Pastor Mentors
Rev. Dr. Jirair Tashjian
Word and Table Pastor, OKC First Church of the Nazarene
OKC, OK 

Dr. Tashjian sensed a call to ministry as a young lad. When it came time to prepare for that, he enrolled in what is now Point Loma Nazarene University, and completed a bachelor’s degree in religion in 1964. He attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City and earned an M.Div. in 1967. After pastoring a church in Paradise, KS for 3 years, he and his wife were appointed to mission work in Taiwan, where his primary responsibility was to teach at the theological college there. After serving in that capacity for 8 years, he began Ph.D. work in New Testament in 1979 at Claremont Graduate University in southern California, finishing in 1987. In 1983, he joined the faculty of what is now Southern Nazarene University, where he taught biblical studies, particularly New Testament and Greek, until his retirement in 2008. In May 2013 he was invited to join the pastoral staff of OKC 1st Church of the Nazarene as pastor of the Word and Table congregation. He continues to serve in that capacity.

Rev. Ken Murray

Retired Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene

OKC, OK 

Rev. Murray served in active ministry in the Church of the Nazarene for 50 years. For most of those years he was the solo pastor in smaller churches. In 2019 he retired as office manager for the Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene and accepted the ministry of Shepherding Pastor at OKC 1st Church. In that capacity he works to help local and district licensed ministers in the development of their individual callings. He and his wife Margaret have two children and five grandchildren.

Rev. Bill Kalfas

Pastor at Williams Church of the Nazarene

Bethany, OK

Bill Kalfas is a self-proclaimed Arizona Desert Rat, even though he has lived in Oklahoma for most of the past 25 years. A graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Bill has been pastoring since 1995. He has been serving at Williams Church of the Nazarene since 2010 as the Senior Pastor. Bill enjoys playing guitar and doing caricatures. He and his wife, Sheila, have been married since 1988 and they have three adult children: Christian (and Maddie), Zechariah and Hannah.

Rev. Dr. Monte Nabors

Retired Pastor, Church of the Nazarene

OKC, OK

Rev. Dr. Nabors has pastored churches in Oklahoma and Texas. He and his wife own and operate a coffee shop in Fairfax, Oklahoma. 

Rev. Jim Williams

Retired Missionary

OKC, OK

Rev. Williams was born in Bartlesville, OK. When Jim was nine-years-old the family moved to El Paso, TX. Jim’s ten years in El Paso helped shape his multicultural worldview. During Jim’s sophomore year at college he met Kaye. The Lord made it very clear that He wanted Jim and Kaye to serve together as missionaries. From 1972 to 1975 Jim and Kaye were involved in pastoral ministries in Texas. From 1976 to 2016 Jim and Kaye served as missionaries. Jim’s primary ministry was training pastors and missionaries for service within complex cultural environments. Jim is now enjoying gardening with Kaye, lovin’ on grandchildren, serving as adjunct faculty, training pastors in two language groups through clergy development, and meeting his neighbors in a diverse residential area in Oklahoma City

Kaye Williams

Retired Missionary

OKC, OK

Kaye was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, but from the age of six months lived in Amarillo, TX. From childhood, Kaye knew that God was calling her to serve as a missionary at some point in the future. Following four years serving in churches in Texas, Jim and Kaye went on to serve in the Asia-Pacific Region for 40 years. Besides the responsibilities of the home and the children, Kaye always enjoyed serving in leadership roles of Women’s Bible Studies in the places they served. These days, Kaye is quite happy working in the garden, shopping, exercising, and spending time with the grandkids.

Rev. Dr. Doug Samples

Chaplain, School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, OK

Rev. Dr. Samples graduated from Olivet Nazarene University (1974), an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary (1977), and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary (1995).  After 30 years of pastoring churches in Ohio, California and Oklahoma, Dr. Samples has invested 22 years at Southern Nazarene University.  He served as Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Director of the Ministerial Intern Scholarship Program and now serves as the Chaplain for the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Rev. Dorothy Whipp

Associate/Children's Pastor

Edmond Church of the Nazarene

Edmond, OK

Rev. Whipp is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  She is an Associate / Children's Pastor at Edmond Church of the Nazarene where she has had the privilege of serving for the past 11 years. Dorothy finds joy in being the District Director for Children's Ministries for the OK District. She loves the church and the strength that comes from us living out the life of holiness, peace and love that God has called us to and equipped us for. (2 Timothy 3:17) 

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