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SAM STORMS

Lead Pastor for Preaching & Vision
Sam has spent 43 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He’s served at churches in Texas, Oklahoma & Missouri and was Associate professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Illinois. He has authored 25 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries in Kansas City. Sam is a Sooner! He graduated from The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas at Dallas (Ph.D.). He and his wife Ann have been married for 45 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball (and all other sports; there’s just not enough room to list them here!), books, movies, and anything to do with his beloved Sooners. The only thing on TV he believes is worth his time is 24!

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J.J. SEID

Pastor of Community & Discipleship 
J.J. served as a resident director for four years prior to joining Bridgeway, living in community with college students first in Texas and then California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and still roots for the White Sox and the Bulls. J.J. graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College with an Associates in Theology before pursuing a B.A. in Art & Design from Judson College. While completing his M.A. in Biblical Studies at Wheaton, J.J. was swept off his feet by his beautiful bride, Kristen, who hails from Rogers, Arkansas. They’ve been married since June of 2006, and in April of 2009 joyfully welcomed Eisley Claire into their family. In between pregnancy and giving birth, Kristen completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology and is now working towards licensure in Oklahoma. J.J. loves (in no particular order) basketball, the wilderness, art, good books, Bob Dylan, pop culture, cooking, good music, poetry, darts and the Bible. 
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ANDY EDWARDS

Pastor of Missions & Evangelism

Andy Edwards grew up in and around the Oklahoma City area and has been a part of this tremendous Bridgeway community for over 7 years. He is married to the amazing Laura Edwards. They have two children, Elizabeth and Owen, and are thoroughly enjoying life as a family. Together they hope to see the people of Bridgeway walk in the love of Jesus and boldly proclaim His love to the world. Their desire is to see the Glory of God impact and influence people all over the metro area and beyond. When they have free time they love to read, play sports, listen to music and watch some Sooner football!

 
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RYAN GIKAS

Pastor of Music & Arts

Ryan Gikas has been leading worship for over 15 years. He grew up in the great state of Texas and met his wife Catherine in College Station. They have been married since 2001 and have three incredible boys, Ira, Arden, and Nile. They moved to OKC in 2007, and Ryan soon after took a position at Our Lords Community Church as Director of Worship and Arts before coming to Bridgeway in 2013. Catherine home schools their boys and (in her not so spare time) runs an organic food co-op. Ryan has his B.S. in Organizational Leadership from SNU and will soon be working towards his MDiv. Ryan loves reading, art, design, really good coffee, camping, and Taos NM.

 
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ANDY DOWDELL

Pastor of Administration

Andy, his wife Angie, and three sons have been a part of Bridgeway since 2001, and are excited to see what the Lord is doing in this community! Before coming on staff at Bridgeway in 2010 he worked in higher education for 10 years. Andy is originally from central Illinois but grew up near Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1999 with a B.A. in Religious Studies.

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SETH STEWART

Pastor of Student Ministries

Seth Stewart has been involved with the Youth Ministry at Bridgeway since 2009, and is thrilled with his new job as Youth Pastor. Seth is newly married to his beautiful bride, Erica. Having grown up in over 7 different countries and visited over 30, Seth is excited to finally call Oklahoma City, and Bridgeway Church home. In his spare time Seth dives into books, writes, cooks, and attempts P90X workouts. 

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EDDY HELKER

Pastor of Collegiate Ministries

Eddy has served on the Bridgeway staff for seven years. He first served from 2002-2008, before teaching at a local college and high school for five years. In July of 2014 Eddy became our Pastor of College and Post -College Ministries. Eddy and his wife Carolyn have been given opportunities to live and pastor throughout the world. They have three children, sons: Jed and Evan and a married daughter Hannah Fields. The Helkers have spent many years discipling young men and women many of those helped plant Bridgeway in the early 1990’s. Their desire to see yong men and women “live like Jesus is alive” is lived out through the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of college and post college people.

 

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KELCY WHITE

Connections Pastor

Kelcy has lived in the Oklahoma City his entire life, and by God's grace hopes to never leave. He loves finding unique restaurants to visit with his wife, drumming, listening to podcasts, and learning about all things coffee related. He met his wife, Lacey, in 2013 while he was managing a theological coffee shop. When Kelcy first began attending Bridgeway, he was blown away by the love and care he received from this family through serving on the worship team and committing to a community group. Because Bridgeway has been instrumental to his walk with Christ and is such a special place to both Lacey and himself, he deeply longs to help others get involved and find the same level of community that he's benefitted from.

 


TYLER HAYES

Associate Pastor of Music & Development

Tyler was born and still lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Leah, and sons Noah and Emerson. He is an “okie” through and through! Tyler and Leah came to Bridgeway in 2011 and immediately fell in love with this body of believers. They are incredibly excited that God has kept them here, and Tyler is honored to serve in Worship and Development. Tyler and Leah love singing together and sharing songs to point others to Jesus.Tyler cherishes Saturday mornings with his family, enjoys food (a lot), coffee, his new riding lawn mower, playing and writing music, and reading.

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