Our Team

Greg Tener

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Greg Tener was appointed as the Senior Pastor of Bartlesville First Church on June 1, 2018. Greg is originally from Moore, OK where he was an active member of First UMC.  He holds degrees from Oklahoma City University, Southern Methodist University, and Saint Paul School of Theology.

Greg worked for Southwestern Bell for sixteen years before entering ordained ministry.  Since 1993, he has served the churches in Wilson, Loco, Putnam City (OKC), and Poteau.  Greg also served as the director of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry in Weatherford.  In 2012, Greg served as the District Superintendent in the Ardmore District, followed by the Heartland District.

As a member of the Oklahoma Annual Conference, Greg is serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry.  He is a supporter of the camping and campus ministries of the conference.

Greg and his wife, Judy have two children, Bryan (Angela) of Piedmont, OK, and Melissa of OKC.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: greg.tener@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Tari Carbaugh

Pastor of Evangelism and Discipleship

An Okie since she was 5 years old, Tari graduated from Ponca City High School in 1983. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. She has served as the assistant pastor and youth director at Dewey United Methodist Church, the pastor at Copan United Methodist Church and most recently held the position of associate director of institutional advancement at Saint Paul School of Theology. Having traveled and been away from her family for four years, Rev. Carbaugh is thrilled to be“home,” meaning home with her family, home in the Bartlesville community and home serving a local church.

Tari is married to Kent Carbaugh, an Information Security Specialist with ConocoPhillips. They have two daughters; Rusty, who is a flight attendant for United Airlines in Chicago, and Loni, who is working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Besides being with her family, Tari loves horses (really all critters), reading, outdoor activities, and making friends everywhere she goes.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: tari.carbaugh@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Celeste Barrett

Director of Traditional Music

A Bartlesville native, Celeste graduated from Sooner High School and Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. After spending seven years in Los Angeles, studying voice and opera, she went to the Zurich Opera as an apprentice. After a year and a half in Switzerland, she joined the Hagen City Theater, in Germany, where she sang for 18 years. She returned to Bartlesville in 2001 and taught at Tulsa University. She currently is adjunct professor of voice at Oklahoma Wesleyan University as well as director of traditional music at Bartlesville First Church.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: celeste.barrett@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Susan Mueller

Music Associate

Susan Mueller is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education and Southern Methodist University with a master’s in choral conducting.

She taught vocal music for five years in the Jenks Public Schools, and for 20 years at Bartlesville High School. During those years, her choirs were awarded many superior ratings, gold awards, sweepstakes awards, and sweepstakes plus plaques. Susan also taught both choral music and music education courses for several years on the college level – at Oral Roberts University and Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University).

In 2006, she was selected as Bartlesville High School’s Teacher of the Year, and in 2007, was chosen the Director of Distinction by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. In 2008, Susan was inducted in to the Oklahoma Music Education Association Hall of Fame.

After retiring from the Bartlesville schools in 2008, she continues as conductor of the Bartlesville Choral Society and as pianist at First Church.

Paul Overholt

Volunteer Worship Leader

Now retired from the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Overholt serves at First Church as a volunteer worship leader.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Deneice Bush

Administrative Assistant

Kirk Darnell

Director of Operations

Wayne Ford

Director of Accounting

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Wayne has been director of accounting at First Church since June 2000.  A graduate of West Texas State University with a BBA in finance and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s in religious education, Wayne was in the banking industry for many years before attending seminary.

Wayne is married to Lexa and they have two grown sons, Shelby and his wife, Jennifer, of Midwest City and Maury and his wife, Ashley, of Oklahoma City. Wayne and Lexa are the proud grandparents of Toby, Holly, Brady and Katherine Ford.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: wayne.ford@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Gretta Parks

Accounting Associate

Gretta first became of member of First United Methodist Church (now known as Bartlesville First Church) in 1965. Due to her husband, Doug, being transferred to Kansas City back to Bartlesville and later to Colorado and once again back to Bartlesville she has jointed First United Methodist Church a total of three times the last being in 1988 when she and Doug returned to Bartlesville for the final time.  Doug and Gretta were high school sweethearts and have what is called “A long term marriage.” They have two sons, Stephen and Mitchell, who are both married. Stephen and his wife, Erika, live in Castle Rock, Colorado while Mitchell and his wife, Brandy and their three daughters (Jasmine, Cheyenne, and Savannah) live in Guthrie, Oklahoma. When she is with her granddaughters her name is Gigi and it makes Gretta so happy to finally be able to do girl stuff with them.

