Church Weekday Education

The purpose of Church Weekday Education is to:

  • 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


What is Oklahoma Church Weekday Education?  What benefit to me or my center does this provide?  This organization focuses on the whole child and introducing Jesus as a part of their world daily.  Children and families’ lives are touched daily through caring teachers in the church based programs as they are drawn to experience the love of Jesus on multiple levels.

Benefits include:

  • 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.

Click Here to download the membership form.

2018 CWE Workshop – July 27, 2018

Early Registration open through July 11, 2018

Late Registration open July 12-July 18

 Theme: “I Love to Tell the Story”

Theme Verse: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace, who brings news of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns'”.  Isaiah 52:7

Host Church

Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Pennsylvania, OKC, OK

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Donna Peavy, New Orleans Southern Baptist Seminary

For complete conference Information, keynote and breakout speaker information/photos and session titles, please click on and download the flyer listed below:


Registration is now closed.  Please contact Pat Murphy for information on attending this conference: or call 405-726-9761.

Unwrapped Schedule:

8:00-8:30 a.m.          Registration

8:30-9:30 a.m.          General Session – Keynote

9:40-10:40 a.m.        Breakout Sessions (see below for topics and speakers)

10:50-11:50 a.m.      Breakout Sessions (see below for topics and speakers)

12:00-1:00 p.m.        Lunch – Keynote – Dr. Donna Peavey

1:10-2:10 p.m.          Breakout Sessions (see below for topics and speakers)

2:20-3:20 p.m.          Breakout Sessions (see below for topics and speakers)

3:30-4:30 p.m.          Breakout Sessions (see below for topics and speakers)

Take Home                Take Home Discussion

Registration includes:  lunch, breakout sessions, exhibits and door prizes.
Session Topics & Speaker Information
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Donna Peavey
Opening Keynote:  Raising the Bar
Lunch Keynote:  A Storm is Coming
Breakout:  Facilitating the Social Development of Preschoolers
In this session, participants will explore how preschoolers (B-5) learn about the social world and the rules, practices and values that support it and how teachers can facilitate healthy social development.

Other Breakout Speakers/Topics

Charlotte Hollarn

Charlotte Hollarn, M.Ed. currently serves as the Director of Preschool Ministries at Southern Hills Baptist Church in OKC.  She has been teaching and training in the early childhood education field for over 30 years. She attained her college education at the University of Oklahoma achieving a Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters’ Degree in Adult/Community Education as well as Administration. Although the formal education is highly valued, her greatest learning moments have been while working with children and the adults in their lives. She has a never-ending passion for children and families and has served in many capacities in the area of early childhood education, professional development and teaching. Her philosophy of “grow where you are planted” inspired her to launch Early Childhood Training Solutions, LLC in 2014!

Breakout – Unwrapping Love and Logic:  Wrapping Love around Logical Consequences!

This workshop will unwrap strategies to create an environment that promotes responsible behavior while developing trusting, cooperative relationships with young children.  

Gina McKean

Gina has served as the Director of Childhood Ministries at Portland Avenue Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK for 29 years.  Her desire is to lead children to love the Lord with all their heart and to engage them in activities that will develop a heart for sharing His love with others.  Besides working with children, she enjoys supporting all Oklahoma sports teams, crafting and learning to play the guitar.  Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Breakout – On Mission in Weekday to Tell His Story

Let’s look at ways that we can help boys and girls develop a heart for sharing God’s love with others through mission and ministry projects.

Breakout – On a Budget and Loving It!

We’ll discuss fun and effective ways to make the most out of everyday resources that won’t break our budget.

Dawnellen Pybas

Dawnellen Pybas is a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City where she teaches Kindergarten Sunday School and Pre-K Choir.  Dawne spent the majority of her 28 years in public education teaching Kindergarten.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and English from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Dawne and her husband, Warren, have two children and four grandchildren.

Breakout – Unwrap the Gift of Literacy

Literacy learning is a gift you should give your children every day!  It is more than sharing a book with children.  Discover how to unwrap the gift of literacy by providing a literacy-rich environment in your classroom and by employing teacher-tested strategies for promoting literacy learning throughout the day.

Breakout – Put your Best Foot Forward

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”-Leonardo da Vinci

Is your Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art?  Is it a happy place?  Are children engaged in positive learning experiences?  We will discuss simple strategies, effective solutions and useful ideas that will help you put your best foot forward as you walk through each day with your children.

