Johnny Montgomery has served in full-time ministry for more than 22 years. He began full-time youth ministry at Heavener, Trinity. His first pastorate was at Albion, First, and he has been at Red Oak, First for more than 16 years.

“Red Oak, First is a rural church with a vision for outreach,” Montgomery said. “We are always looking for new ideas and new approaches to have a wide reach into our community and county. We want to touch the lives of the lost and hurting.”

Red Oak, First works to embrace family through marriage conferences, ladies’ and men’s ministries, strong children and youth programs, and special projects. They recently organized and implemented the Oaktober Pumpkin Palooza and transformed the church’s lawn area into a fall festival complete with haybales, canopies, firepits, twinkling lights and pumpkins. Each canopy and booth held excitement and adventure. More than 500 attended the extravaganza.

“The Palooza was just another way to reach our area,” Montgomery added. He appreciates how church members come together to serve.

“Unity is always at the forefront of everything we do,” Montgomery explained. “Everybody has to be rowing the boat in the same direction. Red Oak, First believes what the Bible teaches about unity and using our gifts and talents for the glory of God in all things.”

Montgomery and Red Oak, First embrace the Cooperative Program (CP). They recognize the importance of working together to make an impact not only in their community but in the world.

“It is amazing to see the people of God serve together to flesh out ideas and have a vision for the church,” he said. “We truly understand that we can do more together than we can ever do alone. We love being a part of the CP and helping reach our world for Christ.”