Pastors & Elders
Senior Pastor – Elder
Pastor Jim loves God’s Word and God’s people. As TBC’s main preacher, he is committed to expository preaching, listening carefully to the text in context so we hear what the Holy Spirit is saying in each passage. Most of his sermon series take us through books of the Bible. Pastor Jim enjoys caring for people, leading our staff, setting vision, and serving as one of our elders. He feels most fulfilled when he sees people growing in their love for Jesus and each other.
Pastor Jim’s parents were missionaries in France, but he mostly grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., Ph.D.). He served churches in Illinois and Minnesota before coming to TBC in 2009.
Pastor of Shepherding – Elder
The Lord began His work in Phil through godly parents who led him to faith in Christ at an early age. Phil majored in Bible-Theology at Moody Bible Institute and HVAC technology at Oklahoma State Tech. He met his wife, Donna, while they attended Moody. Phil pastored a north Tulsa church for fifteen years, was the lead elementary teacher at Mingo Valley Christian School for nineteen years, and worked in the Summer KIDS program at John 3:16 Mission for five summers. Phil and Donna began attending Tulsa Bible Church in 2000. Donna is a school teacher and helps coordinate the infant nursery at TBC. They have two adult sons in the Tulsa area and a daughter who lives in Asia. Phil has a passion for encouraging others to grow in their Christian walk. He ministers to families in the Carpenter Flock, oversees adult ministries, and works in a Good News Club.
Global Outreach Pastor
Paul came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior as a young boy and in his early twenties surrendered his life to full time ministry. He has served in pastoral ministry since 2005. Born and raised in Cody, Wyoming Paul came to Tulsa after his wife Lindsay agreed to marry him. They are happily married and have four wonderful children. Paul earned a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and leads the cross-cultural missions and outreach ministries of the church. He also leads the church’s ministry for college students and young professionals. Paul enjoys preaching and discipling others as well as hunting and other outdoor sports but, his greatest desire is to see the gospel preached among all people groups so that God may be glorified among all the peoples of the world.
Pastor of Music and Worship
Hispanic Ministries Pastor
Merle met his wife, Carol, while he was serving as a missionary in Kenya, where she was born and raised as an MK. Together they have served as missionaries for over 30 years in Kenya, Ecuador, and Oklahoma. They continue to serve with Crossworld as they minister to Hispanics in Tulsa. Merle joined the ministry of TBC in 2016.
One of Merle’s greatest joys is to spend time with his five children and their spouses, and his 10 grandchildren. One of Merle’s greatest passions is to befriend and share the Gospel with people from other countries.
Children’s Ministries Director
Don Dunn – Elder
Don and his wife Cathy moved to Tulsa and joined TBC in 2007, after retiring from insurance business in AR. Don has been an elder since 2013. Cathy became a fifth grade teacher at Mingo Valley Christian School and Don’s retirement job is as the Elementary PE teacher at Mingo Valley. They are the parents of Shannon Lowe, a stay at home mom in Broken Arrow, and Reed, a Pastor in Joplin, MO. Don and Cathy have 7 grandchildren. Don serves on the Outreach Council and works with 5th and 6th grade boys in AWANA. He is currently serving as the Flock Leader in the Lighthouse Flock.
Brian Shoop – Elder
Brian Shoop, his wife Marybeth, and their two boys, Joseph and Jeffrey, came to Tulsa from Toledo, Ohio in 1980. The Shoop family immediately began attending Tulsa Bible Church. They found the careful and faithful exposition of the Bible, in the context of the welcoming and sincere Christian family here at TBC, just what they needed to mature spiritually and plug into ministry. Over the years, they have been involved in the Youth ministry, music, drama and outreach. At present, they lead the Cornerstone Flock, which serves newlyweds and young families. An actor by trade, Brian also heads up the drama ministry, and serves on the Communications Team. He produces the familiar Mission Minute video shown each Sunday. He also creates other videos as requested, radio advisements, and live dramas that highlight Biblical truth. Brian is a member of the Worship Council.