Leadership Team

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Dave Mewbourne

Lead Pastor
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Dave Mewbourne serves as our Lead Pastor.  Prior to becoming Lead Pastor in February of 2003, he also served as Youth Pastor at Claremore Assembly for one year.  He has been in ministry for thirty years, serving churches in Alabama, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma District as Youth Alive Representative prior to coming to Claremore.

He will celebrate his 32nd anniversary this year with his wife, Debbie, whom he met while attending Evangel University in Springfield, MO.  They both graduated from Evangel in 1980.  Their son Kraig presently serves as Youth Pastor at a church in Owasso, OK.  His daughter Kacie and her husband serve as Worship Leaders at a church in Broken Arrow, OK, and they have blessed Pastor Dave & Debbie with their 1st grandchild, Maybry-Ellen, who is 2 years old.

Pastor Dave loves serving the Claremore community, enjoys playing golf, and is an avid Alabama football fan.

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Jon Stem

Student Pastor
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Jon Stem has served as the Student Pastor at Claremore Assembly since March of 2012.  Jon comes from a missionary family and grew up in Alaska and overseas in the country of Mongolia.  He met his wife, Jen, while attending Central Bible College in Springfield, MO.

After graduating from CBC in 2008, Jon went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.  Jon worked for 4 years at the AG National Office in Springfield prior to coming to Claremore.

Jon’s passion is to see young people step up and become the church of today, living out the callings God has placed on their lives.

Jon also holds a black belt in Jujiden and enjoys mixed martial arts, ultimate frisbee, and anything and everything related to technology.


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Jen Stem

Worship & Creative Arts
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Jen Stem has served in Worship and Creative Arts at Claremore Assembly since January of 2013. Jen was born and raised near Canton, Ohio before attending Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from CBC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology, Pre-Sem and became a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God shortly after graduating.

Jen is married to our Student Pastor, Jon Stem, and enjoys reaching and leading the students of Claremore alongside of him.

Jen dabbles in photography and can usually be found singing, laughing, shopping for shoes, drinking Teavana iced tea, or talking too much about her cats, Lady and Oreo.


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Vince Chapman

Children's Pastor
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Vince has served as the Children’s Pastor at Claremore Assembly since February of 2015. Vince was born and raised in Fairfield, Illinois, and grew up attending & then volunteering in Children’s Ministry, receiving a call to full time ministry in 2003. Vince’s family moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 2007 where he met his wife, Hannah.

Prior to coming to Claremore, Vince worked in the bindery at the National Leadership and Resource Center for 4 years in addition to serving as a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry of Central Assembly of God in Springfield.

Vince loves fishing and camping. He can usually be found reading a book or playing his guitar or mandolin. Vince and Hannah have a son, Titus, who will turn 1 year old in July, 2015.


Brian & Sarah Filipek

Family Life Pastor
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Brian has served as the Family Life Pastor since the spring of 2015.  He was born and raised in Pueblo, CO, but made the journey to South Dakota to attend college where he met his wife, Sarah.  He served in the United States Air Force for 8 years at which time he was called into full time ministry.  He has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God.

Prior to joining the staff at Claremore Assembly of God, Brian was a Children’s Pastor and has also served in various other capacities in the local church.  Brian and Sarah have a heart to reach the Young Adults in the Claremore community and help them grow in their walk with God as they transition to adulthood.  Brian is also very passionate about equipping parents to effectively disciple their children.

Brian enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.  Sarah can usually be found singing, baking or teaching a Zumba® class! Brian and Sarah have 3 children: Katie, Kasey and Claire who keep them on their toes!

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Shelly Downs

Discipleship Pastor
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Shelly Downs has served as a Licensed Minister with Assemblies of God since 2008. She joined the staff at Claremore Assembly in February of 2015 as the Discipleship Pastor.

Previously Shelly served as the Outreach Director for the Bus Ministry Program in Claremore for 15 years and most recently as the Small Group Director. Shelly has completed the Coach Approach training and enjoys helping others with personal budgeting classes, new ministry development and more.

She is a leader in 3Ministry with Liz Chandler and Edie Tolbert. This ministry is designed to encourage, equip and educate others in their walks with God. Shelly is married with two beautiful daughters and celebrated 35 years of marriage in April of 2015.


Liz Chandler

Administrative Assistant
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Liz Chandler joined the staff at Claremore Assembly in June of 2014, and she serves both the church and the community in numerous capacities. Liz brings great energy and joy to the office at Claremore Assembly, and we are blessed to have her on the team!

Liz is a leader in 3Ministry with Shelly Downs and Edie Tolbert. This ministry is designed to encourage, equip and educate others in their walks with God.

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Larry & Kathie Ellis

Mountain Movers Directors
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Larry Ellis joined our ministry staff in December of 2009. He and his wife, Kathie, have been married 47 years and have two children and four grandchildren. Larry has served as a lead pastor, evangelist, and Bible teacher for over 35 years. Larry and Kathie’s ministry focus at Claremore Assembly is with seniors, ages 55 and over. Larry also assists Pastor Dave in any area of ministry needed. Larry and Kathie are licensed ministers. Larry is also ordained.

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Betty Dawson

Senior Adults
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Betty Dawson enjoys serving our Senior Adults, focusing on ages 55+.  She enjoys serving monthly noon luncheons the 2nd Thursday of every month.  Betty visits many homebound seniors as well as the seniors in care facilities such as Claremore Nursing Home, Brookfield Assisted Living, and Sterling House Assisted Living.  If you have family in these care facilities and would like for her to visit them, she visits on a weekly basis.  Please contact her.

The noon senior luncheons have wonderful food, great fellowship, special music, and fun & games each month.  Please feel free to come and join us on these days!

Having served in ministry for several decades, Betty is a great asset to our Senior Adult Ministry.