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Senior Pastor

David Johnson

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I am a lifelong Methodist and I grew up in Oklahoma City. My parents Gene & Sylvia are members at Chapel Hill UMC.   I attended John Marshall High School.  I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS degree in Accounting.  I worked in the private sector for 20 years before listening to my call into ministry.  I attended Asbury seminary in Wilmore KY and graduated with a Masters in Divinity in 2002.  Since that time, I have been at St. Andrews UMC in Oklahoma City where I was responsible for Adult Ministry & Missions.  Over the years I have led, encouraged and started small group ministries.  I have led mission trips to Mexico and Israel.  

I am married to Cindy who is a very special person. We are excited about being a part of Blanchard First and beginning a new chapter for ourselves and for the church.  Blanchard and the surrounding areas are beautiful with good people and wonderful facilities. We believe that we can grow both in numbers and spiritually, making a difference in McClain & Grady counties.  I believe for Blanchard to be a vital witness for Christ in the area our children’s ministries and missions must have a strong emphasis. 

Come join us for ministry. We welcome you in the name of Jesus.


David B. Johnson

Assistant Pastor & Adult Ministries Director

Greg Ray

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Greg serves as the Assistant Pastor and Adult Ministries Director.  He and his family have been members at the Church since 2001.  Greg was born in Dallas, Texas and spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot before beginning a second career in the ministry.  He has taught and coached in the local school system.  Greg is currently taking advanced seminary courses.

He and his wife Linda have three children:  Zachary, Alexandra and Jacqueline.

Student Ministries Director

Sarah Springs

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Sarah grew up in Moore, Oklahoma and was raised in the Tuttle United Methodist Church.  She has led youth groups at Tuttle United Methodist Church and New Life United Methodist Church.  Sarah has been involved as a leader at several camps and Youth Force.  Sarah and her husband Geoff have been married since 2012 and have one daughter, Emmilyn. 

Music Director

James Harper

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James Harper was born and raised in Comanche, OK where he graduated High School in 2005. His whole life, he was surrounded by music; both Grandfathers being musicians, as well as having an uncle who was the music director in the church he grew up in. James was raised in the non-denominational church, Ray Of Hope, where he was active in the youth Praise and Worship band, as well as backing drummer for the Sunday morning worship services. Also in High School, James was the worship leader for a mid-week High School devotional group that met during lunch, playing guitar and singing, leading the students in worship. He began playing piano at the age of 18 and has continued to have a desire to lead worship. He moved to Chickasha, OK in 2005 to pursue a degree in music, and graduated in April of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Composition. In 2008, he became the drummer for Mustang United Methodist Church where he was first introduced to the Methodist church. James says of the experience, "I felt at home in the Methodist church. I love the structural setting that the Methodist church possesses, and feel that God's presence moves through that structured setting." In the fall of 2012, after becoming friends with Dylan Nagode, he became the drummer for Blanchard First United Methodist Church. After two years serving as additional musician within the church's praise and worship group, James was hired on to be the Music Director for Blanchard FUMC. James says that he is thankful to the Blanchard FUMC and to God for being given the opportunity to be the church's Music Director and feels blessed beyond measure to serve this wonderful church. James enjoys writing and recording original music during his off time."

Pianist and Organist

Rebecca Calvert

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Rebecca Calvert was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Coming from a musical family, she has been participating in music all her life.  She began studying piano at age seven and has been playing ever since.  She received a Bachelors in Music Education from Murray State University with piano as her major emphasis in 2011.  She then continued her education at the University of Oklahoma and received a Masters of Music Education in Piano Pedagogy in 2014.  In addition to working as a church pianist, Rebecca also teaches private lessons and works as an accompanist.


Sheila Koons

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Sheila is the Administrative Assistant for FUMC.  She was born and raised in Oklahoma. 

Her office hours are:  9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to noon on Friday.

Mother's Day Out Director

Angela Blansett

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Angela Blansett is our Jesus Lambs' Mother's Day Out Director.  Angela has lived in Blanchard since 2003 with her husband Steven and daughter Amelia.  Angela was a Mother's Day Out Teacher for three years, and this is her seventh year as Director.

Angela ensures the program follows the guidelines set up by DHS, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the State Fire Marshall's Office. 



(For more information about this ministry, please go to the Home Page and click on the "Info" tab and look for "Jesus Lambs' MDO."  You will find enrollment forms, a calendar and lunch menu)

Nursery Director

Rama Christian

Rama Christian has worked for Jesus Lambs Mother's Day Out for several years. She joined FUMC as our Nursery Director in the summer of 2016.