Cody wells

Senior Pastor

Cody was born in Lawton, OK in 1981 and was raised in Clinton, OK. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Nicaela since 2007.  They have two young sons, Ephram and Zane and a daughter on the way!

Cody received a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University. He conducted His graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He obtained a Master of Arts in Religion as well as a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry for 18 years as a youth pastor, church planter/missionary, and senior pastor. Cody believes in preaching for life change, just not for information. Personal application is significant in his preaching and every sermon is biblically rooted.

He enjoys spending time with his family as well as watching and playing sports (especially basketball and college football.) He also enjoys technology and is a bit of a gear head.

Tyler Shafer

Student Minister

Tyler Shafer was born and raised in and around Kansas City. Tyler along with his love of Barbecue and all things geeky is excited to be in Vinita to serve at one of the most loving and happy churches he has attended.

Tyler loves to have fun in all things. Growing up with an older brother and younger sister has made him super competitive and he loves a good challenge.

After high school, Tyler went to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph MO. where he got his first degree in Business Leadership. Afterward he went on to get his Master of Arts in Christian Education, from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And in October 7th of 2017 Tyler Married the beautiful Denielle Robison.

Tyler has worked with Students for over 12 years and loves to help them answer their questions about God, life, and the Bible.

Movie/ TV show: Star Wars

Food: BBQ

Sports team: Royals

Band: 90s pop punk

Hobby: Video games, board games

Bible Verse: Romans 5:8

Theresa Martins

Theresa Martins has attended FBC since 2007.  She became a member in 2008.  She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was in the fourth grade.  She was baptized in the sixth grade.


She and her husband, Brian Martins, have been married since 1999.  They have five children, two boys and three girls.  As a family, they enjoy attending sporting events, watching movies, going to the zoo and going to Six Flags.


Theresa Martins graduated from Vinita High School.  She has a master’s degree in special education.  She also holds graduate level certifications in school administration, school psychometry and she is completing her certification in school psychology.  Theresa Martins works for Vinita Public Schools.  She is a special education teacher at the high school for two hours a day.  For the remainder of the day, she works as the district’s special education coordinator and school psychometrist.


KrIstal PowelL

Church Office Manager

Kristal started working at FBC Vinita in January of 2005.  She is married and has 2 boys, Lance and Matthew.  She was saved and baptized during a revival, at the First Church of God in Vinita, at the age of 13.  In 2005, when she came to work at FBC, she joined the church and rededicated her life to Christ.