ABC’S “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Knocks on Local Family's Church Door

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Tulsa area’s Simmons Homes teams up with Emmy nominated show.

BARTLESVILLE, OK – It was an unforgettable service at Bluestem Baptist Church that included a special program by Ty Pennington, team leader on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” announcing to the White family they have been selected from thousands of applicants to be on the receiving end of the extreme generosity. Simmons Homes, Oklahoma’s first “Extreme” builder, was selected to head up the project of completing the home in 106 hours of around-the-clock construction.

“It took no convincing for us to say yes,” said Greg Simmons, founder of Simmons Homes “Our talented team and local vendors are all ready to do the impossible. We were fortunate to enlist the support of many local vendors, and we are excited to be a part of history and change the future for this awesome family!”

The chosen homeowners are the deserving White family. In April, 2005, on his 19th wedding anniversary, Pastor John White suffered a fatal heart-attack. He left behind a widow and five children, now basically homeless. While John was the pastor at Bluestem Baptist Church, his family lived in the church parsonage. Following his death, his widow Danna and the children had to move to make the parsonage available to the church’s new pastor.

Members of the community and church have rallied around this family, holding several fundraising events to help the Whites find a place to live. Their efforts and the proceeds from the pastor’s life insurance allowed Danna to purchase two run-down trailers and some land. However, one trailer is an old modular office and they have no way of actually moving the trailers to their new property. The trailers also have no heat, no working kitchen, there are no locks on the doors, no carpet and there’s no power in the larger trailer. The kids have been staying with friends on especially cold nights.

Danna is struggling to make ends meet in order to support her children. In less than a year, the White’s have gone from a having a home with the church to a homeless, working family without a father. Despite all this, Danna is determined to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband and work as a missionary to help needy families.

In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Simmons Homes and the design team takes on a mission of their own, when they build a dream home for the pastor’s widow and her children so they can begin anew as Pastor White would’ve wanted.

Construction begins at 6 a.m. on Monday, January 23. The White’s new home will be completed only five days later on Saturday, January 28.


The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, as well as Michael Moloney, Tanya McQueen, Paige Hemmis, and Daniel Kucan. The episode, called “White Family,” is scheduled to air during the spring of 2006.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.


Simmons Homes was founded by Greg Simmons in 1994. For more than 11 years, families have turned to Simmons Homes to experience the dream of home ownership. Today, it is the Tulsa area’s premier home builder with a reputation for providing architectural innovation, tremendous quality, superior customer service and unmatched warranties. For more information visit

Directions to build:

393420 W. 1400 Rd., Bartlesville, OK

  • From HWY 75N
  • West (left) onto W. 1500 Rd/ 9th St. for 2.9 mi
  • Right onto North 3940 for .9mi
  • Left onto W.1400 Rd.
  • Build Site is the last house before the dead end


Gail Monnot



Media are welcome on-site for the duration of the build – a closed Hollywood set. Daily press releases will be distributed on-site, via email and scheduled through the above media contact. More information is available at

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