About Us


Dr. Monty Priest

Senior Pastor

Monty is the senior and founding pastor of Newchurch since 1991. Monty & Debbie have been married for 36 years and have been blessed with Marcy & Brian Jackson and baby Bridger, and sons Buddy and Sonny, all of whom still encourage the people of Newchurch. Monty has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Ministry, and serves as a senior board member for Super Summer Oklahoma, as well as a team leader for starting new churches in the metro area. He is an avid sports fan and supports the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

To contact Monty about ministries at Newchurch or for questions email

Tommy Woodard

Teaching Pastor

Tommy has been working with Newchurch since 2003. As the the teaching pastor, his primary focus is preparing and teaching the Word of God every Sunday. He is known for his passionate teaching, humor and ability to clarify scripture into practical life application. He is married to his wonderful wife, Angie and has two great kids, Abby and Hudson.

For questions, contact

Scott McLaughlin

Business Administrator

Scott has a long history of ministry from the age of 17 for several years he was the worship pastor for another church in OKC, after that he traveled the country with his brothers in a gospel music group full time for 8 years. Then he began to work with a local home improvement company as production manager. His love for business and ministry were a perfect fit when the position at Newchurch became available. He began attending Newchurch in 1996 with his wife Kim. Since then they created 2 children that they enjoy thoroughly. Scott has been on staff since June of 2004 and is having the time of his life enjoying every day he has serving our Lord with the people of Newchurch.

To contact Scott about Business, Security Volunteering, Financial Peace University or any other questions email

Tim Antone

Associate Administrator & Media Director

Tim has been attending Newchurch for 18 years and has been on staff for nearly 5 of those. He serves as our Associate Administrator, as well as Media Director and the drummer for the worship team on Sunday mornings. Tim has a Bachelors in Administration from Southwestern Christian University, where he also ran track and cross country.

To contact Tim with any questions about business, volunteering or media, email

Joe Curtis

Discipleship Pastor

Joe grew up in Oklahoma, graduating from Putnam City West High School. He has served churches in Arizona and Texas and comes to Newchurch from Abilene, TX where he served as Teaching Pastor and Single Adult Minister for the past 12 years. Joe and his wife Krista, met in Phoenix, AZ and were married in 2000. Their two children, Jacob (10) and Karlie (5), are the delight of their lives.

Amber Anderson

Preschool Pastor

Amber has been serving at Newchurch since 2001 as the Preschool Pastor. Before coming to Newchurch, she served as a Children’s Ministry Intern at the church she grew up in while attending Oklahoma Baptist University. It was during that time, that God began stirring a passion in her heart for teaching the youngest of children about God’s great love for them. Amber has been married to her wonderful husband Blair since 2008. Together they love chasing around their two rambunctious boys, Jace and Ty.


Toni Gearhart

Children's Pastor

Toni has been a member of Newchurch since 2006 and has been working with our kids since 2007.She is married to her husband Eric and they have two wonderful daughters Olivia and RaLee. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. Toni believes that all Children are true blessings and she enjoys watching them learn and grow in Christ.

To contact Toni about preschool ministries email

Josh Crouch

Youth Pastor

Josh has been attending Newchurch since 2003, and has always been an active member in the church. He is a graduate of Edmond Santa Fe and now attends The University of Central Oklahoma. He feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at Newchurch and prays everyday that God will use him to make a difference in students lives.

To contact Josh about the Middle School Ministry, email:

Alan Brock

Missions & Community Pastor

Alan has been serving at Newchurch since 2012 and is very excited to be a part of the young people at Newchurch and to work with such a great team of volunteers and staff. He has been married for 15 years to his beautiful wife Becky, and they have 2 kids, Josh (son 11) and daughter Riann (pronounced Ryan, 8). His family is his pride and joy and to know them is to understand why. He is in love with sharing God's word with young people and enjoys living life with them.


LaShawn Ashley

CARE Ministry Pastor

LaShawn has attended Newchurch for 10 years. She has lead women's bible studies and Co-Leads, with Michael (her husband of 15 years), one of our adult co-ed bible studies. She served as an associate minister for New Prospect Baptist Church of Perry, OK for 5 years. Her passion is strengthening the familial relationships and bonds within the body of Christ.LaShawn sees us striving together as "One Big Happy Christian Family"; growing, learning, sometimes hurting, and all the time loving with each other. She and Michael have been married since August 1997 and have been blessed them with two kiddos, Michael II (Tigger) and Taylor of whom she loving refers to as her explosive T-N-T.

To contact LaShawn about CARE Ministry email

Shaun Brown

Worship Pastor

Shaun has been involved in leading worship since 2002. He helped lead worship for his youth group when he was a senior. After graduating from Bethany High School, Shaun moved on to play for the Sunday morning services at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, filling needs on guitar, bass, and drums. He also studied music business at Southern Nazarene. For the last two years Shaun has been the worship leader for the youth program at BFC. Shaun has also served in West Palm Beach, Florida. He believes that worship helps to prepare the heart and mind to absorb the message of the Word of God. He has such a strong passion for music and leading the church in praising Jesus. Shaun has been married to Lacy since 2012. Together they have a daughter, Rylie(1), whom they have so much raising and loving on.

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