Staff

Pastor

Chris Dodson
 

Chris began serving at Wesley UMC in 2018. Before coming to Shawnee, he and his family served at First United Methodist Church in Frederick for four years.

 

A native of Moore, Chris graduated from Westmoore High School before heading to Oklahoma City University for his bachelor’s degree in Religion and Spanish.  He attended seminary at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City while serving for five years at Wetmore and Goff United Methodist Churches in NE Kansas.  After graduation, Chris returned to Oklahoma and has since served at Tishomingo UMC and started CrossTimbers UMC in Moore.  He is currently active in several conference committees and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Shawnee. In his free time, Chris enjoys cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners, OKC Thunder and the Buffalo Bills.

 

Chris has been married to Kansas native, Jennifer, for 16 years. Together, they have two daughters, Elise and Sarah, who attend Shawnee Public Schools and one spoiled rescue dog, Penny Rose.

Administrative Assistant

Dave Larson
 
Dave is a native of the Los Angeles area, where he graduated from Downey High. He came to OBU and completed his degree in Music Education (major: organ). He has led an interesting life, having had careers with the Postal Service, several different restaurant chains, several businesses of his own, three plus years in Iraq, and now Administrative Assistant at Wesley.
 
His wife, Janice, is a local girl, graduating from Earlsboro High. Her career has mostly been in healthcare. She is currently a unit secretary at St. Anthony Shawnee. Between them, they have six children, and fourteen grands.
 
In his spare time, he enjoys reading and listening to music – classical, mostly, but he also enjoy other styles, pretty eclectic. He enjoys puzzles and problem solving. Among hobbies, he enjoys wood-working, gardening, genealogy, and has collected stamps and coins.
 
Dave says, “Jan and I both love the Lord and try to share His love with those we meet.”

Nursery Director

Janet Henry
 
​Janet began working in PDO in September of 1995 and became the director in August of 2004. She recalls, “I wanted to be around small children again – mine were all in school.” And to this day here favorite part of the job is simply, the children.
 
Janet has been married to husband Rick for 31 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy family time and mini vacations together.
 
Janet loves her work at the church and says, “I’m just very thankful to be a part of this church family.”

Worship Arts Director

David Haberland
 
David’s love for music, worship and the dramatic arts goes way back. He first began singing in church choirs when he was five years old. He toured and performed with several contemporary Christian groups, including Selah and New Creation. He was a top ten finalist twice in the Branson Gospel Music Showdown. He attended college at the University of Kentucky, where he majored in Vocal and Music Education
 
Domino’s Pizza brought him to Oklahoma, where he franchised, owned and operated seven stores. Domino’s also brought David and his family to Wesley. He donated pizzas for a Wesley Vacation Bible School one summer. The nice people at VBS invited the Haberland family to church, and they soon became members.
Wesley UMC and David have some great memories together. He directed the production of the Living Last Supper at Wesley for seven years. He also helped form Wesley’s first Praise Team and helped to lead it for ten years.
 
When asked about his passions in life, David wrote, “First of all, my lovely wife, Angie, our children – Chase, Shauna and John – and our seven grandkids. I love the OKC Thunder, golfing, walking, traveling and most of all singing and praising the Lord. I am so excited to be back at Wesley, and look forward to spending time in fellowship and worship with all of you.”

Newsletter Editor

Loretta Smith
 
Loretta Smith retired from Rosebure, Bailey & Craig Insurance in July 2002 after working there for 37 years. She and Vaden will have been married for 54 years June 2nd. We met and married in Shawnee. After Vaden finished his service time in 1963, we moved back to Shawnee. We have three daughters, three granddaughters, one grandson and two great grandsons. We joined Wesley in 1964. I always enjoyed and depended on the Wesley Newsletter. When there was an opening about 2 years ago, I became the editor. I still enjoy and depend on the Newsletter.

Youth Director

Zach Foster
 

Facility Manager

Roger McClain