Staff

Rev. Don Tabberer

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Don came to Sand Springs UMC in June 2011 after serving churches in Mangum, Oklahoma and Turley, Oklahoma. He received his Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma and his B.A. from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of the Kansas City area, Pastor Don and his family moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1985. Prior to entering seminary, Pastor Don served as Music Director at Heritage UMC in Broken Arrow.
Pastor Don is married to Linda and they have two sons, Christopher and Brian. Christopher is married to Jana and they have two daughters. Brian is married to Allie and they have one son.

Tristan Holt

Youth Director
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Tristan joined our staff in April 2015.  He is a 2014 graduate of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology/Ministry.  “I see the church as the hands and feet of Christ working to bring about light in a world of darkness.  I want to see the youth being a part of the life-giving work the church is meant to do.”  Tristan looks to Isaiah 11:1-9 for a vision of the Kingdom of God being lived out on earth.

Tracey Ginn

Administrative Assistant
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Tracey was born in Wichita, Kansas but moved to Huntsville then Arab, Alabama by the time she was 4. After a small time in Waco, Texas and Miami, Oklahoma, her family settled in Sand Springs in 1971 and 10 years later, Tracey graduated from Charles Page High School.  She is proud to have raised her daughter, Lisa here and feels blessed Caleb & Lisa are raising their children, Gracey Kate & Jayce in Sand Springs as well.

After graduation, she spent 15 years working in a couple of large company preschools before coming to Sand Springs United Methodist Church in January, 1999.   “I am thankful I can work in my hometown and be near my family.”  Tracey enjoys music, reading and among other hobbies, she most enjoys her 2 grandchildren.

Judy Hopper

Accompanist
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Judy is a wonderful musician who accompanies our Chancel Choir and our Praise Team.  She has been instrumental in helping our Women’s Quartet and our Youth Praise Team get started.  Judy also teaches private lessons.

Cathy Gifford

Chancel Choir & Kingdom Kids Director; Church Organist
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I have been a lifelong Methodist, starting in Chetopa, Kansas.  I received a Piano Performance degree and a Music Education degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  My teaching career includes Berryhill High School, Metro High School and for the last 22 years, the music, band and chorus teacher at Pretty Water School, a Pre-K through 8th grade school south of Sand Springs.

My husband, Bill, and I have been married for 31 years and have two grown daughters, Lindsay Buntin and Paige Gifford and two grandsons.  I came to SSUMC when Prattville Methodist and Sand Springs First United merged and am the children’s music director, Chancel Choir Director, and organist.

Marty David & Debbie Schmidt

Children's Ministry Team Leaders
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Marty and Debbie are our highly dedicated volunteer leaders of the Children’s Ministry Team. They do remarkable work with our children every week and always provide engaging activities that tell the stories of Jesus.

Sara Ashton

Nursery Director
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Sara coordinates our nursery staff and schedules workers for regular services and special events.