Ending Hunger OKC is a food outreach ministry of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. We serve seniors through Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City and youth through commUNITY Table. Through our partnership with the Areawide Aging Agency, Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City works with churches and community organizations in Oklahoma County to deliver hot meals to homebound senior adults. commUNITY Table provides nutritious meals and education to youth. In the future, Ending Hunger OKC will add programs like AniMeals on Wheels to help feed the pets of homebound seniors and ElderEats, a subscription meal and socialization service to ease the concern of loved ones worried about an aged parent.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church was founded on the first Sunday after the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run when Oklahoma City’s first residents gathered beneath a white flag and sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” For the past 130 years, we have been committed to our mission of “Sharing God’s Love and Bringing Hope to the World.” We accomplish this by Sharing Christ, Growing in Faith and Serving the Community.
Ending Hunger OKC Staff
Chris Lambert, SHRM-SCP, Director of Ending Hunger OKC
Chris is a native of Pauls Valley, and received his B.A. in history from East Central University. He has served as a newspaper reporter and editor, a field artillery officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and spent nearly 24 years in the public sector working in child and adult protective services, and in human resources. A senior certified HR professional, Chris developed a number of new initiatives, refined processes improving outcomes for injured workers while saving millions of dollars, and developing leadership programs for new, middle-level and senior leaders. Chris and his wife, Wendy, live in Oklahoma City and have two adult children, Hannah and Brooks. Chris plays bass guitar in the Edmond LifeLight band.
Candice Hillenbrand, Director of Mission Engagement
Candice is charged with innovating human connection through meaningful community partnerships to forward St. Luke's mission to Share God's Love and Bring Hope to the World. She is responsible for the fundraising initiatives that benefit the church's outreach efforts, including major gifts, campaigns and grant writing. Additionally, Candice leads commUNITY Table and other anti-hunger programs to help those in need access vital nutrition resources. She has previous shared her talents with other non-profit organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area, including the YMCA and a Chance to Change. A native of Norman, Candice holds a B.S. in Mass Communications and a Masters in Administrative Leadership. She and her husband, Dan, live in Oklahoma City with their two daughters.
Morgan Jones, Director of Welcoming Ministry and Social Services Coordinator
Morgan serves as the Director of Welcoming Ministry for St. Luke's and as Social Services Coordinator for Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City. She works closely with seniors to help them access services and with the coordinators of the faith and community based providers who prepare and deliver meals. An Edmond native, Morgan received her B.S. in Strategic Communications from Oklahoma State University. Morgan shares life with her husband, Taylor, and their 11-month-old son, Lincoln.
St. Luke's umc Staff
Rev. Phil Greenwald, Executive Pastor of Administration/Chief Financial Officer
Phil is a native of western New York and a lifelong Methodist. After graduating from Messiah College with a B.A. in psychology, Phil worked at First UMC in Tulsa and First UMC in Duncan. He is a certified United Methodist Church Administrator and a Fellow in Church Business Administration. Phil is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, having completed seminary studies at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and Asbury Seminary. Phil married Stephanie (Scraper) in 2000. They have two daughters, Kalli and Tori, and live in Moore. Phil enjoys golf, travel, reading, and the OKC Thunder.
Lori Hall, Executive Director of Missions
Lori comes to St. Luke's after managing Barnes & Noble bookstores for 25 years. Her focus is connecting volunteers to the many services opportunities here at St. Luke's, in the community and around the world. Lori holds a Bachelors in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband, Brad, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter, Audrey.