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Forgotten Ministries was developed in Enid, Oklahoma in 2009 by Jeremiah & Sarah
Herrian . Enid was a very unlikely place to start a homeless ministry however the needs
were evident once we decided to look deeper into the desperation and depravity of this
small town. Sarah is originally from Los Angeles, California and Jeremiah from a small town
in Oklahoma. They met on the mission field and soon felt led to lead in ways only God could
provide. They started on the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and followed
Gods leading to Enid, Oklahoma. Serving together they soon realized God had a desire for
them to lead in full time missions. This sparked a joy in their hearts to be the hands & feet of
Jesus wherever they went. The ministry started as a small mobile ministry taking clothing,
food, worship, teaching, and providing home renovations to those that needed it the most.
Forgotten Ministries has exploded with opportunities for our community and the
communities around us to serve and love on the broken.

Right now, Forgotten Ministries consists of an Emergency Homeless Shelter, Men and
Women Transitional Housing, Children Camps and Weekly Programs and Tutoring, Mission
Trips, and extensive community outreach opportunities.

We rely solely on our partners in ministry and prayerfully ask God to bring workers and
support along this journey. Please be praying on how you can partner and start on this
journey to loving those that God is desperately pursuing.

Jeremiah and Sarah Herrian

Forgotten Ministries Directors

I was raised on a farm 5 miles west of Bison and graduated Hennessey High School. I continued my education at Oklahoma State University where I graduated with a Health and Physical Education degree. I moved to California to pursue a passion of playing In the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professional). As a pro volleyball player the adventures truly never ended until everything changed. I blew out my ankle and my career and dreams were over. My father was a carpenter so that is the path I took. I got my contractor’s license and started a business. In between large jobs we would take off for several months and surf in various parts of the world. The journey was full of adventure and excitement but as we all know, a life of perpetual partying tends to lead down a path of unhappiness and destruction. I was living in Puerto Rico at the time and decided to come back home to California to straighten out my life and attempt to reevaluate my choices.

I was asked to go on a mission trip to Mexico (where there was good surfing of course) and met a group of Christians that truly blew my mind. They were so different than any of the Christians I had encountered before, and quickly became friends with them. One happened to be Sarah, my future wife.
I was invited to go to a place called Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Skid Row consists of 10,000 homeless in a four block radius filled with gangs, drive-by’s, stabbings, sex trafficking, and prostitutes selling their bodies for 50 cents in the neighborhood porta-potty. I had never seen anything like this, especially in the United States. This single initial visit truly changed everything for me. As I stood, frozen from shock, two of the friends that I was with (one being Sarah) were walking down the street and approached a man named Henry who was infested with maggots and covered in feces. Instead of walking right past him, which is really what I wanted to do, they got on their hands and knees and hugged this dying man. They showed him love and told him about a man named Jesus who loved him and cared about him, who doesn’t care about what he has done in his life, and that that He loved him anyway. At that moment, I saw something in Henry’s eyes that was so life changing for me. I saw a man with a glimmer of hope. I had grown up in the Church basically my whole life, but I had just encountered something so real, and so different.

That night, I surrendered everything, my life, my own desires, and my own agenda. Sarah and I later got married and we opened a mission on Skid Row six days after our honeymoon. I wasn’t equipped, nor an ordained pastor, I didn’t go to seminary, or really even read most of the Bible. We took it one day at a time and the Lord taught me every day when we opened those doors, that although I may not know what to say to these people, Jesus did.
As time went on, we worked with endless Churches and community organizations, encouraging them to serve with us as we fed the homeless, gave out clothes, mentored, counseled, taught, and loved on the broken.

When everything seemed to be going well, the Lord threw us a curve ball. We came to Enid, Oklahoma to visit family and as soon as we got off the plane we caught the swine flu! We missed our flights back to LA and as soon as the meds kicked in we decided to check out some of the areas in Enid. I started to knock on doors (because what better way to meet the neighborhood) and I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. The very things that were so obvious on Skid Row; the drugs, alcohol, addictions, sexual abuse, kids hungry and not having efficient clothing, people living under bridges, bushes, behind churches, was all right here in a town that I had grown up so close to. Needless to say, God told us to stay, so we did. We started Forgotten Ministries as a humble outlet for the Church to step out of the four walls and physically love on our community.

