Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Greg Tener

Pastor

Rev. Dr. Greg Tener was appointed as the Senior Pastor of Bartlesville First Church on June 1, 2018. Greg is originally from Moore, OK where he was an active member of First UMC.  He holds degrees from Oklahoma City University, Southern Methodist University, and Saint Paul School of Theology. Greg worked for Southwestern Bell for sixteen years before entering ordained ministry.  Since 1993, he has served the churches in Wilson, Loco, Putnam City (OKC), and Poteau.  Greg also served as the director of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry in Weatherford.  In 2012, Greg served as the District Superintendent in the Ardmore District, followed by the Heartland District. As a member of the Oklahoma Annual Conference, Greg is serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry.  He is a supporter of the camping and campus ministries of the conference. Greg and his wife, Judy have two children, Bryan (Angela) of Piedmont, OK, and Melissa of OKC.

Emily Robnett

Pastor

Rev. Emily L. Robnett was appointed as an Associate Pastor at Bartlesville First Church on June 28, 2020. Emily is a native Oklahoman, born and raised in Ada where she was an active member of Ada First United Methodist. She studied at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Before serving at BFC, she served as Senior Pastor at Enid New Hope United Methodist from 2017-2020.
As a member of the Oklahoma Conference, she currently serves as Chair of the Commission of the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) and as a member of Minority Local Church Concerns (MLCC). She is passionate about OKUMC Summer Camps, and usually attends LEAD and district camp.
Emily is happily married to Rev. Michael Robnett, who also serves at Bartlesville First; they are expecting their first child in August 2020.

Michael Robnett

Pastor

Rev. Michael Robnett was appointed as an Associate Pastor at Bartlesville First Church on June 28, 2020. Although Michael was born in Connecticut and raised across most of the East Coast, he considers the New Orleans/Slidell, Louisiana area his true home. He studied at the University of New Orleans, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law Studies and received his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Before serving at BFC, he served as Senior Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Enid from 2017-2019, and as Associate Pastor of Youth and Modern Worship at First United Methodist Church Enid from 2019-2020.
Michael is happily married to Rev. Emily L. Robnett, who also serves at Bartlesville First; they are expecting their first child in August 2020.

Micheal Stevens

TRADITIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Emily French

MODERN  MUSIC  DIRECTOR

Emily French is our Modern Worship Leader. She and her husband Larry have 3 boys and have been part of the Bartlesville community for many years. Both Emily and Larry are grads of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Emily has her Bachelor's degree in Church Music and a Master's in Human Relations. She works full time in Human Resources and Leadership Development for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Emily has been leading worship since she was a young girl in youth group and comes from a heritage of Pastors, Song Writers and Musics Ministers. She is actively involved in humanitarian work and her life mission is to develop women and girls to their full potential. You can see more of her life work on her website emilyjfrench.com along with her original music.

Susan Mueller

MUSIC ASSOCIATE

Susan Mueller is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education and Southern Methodist University with a master’s in choral conducting.
She taught vocal music for five years in the Jenks Public Schools, and for 20 years at Bartlesville High School. During those years, her choirs were awarded many superior ratings, gold awards, sweepstakes awards, and sweepstakes plus plaques. Susan also taught both choral music and music education courses for several years on the college level – at Oral Roberts University and Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University).
In 2006, she was selected as Bartlesville High School’s Teacher of the Year, and in 2007, was chosen the Director of Distinction by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. In 2008, Susan was inducted in to the Oklahoma Music Education Association Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the Bartlesville schools in 2008, she continues as conductor of the Bartlesville Choral Society and as pianist at First Church.

Patricia Gesner

Business Manager

In her elementary years, Patricia was quite the world traveler.  Her roots finally found a home in the hills of West Virginia where she spent her more formative years and most of her adult life.  Patricia graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Minor in Spanish.  While attending WVU she also found a passion for religious studies and took as many religious courses as her field of study would allow.  After graduating, Patricia entered the corporate world.  While she enjoyed the fast pace and challenges afforded by this environment she was not happy with having to sacrifice time and life away from her family.  Around this time she felt a call to ministry as a lay employee at her local church.  She worked there as the Director of Finance and Administration for several years.  Prior to working here at Bartlesville First Church, Patricia held another position steeped in ministry as the Vice President of Operations for an adventure travel company whose target customer base was church youth groups.  In June of 2019, Patricia and her husband Jason moved to Bartlesville from their tiny town in West Virginia where they had lived and raised their family for the last 15 years.  They have 3 children: Jacob, Claire, and Tala.  In addition to spending time with her family, in her free time – when she has it, Patricia enjoys reading, baking, playing video games, snowboarding, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Jena Barber

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

Jena Barber comes from Dewey United Methodist Church, where she has been assisting her husband, the pastor, with children’s and multi-generational ministries. Before that, Jena spent years in different United Methodist churches serving in a wide range of capacities from preschool ministry to women’s ministry and everything in between. Jena was educated at Lyon College and is currently working toward an elementary education degree online. Her work experience, centered on nonprofit development and event planning, lend creativity to her work; her years as a yoga teacher keep her centered. Jena and her husband Jinx have two daughters, Kali and Cadence, three dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon. When she’s not working with kids, you’ll find Jena cooking or reading.

