MATT FOWLERAssociate Pastor of Missions and Discipleship
After working with NBC student ministry for nearly five years in a part-time capacity, Matt joined our full-time staff in August of 2011. He has served as our Youth and Children Ministry Coordinator, Family Pastor of Middle School, Family Pastor of High School, and is currently fulfilling the role of Associate Pastor of Missions and Discipleship. Matt spent the previous 7 years working in the public school system as a teacher and coach. Prior to that, he studied and played baseball at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, graduating in December of 2003. Matt graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with his MTS (Master of Theological Studies) in the spring of 2017. He is passionate about the gospel and seeing families of all nations transformed by its power. Matt and his wife Brittany make their home in Jenks with their four children, Brooks, Chandler, Matilyn, and Charlotte.
CRAIG EXENDINEFamily Pastor of High School
Craig grew up a member of New Beginnings and still remembers the early days of gathering together in a small storefront in downtown Bixby every Wednesday night. After spending his high school years in the student ministry at NB, he moved to Stillwater where he attended Oklahoma State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2013. He then chose to cut his ministry teeth working with college students at a nearby church close to campus. There he met his beautiful bride-to-be, Courtney, and got married shortly after. Craig joined the staff at NB in September of 2017 and enjoys working as Family Pastor of High School while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Craig is driven by God’s grace shown to us in Christ and loves to see this same grace shape the lives of the young people around him.
AUTUMN MORRISNB Kids Director
Autumn is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Master’s of Education. She is married to Jacob and they have 4 children, Jackson, Josiah, Alyvia and Annaston. Autumn has experience in public, private, and collegiate teaching. She has been a part of New Beginnings’ ELC since 2012. Autumn has a heart for children’s ministry and seeing God work in children’s lives.
JOHN KANNADYPastor of Worship Arts
John has been a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church since 1996. John began serving in music ministry at New Beginnings in 1997 and became the full time Pastor of Worship Arts in the fall of 2005. He has a passion for sharing his gifts of music and worship. John and his wife Missy have two children, Kara and Cole. They live in the Bixby community.
WHITNEY HALLNB Little Kids Director
Whitney Hall attended the University of Tulsa, where she majored in Spanish. She has been married to Mike for 8 years and they have 2 boys, Brayden and Hunter. She spent 10 years working as a pharmacy tech before having Brayden. After staying home with him for a year and a half, she had the opportunity to begin teaching at ELC in September 2013. In August of 2015, she began working part time as the Preschool Coordinator for the NB Little Kids area of New Beginnings’ children’s ministry.