Pastors & Staff

Eric Laverentz

Lead Pastor

Eric moved to Edmond with his family from Overland Park, Kansas in September of 2016 upon answering a call to become the Lead Pastor at FPCE. He and his wife Jen have four young children, a daughter and three sons, ranging in age from two to nine years old.

Eric was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and has been in the pulpit since an early age. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts (Emphasis on Christian Ethics) from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Theology (Emphasis on Christian Ethics)from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University.

As a senior pastor for the past fourteen years, Eric has served at churches in Tennessee, Ohio and Kansas prior to his call to Oklahoma.

Eric currently serves as Associate Director of the ECO Elder Leadership Institute (ELI) and a Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader on Church Leadership. He has also been actively involved in the State of Kansas Human Rights Commission for the past three years.
Eric is an avid reader, runner, hiker, and Kansas City sports fan. He is also a published author. His book Is Caesar our Savior? How Only the Church Can Keep Any Nation Free was published by Father’s Press in 2012 and the article “Heresy, History and Hope” can be found in the December 2006 issue of Theology Matters. 

Matt Jones

Associate Pastor

Matt has served as Associate Pastor for the congregation since 2011 and is currently focused on congregational care.  He began his journey with First Presbyterian Church as a visitor in 1998 and joined in 1999.  He served from 1998-2003 as musician, vocalist and worship leader in the contemporary worship services.  He sensed God’s call to pursue a Master of Divinity degree through Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated in 2007.  After serving a congregation in Oklahoma City for four years, Matt was called to First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.  He and his wife, Gayle, have four grown-up children and enjoy living near downtown Edmond.  Matt concentrates on helping people experience the deep love of Christ.

Todd Cooper

Executive Pastor

Todd A. Cooper is native of Tyler, Texas and a graduate of John Tyler High School. After high school, Rev. Cooper joined the United States Marine Corp. The pastor served time in California, North Carolina, Japan, and Kuwait. In 1994 Rev. Cooper was honorably discharged from his service as a Marine and returned home to Tyler. After leaving the Marine Corp, Rev. Cooper worked primarily in business management. Rev. Cooper graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He also graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a Master’s of Divinity. In December of 2001, Todd married his wife Kelli and they have two daughters, Alison (14) and Anna (9). Rev. Cooper comes to us from Houston, Texas where he has served as an Executive Pastor for the last 5 ½ years.  

Support Staff

Brett Hardy

Director of Emerging Generations

Kyle Owen

Director of Worship Arts

Tracey Gregg-Boothby

Alyssa Dees

Choir Director
Director of Student Ministries

Chelsea Smith

Administrative Assistant

Danielle Jones

Melina Owen

Jim VanHemert

Director of Kids Ministry
Kids Coordinator 
Organist & Worship Choir Accompanist

Blair Merkle

Tyler Boren

Karla Launhardt

Sharon Boecking

Print Media Coordinator 
Digital Media Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator 

Mary Singleton

Joe Nusz

Patricia Herrod

Jim Pennington

Larry Shields

Director of Early Childhood Program
Facilities Director
Facilities Supervisor