Pastor Shane is a native of Fort Smith, AR. He was raised as a Roman Catholic and was number seven out of eight children. Pastor Shane served as a senior pastor, youth pastor and children’s pastor in the non-denominational and Southern Baptist churches prior to becoming a United Methodist. Pastor Shane had a wide range of business experience when he chose to enter into ministry full-time. Pastor Shane became a member of the Arkansas United Methodist Church in 1997. He entered seminary in 2000 as the first Arkansas Methodist Foundation Scholarship Award recipient allowing him to attend Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2003. Pastor Shane was ordained an Elder in 2005.
In addition to serving as the pastor of Oakley Chapel, Pastor Shane is a Chaplain for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and has served in the Arkansas National Guard for 27 years with 15 of those as a Chaplain.
Pastor Shane is married to Sara who is also a United Methodist Pastor and graduate of Hendrix College and Duke’s School of Divinity. He has three children (1 son and two daughters) and one grandchild. Pastor Shane enjoys playing at golf, attending Arkansas Razorback football and basketball games; but above all spending time with his family.
Martha was born in Bentonville, AR and raised in Rogers, AR. She is the second out of four children with
two sisters and a brother. She graduated Rogers High School and attended Missouri Southern State
College (University) in Joplin, MO where she received a BS in music education. She began playing piano
when she was eight years old and violin when she was nine years old. She met her husband, Tim, while
Martha has three sons and was a stay-at-home mother until her youngest son began school. However,
while she was raising the boys, she taught music. She began teaching in the Rogers Public Schools in
1981 where she taught orchestra. She later transferred to the Bentonville Public Schools where she
started a string program in her last five years of teaching. She continues to teach music in her home
studio and continues to perform musically as a violinist with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and
on occasion playing piano at various events.
In addition to her full-time job in the school system, Martha served as piano accompanist at First United
Methodist Church in Bentonville for twelve years. She was raised and holds her church membership at
First United Methodist Church in Rogers, AR.
Martha enjoys music, being on the water in their pontoon boat, reading, having lunch and going to
movies with friends. She also really enjoys working with the Oakley Chapel Choir.
Bill Skaggs is a native of Oklahoma. He attended the U of A in Fayetteville where he earned his
degree in Opera Theater and more importantly meet his wife, Sunny. Sunny is a photographer
and together they have 3 sons. Bill has been in church work for 24 years as both a music and
Bill joined the Oakley staff as the Worship Arts Director and Minister to Children and Youth.
She was Born in Wisconsin and raised part of her life in Mexico but has adopted Arkansas as her home since she has lived here for at least 15 years. Norma married her best Friend Enrique and they are the proud parents of 3 children. Norma began working at a young age in Mexico at General Motors as an interpreter, was an English teacher with people of all ages (from 5 yrs. old up to 50 yrs. Old), worked in the financial area and own business (bakery/restaurant) prior to joining the ministry team at Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church. She believes one should always put their best foot forward, which she does daily. She loves working with people and animals. She feels blessed to work for such a caring family as Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church, as they have adopted her and her family.
In her free time, she loves just being with her children and enjoying her family.