Morning Prayer

The week of Annual Meeting will begin each day with a short time of morning prayer led by KO pastors, partners from the Evangelical Church of Baden, and the wider United Church of Christ. Join each day or as often as you are able.

7:30-7:50 a.m. Monday-Friday

9:00 a.m. on Saturday

Clergy Bios

  • Monday

    Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, J.D., is the associate minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University (B.A. 2005 & M.S. 2006), Oklahoma City University School of Law (J.D. 2009), Phillips Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2011), and Emory University (D.Min, 2020). She was once described as a loose cannon. Lori was ordained in the UCC in 2012 and is a member of the UCC’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative Class of 2024, the co-founder of JL CREATIVE, a collaboration which produces progressive Christian curriculum for children, the recipient of Freedom Oklahoma’s 2015 Ally of the Year, the University of Oklahoma Women & Gender Studies Program 2017 Courage Award, and Central Oklahoma Labor Federation AFL-CIO’s 2018 Friend of Labor award. She is married to Collin Walke, an attorney and State Representative for House District 87, and together the “Rev & the Rep” try to make as much trouble in the name of Jesus and justice as they can.

  • Tuesday

    Rev. Richard Mize is a bi-vocational minister ordained in the United Church of Christ and serves as half-time pastor of Trinity Presbyterian as a Temporary Member of the Indian Nations Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), under the Formula of Agreement. Rev. Mize has edited The Oklahoman/’s weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. He grew up on a farm and cow-calf ranch in Sequoyah County and attended Muldrow public schools. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism (news-editorial), a bachelor of science degree in political science (state and local government) with a minor in economics, all from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, a master of arts degree in history from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. He has made numerous history presentations and had several scholarly history articles published. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Dolores Mize, Ph.D.

  • Wednesday

    KO’s partership with the Evangelical Church of Baden, Germany, was voted by the Conference in 200. And since  2017 there has been an intentional effort to strengthen the partnership and for the Conference to become more fully engaged in the this valuable relationship. The Church of Baden has a membership as large as the entire of UCC. However, they continue to state that they have much to learn from this

    partnership with KO and we have much to learn from them as well. Partnership visits confirm this. We are deeply appreciative of the words of support, encouragement and prayers throughout the year from the Bishop of the Church of Baden, Dr. Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh. And now, our virtual Annual Meeting allows us to be together in prayer, in real time across the miles.

  • Thursday

    Rev. Kayla Bonewell was born in Oklahoma City. She earned a BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University (2002), a Master of Liberal Arts from Naropa University (2004), and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California (2008). Ordained in the United Church of Christ (2010), Kayla has ministry experience as a hospital chaplain, campus minister, social justice activist, youth minister, and associate pastor. Her personal mission statement is “to empower community, through experiences of the divine, to lead lives of deep meaning, while cultivating health, peace, and beauty in our world.” She is passionate about relevant worship, spiritual growth, and community engagement. Kayla is a member of the inaugural class of the UCC’s “Next Generation Leadership Initiative,” a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. She was awarded “Forty under 40 in Oklahoma City Leadership” in 2016, and received an “Oklahoma Human Rights” award from Amnesty International in 2018.

  • Friday

    Rev. Michael Vollbrecht is the pastor of Peace United Church of Christ in Alma, Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree, earning marks of distinction in history and theology, as well as the Seminary’s “Peace & Justice” award. A member of the UCC’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative, he served as a Conference delegate to General Synod in 2017 and in 2019 he chaired a committee on a resolution to increase visibility of historically underrepresented groups in the United Church of Christ. As a student of contemplative spiritual practices, he is completing a three-year program in the art of spiritual direction and companionship. Prior to ordained ministry, Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in business management and had a 15-year career in financial services management and information technology. He lives in Lawrence and is passionate about poetry, the arts, and animals. He often writes while his dog, Karma, rests nearby.

  • Saturday

    Rev. Andrew B. Warner, CFRE, serves as a Generosity Outreach Officer of the national setting of the United Church of Christ. In that role he trains,  coaches, and mentors conference and congregational leaders to strengthen the culture of generosity across the UCC. Andrew also serves as Director of Development for the Wisconsin Conference. He leads the fundraising efforts of the conference, supports the planned giving and effective philanthropy of congregations, and started a foundation. Andrew connects people’s deepest passions with generative opportunities and initiatives. Before joining the national staff in 2019, Andrew served for 22 years as pastor of Plymouth Church UCC of Milwaukee, a vibrant and inclusive Christian community. Through faith-based leadership and board service, Andrew developed as a leader who connects people’s deepest passions with generative opportunities and initiatives. Andrew loves to cook and entertain, a practice he calls his “gastro-evangelism.”