Director of Communications
Desira is a native of Nowata, Okla. where she graduated high school in 2003. She graduated from Tulsa Community College with an Associate’s degree in Business. Desira and her husband, Clay, were married in 2007. In January 2010 they welcomed their daughter, Jerika, in April 2012 they welcomed their son, William, and in November 2014 they welcomed another son, Troy. Desira was hired as the Director of Communications at Bartlesville First Church in July 2010.
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.
Hartley Colson was born and raised in Missouri, but grew up a Texan by her Amarillo native parents. Hartley has a passion for all things art, like her father. She is an alumnus of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. After high school she attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a major in Media Design and Strategy. She started working for Kids First while still attending school in 2012 as a part time teacher. She later began working for the church as the Communication Associate in 2015. She loves being a part of a team whose center focus is making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
“When I’m afraid, I’ll trust in you.” -Psalm 56:3
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 feels that she has finally found her passion, graphic design.
Katrina will be getting married in Nov. 2017 to her high school sweetheart Jonathan Spalding. Katrina and Jonathan have a sweet dog named Kaity that loves to run and play tug-a-war. Katrina enjoys reading and doing puzzles with Jonathan in their free time.