The mission of Vinita First United Methodist Church is to know Christ and make Christ known.  Loving and serving Christ by loving and serving others.

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Rev. Dr. Sonja Tobey, Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Sonja Tobey is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and has been under appointment in the Oklahoma Conference since 2000.  Prior to being appointed to Vinita, she has served in Canton, Union City and Cogar, Pond Creek, and Cushing.

Dr. Tobey first felt a calling to ministry when she was a senior in high school in Midwest City, Oklahoma, although she did not fully understand or follow her call into ministry for another fifteen years.  During this time, she worked primarily as a legal assistant in Oklahoma City.  Dr.. Tobey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Nazarene University, and graduated cum laude with a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She completed her Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership with an emphasis in Homiletics in 2015.


Linda Stevens, Director of Music & Worship

Linda's love of God, music, and her church make her a valuable member of the First UMC staff.  She has been a part of the music ministry of the church since she was a child. 
Here is more on the music ministries of the church.
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Pam West, Administrative Assistant
Blythe Smith, Nursery Attendant
Katy Boyd, Nursery Atendant
Janet Hudson, Custodian