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Say hello to the leadership team at Compassion Oklahoma City.

Meet our leadership

Got questions for the lead team at Compassion Oklahoma City? Contact us here.

Jeff Patterson - Lead Pastor

Jeff Patterson grew up around Marlow, OK and graduated from Bray-Doyle High School (Home of the Donkeys). After graduating he attended Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry and a Masters of Ministry. Jeff and his wife, Mandi, met at Southwestern and married. In August of 2005 they became the Youth Pastors at River of Life Church. There he served for 13 years in many roles including Associate Pastor. In May of 2018 he became Lead Pastor of River of Life. Pastor Jeff has a heart to see the church become a compassionate people for others who are dealing with hang ups, hurts, and habits. In January 2019 River of Life, under Pastor Jeff's leadership, became part of the IPHC Compassion Network and in April 2019 Compassion OKC was launched. Compassion is a name we strive to live up to as we reach the unchurched and lost for Jesus Christ through the ministries of Compassion OKC.

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Mathew Peck - Worship Director

Matthew Peck found a passion for leading worship in 2003 after learning to play guitar and for the past 16 years, he has lead worship in multiple churches in Oklahoma and Texas. Matthew is married to Korri and together they have 4 children. He has a strong passion to lead people into the presence of God and enjoys being apart of a team that has the same vision.


Meredith Light - Kids Director

Meredith Light was born and raised in Southwest Kansas. She graduated from Southwestern Christian University and now serves on the Student Ministries Advisory Team in IPHC Discipleship Ministries. Growing up in a ministry family, she enjoyed leading worship, children’s church, and vacation bible schools. Meredith desires to instill the love of God and serving His church into every child she meets. In her spare time loves spending time with her family, making others laugh, and collecting random miniature figurines/squirrels. Fake squirrels, not real ones.

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Betsy Salazar - Student Director

Betsy Salazar is a Southwestern Christian University graduate with a degree in Intercultural Studies. She grew up as a missionary child in Brussels, Belgium where she developed a passion and heart for Jesus and for the lost. She joined River of Life Church in 2014 where her drive to see young people discipled allowed her to not only serve as a youth leader and on the worship team, but also gave her the ability to build relationships with the students and step in as the Student Director.

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"Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do." - 2 Corinthians 5:14

Sherrie Taylor - Connections Director

Sherrie Taylor grew up in Bartlesville, OK and graduated from Dewey High School. She worked for many years at Walmart, Crafts Etc., Tronox (previously Kerr-McGee), March of Dimes, and GMC (IPHC Global Ministries Center – Discipleship). She is now attending OSU-OKC to get her associate degree in Information Systems & Technologies. This is the fulfillment of a longtime dream. Sherrie married Kevin Taylor in May 2010. Kevin has attended Compassion since it was Muse Memorial and she joined him when they married. She fell in love with the people of the church and quickly found her place of service on the Tech Team and Connections Team. In her free time, she likes to plant flowers, play golf with Kevin, and go shopping.

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