Gene and Maria bring a rich heritage of Christian ministry to Family Life Church.
Gene experienced a supernatural calling to preach the Gospel when he was just 17 years old. He immediately began to pursue that call. Since that time, Gene has served as an evangelist, youth minister, assistant pastor, and for nearly 30 years now, he has served as a lead pastor. Gene is a passionate communicator, who works to bring Biblical truths, to his listeners, to help them better understand God’s Word, and deal with contemporary issues. Pastor Gene is a servant leader, who has a passion for people, and a great desire to see them experience Jesus in a life-changing way. Outside of his church duties, Gene serves as president of the Nicoma Park Kiwanis Club.
Maria has served in ministry alongside her husband since their marriage. Besides her ministry as a pastor’s wife, Maria serves Family Life as their Women’s Ministries Director. Outside the local church family, Maria serves the Oklahoma District Assemblies of God as Section 9 North Women's Ministries Representative, and she serves on the Oklahoma District Assemblies of God Woman’s Ministry Board. In the local community, Maria is past president, and serves as a member of the Choctaw/Nicoma Park Business Woman’s Club. As if she doesn’t have enough to do, Maria also works full time, for Church Mutual Insurance Company, as a Senior Account Manager. Maria is known for her energetic personality and her sincere desire to connect and help women deal with contemporary stresses such as balancing family, work and ministry. She is also known for her cooking, baking and love for recipe books.
Gene and Maria have been married since 1984. They have 3 grown daughters, 3 sons-in-law and 7 grandchildren (5 girls and 2 boys).