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Pastor Emeritus

After 37 years as Minister at East Win/Oak Lane Christian Church, Jeff Whitlock retired as our full time minister on April 28, 2024. He will be enjoying his retirement traveling, visiting his kids and grandkids and relaxing with his wife.

Our Elders are currently interviewing to fill the position of Lead Minister of Oak Lane.  

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Youth Minister

You can find Kyle doing just about anything – from playing in a Mario Kart tournament to, skateboarding downhill to tying in God’s timeless Word with the fleeting relevance of the latest viral video or trend. If he’s not hosting a Sunday morning service or running Wednesday night Youth Group or wearing a panda head, he’s probably playing golf or cheering on the Atlanta United soccer team.

Kyle served as a Student Intern for two summers at East Win and then in 2020 he was asked to be our full-time Interim Student Minister while he finished his Senior year of college at Johnson University. In the Fall of 2020, Kyle was asked to become the full-time Student Minister. In 2022, Kyle got married to Bella Malone who is an Engineer at Milwaukee tools.


Alex Hernandez

Worship Coordinator

Alex Hernandez became our part-time Worship Coordinator in August of 2023. He came to the United States with his wife, Elisa and he is here on a student visa attending Mid-South Christian College.  Alex is a talented musician who plays, the drums, the guitar, the piano and sings. He has brought a renewed excitement to our worship center with a mix of current and older worship songs and the old hymns.  He also helps our Hispanic minister with sound during their service. In his free time he can be found enjoying time with his beautiful wife Elisa and his brand new baby boy Benji. He graduated from Mid-South Christian College and will be serving as their Academic Dean also.



Children's Director

You can probably find Laurie Heath greeting each of her students with a warm hug or high five as they step into the aptly named Kidz Town. When she’s not manning craft time or teaching through a Bible story, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jimmie and their three children – Karleigh, Marissa, and DJ. (Either that, or FaceTiming with her grandchildren!) What Laurie loves the most about Oak Lane is watching children get excited as they grow closer to God – something she’s been able to witness since her start in 1999. Ever since then, Laurie has been dedicated to letting every child who walks through our doors know just how much God loves them, and why they should love Him too!



Iglesia Cristiana Minister

Guillermo spends his time reaching out and ministering to the Hispanic community of the Memphis area. If he’s not busy translating back and forth between English and Spanish, then he’s probably deep in preparation for Oak Lane’s Sunday afternoon service –completely in Spanish! Either that, or spending time with his wife Melissa and their two children – Ariadna and Yedi. What Guillermo loves the most about being at Oak Lane is the chance to share God’s Word to a community which he cares deeply for, and who longs to hear it in their language. He’s been doing this since his start in 2016. Guillermo works hard to let his community know that there is a space that welcomes you no matter who you are or how you look – but treats you lovingly, just as God would.



Office Administrator

Joy Bell runs the show! Believe it or not, her time isn’t just spent deciphering Jeff’s handwriting. You can find her doing anything from repairing a stubborn printer to designing our Sunday morning graphics! If she’s not holding the church staff together, then she’s probably spending time with her family – her husband Tim, her son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Patti, her daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Justin, and her 4 grandchildren, George, Allen, Shiloh and Sawyer.  Since joining the team in 2001, Joy’s work behind-the-scenes has been priceless and gone a long way towards ensuring that everyone’s experience at Oak Lane is positive and memorable.

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