We are now a little over 9 years in. We love it! We have seen lives changed, churches getting more involved with the poor, and a community passionate for change. There is no better place to be than in the exact spot Jesus has told you to be.

Peggy Grisham

Executive Assistant

peggy@forgottenministries.com
I was born in Oklahoma, moved to southern Texas when I was six weeks old, moved back to Waukomis when I was 12, and I have lived in this area ever since. I am married to the love of my life, Kerry Grisham, and we have raised seven children; yours, mine and ours. Our children have given us six beautiful grandchildren so far. I tell everyone, I was born to be a Grammy!I first met Jeremiah in 2010 when he came to Oklahoma and organized an event called “The Walk.” Carrying a cross and walking through 28 cities in 30 days is not something I ever thought I would do, let alone enjoy, but my soul SANG! I knew that this is what God created me to do, to help those “forgotten” by our society.  And then to show them a different life by getting to know the real love of Jesus Christ, something different than the religion they may have been exposed to. It’s not always easy work, but I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

Favorite Verse:
2 Timothy 1:7 -For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,l ove and self-discipline.

Becca Robinson

Kids Program Coordinator

kidsprogram@forgottenministries.org
Hey! I’m Becca. I came to Forgotten Ministries through a college mission trip in the summer of 2017. I gave my life to the Lord shortly after and He opened my heart to children, which is what prompted my Summer internship with the ministry. What was supposed to be a 5-week internship turned into a calling that the Lord placed on my heart to love on His children. I then moved to Enid full time where He continues to use me daily to pour into kids that would otherwise be forgotten.

Favorite Verse:
Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord yourGod will be with you wherever you go.”

Kerri Dotson

Clothes Closet Coordinator

I began volunteering with Forgotten Ministries in July of 2019.  Before coming to Forgotten Ministries, I worked full time with ADM Milling in Enid.  An Early Retirement offer was presented and after prayerfully considering, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was providing a way for me to return to ministry. 

Even though I am a native to Enid, I lived in Colorado for approximately 12 years.  While there my husband and I established a clothing closet and food pantry at our Church.  The community was small, and the outreach was desperately needed.  This ministry opened so many doors to share life with people. We would not have had the opportunity to do so without it.I have seen the same opportunities being offered to the community of Enid through Forgotten Ministries. 

Favorite Verse:
Psalms 46:10-11 - He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Clothes Closet Volunteer

Anthony Martin

Oasis Missionary

oasis@forgottenministries.com
I was born and raised in Canton, Oklahoma. Brittannee, Christian, and Terlee are my 3 children, whom I adore. I always had faith in God, but there was a point when my life had become out of control and unmanageable. I didn’t truly understand who Jesus was or the concept of God’s love. I finally told God that I was done doing things on my own, I wanted to live for Him, and that I wanted to truly know Him. God seemed to have the perfect plan for my life and surrounded me with a support system at TLC in Fairview, Oklahoma. The Holy Spirit was moving in my life and I was starting to truly understand what being in God’s love meant. I wanted to dedicate my life completely to helping the “least of us” in our world. During my time at TLC, I was asked if I would be interested in taking the opportunity to lead the Oasis Program. I was immediately in tears and knew God was answering my prayers. The Oasis is my mission field and I wholeheartedly believe God placed me here. It is a front-line battlefield against the enemy. It is a 24/7 job 365 days of the year where I live on site with up to 16 men. These men come from diverse backgrounds of addiction, abuse, fear, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, and the list could go on…but at the end of the day they are no different than you and I.

Favorite Verse:
James1:2-6 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Jerred and Kerrie Unruh

Five80 Managers

MercyHouse@forgottenministries.com
Jesus. People. Coffee. Just a few of the things that Jerred & Kerrie Unruh are passionate about!
It was Jesus & coffee that brought them together! They met working at a coffee shop in Texas many years ago, when Jerred was attending seminary.

