Summit Worship
Education: University of Oklahoma - Bachelor of Music Education; Master of Music Education
Joined the Staff: January 2016
Family: Married to Miriam; dog owner to Jack
Interesting Facts: Being a native Oklahoma Citian, Ben loves all things local - music, restaurants, and shops. His list of favorite artists is long, but those that top the list are The Beatles, James Taylor, NEEDTOBREATHE, All Sons and Daughters, Horse Thief (local), Chase Kerby (local), and John Moreland (local). Ben is also a doughnut connoisseur and will gladly recommend his favorite local establishments. Ben's full-time work is as a band teacher at Edmond Sequoyah Middle School.
Best Part of Your Job: "I get excited about finding new and relevant ways for people to encounter the Holy Spirit during worship through music, prayer, video, and interactions with each other.”
Becky Hobble, Director of Children’s Ministry
Education: Oklahoma City University - Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Joined the Staff: October 2013
Family: Married to H.E.; mother to Daniel and Katie; dog owner to Petey the Wonder Dog
Interesting Facts: Prior to her work at QSUMC, Becky taught Early Childhood and Pre-K for twelve years in Wichita, KS and Edmond, OK. She is the granddaughter of a Methodist minister and is proud to say that everyone in her family is a singer (even Petey)! In her spare time, Becky is an avid reader.
Best Part of Your Job: "I love the enthusiasm that the kids have for learning, experiencing, and sharing the God's love."
Jarod Conrady Director of Summit Springs Youth
Education: UCO - Bachelor of Science Organizational Leadership 2011
Joined the Staff: April 2018
Family: Married to Kelli McKay-Conrady, Father of Keelie and Jonah (Cousin to Ben & Miriam)
Interesting Facts: Jarod was raised in Edmond and graduated from Santa Fe HS in 2001. He enjoys spending time with friends and family especially in the outdoors. Jarod has been involved in youth ministry as a volunteer or paid staff for 10 years and has a passion for helping young people create and grow an authentic relationship with Christ. Jarod enjoys movies, video games, board games, golf (disc or ball), as well as camping, fishing, and hunting.
Best Part of Your Job: "I enjoy being part of the very special time in a young adult's life when they learn to claim their own faith. Each student has unique experiences and background within our group and I get to be part of that each week as they share their lives with one another."
Jeanine Randall, Director of The Early Childhood Program
Education: Oklahoma City University - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Joined the Staff: July 2013
Family: Married to John; Mother to Jessica, married to Jeremy, Caitlin, married to Tyler, and Emily; Grandmother of 3
Interesting Facts: Jeanine and John love to travel. They try to visit England often to see family and refresh John's accent. New Orleans is also a favorite destination. Jeanine likes to read historical fiction and enjoys all kinds of music. Spending time with family is her favorite pastime. She is passionate about the education of young children. Before coming to The Early Childhood Program at Quail Springs, Jeanine taught Pre-K in a private Edmond preschool for 22 years.
Best Part of Your Job: "One day a parent asked one of our two-year-old students what she had learned that day. The child grinned and enthusiastically replied, "I learned that Jesus loves me!" That is why I come to work every day!"
Linda Hagan, Administrative Assistant
Education: University of Louisiana/Lafayette - LA (English Literature); Millsaps College, Jackson, MS - Licensed Local Pastors Course of Study Completion
Joined the Staff: February 2017
Family: Mother to Chance and wife, Stefanie; grandmother to Camille; pet owner to Chihuahua, Chavez
Interesting Facts: Linda had a former career in banking. She loves to participate in foreign missions, and served as Local Pastor in Louisiana Conference until retirement in 2014. Linda also loves spending time with family.
Best Part of Your Job: "My favorite part of my job is the interaction with the church members."