(Our Staff


Pastor - Joseph Highley (flcspastor@gmail.com)




Principal - David Birnbaum

David has served in Lutheran education for twenty five years in Florida, Texas, and since 2013 in Ponca City Oklahoma.  He has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Concordia University - Austin, Texas in 1990, and a Masters in Administration from Concordia University - Seward, Nebraska in 2000.  

"I have been a bashful person in life and that doesn't work well in my position so the bible verse that gets me through difficult situations is from Philippians 4:13 'I can do all things through Him (Jesus) who gives me strength.' I pray that God will continue to give me the strength to serve all His children." 

Director of Celebration Ministries - Chris Schelp






Pastoral Assistant for Care Ministry - Beverly Roedel  (bmrcare@hotmail.com)


Beverly has worked in Care Ministries for 15 years since retiring from Conoco.  She is always caring, wanting to meet new people, and help members find their special place in the Family of God.  Call her if she can help in any way!



Church Secretary- Nikki Hanson (flcsponcacity@gmail.com)

Nikki is new to working in the church but loves serving the community. She is a lifelong Lutheran and became a member of First Lutheran in 1992. She and Aaron Cawley, an elder here at First Lutheran, have been married for 22 years and moved back to Ponca City in 2007 where Aaron teaches 5th grade at Roosevelt Elementary School. Two of their daughters have graduated from First Lutheran School and they have a kindergartner currently enrolled. 

Accountant and human Resources - Toni Cloud  (flcsacct@gmail.com)


Toni started working for FLCS in 2004.  However, she is no stranger to First Lutheran as she has been walking the halls of First Lutheran since 1975 as a student in our school.  She is a graduate of Ponca City High school and University of Central Oklahoma.  She is married to her husband of twenty five years, Shane, and they have three awesome boys and one precious daughter who are also graduates of FLS.  Her favorite pastime is encouraging women through moms groups, bible studies and websites she has created using social media to brighten the days of others.  She is a member of Ponca City Assembly of God but feels doubly blessed to also call First Lutheran her church family.   Her ministry at FLCS includes human resources, accounts payable and receivables, recording contributions, reconciling church and school bank accounts church offerings and processing various financial reports.

Next Generation Coordinator - Jennifer Heitman (flcsnextgen@gmail.com)

Jennifer began working at FLCS in 2019. Before that, she was a teacher at FLS and continues to be the Cheer Coach for First Lutheran School since 2016. She graduated from Midwest City High School in Midwest City, OK, and received her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She is married to her husband Jason, and has three daughters who are all graduates of FLS. They joined the First Lutheran Church family in 2015 when her husbands job moved them to the area. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, organizing gatherings for FLY (First Lutheran Youth), coaching the First Lutheran Cheer squad, and volunteering her time where she can. Her ministry at FLCS is to stimulate and direct ministry aimed at the next generation of Christians and leaders in our congregation, particularly aimed at junior high age youth and high school youth, as well as young adults (20-somethings, millennials) to about age 35. Her purpose is to seek out and train up the Next Generation (NexGen) of Followers of Jesus Christ.