Gretta’s employment with Bartlesville First Church began in 1990 as a full time employee in the Accounting Department. She has continued working in the Accounting Department but now she works part-time. Working part-time, she says, gives her the best of both worlds. She treasures the friendships she has made  while working at Bartlesville First Church and finds fulfillment in her job responsibilities. When she is not working, she and Doug are season ticket holders to TU home football games;  Broadway Plays which comes to Tulsa and Tulsa Town Hall speaking events all of which she enjoys very much.   She collect antiques, enjoys seasonal decorating her home, gardening, exercising, participating in special organizations she is involved with and reading a good book.  She is currently  building a seven (7) room doll house and is looking forward to completing the building part and begin furnishing it.

When asked to share she favorite Bible passage said she doesn’t really have a favorite, but finds herself when reading the Bible thinking “Gee, I really like what I have just read”. She does have a very special devotional book she reads daily and that is “Jesus Calling” and recommends the book to all who are interested in establishing a loving relationship with Jesus.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: gretta.parks@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Stephen Bumgarner

Director of Student Ministries

Stephen Bumgarner spent most of his life in Mustang, OK where he attended Mustang UMC. He received his calling into Youth Ministry his senior year of high school. During the next ten years he served as the youth minister and contemporary worship leader for various churches and ministries across the state including Oklahoma City, Waukomis, Ft Gibson, Mustang and Norman.

When he’s not spending time with youth, he’s on stage leading our contemporary service on Sunday mornings. Stephen started leading worship for his youth group as a freshman in high school. Through the years he’s built a passion for singing and leading praise songs with a constant attitude of wanting to learn more and more. Stephen is happily married to his wife Felicia. They plan to have a full household whenever God blesses them with that gift. Until then they spend most of their extra energy on spoiling their three nephews.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: stephen@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Felicia Bumgarner

Director of Children & Family Ministries

Felicia Bumgarner is elated to serve as the Director of Children’s Ministries at First Church. She has previously served at First Church as Director of Nursery and Curriculum and Director of Kanisa Camp. Before entering ministry, Felicia worked as a public-school teacher in Oklahoma City for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Oklahoma City University. Felicia spends all her free time with her husband Stephen and their four precious sons.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: felicia.bumgarner@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Callie Rivera

Director of Children's Music

CJ Shell

Children’s Ministry Associate (Volunteer Leader)

CJ was raised in Gilmer, Texas where she spent loads of time learning and worshipping at First United Methodist Church. Her college years were spent at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Wesley Foundation. She says that the Wesley Foundation taught her about service projects and true acceptance by the church.

After college, CJ taught junior high and high school math in Center Point, Bandera, LaGrange and Giddings, Texas.  She also worked in Christian education in United Methodist churches in Boerne, Bandera, Kerrville, La Grange, and Mason, Texas.  CJ was very active with United Methodist Women while living in Texas—she served as a conference officer for eight years and a district officer for four years. She learned about the International Christmas Market through UMW and has been continuing that ministry for over 25 years.

CJ moved to Bartlesville in 2005 to teach math at Nowata High School. She now teaches Geometry at Bartlesville High School. She joined Bartlesville First Church in July 2006 and began working with the children’s music in August 2006. She now works as an associate in Children’s Ministry helping in many different ways.  She has been a site coordinator/supervisor for  Project Transformation since it started in Bartlesville. CJ is part of the missions committee, children’s council, United Methodist Women, and the Sanctuary Choir at Bartlesville First Church. CJ’s family includes her cats Milo and Tenny.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: cj.shell@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Loni Starts

