Lamarla Cook- Pastor
Pastor Cook joined NUMC as the head pastor in 2017.
After a 20 year career as a legal secretary, Lamarla Cook proceeded to get her priorities in order, starting with God. Six years later she took a staff position at her church and never looked back. She returned to college after a 23 year gap to raise children and finished her Bachelor’s Degree at Oklahoma City University and attended Local Pastor’s School that same summer. In August of 2006, Pastor Lamarla was appointed to Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in OKC. After her tenure there, she was appointed as Pastor to Mount Zion United Methodist Church in El Reno.
Pastor Lamarla fulfilled her educational requirement as a Local Pastor and completed the Basic Course of Study at Perkins School of Theology in 2011. She has also completed the majority of the Advanced Course of Study at Duke Divinity School. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, she took the required courses of United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity. Pastor Lamarla will complete her final commissioning classes soon.
She was born in Poteau, Ok and grew up in Moore, Ok where she graduated from high school. Her and her husband Benji have been married for 41 years. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws and four grandchildren
Andrew Neel – Director of Youth Ministries
Andrew is a pre-medicine student at the University of Oklahoma. He has grown up in the United Methodist Church in West Virginia prior to moving to Oklahoma. He is actively involved in the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma, and a part of the Christian Fraternity, Brothers Under Christ. “
“Ultimately, I’ve found that one of God’s greatest gifts is relationship with
other individuals. Recognizing the beauty and potential in other people is
something that has opened my eyes to the ways that Jesus works. I believe that
loving people and listening to them allows God to work through the relationship
and transform the hearts of both parties involved. It’s with this mindset that I
intend to serve the youth of Newcastle UMC!” – Andrew Neel
Email: Andrew Neel – email@example.com
Lisa McLean- Director of Music and Worship
Lisa McLean is a recently retired music educator with over 30 years of combined experience in private studio and public school teaching. Lisa has been a church pianist since she was a teenager and has been involved in Newcastle United Methodist Church music ministry since 1989.