Ashley Hoggatt 

Ashley is the school principal at D.D. Kirkland Elementary, Francis Tuttle Early Childhood Center and Children’s Lighthouse #3.  She grew up in Oklahoma City, attended Oklahoma State University and received a degree in Elementary Education.  She attended the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She has been an elementary principal for 12 years and in education for 18 years. Her favorite part of school is when children experience joyous moments in their learning!  It is a blessing to watch them grow and learn.  Her husband, Mickey is the school counselor at Western Oaks Elementary School in Putnam City Schools. They have 3 children, Alayna (10), Alexa (10), and Hallee (8).  They all worship at Quail Springs Baptist Church. They also enjoy visiting local museums, parks, traveling in the summer and spending time with family and friends.

Breakout – Come Unwrap the Key Strategies You Need in Order to Support Students with Autism in Your Classrooms.

Participants will learn communication, behavior, and family support strategies essential to teaching students with Autism.

Pat Murphy

“Teaching Infants” In the beginning…Telling the Story to the Littlest Ears

Infants and toddlers are learning so much! Join us as we talk about intentional ways to build the faith of the youngest by telling the story in ways they understand. 

Janalyn Satterwhite

Janalyn is the Minister to Preschool/Children for First Baptist Tahlequah. Janalyn has served on church staff for over 20 years in churches throughout Arkansas and Texas. As a Preschool/Children’s minister, she helped two of the churches start a MDO ministry.  Janalyn previously served as the music teacher for a large Weekday program and has taught in the Weekday classroom for over 10 years.  Janalyn is married to her husband Stephen.  They have three grown children and 8 grandchildren.  Having spent the majority of her life in ministry to children, Janalyn is passionate about introducing children to the Bible and to her best friend, Jesus.  She enjoys leading conferences to equip leaders in reaching the next generation for Christ.

“Unwrapping” the Two Year Old Weekday Adventure 

Discover toddler teaching tips and techniques that will help make your day in the classroom a learning adventure with two year olds.  “Unwrap” the secrets to setting up the toddler environment and planning learning experiences that focus on the process rather than the product. These teaching tips and techniques can be used with any curriculum.

Keeping the Bible Alive in the Classroom 

Do you “Love to Tell the Story”?  Using the Bible in the classroom is more than reading a Bible story once a week.  Explore ways to create planned experiences that encourages preschoolers to encounter the Bible throughout their day – every day of the week.

Debbie Miller

Twenty years ago God called Debbie out of the secular field of early childhood to childhood ministry. Debbie has served in churches in Missouri and Oklahoma. Debbie and her husband, Doug, will celebrate 40 years of marriage this August. They have four children. Debbie is grateful for and madly in love with her five grandchildren. Debbie is currently the Children’s Minister at FBC Muskogee where she has served for six years.

Breakout – Unwrapping the Developmental Characteristics of a 3-Yr. Old

In this session, we will consider the impact this has on our teaching.

Breakout – Beneath the Ribbons and Bows

Unwrapping and revisiting the focus of a church weekday program.

Candace Goley

Candace grew up in the small town of Marlow, Oklahoma. She was so blessed to have parents that took her to church and taught her about God’s love.  In third grade, she gave her life to Christ.  Both of her parents, along with 6 aunts and uncles, were teachers, so it was no surprise that she chose a career in education. She taught fifth grade in Edmond for 5 years before having her first child. Candace spent the next 8 years teaching in the Weekday program at Quail Springs Baptist Church.  She has been the Director of Weekday Ministries at Quail for 5 years.  She and her husband Grant have been married for almost 20 years.  They joined QSBC in 2000. God has blessed them with three children, Layn, Gage, and Kenley.

Breakout – Get Up and Move, Learning Through Active Play

Breakout – I Love to Tell the Story, How to Step Up Your Group Time Game

Shelby Egender

Shelby is one of the Preschool Associates at Quail Springs Baptist Church in OKC where she loves serving the Lord. Her heart’s desire is that every child will know that they are loved. Shelby also serves on the Association VBS team, and has led conferences all over Oklahoma. She loves encouraging leaders, and families.

Breakout – Unwrapping Crafts 1 Season at a Time.

