Dr. Douglas O. Melton, Pastor
Pastor Doug came to Southern Hills in January, 2000, his first pastorate, having previously served as an administrator at Oklahoma Baptist University for 14 years, the last 7 as Dean of Students. Born and raised in Seminole, OK, he placed his faith in Christ at the age of twelve and surrendered to the ministry the next year. An ‘83 graduate of OBU, he earned his Master of Science and PhD degrees in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Doug and his wife, Lana, were married in 1984 and have four sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Doug has had the opportunity to serve on the associational level and as president of the Oklahoma Pastors Conference and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, as well as the BGCO Board of Directors, the SBC Executive Committee and the IMB Board of Trustees. Doug and Lana enjoy traveling to Shawnee, Florida and North Carolina to visit their three granddaughters and two grandsons. He has led trips to Israel and been a part of mission work in several countries. His favorite verse is Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
G.D. Hardy, Financial Administration
Don was born in Oklahoma City, and grew up in Altus, Oklahoma. He and his wife Deborah are graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University. Deborah is a retired elementary school teacher and a master quilter. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. After serving in a church in Sulphur, Oklahoma for about eight years, Don came to Southern Hills in 1977 and has served in several staff positions. He enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and travel. Don and Deborah have visited all fifty states, all of the presidential libraries, and about half of the national parks. They have visited several European countries, toured New Zealand, taken many cruises to various parts of the world and multiple trips to New York City. Don frequently uses scripture and hymn texts to express his testimony. These would include: “How firm a foundation…is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! ‘Fear not I am with thee; O be not dismayed’ …When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never forsake!” He continues to be grateful for the opportunity to minister to the people of Southern Hills.
Clint Hayes, Education & Discipleship
Clint was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He grew up in church and at the age of thirteen, he turned his life over to and accepted Christ to be his Lord and Savior. Clint was a teacher and a coach at Muskogee High School for nine years before following the call to full-time ministry. He served at First Baptist Church, Muskogee in different roles until following the call to Southern Hills in 2012. He completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree in 2009 from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His desire is to see people grow in their relationship with the Lord and for them to become disciple-makers. His life verse is John 15:5. Clint and his wife, Julie, were married on July 22, 1995. They have two teenage boys, Parker and Cooper, who are active in the student ministry here at Southern Hills and play basketball and football at Westmoore High School. Julie is a sixth grade teacher in the Moore Public Schools. Their family enjoys attending sporting events, going to the movies, and just hanging out. They are fans of the Oklahoma Sooners, OKC Thunder, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Jeremy Johnson, Students
Jeremy was born and raised in Seminole, Oklahoma. At the age of eight, he accepted Christ into his life, and at the age of fourteen, God confirmed a call for him to pursue full-time ministry. He graduated from Seminole High School in 1996 and then went on to earn a youth ministry degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2001. He is currently working on a Master of Theological Studies degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeremy accepted the call to ministry while attending Super Summer Oklahoma and has been serving in the local church in Texas and in Oklahoma since 1999. In 2011, he and his family moved to Oklahoma City to serve as Minister to Students here at Southern Hills. Jeremy and his wife, Courtney, met at Falls Creek in 2001 and were married on December 27, 2002. They are blessed with two daughters, Logann and Merritt. In his spare time, Jeremy loves taking his daughters fishing and watching them play volleyball. He also loves the Chicago Cubs and OU football.
Robert Patterson, Campus & Facilities
Because Robert’s dad was both a pastor and a member of the military, he moved around a lot in his younger years. He was born in Ft. Rucker, Alabama and graduated from Twin Cities Christian Academy in Temple, Texas. He then went on to study respiratory therapy at Temple College. Robert and his wife, Susie, were married in 1997 and moved to Oklahoma in 1998. Prior to serving on our church staff, he was a self-employed contractor who specialized in building custom cabins, garages and homes. Robert joined the staff here at Southern Hills in 2009. In his official capacity, he enables ministry to happen every day by overseeing all of our buildings and property maintenance. He is also the treasurer of Oklahoma Outdoor Outreach. Triple O is a non-profit organization that uses hunting and fishing as a vehicle to share the gospel with families of disabled and chronically ill children and adults. As a triathlete, Robert has competed in many triathlons locally, nationally, and internationally, including as a member of Team USA at the ITU World Championship in Cozumel in 2017. In their spare time, Robert and Susie love reading and people watching while cruising the Caribbean. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.
