dd4baefd-1766-e511-80bf-00155d37174f.axdWillie Sanchez – Pulpit Minister Willie serves as the pulpit minister for the Merrick Drive church. He develops adult spiritual formation through preaching, teaching, and life group curriculum. Willie is married to Tamara Sanchez and they have 3 grown children and 4 grand children. Their greatest joy is that they have faithful children and that they are active in the kingdom at their local congregations. Before coming to Ardmore Willie served as the Vice President of Admissions and adjunct professor in the bible department for York College in York Nebraska. Willie also served for 25 years as the Youth and Family, College Age and Worship Minister for the Westside Church of Christ in Bakersfield California and the Student Life and College Age Minister for the Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas Texas.

Willie holds an Associate of Arts Degree from York College, a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Oklahoma Christian University and an a Master’s of Science degree from Pepperdine University. 
Justin Hammond-Youth Minister
Justin serves as our Youth and Family Minister. Justin is married to Rose and they became members at Merrick Drive in January 2017 after they graduated from Harding University in December of 2016. They were married in August of 2016 after meeting at Harding. Justin was born and raised in Texas. Rose grew up in Michigan and later moved to Texas before going to Harding. They both love the great outdoors and taking on whatever adventure comes their way. Justin’s hobbies include working on cars/trucks and hunting, while Rose like to paint, cook and go camping.
They have both been overwhelmed by the care and support of the congregation and love serving at Merrick Drive. They would both like to attribute their upbringing, education, marriage, church family and everything good to God from whom all blessings come.
They would like to encourage anyone looking for a church home to come to Merrick Drive, and not be shy, as the congregation is warm and inclusive to anyone wanting to get involved. 

fd63b0d0-1666-e511-80bf-00155d37174f.axdTricia Gary – Office Administrator

Tricia has been a part of the staff since 1997. She is the Administrative Assistant for the church and secretary for Willie Sanchez, Blain Elliott and the elders. She also takes care of all general administrative duties in the church office.

Tricia is married to Glen Gary, one of our elders and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They are very proud of the fact that all of their children and spouses are active and involved members of the Merrick Drive church family.

Tricia’s hobbies are reading, sewing, spending time with grandchildren and athletic events, which involve Merrick Drive youth. Tricia considers is an honor and joy to serve the congregation at Merrick Drive.

Madison HoogerhydeChildren’s Ministry Coordinator

Madison serves as our Children’s Minister. She is married to Robert and they have one daughter, Clara. Madison graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in Human Relations. She has attended Merrick Drive since middle school and returned after college and is part of the Young Professional Life Group. Madison enjoys anything DIY, spending time with her family and watching Clara experience life. At Merrick Drive, we cultivate our children’s curiosity for God and supply them with knowledge that they can build upon and grow their faith. I highly encourage getting you and your young ones involved with our Children’s Ministry.