Carl Ryker | Senior Warden
Carl was born in lawton and has lived here all his life. After graduating from Cameron University he began a career within Lawton Public Schools. He spent 39 years teaching and coaching at Lawton High. He tagged on three more years at Elgin High for good measure. He taught English and history and coached baseball, football, and cross country. He and his wife Nicki, when they are not home with their two furry children, greatly enjoy traveling extensively. Carl and Nicki came to St. Andrew's after
disappointing experiences at other churches. They truly. believe they have found their "forever" home in St. Andrew's.
Larry Neal | Junior Warden
Larry’s Lawton roots run deep; a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Larry returned home and purchased J.T. Neal Insurance Agency. Three years ago he
sold it to Insurica where he continues to work. With his wife Linda, Larry’s family,
now consisting of not only three children but also six grandchildren, have always
been active in church life. A few years ago the church they attended was at a crossroads in the direction it was going. Their previous church no longer aligned
with their beliefs. Knowing their struggle, several members of St. Andrew’s reached
out to support the family and invited them to attend a Sunday service. Many months later it became apparent that St. Andrews was where they belonged, and the Sacrament of Confirmation followed. Larry looks forward to supporting and participating in their new church home for many years to come.
John Carter | Junior Warden
Blake was born and raised in Lawton, OK, and has lived here his whole life. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and continued his studies at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. After law school he spent four years on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps entering the private practice of law after. A cradle Episcopalian, Blake is a life-long member of St. Andrew's, as were his parents and grandparents before him. Blake and his wife Ruth are the parents of three grown children, each of whom was raised within this church family, and are grandparents to an ever-growing gaggle of absolutely delightful, well-mannered, perfectly behaved, and obviously above-average grandchildren.
Paul moved to Lawton in the summer of 2020 to serve as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Cameron University. Coming to St. Andrew's from the Evangelical tradition, Paul struggled for many years with his former church's theology surrounding inclusion and acceptance of all. After one Sunday attending St. Andrew's and meeting the rector, he was hooked! He and his two children, Charlotte and Wesley, were baptized in the Episcopal tradition on Easter of 2021 and received the Sacrament of Confirmation later that year. Along with his service on the Vestry, Paul participates actively in worship services through music.