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Tree Honors Family’s Forgiveness - Article in the Pauls Valley Democrat on June 12, 2020

Surrounded by family and a whole bevy of friends a Stratford couple felt lots of love Thursday in a tree planting ceremony meant to salute their forgiveness of someone who had done them wrong.

Chris and Regina Dilbeck were clearly feeling humbled as the gathering was to honor their forgiveness of Austin Johnson, a 24-year-old Ada resident who while driving impaired caused a 2018 traffic accident resulting in severe and life-changing injuries for both. Click here to read the full article.

ECU, OHB announce second year schedule for 'Making College a Reality' events - September 04, 2019

Article in Ada Evening News on 9-4-2019

During the 2018-19 school year East Central University and Oklahoma Heritage Bank hosted a series of box-supper events in area high schools for junior and senior students and their parents. At each of these events — held in the school cafeterias of Roff, Byng, Stratford, and Ada — ECU President Katricia Pierson spoke in a town-hall style, discussing the opportunities and advantages of a college education at ECU while answering questions from the students and parents. She cited her Top 10 List of Reasons to Choose ECU that make it the outstanding experience for about 4,000 students each year.

At the Aug. 7 Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education luncheon on the ECU campus, President Pierson described the success of this ECU/OHB outreach program, noting that a six-year decline in freshman enrollment at ECU was reversed this fall (2019) by a 10.7% rise in first-year enrollment and a 6.8% rise in concurrent enrollment, which President Pierson, in large measure, attributed to the success of the Making College a Reality project.

Introducing President Pierson and area school superintendents at the luncheon, Eric Fisher, vice chairman of the Board of Oklahoma Heritage Bank, spoke to the audience of 300+ describing OHB’s commitment to its communities’ schools and students. He announced the bank’s continuing sponsorship of the Making College a Reality program, scheduled in Ada, Oct. 9; Roff, Oct. 16; Byng, Oct. 29; Stratford, Nov. 5; and Latta, Nov. 7.

Fisher was appointed Regent of the Regional University System of Oklahoma by Gov. Kevin Stitt in May. His nine-year term fills the seat which covers Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Garvin, Murray and Payne counties. The RUSO Board governs six of the state’s universities with a combined enrollment of 37,000 students.

Oklahoma Heritage Bank Directors Study Plans for New OHB Building at North Hills Centre. - July 11, 2019

by David Keith, Chief Executive Officer, OHB

In 2015, the Oklahoma Heritage Bank Board of Directors concluded a six-year strategic planning study. That led OHB to begin an expansion program that will establish Ada as headquarters for all four locations (Stratford, Roff, Byng, and Ada). With rough site grading completed and most of the concrete footings poured, the detailed piping and wiring to be incorporated in the slab flooring are now being installed.

Architectural planning for the new building has utilized state-of-the-art banking equipment and futuristic innovations that represent the most recent developments in banking technology.  These 21st century “bells and whistles” will come from banking techniques and equipment only recently available.  Interactive Teller machines (“ITM”) in the open-plan lobby will allow efficient time-saving processing of each customer’s transaction.  Four drive-through lanes will also provide the same ITM capability as available for inside transactions.  Without leaving their vehicles, customers will have even greater convenience than the traditional drive-through banking experience. 

Our communities are growing, and OHB is growing with them! This means we are evolving and continuing to provide the latest banking technology and outsize personal service that OHB has committed to its valued customers for over four decades.

Let us know how we can help you!

Directors Breaking Ground - group photo

Aiming for a completion date in six months (January 2020), Ada’s McHill Construction Company Vice President and Project Superintendent Cason Hill (2nd from r.) explains to OHB Board Chairman Darryl Fisher the floor layout of the future lobby of the new bank where the group is standing. The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the latest innovations in banking technology as well as four convenient drive-through teller locations. Looking on are Board Directors Dr. Don Connally (l.), David Keith, (2nd from l.), Mike Jackson (3rd from l.) and Dustin Riddle (r.).

