Staff

Pastoral & Ministry Staff

Rev. Joel Wood

Pastor

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

Mark Beckwith

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 Teachnor

Organist/Accompanist

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 Brown

Church Administrator

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