Church Office

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


1244 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74104

Contact Information

Phone: 918.582.0917

Fax: 918.592.5789




Robert Martin, Pastor

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Pastor Rob Martin received his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. In previous incarnations Pr. Rob has worked in the field of Living History museums as an interpreter, researcher, animal wrangler, youth volunteer coordinator, and “experience manager.” He is a veteran of the US Army and of mom & pop pizza joints. He is a convinced peacenik. He was a (ridiculously) long-time student and remains a life-long learner. Pr. Rob came to Lutheranism late in life, drawn by a lived theology of grace. He and his family have been settling nicely into Tulsa since late November, 2012.
Catherine Conger, Minister of Music

A very gifted musician, the First Lutheran Music Program currently includes adult choir, handbell choir, and various musicians and instrumentalists.

Kathie Schiermeister, Organist
Christina Williams, Ministry Coordinator
Christina Williams is a native Ohioan and homeschool graduate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies from Hanover College (Hanover, IN) in ’09. She and her Tulsan husband, Aaron, were married at First in ’09 and their sons, Peter and Stephen, were both baptized at FELC. Christina is active in the First Lutheran book club, Altar Guild, is a member of the First Lutheran Early Learning Center board, and is responsible for any typos found in Sunday’s bulletin or the newsletter.
Debra Silkman, Nursery Attendant

CORE Council

Lisa Ohlde, President
Lisa Ohlde is the Office Manager for a local CPA firm. She has 3 fabulous sons, and an amazing daughter–in-law. A member of First Lutheran since the fall of 2013, Lisa is active in Altar Guild, choir, Tulsa All Lutheran Messiah, member of A-OK Synod Council, as well as being active in Via de Cristo. When not at work or church related activities, Lisa enjoys knitting, cross stitching, sewing, puttering in the yard and spending time with friends and her kids. In 2019, Lisa and Robert Ohlde celebrated their wedding at First Lutheran.
Bruce Torkelson, Vice President
Cathy Otey, Treasurer
Cathy Otey is a Customer Service & Pricing Manager for a manufacturing plant. She and her husband, George, have 5 children and now 5 grandchildren between them; most live in other states. She has been a member of First Lutheran since 2005. She is an FLC Usher, part of the flower delivery ministry, and serves on the Endowment Fund and Finance Team. She also held the position of Treasurer for about a year in 2009. In her spare time Cathy enjoys cooking, reading, and doing pilates and walking.
Melanie Schnell, Secretary
Melanie Schnell is a lifelong member of First. She is married to Bill and has two grown daughters, Beth and Angela, who are both married to wonderful men, Alex and Alex! She has one grandson, James, who keeps her on her toes! She is a retired elementary school teacher and now tries to keep tabs on her mother, Elaine Renning, and babysits her grandson while his mom goes back to college. Recently she has not been active in the church but previously she was in the adult choir, President of the Board that developed the First Lutheran Early Learning Center, played piano and sang in the contemporary band that helped lead the former contemporary service, and was on Altar Guild. She enjoys spending time gardening, cheering for her OSU Cowboys, and relaxing at the Schnell family’s lake place on Grand Lake, fishing and boating.
Gregg Carlson, Member at Large for Linking In Ministries
Gregg Carlson owns Carlson Design, an engineering firm, and Tristar Glass with a partner, a commercial glass fabricator. Gregg holds mechanical engineering degrees from OSU and TU, and grew up in south Tulsa. Gregg was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church and recently enjoyed visiting Lutherstadt in Wittenberg, Germany. He is a new member of 1st Lutheran, but has family connections to FELC. He has grown twins sons and lives in the Pearl district. When he is not working, Gregg enjoys sailing, flying, unusual cars, and gardening.
Sara Brightwell, Member at Large for Bridging Out Ministries
Sara Brightwell came to First Lutheran Church in 1995 after looking for a Lutheran church to get married in, that “looked” like a traditional Lutheran church like she grew up in. She and her husband have one daughter. Many years were spent with children’s and youth activities and confirmation classes. More recently she has been involved with Choir, Prayer Shawl Ministry, communion assistant and reader during worship. Outside of church she loves to watch her daughter play basketball.