Meet Our Staff

Rev. Gary Mitchell


Rev. Mitchell and his wife, Nancy, who is an elementary teacher, are from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  They have been married for 31 years and have one daughter, Amy, who just completed her Master’s degree and lives in Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Mitchell was ordained in 1998. He has been Associate Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma since 2002 providing pastoral care to 39 local congregations. From 1991 to 2002, he served 1st Christian Church of Midwest City, OK as Student Associate/Associate Pastor.  He was the Youth Director at Mustang Christian Church, Oklahoma from 1987 to 1988.

During his ministry Rev. Mitchell has been involved in both District and Regional events, including Oklahoma Regional Youth Council, Camp Director, Midwest City CROP Walk, Week of Compassion, Mission Trips, Kids Against Hunger, Joplin Mission and Souper Bowl of Caring. He has also been very active in his community as a school volunteer, PTA president, Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Angels Home Repair Program and Tornado Relief Programs.

Rev. Mitchell brings many gifts and abilities with his ministry.  He plays guitar, sings and loves many types of music.  As a local congregational leader, he has preached, counseled, planned and led church retreats. He makes hospital, nursing home and rehab facilities visits. He has coordinated children’s, youth and young adult programming including Vacation Bible School, weekly youth programs, ski trips, mission trips (local and Mexico), wilderness adventures, coffee house experiences and other events. Contact Pastor Gary.

Kristin Chisham

Choir Director

Kristin graduated high school, with honors, from Newton High School in 1990.  She attended Emporia State University for two years before transferring to Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor of kristenMusic degree in Vocal Performance in 1996.  Kristin earned a certificate in Image and Wardrobe in 2003 from the Academy of Fashion and Image.  From 2003 to 2004 she pursued the Distance Master of Business Administration Degree.

Presently Kristin teaches Middle School and High School Choir, Honors Choir and Show Choir at Blair Oaks Public School.  She is responsible for teaching all aspects of choir and general music at the secondary level.  She has produced several concerts and performances throughout the school year and at the present time is teaching on a part-time basis.

Kristin plays the oboe in the Lake Area Orchestra and Jefferson City Symphony.  She also plays the piano and sings.

Kristin’s husband, Dan is the instrumental director at Blair Oaks Schools.  They have two children, Caitlin age 8 and Clarissa age 5. Contact Kristin