Assistant Director of Children Ministries

 Loni Starts is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in Psychology and a certification in Child Advocacy Studies Training. Loni grew up a Dewey Bulldogger and has been a member of Bartlesville First Church since 2012. Since graduating from OCU, Loni has been a Family Preservation Specialist with NorthCare’s Comprehensive Home Based Services. She has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s Master of Social Work Program where she intends on graduating and pursuing her License in Clinical Social Work. Loni is married to Ryan Starts and together they have 2 beautiful Great Danes, Porter and Stella.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: loni.starts@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Joel Bernstein

Director of Media Ministries

Joel is a native Californian who transplanted to Oklahoma when his now wife got into Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medicine Program. They moved here in 2005 and are enjoying life here.  Joel’s background is in concert sound production and live television production.  In 2003, Joel was an audio engineer on the Vans Warped tour, traveling to 30 states and 3 Canadian providences, doing 45 shows in 51 day period.

After his “rock star” days, Joel met his now wife and gave up the tour life.  After his wife, Sarah, finished vet school, they settled in Bartlesville, where she is originally from.  They opened her mobile veterinary practice, 4 The Animals Veterinary Clinic in 2009.  Along with the vet business they also do a lot of animal rescue, transport and outreach for animals within the community. Many times you can find a plethora of foster animals at their house.

In 2010 they adopted their 2 children from Ethiopia. Both kids have adjusted well to the American life style. Their son, Amanuel, plays competitive soccer and is quite the athlete in Basketball also. Their daughter, Demekech, is more the artistic type. She enjoys playing violin and wants to start acting. In June of 2016, Joel and his wife, Sarah,  welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. Eden is growing quickly and enjoys spending time at the church learning the ins and outs of everyone’s job.

Along with working at the church, Joel still enjoys working freelance television. He predominately works for Cox, doing audio for their local broadcasts. He also fills in for Fox sports working with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma. He also enjoys video games and playing guitar, when time permits.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: joel.bernstein@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Adam Boyle

Audio Technician

Adam was born in a small town of Nixa, Missouri. He moved to Bartlesville in 2013. Adam Graduated from Bartlesville High School in 2017. He has worked for On The Rock Ministries helping with their media ministries and for Bartlesville High School where he helped with theater productions.  Adam joined the Bartlesville First Church staff in November 2017.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: adam.boyle@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Katrina Spalding

Communications Associate

Katrina graduated from Bartlesville High School in 2014. She obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree in Early Childcare from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2015. She began working for Bartlesville First Church in Dec. 2015.

Katrina and her husband, Jonathan, were married in 2017. Katrina and Jonathan have 2 wonderful dogs, Kaity and Luna that love to run and play together.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: katrina.spalding@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Bill Buoy

Supervisor of Building & Grounds

Bill was born and raised in Grove, OK.   Bill previously worked at Amazon Distribution Center as a safety coordinator.  He lives with his dog, Louie.  Bill enjoys spending time with his nephews, and watching movies and TV shows such as Star Wars and Parks and Recreation.  His favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox.  Bill started working for Bartlesville First Church in 2009.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: bill.buoy@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Preston Gossett

Building & Grounds Associate


Phone: 918-336-3361

Rebecca Brown

Director of Food Services

Rebecca Brown has been cooking for the people of Bartlesville First Church since 2011. A graduate of College High School in Bartlesville, Rebecca says she has years of experience cooking for her three children. In fact, it’s been her dream to own a café named “A Little Piece of Heaven.” Years ago, when Rebecca was homeless and pregnant with her first child, her grandmother inspired her by teaching her to cook and sew. Now Rebecca strives to be an inspiration to each of her four grandchildren. Rebecca graduated from Tri County Technology Center for Accounting in 2016. On December 19, 2015, Rebecca married Paul Brown.

Rebecca loves her job and the people that God has placed in her life. She enjoys feeding people and sharing God’s love through food.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Email: rebecca.brown@bartlesvillefirstchurch.com

Heather Mayfield

Kitchen Associate

Heather has worked for Bartlesville first church for 13 years. She is a Bartlesville native. Heather graduated from Bartlesville High school in 1995, and then from Culinary Arts at Tri- County Tech in 1996.


Phone: 918-336-3361

Ryan Starts

Building & Grounds Associate


Phone: 918-336-3361

Nikki Wagner

Director, Kids First Child Development Center