Protect first responders

During this critical time, VOICE has asked faith leaders to stand with our first responders and front line workers and asked the Governor to protect them. Below is a letter we sent in support of that effort.


VOICE Action Fund, P.O. Box 2432, Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Gov. Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma State Capitol

Sent via email

Dear Governor Stitt, 

Please designate grocery store workers as first responders in this crisis. They are literally risking their lives to be with the public every day, ensuring that families across Oklahoma can have access to the food they need in order to survive. 

Making this designation would not only recognize these workers for the vital role they are playing in this emergency, but it would also help draw down federal funds that would keep more money circulating in Oklahoma. Our understanding is that this designation would bring funding for the following: 

  • childcare for these families
  • medical testing for the coronavirus should it be needed
  • treatment for COVID-19 should it be needed

We also believe that this designation would help them to have greater access to personal protective equipment. 

Our organization represents thousands of families across Oklahoma, and many of our loved ones are working tirelessly in stores to keep our supply chains functioning. We would love to tell them that our governor honors their courage and their service at this time. 

If you would like to meet with us to talk further about this matter, please contact me on my cell phone, (609)672-7537.


Rev. Diana Davies


First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City


Due to physical distancing and urgency, we have chosen not to collect additional signatures, but these are other religious leaders who asked to be listed in support: 

Pastor Ray Douglas, Greater Mt Olive Baptist Church, OKC

Fr. Tim Luschen, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Warr Acres

Rev. Valerie Steele, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Stillwater

Fr. Joe Jacobi, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mustang

Rev. Glenda Skinner, Mosaic United Methodist Church, Noble

Rev. Jeremy Basset, Wesley United Methodist Church, OKC

Rev. Marla Lobo, Wesley United Methodist Church, OKC

Rev. Jeff Hinton, Okeene United Methodist Church, Okeene

Rev. Karen Mascho, Joy Mennonite Church, OKC

Rev. Jack Terrell-Wilkes, Lawton Heights United Methodist Church, Lawton

Pastor Lori Walke, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, OKC

Pastor Kayla Bonewell, Church of the Open Arms United Church of Christ, OKC

Rev. Lance A. Schmitz, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, OKC

Pastor Chris Moore, Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ, Tulsa

Rev. Barbara Prose, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa

Rev. Nathan Mattox, University United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Rev. Don Heath, Edmond Trinity Christian, Edmond

Rev. Matt Franks, Tahlequah United Methodist Church, Tahlequah

Rev. Michaele LaVigne, 8th Street Nazarene Church, OKC

Rev. Scott Spencer, Mosaic United Methodist Church, OKC

Fr. David Medina, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Tulsa

Rev. Kathy Brown, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Sister Diane Koorie, Mercy Sisters and Associates, OKC

Rev. Brad Rogers, Penn Ave. Redemption United Methodist Church, OKC

Rev. Jen Logsdon-Kellogg, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Rev. Kelli Driscoll Crews, Bethany Christian Church, Tulsa

Rev. Bruce Davis, Grace UMC and Blair UMC, Altus

Deacon Dana Orwig, St. John’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Derrek Belase, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Sara Pugh Montgomery, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Rev. Jeni Markham Clewell, Mosiac United Methodist Church, OKC

Rev. Twila Gibbens, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Rev. Matt Scraper, Southern Hills United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City

Rev. David Conrad, retired United Methodist Church pastor

Rev. Sean Ekberg, Resurrection Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City

Fr. James Goins, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Norman, OK

Pastor Lee Cooper, Prospect Baptist Church, Oklahoma City

Fr. Raoul Reyes, Little Flower Catholic Church, Oklahoma City