Sean Paul, Worship
Sean was born and raised here in the great state of Oklahoma and although he spent more than twenty years ministering in Texas, he is thankful to be back in Oklahoma. He and his family made the move back after answering a call to come to Southern Hills in 2014 to serve as our Worship Pastor. Sean earned a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1993 and a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. Sean’s calling from the Lord is to lead and shepherd the generations to worship the triune God…biblical worship, in spirit and in truth. Sean is grateful to God to be married to the love of his life, Kristi. They have five precious children: Brady, Carter, Taylor, Kennedy, and Sena. Sean enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and watching vintage TV shows and movies. Sean’s favorite book of the Bible is the book of Psalms. “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
Daniel Snow, Young Adults
Daniel grew up in Tulsa, Washington State, and Oklahoma City. As a child he grew up in a home hearing and seeing the gospel of Jesus early on and began trusting in Christ when he was seven. As a sophomore in high school, Daniel sensed a calling from God into vocational ministry. Jenny is his wife and best friend and they got married in 2002. The Lord has graciously given them three little yahoos: Hannah, Thomas, and Lydia. Daniel was privileged to serve as a youth pastor for almost twenty years in Kentucky, Arkansas, and New Mexico before he and his family came to Southern Hills in 2016. Daniel serves as pastor to young adults and focuses on ministry to college students, young professionals, and young families. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, golf, disc golf, Oklahoma Sooners, reading, movies, chocolate chip cookies, and almost anything with green chili. Daniel’s life verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Ruffin Snow, Evangelism & Member Care
Ruffin and his wife, Melissa, have spent more than fifty years serving churches across our country. He came to Southern Hills in 2014 after having served as Senior Pastor at the Tri-City Baptist Church of Conover, North Carolina. Ruffin serves here as our Pastor for Evangelism and Member Care. This includes outreach, new member assimilation, and prayer. Realizing that evangelism is caught more so than it is taught, he loves training God’s people to share their faith. Ruffin is blessed to be married to Melissa for more than half a century! They have three children and eleven grandchildren. Their daughter, Jennifer, is married to a university professor is Birmingham and is the mother of four, including a precious special needs child. Both of their sons are ministers. Joel serves at Second Baptist, Houston and Daniel serves here at Southern Hills. Ruffin believes that serving the Lord here at Southern Hills is “more fun that shootin’ rats at the city dump!”
Jacob Steward, Children
Jacob was born and raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He accepted Christ as Lord as a young child at Meadowood Baptist Church. After graduating from high school in 2010, he began working CrossTimbers and worked there for three summers. This is where Jacob realized and followed the call of children’s ministry. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2014 with a degree in Applied Ministry with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry and minor in Worship Arts. He began vocational children’s ministry in 2014 at First Baptist Church, Moore and came to Southern Hills in 2018. Jacob met Abby while working at CrossTimbers in 2012 and they were married on June 6, 2015. They have a son, Parker, that was born on July 23, 2016. Jacob enjoys watching basketball, baseball, and football. His favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers, OKC Thunder, and OU. In his free time, Jacob also loves hunting, fishing, golfing, and volleyball.
Jesus Villa, Hispanic
Jesus was born in England, but only lived there for the first two years of his life. He has spent the majority of his life in Spain and attended secondary school in A Coruña, Spain. After answering God’s call to full-time ministry, he earned a theological studies degree from the Madrid Theological College. In 2005, he founded Mount Sion Baptist Church in Madrid and pastored there until 2014. Jesus and his family moved to America in late 2014 and he was called to be our Hispanic Pastor in 2015. Jesus married Elena in May of 1991. Both of their children, Marta and Pablo, are students at Oklahoma Baptist University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and reading, especially anything authored by Tim Keller or Miguel Nuñez. He is also pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Randy Whittall, Senior Adults & Missions
Although he was born a Texan, Randy was raised an Okie and considers Moore to be his hometown. In 1980, Randy met the two most important people in his life; his wife, Sandy, and his Savior, Jesus. It was a very good year for him! Randy holds a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Union City and as a church planter for twenty-five years in South America and the Middle East. He and Sandy moved back to the states in 2014 and he began serving as Minister to Senior Adults & Missions in 2015. Randy and Sandy have been blessed with four children: AJ, Caleb, Abby, and Tori. They also have an ever increasing number of grandchildren, ten currently! Randy loves hunting, fishing, woodworking, and will hardly ever turn down an invitation to play golf. He considers his life verse to be Romans 5:8, “but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”