Meadowood Baptist Church began as members of the Body of Christ at First Baptist Church Midwest City and were obedient to “Sharing His Love, His Life, His Word” through Midwest City, Oklahoma.
On August 4, 1963, these members left the security of an established church and poured their hearts and souls into the beginning of Meadowood Baptist Mission. Jack Park from Wichita, Kansas was called as pastor and accepted the calling with no guaranteed salary. Jack visited every family moving into the vicinity of Meadowood and surrounding communities. His heart was missions and his motivation was sharing the gospel. The first worship service was held at the YMCA Building at Woodcrest and Reno. Members arrived early to set up beds for the nursery, and chairs for Sunday School and Worship Service. After four months, membership had outgrown the YMCA and Meadowood Baptist Mission began holding services at Cleveland Bailey Elementary School. Once again, nursery beds had to be brought in and set up as well as chairs for Sunday School and Worship. The choir used the schools bleachers and needless to say there wasn’t much of a sound system.
On January 31, 1965, Meadowood Baptist Mission was declared a “Constituted Baptist Church” and became Meadowood Baptist Church, at Reno and Woodcrest, Midwest City, Oklahoma. Not only had we become a church but we also became family. Families from out of state moving to Midwest City to work at Tinker Air Force Base found a Body of Christ who loved the Lord and one another. Lifelong friendships were forged and this Body of Christ helped one another grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From 1963 to 1965, Joel Wall was Meadowood’s song leader. Bob Allen was called as our first fulltime Minister of Music and Youth in 1966. Members who could actually sing joined the choir rather than the “joyful noise choir.” Bob and his wife, Bobbilou, reached out to the youth in the community offering rides to church, activities, and trips to Falls Creek.
Jack Park resigned as Pastor in March of 1967 to become a Chaplain in the Army. A search committee was formed and in August of 1967 the church called Gary Young as Pastor. Gary Young came to Meadowood with energy, wit, humor, and grounded in the Word of God. Our church family grew and new parking and lighting was purchased and paid for in 1969. Bob Allen resigned as Music and Youth Director in April, 1969. Gary Aylor was called as Associate Pastor and Youth Director, and was ordained May 18, 1969. Gary had come with his parents from First Baptist Church of Midwest City as a high school student and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. Having two Garys in the office created confusion so Gary Young was often referred to as “One Lung Young” and Gary Aylor just became “Aylor”. The Youth Ministry exploded as “Aylor” went into the schools inviting youth to church, creating an atmosphere of fun, acceptance and spiritual growth. Then as now, the Body of Christ at Meadowood loved the youth and sponsored them with time, money and prayers as the youth journeyed on Mission Trips, Falls Creek and Siloam Springs. Aylor used every opportunity during school breaks and summer break to mentor and minister to the youth of Midwest City by keeping them involved in activities such as Sunday night fellowships, News Years Eve Parties, Haunted Houses, Banquets, Softball and Basketball Leagues, Fall Break, Spring Break and Summer trips to Falls Creek. Aylor stated his purpose for a youth program was, “not merely to entertain the youth while at church but to involve them in the true worship experience and to show the world that Christians can have fun”. The youth established the first version of the “Rock House” with a vacant house down the street that was cleaned and painted by the youth and youth workers which became known as “The One Way House”. “The One Way House” hosted fellowships and after game concerts.
In 1970, Riley Albertson was called as Minister of Music and Education. Riley was busy with the Cherub Singers (3 & 4 Year Olds); Celestial Choir (Kindergarten and First Grade); Music Makers (2nd – 3rd Grade); Young Musicians (4th – 6th Grade); Youth Choir (7th – 12th Grade) and the Adult Choir. The Meadowood Youth Choir began presenting musicals to other churches in the area and on mission trips. As more space was needed the members entered into a building program to extend the Chapel and build a Children’s Building. The buildings were completed and dedicated on Easter Sunday, 1971. Gary Young was called to another church in Phoenix, Arizona in 1971 and Bob Lee became Interim Pastor.