Oklahoma Heritage Bank Breaks Ground for State-of-the-Art Bank Building on Lonnie Abbot Boulevard - June 05, 2019

After a four-year planning process, construction of Oklahoma Heritage Bank’s (OHB) flagship headquarters has begun on the 1 ½ acre frontage of the North Hills shopping center along Lonnie Abbott Boulevard. The 5200 square foot banking facility with four lanes of drive-through banking is slated to be completed by the end of 2019. A groundbreaking ceremony on April 24 with the bank’s staff, officers and Directors, representatives of MacHill Construction Company, and friends and neighbors of OHB marked the official start of construction.

At the groundbreaking, OHB Chairman of the Board Darryl Fisher described the bank’s four-decade history in Pontotoc County, beginning with its charter in 1978 and expanding to four locations now (Roff, Byng, Stratford, and Ada).  “The foundation of OHB as a hometown bank has always been the commitment by the entire staff and Directors to its communities it serves and to the businesses and families who honor us by allowing us to be their bank,” said Dr. Fisher.

OHB is also in the final phases of construction planning for a new bank building in Roff to replace the original building where the bank originated four decades ago.  MacHill will begin construction this summer with an expected date of completion of the new Roff building in January 2020

Directors Breaking Ground - group photo

The Directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Bank (Ada, Byng, Stratford, Roff) break ground on the site of its new branch location in Ada, fronting Lonnie Abbott Boulevard at the south end of the North Hills Centre. 1st row (l. to r.) Bo Cail, Chance Branscum, David Keith, Dr. Katricia Pierson, Dr. Darryl Fisher, Eric Fisher, Wayne Cobb, Melissa Kelough, Mike Jackson, and Dakota Kinsey. 2nd row (l. to r.) Ron Tidwell, Rick Griffin, Johnny Mann, Dustin Riddle, Dr. Don Connally. General contractor MacHill Construction Company of Ada estimates completion in January, 2020.

Governor Stitt appoints Mike Jackson to Oklahoma Veterans Commission. - April 11, 2019

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt names Ada resident Mike Jackson to the Oklahoma Veterans Commission (OVC), serving as at-large member of the board, beginning July 1.  The OVC oversees the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, providing the highest quality services and health care for Oklahoma veterans and their families residing in the state.  The OVC is composed of nine members, with three members being Vietnam veterans and one member a Gulf War veteran.

After graduating from Roff High School, Jackson served from 1974 to 1987 on active duty and in the reserves of the Air Force and U.S. Army with responsibilities including personnel/supply management and security police.  He completed his service as senior noncommissioned officer, having also graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Jackson credits his military experience as a life-shaping experience that “formed my attitudes and work ethic, instilling in me a sense of discipline, duty, and honor.”

Jackson returned to Ada in 1987 and worked in a local business until he was recruited into a banking career in 1996.  In 2017 he was appointed Chief Executive officer of the Oklahoma Heritage Bank (OHB), and in 2019 his responsibilities advanced to Chief of Corporate Development for OHB

Mike and Lori Jackson, Associate Judge of the 22nd District Court (Ada), were married in 2011.  They attend St Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Jackson has two daughters and three grandsons.  He is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians.

David Keith congratulates Mike Jackson Photo

David Keith (l.) congratulates Mike Jackson for his appointment by Governor Stitt to a three-year term as a member of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission, the nine-person state board that oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides services for veterans and their families residing in Oklahoma. Both Jackson and Keith are senior executives at the Oklahoma Heritage Bank.

Oklahoma Heritage Bank Praises Ada’s Outreach Ministry of Charlene and Billy Blue. - March 17, 2019

Many months ago at a somber Pontotoc County Sheriff Auction, Oklahoma Heritage Bank (“OHB”) was the solitary bidder that retrieved a two story place of Christian worship in Ada’s West 7th Street neighborhood.  The once-proud landmark church, perhaps a hundred years old, was abandoned and lifeless, after having served churchgoers for several generations in the northwest section of Ada.

