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. www.WhereWasGod.com
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.
Anthony Alan - Worship Pastor
Anthony is the lead worship pastor at Elevate. He also oversees teen ministries and all big events. In his free time, he enjoys writing songs and has composed six complete albums through 2017. However, his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, Sarah, and their adorable one-year-old son, Bentley Gage.
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.
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.
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.
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.