Pastor Don & Linda Barnes

Senior Pastor

Don and Linda Barnes embrace Christian service with every fiber of their beings. Pastor Don grew up in Lawton, attending Lawton First Assembly until he went to college. He served Lawton First Assembly from 1991 to 1998 as associate pastor and 1999 to present as senior pastor. Pastor Don has a passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone he meets—going beyond the walls of the church to the community, the state, the nation and the world. Linda loves and has a heart to minister to children, especially preschoolers. Their family includes their their son and daughter and six grandchildren. 

 

 

 

Pastors Gary & Debbie Pratt

Executive Assoc. Pastor/Pastoral Care & Women's Ministry

Gary and Debbie Pratt have been at LFA since 1985. They have been married for 38 years and have three married children and five grandchildren. Pastor Gary directs LFA Compassion Ministries and the NAME Center—a ministry that offers free marriage coaching. Debbie serves in pastoral care and women’s ministry. She loves encouraging women in understanding their value to God and finding true joy and fulfillment in their relationship with Him.  In 2010, Debbie was diagnosed with cancer.  Out of her experience she established the Trusting Journey, enabling her to share her spiritual journey and practical experiences to encourage others to navigate with faith during difficult times. 

Pastor Greg & Denice Erway

Executive Worship Arts Pastor

Greg and Denice have worked together in ministry for more than 30 years. They came to LFA with their three small children in 2003 and immediately began working with the LFA staff to find creative ways to enhance the dynamic ministries at LFA. They are grateful that God provided an environment where they have the freedom to use creativity in ministry. Greg enjoys leading worship, guiding the creative process at LFA, and working with serve teams in effective ministry. His passion is involving people in ministry, providing opportunities for them to grow in skill and use their God-given gifts to bless the church.

Pastor David & Jennifer Hubbard

Executive Community Life Pastor

David and Jennifer Hubbard joined the LFA team in May of 2016. Previously, David served 10 years with Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, five of which David served as the Executive Director of Sonrise Ranch. Both David and Jennifer were raised in Lawton and count it a great blessing to serve the Lord in their hometown. They have a remarkable testimony as to the transforming power of Christ and therefore love sharing Christ's love and life-changing grace with the world. Together David and Jennifer have four children. Jennifer has a passion for children's ministry and actively serves LFA Kids. Pastor David believes that, at the heart of the Christian life is a relationship with Christ and with His body, the Church. 

Pastor Greg & Paula Ruple

Kids Pastor

Greg and Paula have enjoyed serving together in ministry since 1998. They are the proud parents of three amazing children. They joined the LFA family in 2007 and are so thankful to work with children in the Lawton-Fort Sill community. Together, Greg and Paula enjoy creating opportunities for children to feel God’s love and encourage families to be Christ-centered. Greg enjoys golfing, paintball and Ohio State football.

Pastor Lacey & Josh Gardner

Early Childhood Pastor

Lacey has been our Early Childhood pastor since May 2007. After earning her bachelor’s degree in children’s ministry from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, she moved to be on our team. On November 16, 2013, Lacey married Josh Gardner and instantly became “Lulu” to two precious young girls. They've added a sweet baby girl and a baby boy to their family since then. Lacey enjoys spending time with her family and loves to bake delectable desserts! Her passion is equipping serve teams to teach children the Word of God at a young age so they can hide it in their hearts forever. Josh and Lacey are both licensed ministers with the Assemblies of God.

Pastor Abdiel & Jaecy Pagan

Youth Pastor

Abdiel and Jaecy joined the LFA staff on April 1, 2020. Abdiel grew up at LFA,where he received Christ as Lord and Savior at youth camp. He later realized his calling to full-time ministry while in high school. Abdiel and Jaecy have been married since September 2016, and have served in full-time ministry together their whole married life. They both received their Bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership from Southwestern Christian University. In August of 2018 they added their baby boy Jonah to the family. They are passionate about seeing students live wholeheartedly for God and creating an environment where students can connect with each other and grow in their faith.