Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Travis Markes

Pastor

Travis Markes is the lead pastor at Blanchard First.  Travis and his wife Erin have three girls Rebekah, Hannah and Leah. Travis is a native of Oklahoma.  He has been in the ministry for over 24 years serving in different churches and various positions.  He holds a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a bachelors degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.

Paula Lawson

Children's Minister

Paula and her husband Charles have lived in Blanchard since 1997,  have four children and one daughter-in-law; Jacob, Kegan & Autumn, Brant, and Allie.Paula has extensive experience pointing children to Jesus through local Churches and Christian Education Centers.  Her love for her own children and the Children’s Ministry at Blanchard First is a product of her childhood experience and her current relationship with Jesus.

Joshua McKee

Student Pastor

Joshua and Emily were married in 2007 and have two sons. Joshua has served Oklahoma churches for over 15 years in the area of student ministry. He received his BA in communications from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a master’s in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.

Jason Soward

Worship Pastor

Jason joined Blanchard First as Worship Pastor in August of 2018.  Jason and his wife Mistie have three children Charlotte, Elijah, and Josie. Jason is a native of Oklahoma and has been in the ministry for over 10 years serving in different churches and various positions.  Jason holds a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Oklahoma Baptist University.