About Church Weekday Oklahoma

This organization focuses on the whole child and introducing Jesus as a part of their world each day.  Children and families’ lives are touched daily through caring teachers in faith based programs as they are drawn to experience the love of Jesus on multiple levels.

Who is CWO?

  • A non-profit faith-based, educational organization of churches and individuals
  • Provide foundational education and social development in a spiritual atmosphere
  • Support programs that offer childcare for children of parents who work outside the home
  • Extend the mission of the church to young members and the community
  • Supported by conference training fees‍

Who can join CWO?

  • Individuals with home-based child care programs
  • Church-based weekday programs (licensed & non-licensed)
  • Any licensed or non-licensed weekday program or center
  • Examples of Church Weekday Programs include:
    • Child Development Centers
    • Full Day Care
    • Preschool one-half day programs (any day of the week)
    • Parent’s Day Out
    • Mother’s Day Out
    • After School Care
    • Summer Day Camps
    • Other types of Weekday Ministry to preschoolers and children

What are the benefits of membership to me or my centers?

  • Learn from highly-qualified trainers who meet state licensing requirements
  • Exchange ideas, study trends, methods and development in the field of early
    childhood education.
  • Network with other teachers and directors from across our great state.
  • Receive DHS training hours as required for all licensed programs.
  • Fun and fellowship with new friends.‍

How do I join CWO?

  • Attend one of our yearly conferences to join for a year.

CWO Officers

Genea Pine
First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow
Coordinator

Mark Jones
Oklahoma Baptists
Childhood Ministry Consultant

Shelly Johnston
Waterloo Road Baptist Church, OKC
Treasurer

Paula Lawson
First Baptist Church, Blanchard
Membership

Sara Pruegert
First Southern Baptist, OKC/Del City
Media Specialist

Area Representatives

Shelby Egender
Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Baptist Church

Amanda Jenning
Edmond, First Baptist Church

Shelly Johnston
Waterloo Road Baptist Church, OKC

Paula Lawson
First Baptist Church, Blanchard

Pat Murphy
Edmond, First Baptist Church

Sara Pruegert
First Southern Baptist, OKC/Del City
Ann Rhea
Andrea Unruh
Weatherford, OK

The History of Church Weekday Oklahoma

By: Darlene Koch

This organization focuses on the whole child and introducing Jesus as a part of their world each day.  Children and families’ lives are touched daily through caring teachers in faith based programs as they are drawn to experience the love of Jesus on multiple levels.

While serving First Baptist Church of Midwest City (1966-1970) I was aware we did not have resource from our Baptist Build not from the BSSB (Baptist Sunday School Board, now Lifeway Christian Resources) to guide churches with Weekday, Mother’s Day Out, and other Preschool programs. Every time I was in Nashville for a Child Life Conference I asked for help. I found the BSSB to be interested, but only Dr. Berry gave some help. Dr. Berry was only in charge of church kindergarten. I was always encouraged to develop materials.

I came to Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma after Lyle Garlow, Director of Religious Education told me he wanted me in this position as he had watched as I, along with good workers at Midwest City FBC, developed a good preschool program. We had 150 children in our Day Care, Mother’s Day Out, and Preschool programs.

I went to my first December meeting as a state associate in 1970. Met with Bill Halbert, Bill Berry’s replacement as Weekday Director. My impression, finally we would receive help from the BSSB. However, the first organizational committee/handbook was a task I was assigned to write.

My initial committee would be made up of Oklahoma leadership. Ruth Ann Cahill (Council Road Baptist), Beula Parker (Ponca City FBC), Dorthy Savnkeah (FBC Moore), Skip Zolanoski (Trinity Baptist OKC). The early part of 1971, Skip Zolarowski and Dorothy Saunkeah met with me to brainstorm what we could do to help our churches that were involved in a weekday program. We decided at that lunch meeting (you knew we would eat) that Christian Fellowship was one of the main things we needed.

We began making plans to do something in the Spring of 1972. We talked with Oklahoma Baptist University, in Shawnee. They were receptive to allow on campus for this meeting. Bill Halbert was a great resource at OBU in April 1972. We knew it would be up to us to plan and lead the conference. Beulah Parker was instrumental in keeping us on track and she became the records and finance person.

We were told by Bill Halbert if we had 75 people for our first conference, we would be successful. We had 150 in attendance for that first conference in April 1972. Ruth Ann Cahill came on board in 1973. Because of the good work of these people the rest is History. We changed the name to Church Weekday Education in 1986.

Others we owe a great deal of gratitude listed in the order they came on board:

Doris Pritchard FBC Lawton
Billie Stepken
 FBC Ponca City
Nancy Coffey Council Rd.
Ann Rhea FB Norman
Brenda Provado Bethel Baptist, Norman

Barbara Walker FBC Edmond
Loretta Hammons Woodland Acres, Tulsa
Pat Murphy 1st Southern Del City
Karen Klaunch Skelly Dr. Tulsa
Lorrie Field FBC Tulsa
Sabrina Thomson Woodland Acres, Tulsa

Susan Pisarra Woodland Acres, Tulsa
Debbie Thompson FBC Tulsa
Naysa Carroll Arrow Heights, Broken Arrow
Pam Martin FBC Weatherford
Andrea Unruh FBC Weatherford
Donna Peters FBC Pryor
Linda Lowber FBC McAlester