Pastoral & Ministry Staff
Rev. Joel Wood
Joel is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and while he spent a few years exploring the east coast, he has deep roots in Oklahoma. Joel attended Oral Roberts University in 2007 receiving a degree in Sacred Music. During that time he served at First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa as a lay leader working with middle school and college students, as well as being heavily invested in their contemporary worship service. Most recently Joel served as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Joel is married to Amber, and together they have two children, Emerson & Charlie. While ministry is Joel’s call, it’s not his only passion. If he’s not reading he can be found spending time with his family, working out, playing disc golf, or cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers or Oklahoma City Thunder.
Joel, with his warm smile and gentle spirit, his passion to live into the idea of the priesthood of all believers and commitment to collaboration, and his deep love of learning is driven by the desire and conviction to help all people come to know Christ, love Christ, and serve Christ.
Email Joel: Pastor@fpcsandsprings.org
Director of Youth Ministry
Derek is the Director of Youth Ministries at FPCSS. Derek’s own words describe him best: “Loving God and loving others is what I am all about.” He is the child of a minister, soaking up knowledge of God and the Bible. He received Christ at the age of 15, and is still excited about it. He was called to ministry in his senior year of high school, and was serving as youth pastor at his first church a year later. He continued to serve while attending college at Oklahoma Baptist University and at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He met the love of his life and greatest ministry partner, Casey Morrow, while serving at Red Fork Baptist Church. Derek’s passion is helping equip others to their full potential in Christ, working alongside others to see God’s will be done. Derek believes that ministry is about loving God with every part of your being and extending that love to the world.
Email Derek: Youthdirector@fpcsandsprings.org
Director of Children’s Ministry
Casey is the Director of Children’s Ministries at FPCSS. She has worked in childcare in many different capacities for more than twenty years. She has taught Sunday school, cared for young children in the nursery, supported Children’s church, and led Vacation Bible Schools on mission trips. She and her husband Derek have two daughters. She welcomes children and parents with great excitement to know each child and to share the love of Christ with them.
Email Casey: Childrensdirector@fpcsandsprings.org
Director of Music Ministry
Mark Beckwith is a California native who married an Oklahoma girl from Bartlesville. He is a career church musician and a professional performing artist in opera, musical theater and on the concert stage. While with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl and LA Opera he sang with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors of our time. He is a specialist in J.S.Bach, and performed with the Bach Festivals in Los Angeles and Carmel, and as a conducting master at the Oregon Bach Festival. Since moving to Green Country in 1995 he has become synonymous with Messiah sing-along events, and has served as an Oklahoma Artist-In-Residence and Touring Artist. He now resides in Osage County, making beautiful music with his wife, Ms. Stewart, and their adult daughter Megan.
Email Mark: Musicdirector@fpcsandsprings.org
Amanda has blessed FPCSS since 2006 with her talents as a gifted accompanist. She is an exceptionally skilled organist and pianist, providing musical accompaniment in Sunday worship for the congregation and for the vocalists and instrumentalists who provide special music. She has been the accompanist for the Sand Springs Community Theater, the Sapulpa Community Theater, and each spring she is the accompanist for the Charles Page High School musical. She teaches private piano lessons at the Sand Springs Home, at Lake Country Christian School, and at FPC. When not serving elsewhere, Amanda can be found in the FPC sanctuary, at the piano or organ, perfecting her current musical challenge.
Amber is the Church Administrator at FPCSS and greets everyone who comes through the doors with a smile. She grew up in St. Louis, Oklahoma and with her United States Navy veteran husband, has lived in many locales including Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Minnesota. She has three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter, and when she is not being “mom” to them, she serves as a Girl Scout leader. She is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Management, with a specialty in non-profits. When time allows, she enjoys reading and she loves to travel.
Email Amber: Office@fpcsandsprings.org