I’m Steven Hunter Oklatubbee. I preach at the Glendale Road Church of Christ in Murray, KY. I’ve been in ministry for over 15 years, and I’ve been at Glendale since 2016. My wife, Stephanie, and I live on about six acres. We have three dogs (Winston, Sorcha, and Chunk), a cat (Nya), several chickens (Big Red and the girls), goats (Bert and Ernie), geese (Luther and Vandross), and ducks (Daisy, Samantha, and Edward).
We have a daughter in university who’s a KY National Guard Military Police Officer. She was in DC after the January 6th attack on the Capitol. She was awarded her E4 rank (Specialist) in the Capitol, which was pretty special. We also have a son who’s in high school and a gamer. He also loves to fish our ponds and is rather good at archery.
I was awarded my Ph.D. from Faulkner University in 2016, just before going to Glendale Road. I wrote my dissertation on how Christianity is more humanizing than secular humanism because of hospitality in early Christianity and late antiquity. I love history, and while my wheelhouse is in early Christianity, most of my scholarly publications are in antebellum American Christian history. I have a rather eclectic range of interests, which accounts for why I have so much useless information in my head. It does make me a decent conversationalist, though.
I’m Choctaw, from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw, and descend from one of the last great chiefs of the Choctaw, Mushulatubbee (“Determined to Kill”). He led thousands of Choctaw from Mississippi to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the Trail of Tears. I’m also Scottish, my ancestors hailing from Hunterston in Ayrshire, Scotland. They came to the New World in the early eighteenth century.
Much of my content is what I’m studying, preaching, and teaching at Glendale Road. Occasionally, I might add some early American history here or there as it relates to the day. I consider myself a classical liberal, or libertarian, politically. To my conservative friends, I’m liberal. To my liberal friends, I’m conservative. I just enjoy not pleasing anyone. What can I say? However, I believe in civility and courtesy because I’m truly interested in learning and not just winning arguments. Grace & Peace!