Meet The Staff Of Elevate


Steven Earp - Lead Pastor

Pastor Steven Earp was among the first rag-tag group of Jesus-lovers and risk-takers who founded Elevate Church in September 2011.

Steven has been in church leadership more than two decades, with many years spent balancing between managing a successful business and overseeing a growing ministry. As a church-planting coach and strategist, he has helped launch 20 churches, and continues to work one-on-one with church planters on a daily basis, as well as organizing and facilitating training events for pastors and leaders.

Steven is the Executive Producer of Where Was God: Stories of Hope After the Storm, a critically-acclaimed faith-based film. After a limited run theatrical release, the DVD is now available in retail outlets nationwide, as well as on Netflix.

His first book, The Storms of Life: Learning To Trust God Again, was released in October 2015.

Steven and his wife Chrysty began their life together as high school sweethearts more than a quarter century ago. Today they have five kids, affectionately called Earplings.

As Lead Pastor of Elevate Church, Steven's primary responsibilities include preaching and teaching, overseeing staff and developing new leaders, in addition to expanding our vision for ministry and opportunities for growth. 


PJ Nguyen - interim lead worship pastor

PJ oversees all things creative at Elevate Church including music, lighting, and imagery. He is also a public school teacher in Moore who is passionate about teaching music to his elementary students. PJ is a fierce advocate of lifting up others and pointing them towards Jesus Christ. He loves spending his life with his beautiful bride, Jordan, and their dog, Milo.




Sonya Tyra - Elevate Kids Pastor

Sonya oversees all areas of children's ministry from birth through sixth grade. She is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with the younger generation. She enjoys spending time with her family, laughing, watching her boys play soccer, and taking part in other family adventures. When she has the opportunity, she likes to relax with a good book.

Pastor Sonya on Facebook

Skyler Parker - Student Pastor

Skyler was born and raised in Moore and he received his bachelor’s degree from OBU in international business. He spent several years overseas in Europe and South America as a missionary. He received his Master of Divinity from Gateway Seminary in Phoenix, AZ. He spent 18 years in ministry serving with different churches as student pastor, associate pastor, and missions pastor. Skyler loves spending time with his wife Dayna and his two daughters Annabelle and Elly. He loves playing tennis, going camping, traveling to different places and meeting new people. His life verse is Ephesians 2:8-10.




Rick Cadena - Connection Coordinator

Rick serves as the Connection Coordinator. He supports the church by helping connect people with others or with resources. He also assists with new believers, baptisms, and anything that will help to advance the Kingdom. He loves people, hanging out with other Elevators, reading, and spending time with his granddaughters.

Rick on Facebook

Renee Wayland - Office Manager

Renee is the Office Manager at Elevate. She also oversees our Dream Team which includes the hospitality, greeter, and usher teams. She enjoys watching OU football and women's basketball, making paper crafts, and reading. Renee has been married to her husband, Randy, for 24 years and they both love to travel.

Renee on Facebook



Amanda Stern - Small Group Administrator

Amanda serves as the Small Group Administrator. She oversees the development of small groups every semester and acts as a support for each of the leaders. When she is not obsessing over her dogs and pet rat, Amanda likes to participate in nerdy things with her husband, Jaron, like cosplay at Comic Con.

Amanda on Facebook

Blake Farley - church planting intern

Blake is serving with Elevate for 2018. In addition to interning at Elevate, Blake is also the senior pastor of Gage First Baptist Church in Gage, Oklahoma. He is passionate about Christ, church leadership, and seeing people trapped in darkness freed to new life in Christ. He is a loyal supporter of the Oklahoma State Cowboys and enjoys all forms of auto racing.

Blake on Facebook