Cj Shell

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ASSOCIATE (VOLUNTEER LEADER)

CJ was raised in Gilmer, Texas where she spent loads of time learning and worshipping at First United Methodist Church. Her college years were spent at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Wesley Foundation. She says that the Wesley Foundation taught her about service projects and true acceptance by the church.
After college, CJ taught junior high and high school math in Center Point, Bandera, LaGrange and Giddings, Texas.  She also worked in Christian education in United Methodist churches in Boerne, Bandera, Kerrville, La Grange, and Mason, Texas.  CJ was very active with United Methodist Women while living in Texas—she served as a conference officer for eight years and a district officer for four years. She learned about the International Christmas Market through UMW and has been continuing that ministry for over 25 years.
CJ moved to Bartlesville in 2005 to teach math at Nowata High School. She now teaches Geometry at Bartlesville High School. She joined Bartlesville First Church in July 2006 and began working with the children’s music in August 2006. She now works as an associate in Children’s Ministry helping in many different ways.  She has been a site coordinator/supervisor for  Project Transformation since it started in Bartlesville. CJ is part of the missions committee, children’s council, United Methodist Women, and the Sanctuary Choir at Bartlesville First Church. CJ’s family includes her cats Milo and Tenny.

Joel Bernstein

MEDIA GEEK

Student of all, master of none.

Bryce Hawkins

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR

Bryce Hawkins is married to Adrian Hawkins.  They have a son, Maverick, and two dogs, Bruno and Kleo.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family.
 
Bryce Hawkins comes from the Copan United Methodist Church, where she was the administrative assistant.  It is there where she assisted the pastor in planning, organizing, and goal setting, so that the responsive programs developed would lead to the vitality of the community and church.  She is excited to collaborate and work with the pastors, staff, and community members here at the First Church in Bartlesville.

Martha Sager

DIRECTOR OF KIDS FIRST CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Martha Sager has lived in Bartlesville since 1988. She is married to Gary Boorigie and together they have 7 children and 14 grandchildren.
Martha has her BS in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Arkansas. She has owned and operated 2 childcare centers, helped start the Preschool for the YMCA. She worked many years in the financial field as a financial advisor and went on to be a VIP host and now has been employed by Kids First since October 2018. She started in the position of a teacher and is now holds the title of Director. Anyone familiar with the school has seen many changes and updates and will continue to see even more. It is the thrill of my lifetime to have this opportunity!
Martha has a passion for traveling the world over but the delight of her life is spending time with her grandchildren!

Ashlie Darnell

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF KIDS FIRST CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Born and raised in Bartlesville, Ashlie Darnell has been the Kids First Assistant Director since January of 2019. She has backgrounds in family business ownership, office management, insurance and organization but loves her job with Kids First more than any job she has previously had.
Ashlie is married to Kirk Darnell and together they have 6 children, Kelsey, Paittan (and husband Kyle), Korbin (and wife Julia), Sean (and wife Sidney), Noah, Ethan and four grandkids, McKenzie, Gracie, Avery and Caleb.
Some of her interests are spending time with her family, helping people, interior design, being outside and watching OU and Noah’s Bruin football teams.
Ashlie has a passion for helping others. She gave her heart to the Lord in 2007 and has been a member at Bartlesville First Church since October of 2018. She looks forward to continued Christian growth and sharing the love of the Lord to others.

Bruce Lanni

BUILDING & GROUNDS SUPERVISOR


Heather Mayfield

Kitchen Associate

Heather has worked for Bartlesville first church for 13 years. She is a Bartlesville native. Heather graduated from Bartlesville High school in 1995, and then from Culinary Arts at Tri- County Tech in 1996.

Preston Gossett

BUILDING & GROUNDS ASSOCIATE

Heather has worked for Bartlesville first church for 13 years. She is a Bartlesville native. Heather graduated from Bartlesville High school in 1995, and then from Culinary Arts at Tri- County Tech in 1996.