South Community C

LEADERSHIP

Kenny Davis 

Lead Pastor

Kenny is the Lead Pastor at South Community Church (SCC). Kenny is married to Kristy 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 in South Oklahoma City and then six years later moved to South Tulsa for another ministry opportunity.  Over the years, Kenny 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 Simpson

Youth Pastor

Mark is the Youth Pastor for our student ministry, Connect. 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 a son, Ben.

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 Connect. He wants students to be inspired to truly know God as a Father who cannot be out loved.

Joel Walehwa

Worship Team Lead

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 a son named Mikaiah (Kai for short) and a daughter named Mia.

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.

Katie Freeland

SouthKids Director

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.

Aarika Pope

Administrative Assistant

 Aarika is the Administrative Assistant at SCC. Aarika is married to her husband, Devin, who works for a family owned construction company. Aarika and Devin have a daughter named Sofia.

After making SCC their home, Aarika and Devin joined the worship team, which further connected them to the church. After their daughter was born, Aarika decided to step away from her career to focus more on raising Sofia and serving more at SCC. She has been blessed with this administrative position which allows her to do both.

Aarika feels extremely fortunate to call SCC her family.