In May of 1972, O. Damon Shook was called as Pastor. Damon taught us how to walk by faith and live a life filled with the Holy Spirit. We began several new Ministries of Outreach; A Bus Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Puppet Ministry, Tape Ministry, Witness Groups and Library. As new ministries began, members of the Body of Christ stepped up to lead and work in these outreach efforts. The bus ministry began with 58 riders and within three years grew to over 200 riders per week. Buses were purchased and members volunteered as bus captains, drivers, runners, and mechanics. Saturday mornings were spent going house to house visiting with parents, inviting their children to attend church and ride the bus the next day. Sunday mornings began early as the bus routes began and ended early afternoons as each rider was delivered to their front door. The success of the bus ministry led to the creation of Children’s Church to accommodate those children whose parents were not attending. Bus volunteers also helped in the Children’s Church, relationships were formed and many children came to know Jesus personally.
God never promised that members would not endure hardships but He did promise that where two or more are gathered together in His name there He would be in their midst. An Intercessory Prayer Ministry was begun to pray for one another through trials, tribulations, illnesses, and salvation for the lost. Damon led a Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings and after the Bible Study the women would go out to witness and meet the needs of other women in the community. Riley Albertson resigned in October of 1972 to serve as Minister of Education and Music at First Baptist church in Ponca City. In July of 1973, Earl Long was called as full time Minister of Education and Bob Aubrey served as Minister of Music for a brief time.
Tom Poe was called as full time Minister of Music in 1974. Tom Poe became not only our Minister of Music but our Worship Leader and continues to exemplify Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” The Body of Christ continued to grow spiritually and in numbers. Even with two Sunday School and two Worship Services we were overcrowded in our Nursery and Preschool Departments. Space was once again being utilized at the YMCA.
In 1975, Damon reached out to the congregation stating that, “God has touched many lives through the ministry of Meadowood. However, the past is not enough. We must build for now and for the future if God is to use us.” Meadowood took “A Giant Stride in Faith” through a sacrificial giving campaign to build a new sanctuary and education space. We broke ground in August, 1975. After eight years of service, Gary Aylor resigned in 1975 to serve at First Southern Baptist church in Phoenix, Arizona. We entered our new Children’s Building in May, 1976 and Worship Center in November, 1976 and once again were able to worship together.
Joe Snow was called as Minister of Youth and Recreation in 1976. God continued to enlarge our Circle of Love. Our Literacy and International Ministries began in the fall of 1976. For 37 years of ministry with Internationals, they have assisted hundreds of people in learning English and also in getting their G.E.D. In 1977, a contract was entered into with the YMCA for the 3rd time in thirteen years for additional classroom space.
Damon Shook resigned in March, 1978 to follow God’s calling in Houston, Texas and Bob Ross was called as our Interim Pastor. Bob Ross was welcomed into the family and always closed each service with the Doxology, “Praise God from Whom all Blessing Flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”
1979 was a year for many staff changes; Joe Snow resigned as Minister of Youth and Recreation, in March. Mack Roark was called as Pastor in July. Mack Roark was a Bible teacher and scholar teaching the flock the word of God with power. Earl Long resigned as Minister of Education in December and Nick Dyer was called as Associate Pastor and Youth Director. Bill Sisson was called as Minister of Education in 1980. The Deaf Ministry and International Ministry began during this timeframe. Mack Roark resigned in July 1982 to accept a professor position at Oklahoma Baptist University and once again Bob Ross joined the family as Interim Pastor and once again we, “Praised God from Whom all Blessing Flow.”
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. From the beginning, the care and nurturing of the children was a priority. Many Sundays, the Deacons would walk by the nursery and if they saw help was needed they took off their ties and coats and sat down with the children to read, play, and love them. As our membership grew, so did the nursery population. Opal Hoskins was our first Nursery Coordinator. Geri Emery was called as Minister of Childhood Education in 1982, followed by Curtis Barrett, Mark Gibson, Charles Scheffe and now Clint Percefull. The children of Meadowood grew up learning about Jesus while having fun at Vacation Bible School, Children’s Choirs, Summer Camps, GAs, RAs, and Kids Night Out. Meadowood’s Mothers Day Out Program began October 19, 1982.
