ABOUT LONE OAK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Lone Oak is a medium-sized United Methodist congregation with a healthy respect for questions and thought provoking conversation. Stated simply, we operate out of a “grace theology.” Our journeys begin and end in grace, which we understand to be the unearned, undeserved love of God. Grace surrounds us before we’re aware of it, moves us to say “yes” to God through forgiveness of our sins, and continues to work in our lives so that we develop in holiness of heart and life.
Following our founder John Wesley’s example, we stress putting faith into action to live out Jesus’ commands to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as we’re loved by God.
We practice two sacraments (outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual graces):
• Baptism, which is offered to persons of all ages as an affirmation of God’s self-giving love; and
• Holy Communion, which is open to all as a sign of God’s life-giving, life-changing grace.
We encourage persons to grow in faith and service to God through the practices of prayer, worship, study, witness, and service.
For in-depth perspectives of specific Wesleyan theological understandings and our Christian roots please visit www.umc.org.
The Rev. Jason W. Jones was born in Rockford, IL. Reared alongside four older sisters, he graduated from Rockford Baptist School in 1998 before moving with his parents to Murray, KY. Soon after, he got involved with a United Methodist youth group and recognized his life as belonging to Christ. In 2001 he was baptized and perceived a call to ordained ministry. Jason began in earnest his studies at Murray State University shortly before he was declared a candidate for ministry. In 2006 he was licensed for ministry and graduated from MSU (B.A., psychology), before receiving his first pastoral appointment. Jason started at Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School in the fall of 2008, and graduated (M.Div.) in 2011; he was ordained an elder at the 2014 Memphis Annual Conference. Among Jason’s interests are reading, theological conversation, and watching movies.
Cyndi Stephens moved to the Paducah area more than 20 years ago with her husband, Mark, and son, Ben. In 2009 she and her husband sold the family business in Crop Insurance. They now reside in Mayfield where Mark is a part-time pastor serving two churches. In June of 2009, Cyndi joined the staff here at Lone Oak UMC. Her interests and hobbies include graphic design, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and puzzles.
Christi Summers is originally from the Paducah area and now lives in Metropolis, IL with her husband, Sonny, and their three boys, Landon, Hayden, and Preston. She has been our accountant here at Lone Oak UMC since July of 2005.
Originally from upstate New York, Terri Bozeman has lived in several different parts of the country. In 2009, she and her husband John moved to Paducah. Terri grew up in the Methodist Church and holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education, plus 20 graduate hours in Early Childhood Education. She has taught school, sold real estate and has held numerous volunteer positions. She has two grown children and five grandchildren. Terri accepted the position as Director of Children’s Ministries at Lone Oak UMC in April 2013 and enjoys initiating children’s activities and organizing volunteers to carry them out. She also enjoys crafting and quilting.
Ardeth Sneddon is the mother of three and grandmother of five. She moved to Paducah from Las Vegas, five years ago and now loves spending her Sundays in the nursery with the little ones. She is also employed by Lone Oak Super Value as a floral assistant.
John “Jack” Dressler