Senior Pastor - Mark D. DeMoss Email
Mark D. DeMoss is Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Pastor Mark and his family joined the staff in July of 2006. Pastor Mark has been in ministry since 1988. His previous experience includes youth and college ministry in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as being the Senior Pastor at churches in Tuttle and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Pastor Mark earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Business Administration, in 1991, and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 1998. His wife, Susan, faithfully ministers in the church as a Sunday School Teacher, AWANA Director, and a volunteer in missions, prayer, and outreach ministries. Susan, earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oklahoma, and currently serves as a Professional Educator and Administrator for Christian Heritage Academy, in Del City, Oklahoma. Pastor Mark and Susan have two children, Noah and Hannah.
Ø Hobbies: Mostly whatever the children want to do. Reading. Hopefully Golf or Tennis again someday!
Ø Favorite Book of the Bible: 1 Timothy for the insights of the seasoned apostle to a young elder; Romans for the theology.
Ø Favorite Bible Character: The Apostle Paul (He thought little of himself, and much of Christ. He was passionate for the purity of the Gospel and the Church.)
Ø Favorite Bible Verse:
· My life verse: Galatians 2:20 (NASB) 20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
· My Call to Ministry: Isaiah 42:6 (NASB) 6“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, and I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations,
· My Daily Passion: 2 Timothy 4:1 - 2 (NASB) 1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
Ø Favorite Books: Most of my reading is in commentaries, but difference makers have included: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders; Great Lives from God’s Word series by Charles, Swindoll; Desiring God, by John Piper; On Being a Pastor by Derek Prime and Alistair Begg; Brothers We Are Not Professionals by John Piper; Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, by Mark Dever; Knowing God, by J.I. Packer; Think Biblically, by John MacArthur; Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis; The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw; Safe in the Arms of God, by John MacArthur
Ø Favorite Vacation Spot: Before children – Naples, Florida, since children – Disney World!
Ø Favorite Meal: Steak, baked potato, sweet tea, and cheese cake
Ø Favorite Ice Cream: Coffee with Heath bar
Ø If the staff ran a 100 yard dash, who would win and why?: Cheryl would win because Pastor Scott, Pastor Shane and I would be discussing the theological implications of whether or not we should run, and if there is any biblical precedent for pastor’s running races. Cheryl would just say “let’s do it and keep it simple!”
Ø What kind of car do you think best represents the other ministry staff and why?
· Pastor Scott: VW Van – just because he grew up in the sixties and he is from California
· Pastor Shane: Honda Accord with a gun rack – because he is a little bit city and a little bit country.
· Mrs. Cheryl: Hummer – because it says, “don’t mess with me” in a friendly sort of way.
Associate Pastor - Scott Sanders Email
Scott Sanders is the Associate Pastor of Worship and Older Adults at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Scott and his wife Rene joined the Capitol Hill family in June of 2008. Scott and Rene have four children: Aaron (26), Seth (24), Canaan (21), and Ashley (19).
Previous ministry and employment: United States Navy Band, Assistant Manager Zondervan’s Family Bookstore, Christian Heritage Academy. Served in Pacific Beach BC (Pacific Beach, CA), Oklahoma Avenue BC & University BC (Shawnee, OK), Broadway BC (Oak Grove, MO), Bethany BC (Kansas City, MO), Western Hills BC, OKC, OK, Council Road BC (Bethany, OK), and now Capitol Hill BC (OKC, OK)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Bachelor of Music in Church Music. Other education includes 51 hours toward a Master’s degree from Luther Rice Seminary, completion of Army Bandleader’s Course (78 hours) completion of the Warrant Officer Candidate School and commission as a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army through the Oklahoma National Guard, completion of Chaplain’s Assistant Course (66 hours).
Ø Hobbies: cross-stitching when I have time; reading; music writing.
Ø All “favorite” questions are too hard for me to answer but here’s a try…
Ø Favorite Book of the Bible: Genesis or Exodus or Joshua or Ruth or Ezra or Nehemiah or Esther or Psalms or Isaiah or Hosea or Luke or John or Acts or Romans or Ephesians or Philippians or Timothys or Philemon or Hebrews or James or Peters or Revelation OR any of the other books not previously mentioned.
Ø Favorite Bible Character: (whew!) JESUS and Abraham or Isaac or Moses or Joshua or David or Solomon or Isaiah or Hezekiah or Josiah or Nehemiah or Daniel (and his friends) or Matthew or Paul or Peter or John, et. al.
Ø Favorite Bible Verse: (yeah, right!) I guess I’ve kind of settled on Psalm 84 for awhile…
Ø Favorite Books: Anything by Lee Strobel or C.S. Lewis or Francis Schaeffer or John Piper or any scholarly creationist or conservative essayists on Townhall.com or David Barton or Solzhenitsyn…did I say I liked to read?
