Meet The Team
Billy Hamilton moved to Durant in 2000 where he attended and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2005. Since graduation, Billy has worked in several fields that have given him a strong background in sales and small business retail management. In 2010 he became the coordinator for REI Oklahoma’s Native American Business Resource Center where he provided one-on-one technical business assistance to Tribal members wanting to start or grow their small business. With his experience, Billy was hired by Choctaw Nation in 2014 to manage Choctaw Small Business Development Services and provide assistance to Choctaw Tribal entrepreneurs in creating and growing successful, job-creating businesses in Southeast Oklahoma. He currently lives in Durant with his wife Jame and four children Braden, Kasen, Hudson, and Hadley and is active in supporting First Baptist Church.
Steve Taylor is an attorney practicing in Durant, Oklahoma. Steve was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he graduated from Jenks High School. Steve attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1991 with a B.A. in History. After getting married and working a few years, he decided to attend law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated in 2000.
Steve is married to Dr. Christine Taylor, and they have four children, Zack, Harrison, Vivian, and Quillan. Steve attends Community Christian Church in Durant and is active in his community. In addition to serving on the board of J127, he serves on the board of the Pregnancy Center of Bryan County. He formerly served on the board of the Durant OK Kids Baseball league, serving as Commissioner from 2015-2017.
Jamie Blake was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in Artesia, New Mexico. She was raised by two loving, nurturing, giving, and respected parents. Who taught her strong work ethics, love, family, teamwork, dedication, and most of all God. She has always praised her parents for their constant love for each other and for being such excellent role models. She hopes she can instill the same for her two children Kolby and Kamri. Jamie has been involved in the Durant Athletic Booster Club as the fundraiser/marketing officer as well as the Diamond Backers treasurer for a year. Her passion is to help others and be involved in the community. She spends her free time watching her kids play sporting events, church, time with family and friends, cookouts, and anything that involves being outside.
Jon Hazell has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science at Durant High School for 34 years. His wife, Jeanie, has taught 2nd grade in Durant for 32 years. They have done missionary work with churches and schools in various parts of Africa and Mexico, and he serves on the Treasure of Life Board, an organization dedicated to promoting social justice in Ghana, and he has been active in jail and prison ministry for 20 years. Mr. Hazell serves on the Bio-med educational advisory board for the Kiamichi Technology Center, and he is the Student Council Advisor and the FCA huddle leader at Durant High School. During the summers he is the lead facilitator for the ropes course at Crosspoint Camp on Lake Texoma. He is also the pastor of United Church of Tishomingo.
In 2018, Mr. Hazell was awarded the Professional Oklahoma Educators award as the outstanding high school teacher in Oklahoma. He has been awarded the Diamond Book Award by the Teachers Appreciation Foundation for 2017, and in August of this year, he was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year for the State of Oklahoma.
Nate Morrison is a Durant native and graduate of Durant High School and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Nate is married to Susan Morrison. They have three children: Jacob, Hannah, and Noah.
Nate is a Vice President of American Nation Bank in Durant. He started his banking career in 1987. Nate has been very active in his community; he currently serves on the Durant School Board. Nate is a member of Community Christian Church.
Carol Hines was born and raised in Bryan County and is a 2005 graduate of Rock Creek High School. In 2009, she earned a degree in Agribusiness from Oklahoma State University where she met her husband, Derek. After college, she accepted a Landman position with ConocoPhillips in Farmington, NM, where they spent their next 7 years.
In 2016, Carol and Derek returned to Bryan County to plant roots and raise their young family. They fellowship at Victory Life Church and love being active outdoors- especially on their small farm. God has given Carol a heart for children in the foster care system and a vision for young adults coming out of the system. She is excited to be a part of a ministry creating generational change in the Durant community.
Adrean Stinnett is a woman on a mission to see dreams come to pass and lives transformed by the power of God's Word. She was brought up on the outskirts of Durant, OK. It was there she found the passion for the church to catch God's heart for this world and do something about it. God has called her to be a voice for this generation and to speak out on the truths of living a life of absolutes according to the Bible. She is a graduate of Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and has served on mission trips to Central America, Israel, Africa and Inner City Missions. While living in Dallas she started a discipleship ministry in the largest Juvenile Detention Center in the state. She served as the Director of Development for the oldest pregnancy center in Texas as well as Hosted a Teen Talk Radio Show for two years in Texarkana, TX. Adrean spent five years in Little Rock, Arkansas working with local youth involved in gangs while establishing a mentoring program that paired the community and churches up with these students. As Youth Director of an outreach center, she oversaw a staff of community volunteers, developed and implemented numerous programs to help those in need. Adrean opened her home to foster kids and to those who needed a place to stay. God called her back to Durant in 2015 where she serves as the Youth Minister at Community Christian Church.
Ms. Stinnett believes by joining with other believers; we will see a lasting impact on our community and nation. She is ready to see the Body acquire a deeper passion for the TRUTH and LOVE of Christ.
Melissa Freeman Holaday was born in Lindsey, California and moved to Elmore City, Oklahoma in first grade living there until she to moved to Durant to attend SOSU where she obtained her bachelor's degree and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She has a passion for helping others, especially children. Her first job as a counselor was for a therapeutic foster care agency working with children who had been removed from their parents which is why J127 Ministry has touched her heart. Melissa has been married to Daryl for 21 years, and they have a 15-year-old son, Brady. She has been a licensed counselor in Durant for over 17 years. She is an active member of 7th and Beech Church of Christ where she and her family have attended for over 15 years.
She loves being an active parent and participating in school activities. She is a member and Vice President in the pride of Durant band boosters.
Melissa and her husband are black belts, and their son Brady is a 3rd-degree black belt. She grew up in a very close family with supportive parents and has done her best to continue that as a parent. "Being a parent and raising a strong Christian child in a spiritual home is the most important job in which God has blessed me."
Jana Lewis is currently a student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was raised in Flower Mound Texas by her loving family.
Jana has been a part of multiple mission efforts, and a counselor at church camps for years. She is interested in sharing the love that is freely supplied to her by God. Her faith is her priority. Loving and serving people is her passion.
Jana is a staff member at EWES camp (Equipping Women for Exceptional Service) a leadership camp for high school girls every summer. Jana attends the Durant church of Christ in Durant and is heavily involved with the Student Bible Center on campus.