As a church family, we are united in our core beliefs and values, which identify who we are. We invite you to study and learn about God’s direction for our lives.
Jesus Christ is the one and only sacrifice for our sins and he arose from the dead
(1 Corinthians 15:1-8; John 3:16).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God – a lamp to our feet and a light to our path
(2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:10).
Every person has worth as a creation of God, but all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord
Those willing to obey Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized into him for forgiveness of sins
(Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38).
The church is the Body of Christ on earth, is empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to save the lost and edify the saved
Jesus Christ will one day return to take God’s children to be with him forever
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
What We Stand For
In an effort to clarify the expectations for those who wish to serve with this body of believers, the leaders of the Perkins Church of Christ believe it is essential that everyone is committed to:
Intentional spiritual growth/development through an ongoing transformation into the image of God. Common practices include: reading and studying scripture, worship, taking advantage of teaching and learning opportunities, fellowship, hospitality, prayer, and contributing to the ministry of the church and the needs of fellow believers (Acts 2:42ff).
Engaging in the expanding mission of God in the world (Luke 4: 14ff) through acts of compassion and service, evangelism, as well as the pursuit of positive relationships and reputations in the community and the world.
Growing relationships through the expanding and deepening of connections in family, church, and community.
Healthy living in God’s created world. This is demonstrated in commitments to moral and ethical excellence, honesty and integrity at school and work, and mutual support through the stages of life.
We are committed to overseeing the entire body of Christ here through prayer, compassion, administration, and service.
Matt began serving here in Jan 2018. Before landing here he served as a Campus Minister for the Church of Christ University Center at OSU for 11 years. He has his Bachelor's Degree from OSU in Social Work and his Master's Degree from Oklahoma Christian in Ministry. He will begin working on his Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy this Fall. His wife, Melissa, is a Math Professor at OSU. They have a son named Tucker (8 yr) and a daughter named Paige (6 yr).
Our youth team is committed to instilling faith in the teens of Perkins Church of Christ through mentoring, relevant Bible classes, and opportunities for service.
Our deacons are volunteer leaders of the congregation. They provide on the ground support for each ministry through presence, prayer, and anything else that needs done.
The Brandells served as missionaries to the Republic of Vanuatu for 15 years, sponsored by the Perkins Church, and returned stateside in September 2020. As a final phase of their mission work, Eric is serving on staff with the congregation during their re-entry. He is also pursuing an M.A. in New Testament from Harding School of Theology. His wife, Shawnda, works in the Children’s Department of the Stillwater Public Library, and substitute teaches in the Perkins-Tryon school system. Their children are Titus (14), Alexis (13) and Grayson (6).