Minister of Youth/Benevolence - Anton Thery
Anton ministers to our youth. He is also our church's secretary, treasurer and teaches an adult Life Group class. He watches every penny that comes in and out of West Side and attempts to find ways to be better stewards of the Lord's money. His wife, Raven, is director of New Creation Dance Studio. They have a dog named Adri and a cat named Bubba. In addition they have 18 koi in their three koi ponds. Initially four of them had names until they popped out little fishies everywhere. Now they have numbers.
Anton has been with West Side since 2010. He's a permanent student with degrees from 4 different universities and hoping to attend the 5th soon. He is a Square Supervisor as a practicing archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, the proposed site of biblical Sodom. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Mid America Christian University teaching Old Testament, World Religions, and Christian Theology. His major areas of interest are Apologetics and Biblical Archaeology. He believes if young people are taught how to defend what they believe, they will survive the war of secularism.
He is also the President and CEO of Champion Recruiting Inc.
A Little About Me Here
Sapulpa High School, 1999
Mid America Christian University, 2006 - B.S. Specialized Ministries
Oklahoma Christian University, 2012 - M.A. Christian Ministries
Luther Rice University, 2016 - M.A. Apologetics; M.A. Biblical Counseling
Trinity Southwest University, (pend) - M.A. Archaeology & Biblical History
Umm Qais City Center
Perhaps the location of ancient Gadara where Jesus drove a legion of demons from a man into the swine.
Umm Qais Theatre
The Roman theatre was the center for fun and entertainment. Umm Qias was one of the decapolis cities.
My buddy along the Dead Sea.
Overlooking the Dead Sea with Israel in the background
This is the Roman Bathhouse discovered at Tall el-Hammam (Sodom).
Perhaps Assyrian blackware dedicated to the Canaanite Ba'al.
Found in the ancient temple, this is likely Ba'al.
The door hinge was opened from a stone like this. It is called a socket stone.
The treasury of Petra, a marvelous and fascinating city.
Pottery "in situ"
Pottery found within the square is found "in situ" meaning "in place."
The theatre in Amman, Jordan at the ancient site of Rabbath Ammon, the capital of the Ammonite Kingdom.
A temple dedicated to Artemis who was one of the most venerated Ancient Greek deities.
Ancient Ammonite capital.
The oldest map in the world.
Another picture of the oldest map in the world.
Jerash was another of the Decapolis cities of Rome during Jesus' time.
Another picture of Jerash.
Jerash City Center
The Roman city center. This is the place of merchants and busy activity.
In virtually all Roman cities, one would find a theatre. They loved entertainment.
The salt formations on the edge of the Dead Sea.
"Edom" means "red."
This would be the territorial dividing line between Reuben and Gad.
This is a tourist destination. An urban legend of this being Lot's wife.
Bab edh Dhra
An incorrect proposed site for biblical Sodom.