Rev. Dr. Trevor Smith
Rev. Dr. Trevor Smith grew up attending Grace United Methodist Church in northwest Oklahoma City. He was baptized and confirmed as a member of the church in sixth grade, and he began reading his Bible every day when he was in seventh grade. Trevor began to sense that God was calling him to the work of a pastor when he attended North Oklahoma City District Church Camp at Canyon Camp the summer before his freshman year.
Over the next eleven years God nurtured this call to ministry and prepared Trevor for the work of ministry. Trevor preached his first sermon at Grace United Methodist Church on Youth Sunday in August of 1990. Upon graduating from Putnam City North High School, God provided a full tuition scholarship to Oklahoma City University where Trevor doubled majored in
History and Religion. During his freshman year, Trevor served as a Youth Sponsor at South Lee United Methodist Church, and during his junior and senior years he served as a Youth Sponsor and a Youth Ministry Intern at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. In 1997, he completed candidacy with Dr. Guy C. Ames III as his mentoring pastor.
Trevor received a scholarship to attend Duke Divinity School. During his two summers in North Carolina, he served Field Education Appointments at Providence United Methodist Church and Cool Spring United Methodist Church near Statesville, North Carolina and at Dana United Methodist Church near Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Trevor served at First United Methodist Church in Claremore, at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, and at First United Methodist Church in Waurika and First United Methodist Church in Temple. In 2008, Trevor earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at S.M.U., and Trevor and Allyson got married at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Upon returning to Waurika from their honeymoon, Trevor and Allyson found that the church building had suffered damage from arson. Trevor helped to lead the church in building a new sanctuary and a major renovation of the building. Trevor served as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw. During this time, worship attendance grew considerably, and the church started a contemporary worship service and made major improvements to the audio/visual system in the sanctuary. Trevor was a 2013 recipient of the Harry S. Denman Award for Evangelism. Trevor served as the senior pastor of Nichols Hills United Methodist Church for the last eight and a half years in which the church’s budget grew from $750,000 to $1,000,000, 132 new members joined the church, and average worship attendance grew. Trevor worked with the Trustees on a $200,000 audio/visual renovation in the sanctuary, parlor, and fellowship hall. He also worked with the Mission Committee to launch a weekly Food Pantry and Clothing Closet at John Marshall High School.
Allyson grew up in Tulsa where she attended a non-denominational church. She graduated from Bishop Kelley High School, received a B.A. in Human Resource Management from Baylor University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Allyson worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck and Company, and she served for one year as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Waurika. Allyson’s focus is currently on raising their two beautiful daughters, Charlotte, who is thirteen years old, and Avery, who is eleven years old. Allyson enjoyed serving andteaching in the children’s ministry at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church. Charlotte and Avery love serving as acolytes and playing with their friends. Charlotte plays soccer and tennis. Avery is an avid gymnast and plays soccer as well.
Trevor has a passion to help churches fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. He is passionate about preaching, teaching, and leading worship using various multi-media. He has also done extensive work on the challenges of stewardship in local churches and has helped many congregations make a vital connection between faith and money. He is a much sought after speaker for annual stewardship campaigns and church training events. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and his hobbies include cheering on the Duke Blue Devils and the Oklahoma City Thunder and smoking the best pulled pork, brisket, and turkey you have ever tasted.
Hi! I’m Hannah Birney, and I am the director of children’s ministry at Bixby First Methodist! Exciting things are happening at our church, and especially in our children’s department! Our children’s ministry provides children and parents resources to nurture young hearts and minds while growing in relationship with Christ. We focus on God’s word, helping children apply it to their daily lives. We have exceptional teachers who guide our children as they learn about Jesus, grow in faith, and learn to show the love of Christ to others.
I have lived in Bixby for most of my life! I graduated from Bixby High School in 2008 and then attended Oklahoma City University. After graduating from OCU, I served at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Oklahoma City as the director of a Fine Arts Program for children and as the Children’s Ministry Assistant. In 2014, I moved back to Bixby to marry Will Birney! We have been married for seven years, and some of our favorite things to do together are reading and loving on Bear, our sweet and silly Great Dane.
Secretary of Office Hospitality
Ben, 26, is a goofy, fun-loving guy that loves to exhibit the joy of The Lord and sing His praises. Ben grew up in Vinita, OK and is the son of Travis and Lorraine Pitts. After graduating from OSU in 2021 with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, God used the COVID-19 pandemic to redirect his focus from performing opera and musical theater to now guiding young musicians in becoming worship leaders that set aside self-glorification and seek intimacy with God. In addition to his role here at Bixby First as Secretary of Office Hospitality, Ben serves at Claremore FUMC as a worship leader and director of Elevate, the youth praise band. Ben's hobbies/interests include playing disc golf, collecting enamel pins, international travel, playing video games with friends, and just about anything one might consider nerdy.
Rick Crofford was born in Tulsa and went to high school in Broken Arrow. He’s had careers in casino surveillance and music. He and his wife, RayAnn, have a combined six children and three grandchildren who they spend a lot of time with. They live in Broken Arrow with the two youngest of their children and a lot of pets. Rick especially enjoys live concerts and traveling.
Peggy Berlin has been a member of Bixby FUMC for the past seven years and sings in the Chancel Choir. She spent the first fourteen years of her working career as a secondary choral music director before venturing into healthcare. After retiring in October 2019 from the Saint Francis Health System, Peggy has just recently joined the church staff as the Communications Secretary. Peggy’s husband Bruce is a TPS High School Science teacher who is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Counseling. Together for 37 years, they are the parents of two adult sons, three rescue dogs, and a tuxedo cat named TC.