Our Team
 
DARRIN MCKNIGHT
Pastor
 
Follower of Christ.  Husband to Lesli.  Dad to Conner and Nathan.  Pastor at Southwood since 2012.  Alumni of OBU and Southwestern Seminary.  A once-in-a-while runner.  Solid card player.  Victim of car theft…while changing the church sign.  (true story)  Talented singer.  (not true)  Proud pastor to a great church family.       
 
Favorite Bible verse John 18:4, “So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, WENT FORTH…”  He knew what He would suffer and WENT FORTH anyway. 
A sermon excerpt from our pastor: Jesus Himself said that when He is lifted up, He will draw all people to Himself.  But because we don’t trust Jesus to do what He says He will do, or believe that He is who He said He is, we take matters into our own hands and draw up programs, methods and strategies that we hope might draw people to Christ.  But Jesus could not have been clearer; the only begotten Son of God is THE DRAW.  
 
 
JIMMY LAWBAUGH 
Worship Pastor
 
Jimmy and his family joined the Southwood fellowship in July of 2005.  Through Jimmy and Lori, God has produced three great kids and two practically perfect grandkids.  One of Jimmy’s strongest desires is for the church to see Christ as supreme in all things and for the church to share this amazing truth with those who do not yet see it.              
 
(Switching to 1st person, now)  I also wish that I was never selfish, arrogant, prideful, impatient, or covetous, so others could always see Christ in me.  Christ is our highest prize, the Light of the World, and through repentance and faith in Him, our only way to Heaven.  Really, nothing on earth can satisfy the deepest longings of our heart; not even the Cubs winning the World Series; and I cried when that happened.  If you want real joy, real peace, and real love, you’ll find those only in Christ Jesus.  Obi-wan kenobi is NOT our hope.  Christ is.         
 
 
BUDDY HUNTER 
Student Pastor
 

Buddy became Student Pastor at Southwood in July 2009.  He has served in this role in a variety of churches for nearly 33 years.  During that time, he and his family lived mainly in Oklahoma, but they spent some time in Texas, too.  Boomer Sooner!  He began serving full-time in ministry immediately after graduating OBU.        

 
Furthering his education, he earned a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Seminary.  While at OBU, Buddy met his wife, Lesa (who was engaged to some other guy at the time).  They have 2 grown children, Michelle and Matt.  When called to ministry, Buddy made a commitment to be a “Lifer” in student ministry.  And thus far, that is where God has allowed him to continue to serve.  His specific mission from God is to lead students and others to receive and grow deeper in their personal relationship with Jesus.  A few of the things Buddy values the most from his years in ministry are the countless relationships that have been established in various churches, and that still continue today.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KATIE JONES 
Children’s Minister
 
Katie grew up in the Tulsa area and served in a church in OKC for 13 years before coming to Southwood in 2010.  Katie’s passion is to help families make Jesus first in their homes and to reach out to those kids who do not know Him.  Katie, and her husband Shannon, are parents to 2 amazing girls, Abby and Elly.  Abby has overcome amazing health obstacles and Elly who overcame so much to be adopted in April 2017.           
 
Katie loves Jesus, her family, OU football and anytime visiting Colorado.  But she gets  really excited when kids and families are introduced to Jesus and choose to follow Him.  Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.  She currently listens to Toby Mac, Matthew Parker and Lecrae.