OHB began an exhaustive cleanup and repair of the massive old church, restoring the physical structure of the 3200 square foot building complete with a 250 person sanctuary and open baptistery.  The yearlong cleansing included the first floor kitchen, galley, and classrooms, then a clean coat of light gray/white paint freshened the exterior brick. 

The bank had given it a new look but the church remained cold, still, and melancholy despite its makeover. It was then, just before last Thanksgiving, when Pastor Charlene Parker Blue and her husband Billy Andrew Blue, Jr. found themselves powerfully drawn to this northwest Ada neighborhood where it seemed so many of the homes had also fallen from grace.

With prayer guiding them, the Blues sought advice and help from the banking staff at the Ada branch of OHB.  A lease-to-own arrangement was soon crafted, and the Under the Blood Ministries (“UTB”) held its first worship service in this sanctuary on Sunday of last Thanksgiving weekend.  “God has tremendously blessed us to bring UTB to 401 W. 7th street in Ada,” said Senior Pastor Charlene Blue.

A Hugo native, Charlene comes from a ministerial background, her father and brother also being pastors.  “I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was nine-years-old,” she said.  Charlene graduated with an Associate Degree in Vocal Music from Eastern Oklahoma State College in 1991 and has worked for Ada City Schools since 2005.

Her husband, Ada native Billy Andrew Blue Jr., is the Evangelist Minister with UTB Ministries.  Billy accepted Jesus Christ as a young teenager and later was ordained a Deacon in the Baptist Church.  Billy has worked for the City of Ada for 15 years.

UTB Outreach Ministries was born of a need to support the Fellowship of Women in Christ ministry that originated in 2005 to help women develop their God-given purpose. In 2008, Girls of Destiny, a ministry for girls, was similarly created and was followed in 2010 by Boys of Purpose, devoted to the spiritual needs of boys. UTB Outreach Ministries originated in Ada during a revival of these Fellowships held at The Source Center in 2013.  Charlene was ordained as the Pastor of UTB Outreach Ministries in 2014.

The Vision of Under The Blood Outreach Ministries Church is Kingdom building ministry that disciples the believer, binds up the broken hearted, seeks out the unchurched and leads them to Christ. The ministry’s motto “Love is Key at UTB!” is a central theme of each week’s services:  Sunday School 10 AM; Sunday Morning 11:15; Monday and Thursday evening prayer services 6 PM.  Wednesday evenings feature Fellowship meals at 5pm and worship services at 6pm.  The church hosts guest pastors each first Sunday.  Revivals, fundraisers, and community events are scheduled for this spring.

Charlene and Billy join in describing OHB’s support of the mission of UTB, “We aim to please God by preparing effective disciples of Christ through various opportunities, and all of us at UTB are most appreciative of the kindness and help that Oklahoma Heritage Bank continues to provide for the mission of UTB.”

Oklahoma Heritage Bank and Under the Blood Outreach Ministries bring life back to centennial landmark Photo

Oklahoma Heritage Bank and Under the Blood Outreach Ministries bring life back to centennial landmark.

Left to right front row. Nigel Harris, Tony Shelton, Destiny Rosato, Billy Blue, John Vaughan( behind), Dr. Darryl Fisher, Kathleen LanCaster, Barry LanCaster (behind) On front step. Robin Steele, Paulette Dickerson, Linda Whelchel. 2nd row Marqele Sandman, Charlene Blue, Denise Harris. 3rd row JaKayla Johnson, Rachel Larry and TL Larry.

Oklahoma Heritage Bank Expands Senior Management with David Keith as Chief Executive and Mike Jackson as Chief of Corporate Development. - March 6, 2019

The Board of Directors of Oklahoma Heritage Bank (“OHB”) has expanded the bank’s executive management team, naming David Keith as Chief Executive officer to succeed Mike Jackson who will serve as Chief of Corporate Development to focus full time on the goals and objectives of the bank’s Strategic Plan-2019 to become the “Go-To” Community Bank in Oklahoma. 

