Pastors

 

Rev. James D. Miller, Ph.D.
Co-Pastor

Jim Miller grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1989, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His dissertation on the Pastoral Letters of I and II Timothy and Titus was published by Cambridge University Press.

Following seminary, Jim served four years as adjunct professor of Greek at Wheaton College. He began his pastoral ministry in 1981, serving as an associate pastor at the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. While living in Scotland, he served part-time at St. Michael’s Kirk (Presbyterian Church of Scotland) in Linlithgow.

In October 1992, Jim was called to be the sixth Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tulsa, the largest Presbyterian-affiliated university in the country. He serves also on the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Jim and his wife, Diane, have three adult children.

 

Rev. Ryan Moore, M.Div.
Co-Pastor

Ryan Moore was born and raised in Upland, Indiana. In 1999, he graduated with a degree in economics from Wheaton College. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2004 and is currently completing a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Ryan was first called as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry to Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. He then served in an interim capacity at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. In 2008, Moore joined First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, as Associate Pastor.

From 2011 to 2013, Ryan and his family lived in St. Andrews, Scotland. His wife, Heather, is a practicing attorney in the field of tax-exempt law, and together they have two sons, and a daughter. In 2013, Ryan received a call to return to First Presbyterian Church where he now serves as Co-Pastor.

 
 
 

Rev. James Estes, M.Div.
Associate Pastor

James was born in Weatherford, TX and raised in Claremore from the age of 4, where he graduated from Claremore Christian High School.  Following high school he earned an Associate's Degree from Rogers State University, and then completed a two year ministry internship at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In 2005, James graduated from Langston University's Tulsa campus with his bachelor's degree in psychology.  During his first job out of college, he was introduced to First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa at the invitation of then Middle School director, Jaclyn Miles. He volunteered with Pathfinders, the middle school ministry, and became a member of FPC that year.

It was during this time at First Church that James sensed his call to seminary.  In 2007, he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a Master of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  After completing his studies in Pittsburgh, he moved to Seattle to persuade his wife, Lindsey, to marry him. In August 2013, James returned to Tulsa in answer to the call to serve as an associate pastor at First Church.

James has had the opportunity to take mission trips to various countries including Mexico, China, the Ivory Coast, Malawi, Nepal, and Ethiopia.  "I enjoy serving as the mission pastor because mission is the lifeblood of the church.  In future ministry, I most look forward to developing missional partnerships with fellow followers of Christ that cross cultural, ethnic, racial, denominational, and national boundaries until the unity of Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic church becomes an observable reality."

James has been married to his wife, Lindsey, since 2012.  Together they parent two beautiful children, Simeon and Abigail, daily working to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). James enjoys being outdoors, whether backpacking, camping, hunting or pushing a stroller to the neighborhood park.

 

Rev. Wambugu Gachungi, M.Div.
Designated Associate Pastor for Tulsa International Fellowship

Born and raised in Kenya, Wambugu Gachungi came to the United States in 2001 to pursue a faith-based higher education, graduating from the University of the Ozarks in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in philosophy, religion and sociology. He then moved to Tulsa where he attended Phillips Theological Seminary and obtained his Master of Divinity in 2011.

Wambugu’s primary role at First Presbyterian Church is fostering the community of faith known as Tulsa International Fellowship, or TIF. Wambugu leads worship, Bible studies, outreach, and offers pastoral counseling with disciples from over 12 nations. He has a passion for seeing the global church coming together regardless of where its members reside.

In his ministry, Wambugu is also very interested in the reformed tradition, and hopes to make it accessible to 21st-century Christians as he continues to investigate what a true community of God might look like. He is also currently pursuing a doctorate in pastoral leadership and homiletics through Phillips Theological Seminary.

Wambugu loves spending time with his wife and two children.

 

Rev. Dan Hutchinson, M.Div.
Associate Pastor

Daniel Hutchinson graduated from Princeton Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2012. He received a B.A. in History from Wheaton College in 2007 and an M.A. in Theology in 2008. He is a third-generation pastor.

Daniel’s primary responsibilities are young adult, college and Next Generation ministries. His ministry is focused on fostering a church environment that “would see all ages as essential members of the body of Christ, capable of taking on responsibility, growing and leading within the church.” Daniel enjoys challenging disciples of all ages to think through the questions and implications of their faith.