Pastor Kayla Bonewell

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Rev. Kayla Bonewell was born in Oklahoma City.  She earned a BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University (2002), a Master of Liberal Arts from Naropa University (2004), and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California (2008). Ordained in the United Church of Christ (2010), Kayla has ministry experience as a hospital chaplain, campus minister, social justice activist, youth minister, and associate pastor. Her personal mission statement is “To empower community, through experiences of the divine, to lead lives of deep meaning, while cultivating health, peace, and beauty in our world.” She is passionate about relevant worship, spiritual growth, and community engagement. Kayla is a member of the inaugural class of the UCC’s “Next Generation Leadership Initiative,” a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. She lives with her wife Dana Johnson, who is an artist.


Susan Dillard

Choir Director

Susan Dillard, a recent graduate from Oklahoma City University’s Master’s program in Musical Theater, is proud to be entering her third year as director of Church of the Open Arms’ choir. When not making music at COA, Susan is adjunct voice faculty at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and at OCU. She also teaches a Music Appreciation class at Oklahoma City Community College. Susan loves to perform as much as she enjoys teaching and she has found so much joy through singing and leading choir rehearsals at Open Arms and is so grateful for the family she has found at our church. She looks forward to all the opportunities that OKC and COA have in store. In the meantime, come sing with us! All are welcome!

Eric Frei


Tiffny Thurman

Administrative Assistant
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Tiffny Thurman was raised in Del City, Oklahoma. After spending many years living in Alabama and Texas she returned to Oklahoma City in 2015 where she was the office manager for a local real estate company. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, MisterSippi and Lola, all types of music, and painting.

Riley DeArmond

Riley DeArmond is a Senior at the University of Central Oklahoma studying Accounting. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Accounting in December 2018. She loves to travel and play with her Jack Russell, Hazel. 

Champale Butler

Nursery Staff

Champale Butler, know as “Ms. B” to the children in her care, is a Childcare Center Director at a 2 star center in Oklahoma City Monday through Friday and holds a Master Teacher credential. She has three amazing children of her own who are her motivation to succeed. Champale says, “Childcare is my passion. I believe in every child. God has a purpose for every one of us, and I like to help bring that purpose out of the children, as well as teach others how to do so.”

Lay Leadership





President: Pam Schonauer

Vice President:  Steve Ross

Past President:  Jim Stovall

Secretary:  Barbara Mask

Treasurer:  Mike DeArmond

Financial Secretary:  Sandra Hoyt

Building and Grounds:  Ron Bashant & Kenny Wright-Bass

Care Ministry Team:  Margy Dillon

Community Life Ministry Team: Bo & Kenny Wright-Bass

Christian Education Ministry Team:  Lisa Wolfe & LiErin Probasco

Food Pantry Ministry Team:  Laura Choate &  Kenny & Bo Wright-Bass

Social Justice Ministry Team:  Nathaniel Batchelder & Donna Compton

Worship & Music Ministry Team:  Gloria Weiss

Funerals & Special Events: Sandra Hoyt

Youth Group: Pastor Kayla Bonewell, LiErin Probasco, & Adrian Maxey