Hi! I’m Steven Hunter Oklatubbee. Glad you’re here. Let’s see, I’m a Christian and minister and 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 for five years. My wife, Stephanie, and I live in a rural part of our county on about six acres. We have two ponds, three dogs—two of whom are outside Great Pyreness—a cat, several chickens, and we’re new goat parents. I guess you can tell that we’re country folk.
We have a daughter who’s in university and also a KY National Guard Military Police Officer. Oh, on that note, I’m also a reserve deputy for our county sheriff’s office. I’m not full-time, but I’m a sworn deputy and have all the arresting powers of a peace officer, with a couple of exceptions. Our daughter, however, was in DC after the January 6th attack on the Capitol. She was awarded her E4 rank (Specialist) in the Capitol, so that was pretty special. We also have a son who’s in middle school, and he’s a gamer. He also loves to fish our ponds and is rather good at archery.
I was awarded my PhD from Faulkner University in 2016. 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 ante-bellum 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 conversationlist though.
I’m Choctaw, from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw and descend from one of the last great chiefs of the Choctaw, Moshulatubbee (“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.
A lot of my content is what I’m studying and 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!