Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • LUCAS Smith


    Lucas became Senior Pastor on August 29th, 2021. He came to Eastern Heights as Associate Pastor of Youth and Families in December 2016. He attended Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, AR and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Christian Ministries degree in May 2007. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO in 2011 with a Masters of Divinity - Christian Education degree and a Masters of Arts - Biblical Languages degree. Upon completion of his degrees, he was Associate Pastor of Student and Education Ministries at First Baptist Church in Pryor, OK for five years.  Lucas and his wife Cheri have two children, Levi and Caris.


    Associate Pastor

    Ryan Forrest became our Associate Pastor in January 2022.  He has led worship in churches throughout Oklahoma for the last 16 years. As a worship leader, he desires to encourage affection for Jesus and His Word through music and congregational singing. Alongside worship ministry, music is his passion, and he enjoys composing and arranging in his free time. In addition to his leadership at Eastern Heights, Ryan works full time as an Information Technology Specialist for The Voice of the Martyrs. He is married to Rachel, and they have two children, Raley and Rory.


    Administrative assistant | Care Team Leader

    Cathy will celebrate her 40th anniversary of serving in the church office in 2022. She volunteers in many roles in the church.  Cathy serves on the Stewardship Team, Care Team and Decorating Team.
    Cathy also volunteers at the Hope Clinic.

  • JEnnifer Hines

    Church Secretary

    Jennifer has been a member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church since 2004.  She joined the office staff in September 2016.  Jennifer serves on the Decorating Team, as well as volunteering in many other areas of the church.  Jennifer is married to Gene and they have 2 grown children, Hayley and Brandon.

  • Barry & Jenifer MIller


    Barry & Jenifer are longtime members of EHBC.  They have 2 sons, Michael & Joshua.  You can always find Jenifer and Barry with a smile on their faces.  They LOVE serving our EHBC kids.

  • Brian Buford

    Adult Ministry Team Leader

    Brian began this ministry opportunity after serving as a children's LifeGroup leader and volunteer in the Preschool Extended Session and WorshipKids.  Brian is the 2021 Chairman of Deacons.  As Adult Team Leader, he oversees Son Seekers, Women's Ministry, Men's Ministry and LifeGroups.

  • Chantel Gray

    Missions TEAM LEADER

    Chantel is married to Terry and they have been members of EHBC since 2015.  Chantel has been on many mission trips with former WOBA Director of Missions, Paul Koonce.  Chantel also volunteers at the Hope Clinic, and is active in both the Youth and Women's Ministry.

  • Debbie Laroche

    stewardship Team leader | Treasurer

    Debbie is a member of EHBC.  Debbie is a Hope Clinic volunteer and volunteers in many other places in the Bartlesville Community. 

  • Eric Morrison


    Eric is a longtime member of EHBC. Eric & Cindy's son is Matthew and they have a grandson, Walker.  Eric is a deacon, as well as a lifegroup leader.