Bob Rutherford was called as Pastor in March, 1983. Bob has served as Meadowood’s pastor for 30 years and continues to do so. He has an innate ability to witness and share the gospel wherever he goes. Bob has faithfully and passionately preached Christ and His Word at Meadowood under the annointing of God’s Spirit. Bob is a shepherd to his flock; loving, caring, tenderhearted, always ministering to the needs of others. Bob relates spiritual truths in his sermons from everyday events. Bob manifests Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” There is often silence during service as Bob gathers his emotions to express the love, forgiveness and blessings of God. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17.
Eric Hystad became Minister of Youth February 2, 1984. Eric brought new and exciting ministries for the Youth. He began Disciple Now weekends which remain an annual event the youth look forward to for renewal and growth. We began holding two Sunday Schools on October 2, 1984. Mark Cordray became Minister of Education December 2, 1984. In 1985 a Shuttle Service from Heritage Park Mall became necessary due to limited parking. Meadowood voted to help support the Filipino Mission work in cooperation with the Capital Baptist Association and the Home Mission Board in 1986. In January 1987 our Filipino mission began Bible Study groups in homes and in October began meeting in the YMCA. Meadowood’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary was celebrated on July 31, 1988.
In 1990, we once again broke ground, this time for a multi-purpose fellowship hall and remodeled the old chapel for adult Sunday School classrooms. The new education facilities were dedicated to the Lord on August 4, 1991.
Kent Epling was a special needs teacher in the Mid-Del School System and worked with Eric Hystad in the Youth Ministry when he felt God calling him into full time youth service. When Eric resigned the search committee didn’t have far to look. Kent Epling was called as Minister to Students on June 1, 1992. Kent continued the Disciple Now tradition, involved youth in Super Summer at OBU and began the Howdy Trip to welcome 7th graders to the youth ministry. Kent had a vision of a youth building for fellowships, recreation, and concerts. That dream became a reality in 2006.
Meadowood has always had a heart for outreach. 1 John 3:17 – 18: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” A group of Members noted there were families in the multi-housing community that would not come to church; so they became obedient to Scripture and took the gospel into these apartment communities holding Bible studies, providing food, clothing, and household items. The outcome of this ministry resulted in the formation of Mission Mid-Del in October, 1992.
The new century brought about an extensive remodeling of our twenty-five year old worship center as well as other sections of the building. The ministry of Mission Mid-Del continued to expand into our community and Alex Aaron was hired as Director of Mission Mid-Del in 2000 and continues to remain faithful in that position today. Since they began keeping records in 1993, they have served 68,570 households and 23,140 individuals. Since 1994, 480 people have accepted Christ.
Jay Ramer was called to be our Minister of Education and Administration in March 2004, and continues to serve in that capacity. Land west of the YMCA was given as a gift to Mission Mid-Del in November, 2004. In March 2005, we began a “Steps to the Future” capital stewardship campaign to carry out the work of building a building for Mission Mid-Del and The Rock House for our youth. These two buildings were dedicated on October 2006. In 2010, Meadowood once again reached out to the children in the community through Whiz Kids, a faith-based after school tutoring and mentoring program for inner-city students reading below grade level.
Over the years God has blessed Meadowood with supportive and caring staff who have served him faithfully as Secretaries, Administrative Assistants, Facilities Managers, Custodians, Preschool Coordinators, Hostesses, Pianist, Organist and Food Services.
Our pastors, staff, and Sunday School Teachers planted and watered the seed in the hearts of its members, but it was God who made it grow. Many members of the Body of Christ have taken the seed which was planted at Meadowood and spread it as they followed God’s calling to various ministries throughout the world.
This past decade, many of the charter and faithful members have gone home to be with our Lord. They have left a legacy of faithfulness, commitment, support and love for the Body of Christ known as Meadowood Baptist Church. Meadowood Baptist Church has been blessed the past 50 years as we have Shared His Love, His Life, His Word. “And this is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God”. Philippians 1: 9-10.
Chapel Ground Breaking
Chapel Ground Breaking
Chapel Ground Breaking with Jack Park
Chapel Profile From Reno Avenue
A "Constituted Baptist Church"
Original Fellowship Hall Construction
Original Fellowship Hall Construction
Original Rendering of New Worship Center
Ground Breaking of the Children's Wing