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Sonja E Tobey

Sonja E Tobey

Ordained Clergy
Lawton
Summary

Accomplished ministry professional familiar with ministry and church organization. Skilled at coaching churches and clergy through conflict, mediation, times of transition, and board leadership. Known for creative problem solving.

Overview
23
23
years of professional experience
24
24
years of post-secondary education
2
2
Certifications
Work History

Lead Pastor

St. Paul's United Methodist Church
2018-06 - Current
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and community service opportunities.
  • Supervised paid and unpaid staff leading children, youth, pastoral care, and church finances.
  • Provided administrative leadership to church and managed daily operations.
  • Led renovation project, successfully renovating or remodeling existing sanctuary, atrium, children's ministry area, and classrooms.
  • Resolved problems, improved operations, and provided organizational leadership.

Clergy

Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Church
2000-06 - Current
  • Coach clergy and churches in conflict transformation and communication skills in conflict.
  • Work with churches and staff through mediation process.
  • Clergy coach for greater productivity and career fulfillment.
  • Provided leadership development training to churches and districts.
  • Coach churches and clergy on simplified accountable structure of leadership boards.

Pastor

Prague/Arlington United Methodist Church
2016-09 - 2018-05
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Provided spiritual and administrative leadership to church and managed daily operations.
  • Raised congregational awareness of needs and contributions of youth to church life and operations.
  • Managed team of 5 paid employees, overseeing hiring, training, and professional growth of employees, as well as unpaid staff.

Senior Pastor

Vinita United Methodist Church
2012-06 - 2016-08
  • Coordinated and spearheaded programs to increase church members' service throughout community.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Planned and conducted worship services, wrote sermons and worked with key church leaders to carry out church mission.
  • Partnered with community churches, non-profit resource organizations, civic groups, and members of public to develop a literacy program for second and third grade children.

Pastor

First United Methodist Church
2010-06 - 2012-05
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Provided spiritual and administrative leadership to church and managed daily operations, as well as hiring, training, and professional growth of employees.
  • Oversaw the director and staff of the child care center.
  • Served on the board for section 8 housing in the community.
  • Launched ministry expansion program, resulting in an addition of a new service and new feeding program for the community.
  • Organized and spearheaded capital campaign to raise half a million dollars for renovation.

Pastor

Pond Creek United Methodist Church
2006-06 - 2010-05
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and nursing home services.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Worked with stewardship to promote responsible biblical stewardship increasing giving 64% over four years.
  • Over saw funds of ministerial alliance to provide assistance with utilities and food for people in the community.

Pastor

Union City/Cogar United Methodist Church
2002-01 - 2006-05
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and nursing home services.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Planned and conducted worship services, wrote sermons and worked with key church leaders to carry out church mission.

Pastor

Canton United Methodist Church
2000-06 - 2001-12
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and nursing home services.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Planned and conducted worship services, wrote sermons and worked with key church leaders to carry out church mission.
Education

Doctor of Ministry Church Leadership in Homiletics

Phillips Seminary
2011-06 - 2015-05

Master of Divinity Theology

Phillips Seminary
2002-01 - 2006-05

Bachelor of Science Organizational Leadership

Southern Nazarene University
1998-08 - 1999-12

No Degree Secondary Education

University of Central Oklahoma
1995-08 - 1998-05

Associate of Science Pre-Education

Rose State College
1983-08 - 1995-05
Skills

    Public speaking

Volunteer Management

Operations management

Training and Development

Active Listening

Written Communication

Training

Clergy Coaching (working toward PCC)

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, Clergy Clinic in Family Systems (Conflict Management), Lombard, Illinois 2015-2016
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Mediation Skills Training Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Aug 2015

Critical Incident Stress Management Training, Newton, Kansas Feb 2008

Certification

Simplified Accountable Structure Coach

2021-08

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist

2016-08
Timeline

Simplified Accountable Structure Coach

2021-08

Lead Pastor

St. Paul's United Methodist Church
2018-06 - Current

Pastor

Prague/Arlington United Methodist Church
2016-09 - 2018-05

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist

2016-08

Senior Pastor

Vinita United Methodist Church
2012-06 - 2016-08

Doctor of Ministry Church Leadership in Homiletics

Phillips Seminary
2011-06 - 2015-05

Pastor

First United Methodist Church
2010-06 - 2012-05

Pastor

Pond Creek United Methodist Church
2006-06 - 2010-05

Pastor

Union City/Cogar United Methodist Church
2002-01 - 2006-05

Master of Divinity Theology

Phillips Seminary
2002-01 - 2006-05

Clergy

Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Church
2000-06 - Current

Pastor

Canton United Methodist Church
2000-06 - 2001-12

Bachelor of Science Organizational Leadership

Southern Nazarene University
1998-08 - 1999-12

No Degree Secondary Education

University of Central Oklahoma
1995-08 - 1998-05

Associate of Science Pre-Education

Rose State College
1983-08 - 1995-05