Build committed Christians
Commission disciples for ministry in our world
Inspired by God
Founded by Christ
Powered by the Holy Spirit
First United Methodist Church of Broken Arrow is a local congregation of the global United Methodist Church. This congregation was established on the corner of College and Main in downtown Broken Arrow in 1903.
We’ve been creating disciples for Christ for over 119 years.
Senior Pastor Larry Varvel was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1959. His family moved to Tulsa in 1971 and Larry graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School in 1978. Larry then attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman as a National Merit Scholar where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Letters in 1981 and a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1983. He then moved to Pasadena, California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. Larry graduated from Fuller with a Master’s degree in Divinity in 1986 and was ordained as a United Methodist pastor that same year.
Prior to his coming to Broken Arrow in 2003, Larry served as the Associate Pastor at Wesley UMC in Oklahoma City (1986-1988), pastor of the First UMC of Atoka, OK (1988-1990), OK; pastor of Quail Springs UMC in Oklahoma City (1990-1997), and Senior Pastor of the First UMC of Ada, OK (1997-2003). While serving in Ada, Larry was awarded the Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism.
Larry and Jeanine have three children: Patty Deras and her husband, Andrew and their son, Leo and daughter, Essie; Lainie Schick, and her husband Taylor and their daughter Charlotte; and Andrew Varvel and his wife Elyssa. Larry and Jeanine enjoy traveling, movies, and spending time with family.
Sei Yoon Park
Sei Yoon Park is from Seoul, South Korea. As her name, Sei(世) Yoon(胤), which means “Connecting the world” indicates, she has a heart to serve God, connecting people with Christ in love, and a heart to make disciples of Jesus Christ. She came to Tulsa as an international student in 2007 and her whole family moved from South Korea to Tulsa in 2009. She graduated college back in South Korea majoring in English Education and received the Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Oklahoma City in 2019.
Since her family came to the United States, she served at Tulsa Korean United Methodist Church as a worship leader, young adult leader, children’s minister, and youth minister for 10 years. Sei Yoon received an appointment in 2019 and served as a pastor at Beggs First United Methodist Church and Mounds United Methodist Church.
Sei Yoon and Jin Young met in Tulsa Korean UMC serving a worship team and married in 2014. They have two children: Elizabeth Onyu Kim is 6 years old, and Aaron Eunchan Kim is 11 months old. Sei Yoon’s parents are living in Broken Arrow and her sister and her whole family are also near in Bixby. As a mother, a wife, the first daughter of an immigrant family, and a full-time minister, Sei Yoon finds her strength and joy in daily devotional prayer, singing praise songs, and meditating on the word of God. Sei Yoon and Jin Young always love spending quality family time together.