Life Church McAlester, OK

Lead Pastors

Terren & Shinista Anderson

Terren is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and has been in full-time ministry since his graduation in 1999. Through his creative delivery style, it's Terren's desire to share a message that leads people into an experience with Christ in a relevant and personal way. Terren's mission is to advance, encourage, and model hope. Shinista began singing in church at 4 years of age and has been passionate about using her gift to lead people into praise and worship ever since. After attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University, she married Terren and became a licensed cosmetologist. Shinista's mission is to creatively express, inspire, and release joy in others. Terren and Shinista are the Founding/Lead Pastor's of Life Church with campuses in McAlester & Wilburton, Oklahoma and an Online Campus at They are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Gabriella and Zion. June 2, 2002, Terren and Shinista followed the call of God upon their lives to plant a new work that would reach people with God's love. Since it's launch, Life Church has grown from 56 to a weekly average of nearly 1,000. No matter the age, the ministries of Life Church are designed to lead people into a personal connection with Jesus Christ.

Executive Pastors

Keith & Barbara Stanford

The Stanford's bring to Life Church over 30 year of Pastoral Ministry. Keith attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He has pastored 5 churches including, 3 years in Berlin, Germany. Keith was Oklahoma Christian Education Director for the Assemblies of God for 11 years. Serving as Executive Pastors, the Stanford's minister to the congregation and Southeastern Oklahoma through pastoral care, ministry development, and staff relations. It is the desire of Life Church and the Stanford's to reach the lost, the hurting, and the needy with the message of Jesus.

Directors of Childrens Ministries (LifeKidz)

Brittany & Orlando Galvan 

Brittany and Orlando Went through a Ministry program together called Master’s Commission. There they encountered full hands-on training as well as a deeper knowledge and wisdom of scripture under the direction of Pastor Josh Mayo and Craig Johnson. Brittany was vastly involved with worship. Her hearts desire was for people to experience the presence of God. Orlando was involved with community impact. His heart was to show them the love of Christ through relationships. Both were leaders of a youth small group. They were married in August of 2013. Shortly after, their small group came to and end, and they felt God was beginning to call them in a new direction. Both felt God was placing children’s ministry on their heart and with the given opportunity they moved to McAlester in August of 2014. They believe in the next generation, and want to do all they can to build up children in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ. They have also added to their family a beautiful baby boy, Boston Enrique Galvan.



Media Director

Danny Gilbreath

Danny is originally from Woodward, OK where he was born and raised. He has been involved in ministry since 2002 when he was one of the Youth Pastors for the United Methodist Church of Carrollton, MO. Danny also served as the Lay Speaker for the church and traveled around the Heartland District of the United Methodist Church filling the pulpit when needed. After moving to McAlester in 2009 Danny quickly became involved with the Student Ministry at Life Church as a volunteer. Danny joined the staff in 2012 as the Media Director and enjoys every aspect of the ministry. Danny has two young daughters named Camry and Cady.  In his free time Danny enjoys coaching his girls in sports and he also enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Directors of Student Ministries (ONElife)

Mason & Taylor Smith

 Mason attended Master’s Commission Remix (MCremix) from 2009 to 2012, where he was involved in hands-on ministry training, and was rewarded a diploma of ministry in discipleship. Mason graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Florida Tech. Mason has a passion for cultivating people in the truth and leads them into developing a stronger relationship in the Lord. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in middle-level childhood education from the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith, and ministers to students by working as an 8th grade science teacher at Puterbaugh Middle School. Taylor has a passion to see change in the hearts of young people. Mason and Taylor grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas where they married in 2012. In 2014 they joined Terren and the Life Church staff to serve as the Directors of Student Ministries. Mason and Taylor are parents of two beautiful girls, Shiloh Grace and Kallie Faith.

Administrative Assistant and Ministry Coordinator

Bre Stanford 

Bre started attending Life Church her senior year of high school and quickly became involved in our student ministries. She volunteered in our student leadership as well as any other area of ministry that was available. She paired with her youth pastor to pioneer an internship that is still in affect today. After a little more than a year of interning she landed her dream job! Bre began working full time in the church that she loved. She has done everything from helping aide and assist all ministries to working full time with students as her youth pastor’s assistant. Zack and Bre met in Life Church shortly after Bre was hired as a full-time employee.  They were united in marriage in 2011. After Zack and Bre had their first child she went through another transition within the church and is now the Administrative Assistant.

Zack is the son of Pastor Keith and Barbara Stanford. He has been involved in the church most of his life. He loves all sports and is an extremely gifted golfer. He, like the rest of his family, is musically gifted and has played drums for Life Church on and off since its inception in 2002. He currently is the General Manager at Eufaula Ford. Together they have two sons, Keegan and Zachery, as well as a small homestead in the country where they have a garden and raise goats, chickens, and anything else they can get their hands on.