Ø Favorite Vacation spot: anywhere with my wife.
Ø Favorite Meal : I’ll always go for a good grilled steak with creamy mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli or green beans, and a really good salad
Ø Favorite Ice Cream: Marble Fudge or Blackberry (I have to mix blackberry jelly in vanilla ice cream to get it), actually any fruit flavored ice cream is good. I will eat vanilla ice cream with fruit pie under it, that is, unless the pie is French Silk or Lemon Meringue…or there’s just homemade cookies (peanut butter with the fork marks and raisins or snicker doodle or chocolate chip)
Ø If the staff ran a 100 yard dash, who would win and why? Shane would win. He’s still young enough to move fast and the rest of our backs and knees couldn’t handle it. We might be a little more competitive on a long distance at a nice calm pace.
Ø What kind of car do you think best represents the other ministry staff and why? Three of us have the cars we should. Mark loves to “explore” the Word, hence his Explorer is a good choice. Every music guy should have a car named after something musical like, Sonata (that’s mine). Cheryl drives an Odyssey so anything with the word “odd” works for her (I know, I’ve worked with large groups of young people myself). Shane is the only one who needs to change vehicles. He needs to go to a BMW because of that company’s aeronautical history (Shane likes planes).
Children's Ministries - Cheryl Ross Email
Cheryl Ross is the Director of Preschool & Children's Ministries at Capitol Hill. Although Cheryl, Rob, and their two children Ryan and Logan have been long-time members at CHBC, Cheryl joined the staff in her present position on Sept 15, 2008. Previously, she served as a caseworker for Oklahoma Baptist Children's Homes and in various volunteer positions in the children's ministry of Capitol Hill. Cheryl possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Ø Hobbies or interests: reading, watching children's sporting events, gardening
Ø Favorite Book of the Bible: Proverbs, Hebrews, and Ephesians
Ø Favorite Bible Character: Daniel, Esther
Ø Favorite Bible Verse: It is hard to pick one favorite. Right now the Lord keeps bringing me back to Acts 2:43. Verse 42 talks about how the believers devoted themselves to the apostles, teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The outcome of that was that everyone was filled with awe at what God was doing. It is my prayer that I never forget to be in awe of the relationship that I have with the Lord and what He is doing in my life and the life of the church.
Ø Favorite Books: I love to read so picking a favorite is hard. I love mysteries and anything by Karen Kingsbury. I also love to read anything to do with ministry to children and of course the Bible. Right now I am reading Humility by CJ Mahaney and Teaching Children Diligently by Louis Priolo
Ø Favorite Vacation spot: Beach or anywhere with Big Roller coasters!
Ø Favorite Meal: Fried Shrimp, anything chocolate!
Ø Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Ø If the ministry staff ran a 100 yard dash, who would win and why?: I would like to say me because I am competetive & don't like to lose, but I will have to say probably Pastor Shane! Although if I had a big plate of browniesor if I asked any of the three pastors a deep theological question, I would be finished with the race before any of them even started! J
Ø What kind of car do you think best represents the other ministry staff and why?: I am having a hard time answering this question because I don't pay attention to cars....I drive a mini van! But I will give it a shot! For Pastor Scott- a Mustang....their ad says the car that never got old just got new! He may be the oldest member of the staff, but he always has new and creative ideas! For Pastor Shane I would have to say the "Big shuttle" because he is always taking numerous youth to various places! For Pastor Mark, I agree with Pastor Shane who said a Lexus because their ads say pursuit of perfection. Pastor Mark doesn't ask us to be perfect, but he does challenge us to be set apart.
Pastor Emeritus - James R. White Email
James R. White, a life-long resident of Oklahoma, graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1955. He continued his studies by graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1959 and receiving a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1963. Taking some time out of his busy schedule, he met and married Willia June Mason in 1960. Together they became the proud parents of Jeri Lynn Cook and James R. White Jr., and grandparents to 4 beautiful grandchildren.
Prior to completing 32 years of service as Senior Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Brother Jim was privileged to have served the ministry at Trinity Baptist-Oklahoma City; First Baptist-Stroud; First Baptist-Fort Cobb; First Baptist-Stratford; Beaty Baptist Church-Pauls Valley; and Big Canyon Mission of Sulphur.
In his retirement Brother Jim has continued his servant leadership throughout the area. He is actively involved in the Capitol Hill Lions club; serves as a board member of OCCC; and assists area churches as a transitional Pastor. Currently, Brother Jim is serving at Soldier Creek Baptist Church in Midwest City.