WHO WE ARE
At 17 years old, Dennis knew God was calling him into the ministry. After receiving his degree at Grand Canyon University, he went on for his Master's at Midwestern Seminary. Now retired, he is a veteran pastor of 42 years who has led, taught, and connected pastors in many churches and across the world including Central America, Europe and across the US.
Dennis is also a published author, cancer survivor, and avid photographer who loves capturing the beauty of God’s creation through his camera lens.
For all her life, Marcia felt called to the people of the church as well as the pastor's wives. Originally she pursued her career as an RN, but for the last 25 years she has found herself leading monthly meetings with pastor's wives to teach them to navigate the waters of the ministry and cope with the pressure of scrutiny.
board of directors
Our board of directors works to further our mission by spreading our message, and ensures that every dollar received directly benefits the pastors in our network.
brad sheriff, president
Brad Sheriff is first and foremost a child of the one true king, Jesus Christ. He and his wife Laura are Edmond, Oklahoma residents where they are raising their three wonderful children. Brad serves as a Deacon and High School community group leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond. Brad is an experienced information technology leader with 20+ years’ experience in multiple industries. He has served in senior leadership roles with INTEGRIS Health, Sonic Industries, Chesapeake Energy as well as entrepreneurial endeavors in the IT industry (Healthcare, Retail, Energy, Non-Profit). Brad is currently the CEO of Capstone5 LLC,. Brad has served various roles with local non-profit organizations as well. His passion is bringing technology and people together to “leave a profit”.
VANDA WALL, TREASURER
Vanda is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She has more than thirty years of experience in public and nonprofit accounting. She has been the Financial Administrator at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma for the past 18 years. Vanda’s husband, Mike, has served as a pastor in local churches for 32 years ministering in student ministry, college ministry, and local as well as global missions. Vanda has also served alongside him in all these ministries and has a special heart for global missions.
Jim Keating was founder and executive director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma beginning in 2004. He oversaw the initial strategic plan, the fundraising and growth of programs and services for Parkinson's Disease affected families and patients and subsequent recruiting of his successor. Jim retired in June 2017. He was active in many leadership positions at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Rosemary, currently attend Crossing Community Church in Oklahoma City and serve as community group leaders and coaches. Jim is also a volunteer consultant with Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma.
Doug Lawler has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Energy since June 2013. Before joining Chesapeake, Mr. Lawler served as Senior Vice President of International and Deepwater Operations at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and as a member of Anadarko’s Executive Committee from July 2012 to June 2013. Prior to that time, he served as Anadarko’s Vice President of International Operations from December 2011 to July 2012, Vice President of Operations for the Southern and Appalachia Region from March 2009 to July 2012 and Vice President of Corporate Planning from August 2008 to March 2009. Mr. Lawler began his career with Kerr-McGee Corporation in 1988 and joined Anadarko following its acquisition of KerrMcGee in August 2006. Mr. Lawler currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, State Chamber of Oklahoma, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. He is a Senior Advisor to the University of Oklahoma’s Price College Board of Advisors and a member of Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers. Mr. Lawler graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1988 and from Rice University in 2002.
Doug and his wife, Kathryn, and one of their daughters relocated to Oklahoma from the Midwest in 2010 joining Henderson Hills Baptist Church shortly thereafter. Since becoming a Christian in 2001, Doug has strived to live out the command of John 3:30. The focus of his personal ministries has always been to help widows and orphans, but supporting the needs of those who minister to them was laid on his heart after hearing of the great need for their support. Doug is the Chief Operating Officer of a global manufacturing company headquartered in OKC and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Formerly a public school educator, Kathryn became a full time homemaker after the birth of her and her husband's second daughter. Since her salvation in 2001, God has given Kathryn the privilege and joy of serving Him in ministering to women and children. She currently serves in Moms in Prayer International, Friendship International children’s program, and mentoring young women. Kathryn and her husband were led to Pastor Support Network while seeking a shared ministry opportunity. They believe there is a great need for this ministry, and Dennis and Marcia are exceptionally prepared for this mission.
Todd and his family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in 1998 with the expansion of the family’s publishing business. Shortly thereafter, they began attending Henderson Hills Baptist Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor Dennis Newkirk. Over the next two decades, his career and his family both grew, as did his faith under the stewardship of Pastor Dennis. The expositional teaching of God’s word, the church’s global mission outreach, and the care and accountability shared by Dennis and HHBC community have shaped Todd’s family. He is currently a partner in the Oklahoma City advertising firm High Five Media. Todd and his wife, Jill, have four daughters and three dogs.
Bob was saved at the age of 26 and loves the Lord with all of his heart. Bob has been married to Susie for 47 years, and they have two children and currently eight grandchildren. Bob is a professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and he has worked with youth most of his adult life either at church or school.
Bob has served as a deacon for over 20 years, and is currently a co-teacher in an adult community group at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. His passion is service and teaching and is humbled to be a part of the Pastor Support Network.
After living in Texas for sixteen years, Susie and her husband, Bob, moved back home to Oklahoma in 1997 where they joined Henderson Hills Baptist Church after the first week they visited, knowing they had found the perfect church home under the teaching of Pastor Dennis Newkirk. Susie accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of nine and has served as a leader and as a volunteer in youth and women’s ministry for over 30 years. Susie currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Arise Ministries. She is passionate about serving God, and is honored to be a part of the Pastor Support Network. Susie retired in 1999 to become a full-time homemaker after the birth of their first grandchild. She and Bob have a son, daughter, and eight grandchildren.