Our Team

Candi Bennight

Finance / Ministry Assistant

Candi has been working in our office for 6 years. She helps keep the office and finances running smoothly and loves praying with people and sharing the love of Jesus with those who come through the door. She is a Lawton native. She is married to Brent and has three kids: Brooklynn, Brayden, and Cadee. The family serves together at FBC Fletcher, where Brent is the Worship & Youth Pastor. In her free time, Candi enjoys crafting, decorating, and overthinking her answers to staff bio questionnaires.

Jared Byrns

Pastor

Jared has served at Central for 10 months. He grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, but always dreamed of living here in the Wichita Mountains. He graduated from OU and Louisiana Baptist University and has pastored churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas for 12 years. His favorite part of serving at Central is building relationships with people and seeing them grow closer to Jesus. Jared and his wife Charla have four kids, Benjamin, Madeleine, Charlie, and Carly Jo, plus one on the way in August 2021. Besides his ministry work, you can find him working outdoors, hiking, hunting, or fishing (or, as his wife calls it, “playing outside”).

Bob Hupp

Maintenance

Bob is a Lawton native and has been a member at Central for 4 years. He keeps our facilities operational and helps out in numerous areas of ministry. He enjoys being here to serve others. He is married to Polly, and they have four sons and six grandkids. Bob loves fishing…when we let him leave the office.

Rick Kitzrow

Administration

Rick has been a member at Central for 39 years. He moved often growing up in a military family, but he claims Sparta, Tennessee as home. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from Cameron University. He taught science and worked as the Principal of Lawton High School. He still has a passion for teaching and enjoys the opportunity to do that here at Central. He has been married to Marilyn for 50 years. They have two grown children, Bryan and Emily, and four grandkids. Rick enjoys bike riding (not as far now!), reading, and traveling.

Stella Maxwell

Pastor’s Secretary

Stella has been serving at Central for 8 years. She is originally from Sovata, Romania. She went to college in Germany before immigrating to the US. She loves serving God’s people and praying with those who are lost or in need. She has been married to David for 18 years, and they have two daughters, Jaelynn and Jazlynn. She says her hobbies are traveling, reading, and making others laugh through her accent and made-up words. (Her first language is Hungarian.)

Janet McMurtrey

Children’s Ministry Assistant

Janet has been at Central for more than a decade. She calls this area home and attended Cameron University before her career with the Federal government. She and her husband, Mac, have two daughters and six grandkids. Her favorite part of serving at Central is spending time with her church family. In her free time, she enjoys growing flowers and reading.

Max Sasseen

Media / Facilities

Kristie Weber

Music & Children’s Minister

Kristie has been here at Central for 10 years. She is originally from Lawton and graduated from Cameron University and SWOSU. Before joining our staff, she was a special education teacher with Lawton Public Schools. She is married to Junior, and they have two daughters, Kenzie and Aleah. She enjoys children’s ministry because of her love for children and helping them learn more about the Bible; her favorite part of music ministry is using her talents for God’s glory. Her favorite hobby is genealogy, and she loves searching for her family history here and abroad.