Elders

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.  Acts 20:28 (NASB)

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


  • Dennis Brodersen
  • Dennis and Carol Brodersen met at Dennis' brother's wedding, where Carol was the maid of honor and Dennis was an usher. They were married in 1970 and now have three daughters and six grandchildren. Dennis served as a deacon for the church in Lakewood, California, for three years, followed by four years at Lakeview in Bethel Acres. Dennis has served as an elder here at Central since January 2014.

  • Paul Harris
  • Paul and Paula Harris met at the church in Earlsboro where Paul's father preached. They were married in 1962 and today have two children and five grandchildren. Paul served in both deacon and elder roles at the East Main church of Christ in Shawnee before its unification with the Central congregation in 1992. Paul has served the 24 years since as an elder here at Central.

  • Steve Kelly
  • Steve and Mary Kelly met at Oklahoma Christian College and were married in 1972. They have four grown and married children, along with five grandchildren. Steve served as Youth and Education Minister for the East Side congregation in Tulsa from 1974 to 1979. Thereafter, he worked in professional fields related to Geology, and was able to return to his native city of Shawnee in 1982. Steve served the Central church as a deacon from 1985 until appointed as an elder in 1997.

  • Bob Perry
  • Bob and Louise Perry met on a blind date while attending Oklahoma Christian College and were married on September 11, 1982. They have one son, one daughter, and one grandchild. Bob is among the third generation of Perrys to be part of the church of Christ in Shawnee. He has been an active teacher of God's word for the past 35 years and has served as an elder since 2005.

  • Bob Stephens
  • Bob and Janet Stephens met during a spring band trip at Oklahoma Christian College and were married December 20, 1982. They have twin sons, age 29. Bob served as a deacon for the Wilshire congregation in Oklahoma City for six years followed by another fifteen years here at Central in Shawnee. Bob has served as an elder since January 2014.