Lead Pastor: Blake Martin
Blake has been the Senior Pastor of Wallace Baptist Church since August of 2016. Before Wallace, Blake served as a student ministry intern at Immanuel Baptist in Shawnee for 3 years. He went on to serve as student pastor at New Hope in Tecumseh for a year and from there, God called him to church planting. In this time, Blake was asked to fill the pulpit for Wallace. Blake and his wife, Bryse, fell in love with the church and God's plan became clear. Wallace was in need of a RePlant and that is exactly what God did, starting in 2017. Blake graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a minor in ministry. In his free time, Blake loves all things sports (especially OKC Thunder basketball and Oklahoma state football), fishing, playing guitar, and spending as much time as he can with his family. Blake and Bryse have been married since 2015 and have a beautiful baby girl, Palmer, and two golden retrievers named Harper and Honey.
Lay Elder: Ken Pennington
Pastor Ken was born, raised, and educated in Central Arkansas. He was married to his wife Penny in June 1972. They have two daughters Kendra Pennington and Kym Coe, one on-in-law Adam Coe, and two grandchildren Eli Coe and Kenley Coe. He graduated from Central Baptist College with a B.S. degree in Pastoral Ministry and has pastored several churches in Arkansas and Washington (state). Ken and Penny lived in Washington for 35 years. While there he was bi-vocational pastor for various churches, and he also worked for USDA-FSIS-MPI-FO as a Federal Food Inspector/Consumer Safety Inspector. He retired from government service in 2017. Penny is a retired meat wrapper from Safeway. Ken and Penny have been actively involved in church service activities throughout their 50+ years together. They moved to Shawnee in the fall of 2014. The LORD led them to the Wallace Family in the fall of 2018. Their motto has always been, “LORD WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU, TODAY?”
Lay Elder: J. Scott Johnson
Pastor Scott was born and raised in California and gave his life to Christ at a young age. He graduated from Fresno Pacific College with degrees in Psychology and Contemporary Christian Ministry. Scott went on to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, (now Gateway) and earned a Masters in Christian Education. He has been in ministry for over 30 years as an Education Pastor, Senior Adult Minister, and a Christian School Principal. Currently, Scott uses his experience with senior adults by working at Primrose Retirement Community. Scott and his wife Jana have been married since 1987, and they have 2 young adult sons, Bryce (who is married to Hannah and their son Ezra), and Garrett. Scott and Jana moved to Oklahoma in 2018 and have been a part of Wallace since then. Scott enjoys time with family and going fishing.
Worship and Media Minister: Caleb Dyer
Caleb Grew up in Oklahoma City and came to faith at a young age. He moved to Shawnee in 2018 to attend OBU, and he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with a minor in music. Ever since he was young, he has been involved with leading worship and felt God specifically call him to this ministry toward the end of high school. Caleb spent some time serving in the chapel worship team at OBU and playing for several camps and D-nows. He is a bit of a coffee snob, he loves running, reading, and all things music. He got married to Lauren in July 2022 and they are eager to serve God through the local church.
Ministry Assistant & Social Media Director: Jacee Miller
Jacee became the ministry assistant June 2023. She was raised in Shawnee, OK. Jacee came to faith at the age of 16 at Tecumseh First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Women’s Ministry team, volunteered in the youth, and was a member of the Missions Team. She is a member of the Oklahoma Women’s Retreat Leadership Team. She graduated Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Jacee is also the head cheer coach at Tecumseh High School. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew, traveling, and serving the Lord in all she does.
Interim Student Minister: Jake Waller
Kids Minister: Calee Colvin
Calee is currently the Children's Minister at Wallace. She became the children's minister in January of 2023. Before attending Wallace, Calee was the children's minister at Tecumseh First Baptist Church and at Oakcrest in Oklahoma City. She has been a part of children's ministry for approximately 11 years. Calee loves working with children of all ages. She loves seeing families come together to learn about God. She fully believes a good relationship with Jesus will help children as they grow to develop into adults who love Jesus. Calee and her family love playing outside, attending sporting events, and doing various other family activities. They love going on walks with their two dogs, Zoey and Sadie. Calee loves Crossfit and her son, Braxton, enjoys attending with her husband, Kyle. Kyle coaches football and baseball, so a lot of their time is spent at the ball fields.
College Minister: Andrew Whalen
Andrew started as Wallace Baptist’s College Minister on January 1st, 2023. Before moving to Shawnee, he was a member of Milburn First Baptist Church in Milburn, OK. During his sophomore year, Andrew went back to Milburn FBC where he worked as Interim Youth Coordinator and received a License to the Gospel Ministry. While in Shawnee, Andrew attended Heritage Baptist Church until joining Wallace in the Spring of 2019. During Andrew’s time at OBU, he experienced a time of significant spiritual growth and came to know God much deeper through accountability and discipleship. He believes that discipleship of college aged men and women is an effective ways to promote sustainable health in local churches. Andrew married his wife, Hannah, in May of 2019. They have a dog, Lottie, and together the Whalen’s enjoy watching TV, going to coffee shops, and playing board games and card games with friends. Andrew graduated from OBU in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology Pre-counseling and Philosophy (double major) and currently works at Youth and Family Resource Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He plans to continue his education and earn his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. While he enjoys his work, his greatest passion is discipleship.
Nursery Coordinator: Bryse Martin
Over the years, it seemed that I fell naturally into being the nursery coordinator. When Blake and I first started serving at Wallace, there wasn’t much need of a nursery. However, we continued to pray and prepare for the day we would. I’ve always had a heart for the church nursery and creating a safe, welcoming environment for parents to bring their little ones. Once I became a mom in 2020, my eyes were opened to just how important this ministry is. A church nursery is such a blessing for people bringing little ones to church and I want to be sure it is filled with gospel teaching, volunteers who love the Lord, and babies to care for!
I love serving in the church nursery because I get to be a part of littles first exposure to being in the church and to bless the adults with a safe space to drop their littles while they spend time furthering their knowledge and love for Christ! Being a Pastor’s Wife, Mom, and Nursery Coordinator along with many other roles is very important to me - in whatever I am doing, I pray people feel safe and welcomed.