OHB’s Chairman of the Board Darryl Fisher commended the Board’s foresight in these appointments that assure the bank’s continued success, “All of us at OHB are delighted that David can rely on his two decades of banking experience and training to continue the strategic growth that the Board plans, while at the same time Mike can devote his fulltime efforts to expanding OHB’s relationship banking, including loans, deposits, business development and community involvement while developing marketing concepts and promoting OHB’s exceptional customer service.”

Keith joined OHB as Chief Banking Officer in early 2018, bringing twenty-one years of community-banking experience to this leadership role at OHB.  His additional training has included Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma Bankers Association Consumer Lending and Commercial Lending programs, as well as its Intermediate School of Banking.

He will work closely with OHB President Dustin Riddle, and Senior Vice-President Chance Branscum in the daily management of all four locations of OHB (Ada, Stratford, Byng, and Roff).  “We plan to continue OHB’s impressive growth that the management team has achieved through its community service and its principles of sound banking,” said Keith.

Vice-Chairman Eric Fisher commends David’s banking accomplishments, “David’s successful banking career results from his relationship-building skills, his organizational abilities, and his leadership talent.  His solid lending experience will continue to enlarge the strong base of community and commercial loans that OHB already provides.  And his enthusiasm and work ethic will facilitate OHB’s transition in 2019 to its new facility in North Hills Shopping Center.

Keith was born and reared in Ada, attended Ada and Byng Schools, graduating from Byng High School in 1985 and East Central University with a Bachelor of Science in 1990.  David and Brandy Keith were married in 2004.  They attend Crossroads Church.  David has three sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.  He has served on the Ada City School Foundation and Ada Jobs Foundation and was elected President of the Ada Lions Club.  Keith’s father was founder and pastor for 43 years of Ada’s Evangelistic Temple church. 

Jackson will continue as a key member of the Board’s Executive Committee, creating the strategic plans for OHB and collaborating with the staff at all four OHB locations to promote the spirit, philosophy, and service dedication of OHB.

Board Chairman Darryl Fisher commented, “Mike’s unique blend of relationship-building skills, organizational abilities, and leadership talent, along with his two decades of banking experience as a lender, branch manager, and CEO have energized the bank.  His solid career in bank management and lending experience will continue to enlarge the strong base of community lending that OHB already provides and will facilitate the bank’s transition to its new facility in North Hills Shopping Center.”

After graduating from Roff High School, Jackson served 13 years in branches of the US Air Force and US Army where he graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  In 1987 he returned to Ada and to a business and banking career.  He has attended Consumer and Commercial Lending training programs, as well as OBA’s Intermediate School of Banking.

Mike and Lori Jackson, Associate Judge of the 22nd District Court (Ada), were married in 2011.  They attend St Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Jackson has 2 daughters and 3 grandsons.  He is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians.  “OHB offers a wonderful banking opportunity for friends and neighbors in this area,” says Jackson.  “OHB is great example of customer-first and customer-friendly banking. 

OHB was chartered in 1978, with its first location in Roff.  In 1984, the second full-service location was opened in Byng, followed by opening its third location in Stratford in 2003.  OHB’s fourth banking location was opened in Ada’s North Hills Shopping Center in 2014.  Construction of a new state-of-the-art facility in the North Hills Center, fronting Lonnie Abbott Blvd, will break ground this month..

Executives Group Photo

The Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Heritage Bank (Ada, Byng, Stratford, Roff) stand in front of Stratford’s OHB building to welcome David Keith (standing 2nd from r.) as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer and Mike Jackson (r.) as Chief of Corporate Development.  At the bank’s bronze lion are Chairman of the Board R. Darryl Fisher, MD (r.) and Vice Chairman Eric S. Fisher, Esq. (l.)  Standing (from r. to l.) are Jackson, Keith, Chief Credit Officer Chance Branscum and President Dustin Riddle.