MEET THE TEAM


MIKE HICKERSON, LEAD PASTOR

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Spouse: Jodi Hickerson
Kids: Hayden, Bryce, & Tyler
Nickname: Hick
Movies I Love: Elf, Dazed & Confused, Inception, Braveheart, Gladiator, Tombstone, Hitch, LOTR…
Music: Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, Snow Patrol, Explosions In The Sky, Matt Kearney, Ray Lamontagne
Most Played On Your iPod: Scattered Trees

Authors: Grisham, Ortberg, Willard, Stanley
If you could only eat at one place for the rest of your life: Grand Lux Cafe
Favorite Sports Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Random Facts: Spelling Bee Champ 4th/5th Grade, Dad was a college quarterback
Mad Skills & Superpowers: The ability to lose my keys, wallet or phone in a moment’s notice


JIM SHELDON, EXECUTIVE PASTOR

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Spouse: Dynell Sheldon
Child: Keagan & Thatcher
Nickname: Life Caddy
Movies I’d Watch On Repeat: Bourne Trilogy, Anchorman
T.V. Shows I Love: Burn Notice, White Collar, Deadliest Catch, Modern Family, The Office
Music: Amos Lee, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows, Justin Timberlake
Books I’d Recommend: Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart, Good and Beautiful God, Love Beyond Reason, The Life You’ve Always Wanted
Favorite Place to Eat: Wood Ranch, Chick Fil A, In N Out, Urbane Cafe, CPK
Favorite Sports Team: Go Chicago!  Bears, Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks (not the White Sox though)
Random Facts: My dad & sister are mechanics and I just learned how to change my oil!
Mad Skills and Super Powers: I’ve been known to find Hick’s keys, wallet or phone before they’re even lost; I Life Caddy my friends from making horrible decisions


T.D. Oakes, Creative Arts Director

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Spouse: Jen Oakes
Kids: Mayzee, & Henry
Nickname: T.D.
Movies: Wes Anderson, Coen Brother’s, Cameron Crowe, Hitchcock, LOTR
Music: The Album Leaf, Radiohead, DC*B, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, The Flaming Lips
Books I Love: The Idiot, Les Miserables, Pursuit of God, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Franny & Zooey, Practice of the Presence of God
Food: Chipotle, Sushi, In N Out, Anything Mexican
Favorite Sports Team: Denver Broncos
Random Facts: I love to paint watercolors, mountain bike, backpack and I’m learning to surf
Mad Skills & Super Powers: I make a mean pesto, but I’m known for my salsa

 


Jodi Hickerson, Programming Director

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Spouse: Mike Hickerson
Kids: Hayden, Bryce, & Tyler
Movie I could watch on repeat: The Bourne Trilogy (I actually do watch them on repeat… Thank you TNT!)
T.V. Shows: Lost & Friday Night Lights
Favorite Treat: Caramel Latte
Favorite place to eat: Wherever good chips and salsa are found
Favorite Sports Team: Crazy about the University of Kentucky Wildcats – Go Big Blue!!!
Random Fact: Afraid of cats
Mad Skills & Super Powers: I can fall asleep anywhere


Jen Oakes, Outreach Director

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Spouse: T.D. Oakes
Kids: Mayzee & Henry
Movies: Amelie, When Harry Met Sally, Reality Bites, Singles, All of Wes Anderson’s films
T.V. Shows: Seinfeld, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Lost
Books: To Kill A Mockingbird, Harry Potter series, The Maytrees, The Secret Life of Bees, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Favorite Treat: Surf’n Yogurt
Random Facts: I’ve lived in 14 different houses, I’ve run 2 marathons and 7 half-marathons, I clean up about 5,286 Legos a day left on the floor by my 7-year old son, and listen to about 32 a cappella songs a day sung by my 9-year old daughter
Mad Skills & Super Powers: Grammar Girl



Kelly Russell, Connections Director

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Spouse:  Mark Russell
Kids:  Ava
Nickname:  KelBel
Movies:  Return to Me, Family Man, Bridesmaids
T.V. Shows:  Parenthood, Modern Family, The Office, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Dr. Phil
Music:  Adele, Bruno Mars, David Crowder Band, Tom Petty, U2
Authors:  Anne Lamott, Beth Moore, Wally Lamb, Andy Stanley
If you could eat at one place the rest of your life:  California Pizza Kitchen (I could eat pizza and a caesar salad for every meal.)
Favorite Treat:  Mint Chip Milkshake
Random Facts:  My great uncle is the voice of Tony the Tiger; “Theeeeeeey’re great!”, I’ve lived in Australia, snowboarded the Swiss Alps and do not like dogs.
Mad Skills & Super-powers:  Hosting parties & making my two year old scream with laughter (it requires forfeiting all my dignity but it’s worth it).
Things I’d recommend:   Bathing


Derrick Breaux, Communications Director

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Spouse: Lauren Breaux
Kids: Jack, Chloe, Levi
Nickname: D
Movies: Forest Gump, Gladiator, Tommy Boy, Dumb and Dumber
Music: Toto, Aerosmith, 80's-90's country music 
Books I Love: A Million Miles in A Thousand Years, Blue like Jazz.....what else has Donald Miller written? 
Food:  Mexican
Favorite Sports Team: THE University of Kentucky Wildcats 
Random Facts: I played bass in a 80's cover band,  I like woodworking and golfing
Mad Skills & Super Powers: If I'm set for at least 30 seconds,  I have a deadly 3 pointer


Lauren Carreras, Mission Kids Director

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Spouse: Tommy Carreras
Movies:  Pirates of the Caribbean, Up, While You Were Sleeping, Ever After, Pitch Perfect, Elizabethtown, The Proposal, The Borne Movies, Elf, and home videos.
Music:  The Imagine Dragons Pandora Station (this is my running music!), Rachel Harlow (check her out!), Foy Vance, Joshua Radlin, Peter Bradley Adams, All Sons & Daughters, Jon Foreman
Television:  Parenthood, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, and TLC make-over shows
Books I’d Recommend:   All Is Grace (Brennan Manning), When Helping Hurts (Corbett & Fikkert), Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission (Amy Simpson)
Mad Skills & Super Powers:  Doing Up-Do’s for wedding dances, decorating on a budget, ¡hablo espanol!, hanging with kids, craigslist-ing, reading my sister’s minds


Tommy Carreras, Groups Director

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Spouse:  Lauren Carreras
T.V.:  Star Trek, Doctor Who
Movies I’d Watch On Repeat:  Clue and Star Trek
Favorite Music:  Some strange mix of folk, electronic, retro, 80’s synth, and banjo.
Books:  Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), The King Jesus Gospel (McKnight), For the City (Patrick), The Good and Beautiful God (Smith), The Little Prince (Saint-Exupery)
If you could eat at one restaurant the rest of your life where would it be?:  The Nutella and Peanut Butter Restaurant  (It doesn’t exist yet, but it should!)
Favorite Sports Team:  Chicago Bears
Favorite People to Follow on Twitter:  @googlefacts, @halfpics (Pictures of things cut in half)
Mad Skills:  I can jump high, make killer spreadsheets.  Also, weaponized sneezes.