Joseph Silk, President
Joseph Silk is a follower of Christ who strives to help other believers to engage in and steer a evil society toward Christ and Biblical truths. Joseph has been married to his wife Kimberlee for 14 years. They have been blessed with 9 beautiful children; Isabelle, Jude, Sophia, Josey, Norah, Luke, Ruthie, Marcus, and Thomas. Joseph graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Organizational and Strategic Communication and minor in phycology, including 33 hours of various biblical studies from Colorado Christian University. He also served honorably in the United States Coast Guard as a Rescue and Survival Boatswains Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class. From 2014-2020 Joseph served as an Oklahoma State Senator, representing Senate District 5 in southeast Oklahoma. During his time in the Senate he authored the first bill that would offer uncompromising, equal protection to unborn children by upholding the constitution and completely abolishing abortion. Departing the State Senate in 2020, Joseph founded Liberty Rising Institute which seeks to educate and equip churches on the Biblical and constitutional principles of abolishing abortion. As well as educating, Joseph uses his first-hand experience from his time in the Senate to help church members build relationship and engage their individual legislators.
Joseph is the recipient of the following honors:
– U.S. Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
– U.S. Coast Guard Boatswains Mate A-School Leadership Excellence Award
– 2015 Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee Freshman Legislator of the Year
– 2016 Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee Freshman Legislator of the Year
– 2016 Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee William Wilberforce Award
– 2016 Oklahoma Second Amendment Association Minute Man Legislator of the Year
– 2017 Conservative Achievement Award from the American Conservative Union
Chris Gore, Chairman of the Board
Chris Gore is a sinner who, by the grace of God in Christ, has been made a saint and adopted as a Son. Christ is the husband of Lesley and the father of six wonderful children…so far. Chris has served as one of the pastors of the First Baptist Church of Beggs, OK since 2008 and hopes to pastor that church until the day that he dies. Chris loves teaching the Bible and showing others the wonders of God in Christ, of the Kingdom and its King. His own life has been blessed by great opportunities for theological education (BA in Biblical Languages from Oklahoma Baptist University; Advanced M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and 1/6 th of a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology…it’s a long story). These God-given blessings have resulted in a Passion for making theological education available for all, especially in Oklahoma and in Tanzania, where he conducts week-long training seminars for African pastors. In recent years, Chris has joined the fight to abolish abortion. Chris and his church have taken on the mission of a weekly ministry at a local abortion facility in Tulsa, OK where they plead for the lives of the unborn and share the gospel and where, once a month, they join together with other churches in prayer and worship.
Kelly Greene, Board Member
Kelly Greene repented and believed upon the finished work of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins at four years of age. He is the husband of Kimberly and the father of Gabriel, Joshua, Isaac, and has another boy one the way. Kelly has been serving as the pastor of Hope Church in Shawnee, OK since 2016.
Brett Baggett, Board Member
Brett Baggett is a son of God by the grace of God in Christ Jesus. He is the husband of McClain who he has been married to for 12 years, and he is the Daddy of Lyla, Solomon, Huck, Jane Grey, and baby Baggett #5 who is on the way. He was homeschooled his entire life, did not go to college, and did not attend seminary. His Dad was a Baptist pastor as was his Grandpa before him. Brett has served in full time ministry since 2007 and is one of the founding pastors of Ekklesia Muskogee, which he helped plant in 2011. Ekklesia Muskogee is a Reformed Baptist Church that gathers for worship in Muskogee, OK. He plans to be one of the pastors of Ekklesia Muskogee until his death, continuing to make disciples, train pastors, and help plant more churches.