Kenny is the Lead Pastor at South Community Church (SCC). Kenny is married to Kristy, who is an RN/Clinic Manager, and they have been happily married since 2003. Kenny and Kristy have two sons, Tyrus and Trey.
More than 20 years ago, Kenny followed his heart and started serving in church ministry. He started in full-time ministry at St. Andrews UMC in South Oklahoma City and then six years later moved to South Tulsa for a ministry opportunity at St. James Church. Over the years, Kenny has helped build several church-wide growth programs and facilitated a number of outreach programs for the local church.
As the lead pastor at SCC, Kenny loves communicating the truth of God’s Word and creating experiences to reach the lost through genuine community. He sincerely cares about everyone and is excited about God’s plans for SCC and the impact we plan to have in South Bixby.
Mark is the Youth Pastor for SCC Students. He is truly blessed to be married to his wife Abby, who works as a therapist with children and families. Mark and Abby have two daughters, Stella and Lillian, and look forward to welcoming their third child in July.
Mark discovered his calling to the ministry while obtaining his Master of Divinity at Oral Roberts University. With more than 15 years of ministry experience, Mark loves working with kids of all ages and showing them the love of God. He helped to launch a college ministry at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he had the opportunity to oversee a student-led worship experience, and Mark and Abby directed a children’s ministry program at a local Tulsa church for four years before making SCC their home.
Mark is excited to be a part of South Community Church and feels blessed to be given the opportunity to lead SCC Students. He wants students to be inspired to truly know God as a Father who cannot be out loved.
Katie is the SouthKids Director at SCC. Originally from South Carolina, Katie has been happily married since 2007 to her husband, Blake, who works in the athletic department at Oral Roberts University. Katie and Blake have a son named Beckett and a daughter named Jensen.
Ever since coming to SCC, Katie and Blake have been involved in SouthKids. They’ve seen the SouthKids program grow from being in two rooms at the SpiritBank Event Center to now having its own building on our church campus.
Katie feels so blessed to be in a role where she can have such an impact on all the kids at SCC. She loves teaching kids about Jesus and making a difference in their lives. We know you and your kids are going to love Katie and her family.
Nicky is the Media and Marketing Director at SCC. Nicky and her husband, Andrew, who hosts websites and manages servers for his company, have been happily married since 2007 and have a little girl named Avery.
The Thorntons have been involved at SCC since day one. Andrew leads the Tech/Sound team and Nicky has volunteered in a variety of positions over the years from serving on the host team and being the host team coordinator to serving in SouthKids and being the community group coordinator.
Andrew and Nicky absolutely love SCC and are blown away by how God blesses their lives every single day. With more than 10 years of marketing experience, Nicky is really excited about continuing to impact God’s Kingdom while showing people how SCC is connecting people to God and each other through genuine community.
Carri is the Administrative Assistant at SCC. Carri is married to her husband, James, who works at a global oil and gas company. Carri and James have been happily married since 1998 and have three kids, Braeden, Maddie and Nate.
After 14 years of teaching, Carri decided it was time for a career change. Not long after their family made SCC their home, Carri started to volunteer with the administrative needs of the church. What started as cutting and folding bulletins turned into a full-time administrative role at SCC. The critical work that Carri does is greatly valued.
Carri has loved every minute of her time at SCC and feels so blessed that God led her to a role where she can be involved in all parts of the church.
Joel is the Worship Team Lead at South Community Church. Joel is married to his wife Tara, who is an RN at one of the local ICUs, and they have been happily married since 2007. They have one son named Mikaiah (Kai for short).
Joel began playing drums at St. James Church when he was 13 and was trained as a musician and worship leader by one of the best in the industry. In addition to serving on the worship team, Joel has 12 years of ministry leadership experience, working in student ministry under Kenny for six years before coming to SCC and serving in several areas of leadership over the past few years.
As the Worship Team Lead at SCC, Joel is extremely passionate about worship and creating a worship experience that will leave every person, regardless of where they are in their faith, closer to God than they were when they walked through our doors. Joel believes wholeheartedly in the vision of community at SCC and has enjoyed seeing so many lives changed through the ministry that he and his family feel so blessed to be a part of.