Reverend Purtell began as a local Pastor for The Oklahoma United Methodist Church Conference in the early 2000’s. She has served in 3 different districts in the state of Oklahoma. In 2019, God led her to Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City. Purtell enters an established congregation that meets regularly in the Brill Chapel. She will help guide the Religious Life Committee and minister to Residents, their families and employees.
Rev. Purtell also served as a Program Specialist for Early Childhood Development in the Cherokee Nation. She not only worked with center in the counties of the Cherokee Nation, but also represented the tribe in meetings in Washington D.C. and other parts of the country. She has also worked as a Social Worker, Educator, Program Developer and Case Manager for the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services and Department of Health. Rev. Purtell earned her Master of Divinity at Phillips Theological Seminary. She holds a Masters Certification in Education from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Epworth Villa was glad to welcome Purtell in October of 2019. Purtell has a passion to learn and strives to be a lifelong learner. She will continue to engage in the community and local schools through her work at Epworth Villa. Purtell’s office is located just outside of the Brill Chapel. When possible, be sure to stop in and say “hello!”