Pastor Kent House is a native of Boise City, Oklahoma, where he grew up and graduated from high school. He earned a BA degree in sociology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He holds master’s degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA Religious Education) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA Divinity). His doctoral work was begun at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. College sweethearts, Pastor House and his wife, Janie will soon be married 40 years. Their son, Isaac, is married to Whitney. They have one daughter, Bentley. Daughter Cassie is married to Jon, and their son name is Carter. Papa sure loves to spoil his two grands and will be in fine form to help Janie spoil the newest grand who is due in May!
Kent has served in a variety of pastorates across Oklahoma: First Baptist Church, Madill; Trinity Baptist Church, Idabel; Skelly Drive Baptist Church, Tulsa; Howard Memorial Baptist Church, Del City; First Baptist Church, Dickson; and Western Heights Baptist Church, Duncan. Most recently he was called here to serve at Forest Ridge Baptist Church.
The Pastor’s life verse is Isaiah 26:3-4 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever for in the Lord Yahweh is everlasting strength. He enthusiastically reports, “Janie and I love Forest Ridge because of the sincerity of the people and their desire to hear God’s Word preached.”
Judy Whittle has been church secretary since June, 2014. Judy and husband, Jim, have been members of Forest Ridge Baptist Church since 2006. They have three children, a daughter and a son who live in the area and a son who lives in San Antonio, Texas. They are blessed with three grandsons who light up their lives. Mrs. Whittle’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 – I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Judy states, “We love our church and the wonderful people who make up our congregation.”
Steve Krumm shares, Music has always been an important part of my life. I can never remember a time without it. Through music we find comfort, peace, joy, and excitement. We also find a common ground for everyone to join into. My desire is that here at Forest Ridge Baptist Church we would use music as a means to draw closer to God. The musicians, choir, and I have the responsibility to prepare and lead God’s people into His presence through praise and worship. The Word says, “If I be lifted up. I will draw all men unto Me.” He was lifted up on a cross. We lift Him up through praise and worship.
Jerri Hopper has been our treasurer and financial secretary since 2009. She and her husband Bob have two children and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Hopper loves her church family and her job. Jerri’s favorite scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.
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