Breakout – Unwrapping the Love of Nurturing and Connecting Families to your Church.

Mark Jones

Mark is the Children’s Pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church where he loves and teach preschoolers, children and their parents. He enjoy speaking all around the nation to train children’s ministry leaders and parents.  Please see more ideas and resources available from Mr. Mark at

Practical Steps for Managing a Successful Classroom

Teachers will be given terrific ideas for procedures and transitions that guide preschoolers to gain greater learning in group time and learning centers by understanding what is expected and following carefully planned routines.

Teaching Sign Language to Preverbal Infants

Infants develop the ability to sign much sooner than speaking.  When teachers and caregivers practice these signs in their communication, the child will feel more secure and ultimately learn to speak sooner.  Come learn 25 words/ phrases and how to teach them to your infants.  Teaching infants to sign has to be one of the great rewards as a teacher.

Genea Pine

Genea came to First Baptist Church Broken Arrow as a child herself and has served in the preschool and children’s ministries in multiple positions including Weekday Pre-Kindergarten teacher before joining the First Baptist Church staff in 1993.  Genea has been married for 34 years to Ray. They have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren.

Genea Pine became the Director of Preschool Ministries in August of 2001.  Her desire is to convey “ministry” in the preschool area of First Baptist.  She believes that the youngest baby to the oldest preschooler can develop an awareness of God’s love for him.  As leaders of preschoolers, we not only have the responsibility to care for the physical needs of each child, but also care for the spiritual needs.

Breakout – Cooking in Weekday!

So many skills are cultivated in the midst of cooking with preschoolers! In this session, we will learn fun ideas you can incorporate in the classroom.

Joyce Still

Joyce is the Director of Preschool and Administrator for the First Learning Center Moore, First Baptist. She has been married to Mark Still for 35 years and they have four daughters and two son-in-laws.  She has been with Moore, First since 2016.  She has a Master’s Degree in Childhood Ministry and is currently working on her doctorate in Early Childhood Education.  Joyce has worked in children’s ministry and preschool ministry for over 25 years.

Breakout – Resource Room

We are going to talk about how to set up, maintain, and job descriptions for a Resource Coordinator. Including electronic inventory and bar codes. 

Breakout – Teaching Social Skills

Preschool children have to be taught social skills they are not born know how to get along with other or control their emotions. Learn how to incorporate social skills across the curriculum. 

Debbie Thompson

Debbie has been the Children’s Minister at FBC Tulsa for 23 years, she has served as a church staff member for 30 years.  Debbie is married to Joe and they have 2 sons, Jacob and his wife Holly, Jerad and his wife Sierra.  Debbie has 4 wonderful grandchildren, Bella 14, Hope 10, Camden 4 ½ and Blaire 1.

Breakout – Unwrapping the Difference Between Boys and Girls

Breakout – Telling the Story of Biblical Learning

Stacia Boyd

Breakout – Plants Unwrapped…the Life Story of a Seed

This conference focuses on the life cycle activities of different plants.  Be ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of plants with several hands-on activities!  Your mind will “grow” with new ideas to get you jump started for this fall.

Breakout – Don’t Eat the Unwrapped Candy   

This conference will explore the properties of different candies.  We will be conducting several science experiments using everyone’s favorite food group!  Dissolving, melting, growing, and maybe even some exploding will be going on to help demonstrate basic science concepts.

Brown Bag Lunches

Brown bag lunches are a time for directors to connect.  We would love to have you join in!!  Bring your lunch and discuss things that are going on with your program, ask questions of fellow directors, tour a Weekday program and meet new friends!  We are working to schedule several throughout the year.  Watch for invitations.  If you are in the Tulsa area and are interested in hosting a Brown Bag lunch, please contact Joyce Still at

Upcoming lunches:

March 15, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. tour and lunch discussion to follow

–First Baptist, Broken Arrow, OK

March 27, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. tour and lunch discussion to follow

–First Baptist, Blanchard, OK

April 17, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. tour and lunch discussion to follow

–First Baptist, Moore, OK

May 9, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. tour and lunch discussion to follow

–First Baptist, Tulsa, OK

Please contact us if you have questions or we can assist you in joining our network of support in church weekday ministries.

Info on Church Weekday Programs

Church Weekday Education Program Includes:

  • 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



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