Churches plant churches, people do not. The model for church planting has been given us in the New Testament, Paul sending out Timothy and Titus to preach the Gospel, build up churches, and then raise up quailified men. The body of believers from Meridian Church, Comanche Ok, have sent out David Burks. While the Lord has raised up elders within this body, the elders from Meridian Church continue to function as spiritual oversight for Altus Reformed Baptist Church.
The Lord has taken Tracy and I on an amazing adventure that has moved us from California, to Oklahoma, to Oregon to Hawaii and then back to Oklahoma. Along the way we raised 4 kids, and now have 9 grandkids. After graduating from Liberty Univeristy with a BS in Biblical and Theological Studies, I applied for and was accepted into the elder apprentiship program at Meridian Church. I am currently pursuing a masters in theology and Christian counseling from Midwestern.
I was an elder at Meridian Church for 2 years before being sent out by that body to plant this church in 2020.
Clayton was born and raised in Woodward Oklahoma. That is where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Christie. They are the parents of two fine young men, and one daughter in law, Caleb and Karissa Carlisle and Grady Carlisle.
He currently lives near Lone Wolf Oklahoma where he is the caretaker for the Southwest Baptist Churches Assembly. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, archery and shooting sports.
I was born in Charleston West Virginia and moved to Lawton Oklahoma when I was twelve. I met my best friend when I was 19 and married her. Kathy and I have been blessed by the Lord with 2 children, Sierra and Noah; a wonderful son-in-law Pardner and a grandson, Seth. In 2020, the Lord led our family to ARBC and we love serving the body here. When I have spare time, I love to spend it with my family and to go fishing.