After many adventures God led them back to Enid in the fall of 2017, at that time Five80 Coffeehouse welcomed Kerrie as manager & Jerred joined her here shortly after. With a background in ministry, coffee & administration this was a great fit for them & Five80.

Jerred & Kerrie lead the shop together, though Jerred now serves as a pastor at a local church he continues to support Kerrie in her role as manager. 

They are grateful for the people who make up their incredible Five80 team & those who continually support this ministry!

Jerred's Favorite Verse:
2 Corinthians 5:21 - God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Kerrie's Favorite Verse:
Isaiah 26:3-4 - God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Nina Triplett

Paradise Garden Coordinator

ParadiseGarden@forgottenministries.com
My family and I moved to Enid 7 years ago from Claremore, Oklahoma. I have always had a passion to serve the Lord but had grown stagnant. I yearned for the Lord to open my heart and provide a path to grow closer to Him. It took my family 5 years to be led to Forgotten Ministries, but shortly after volunteering…my life was forever changed. During the Winter season of 2018, my husband and I helped run the Mercy House on Thursday evenings. We became very close to the guests during this time. I loved everything that God was bringing into my life through the ministry and wanted to do so much more to help. I was then given the opportunity to come on staff to help run Paradise Garden. I knew at that moment that God was answering my prayers on how I could serve more.

Favorite Verse:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Joey Sudbury

Maintenance Coordinator

I first arrived to work for Forgotten Ministries back in 2014, at the time I was a skinny sweaty alcoholic. I had no idea the life changing impact Forgotten Ministries would have on my life. It was Jeremiah’s powerful narrative in helping people move from addiction through the love of Jesus Christ that gave me hope. I was 12 years old when I drank my first drink of alcohol. I would always find ways and means to get more, I was addicted. Not a day passes that I don’t remember the ugly past and find gratitude that God saved me. I came here seeking help from a brother-in-law and sister, Jeremiah and Sarah Herrian. They took me in and made me the man that I am today. There’s a trending similarity at Forgotten Ministries, we are the voice of recovery in the hope that others might here our stories and find hope in Christ.

Favorite Verse:
Psalms 30:5 - For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Jedadiah Wilcoxson

Oasis Lawn Crew

It’s truly an answered prayer from God that I’m even alive today. I was born three months premature, weighing only 2 lbs. 9 oz. I lived in the hospital the first three months of my life being monitored by an apnea pump. Taking me home was a great celebration for my family.I was raised in El Reno by my mother along with my two sisters. Things were hard but I was blessed with a hard-working mother who did the best she could to raise us. Around the age of 15 I started using drugs and alcohol like most the people I was hanging out with. I thought I was doing fine, I was a good person, I wasn’t hurting anyone, but the truth is my life was spiraling out of control. With no real direction in my life, after graduation, nothing really changed. I would go to work and then party. Soon, I ran out of places to live so I bounced from house to house and then I moved to Enid. At 31 years old I found myself at rock bottom. After a night of partying where I didn’t even remember what happened, I ended up on my aunt’s porch. She took me to Forgotten Ministries where I met Anthony and joined the Oasis Program. My life will never be the same. I have found God and I want to honor Him in everything I do for the rest of my life.

Favorite Verse:
Phil 4:13 -I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Locations

Forgotten Ministries Center
1714 S. 4th Street
Enid, OK 73701
(580) 540-2223
Peggy@forgottenministries.com

The Oasis
KEnid, OK 73701
Oasis@forgottenministries.com

ids Program
kidsprogram@forgottenministries.com

MParadise Garden
paradisegarden@forgottenministries.com

Enid, OK 73701
mercyhouse@forgottenministries.com

Refuge @ the Well
310 E. Iowa
Enid, OK 73701
refugeatthewell@forgottenministries.com

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@forgottenministries.com

PIM @ FMC

Five80 Coffeehouse
122 E Randolph Ave.
Enid, OK 73701
(580) 233-3483
www.five80coffeehouse.com
Sarah@five80coffeehouse.com

Copper Tap Roasting Company
122 E Randolph Ave.
Enid OK 73701
(580) 233-3483
www.coppertaproasting.com
coppertaproasting@gmail.com

1 John 3:16-18

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.