Deacons

Our deacons were chosen according to qualifications outlined in the New Testament.


  • Dale Beard
  • Dale and Denise Beard met in Sayre, Oklahoma, in 1980. They were married in 1981 and now have three grown sons. Dale holds a BS in Accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Law degree from Oklahoma City University. He has been a deacon at Central since 1990.

  • Jim Cross
  • Married in 1963, Jim and Vivian Cross have been married 54 years. Jim grew up in Beardan, Oklahoma, just 30 miles east of Shawnee. Jim and Vivian have two children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

  • Joe Curtis
  • Joe and Amber Curtis met on a blind date in Hurricane, Utah. They were married in 1991 and have two daughters. Joe has served the Central congregation as a deacon since March 2016.

  • Tracy Gettle
  • Tracy and Mary Gettle met through a blind date set up by mutual friends in Shawnee. They were married in 1984 and have two grown daughters. Tracy has served as a deacon at Central for 19 years.

  • Keith Lawrence
  • Keith and Jennifer Lawrence met while both working together at a restaurant. They were married in 1993 and have one son and one daughter. Keith grew up in Luther, Oklahoma, 40 miles northwest of Shawnee. He has served the Central congregation as a deacon since March 2016.

  • Craig McKnight
  • Craig McKnight grew up in Tecumseh and graduated high school in 1981. He earned an electronics degree from Seminole State College. Craig and Michelle McKnight were married in 1988 and have three daughters and one grandchild. Craig has served previously as a deacon in the Noble church and an elder at the Walnut St. church of Christ in Seminole. He has served as a deacon at Central since January 2014.

  • Michael Michener
  • Michael and Jennifer Michener met while attending Oklahoma Christian University and were married May 10, 1997. They have one daughter (age 18) and one son (age 16). Michael holds a BS in Computer Science and has worked in telecommunications engineering for 20 years. Michael has served as a deacon for the Central congregation since January 2014.

  • Scott Perry
  • Scott and Tamara Perry were married in 1993 and have two daughters. Scott has served the Central congregation as a deacon since 2005.

  • Frank Romberg
  • Frank and Rita Romberg were married in 1968 and today enjoy two sons, one daughter-in-law, and three grandsons. Frank served as a deacon at the East Main church of Christ in Shawnee from 1984 and later at Central after the two congregations unified in 1992.

  • Ron Taffe
  • Ron and Debbie Taffe were married in 1976. They met on a blind date while Debbie (a Shawnee native) was visiting a mutual friend in Arcadia, California. Ron was an Army MP for three years and attained a BBA in Management and BS in Computer Science from Central State University in Edmond. Son Kevin and daughter-in-law Sarah live in Plano, TX, along with granddaughter Abigail Rose. Ron has been a deacon at Central since 2005.