Clergy News

Clergy Family

published 5/19/2017
Passages McPHERSON — Rev. Dr. Douglas David McPherson, 83, of Arlington, Texas, died May 9, 2017. He was founding pastor of OKC-Leland Clegg and also pastored at May Avenue, Northwest, B.C. Clark, ...

Retiring clergy

published 5/19/2017
The ministry careers of 24 retiring clergy will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in OCU’s Freede Center during the 2017 Annual Conference. Each retiree and spouse will be invited on stage ...

Clergy Family

published 4/28/2017
Appointments Harriette Leigh, from Norman-McFarlin UMC to retirement, effective May 1. Clark Struebing, from Capron to not appointed, effective May 1. Michael Strange, from Perry UMC to retirement, ...

Clergy family

published 4/7/2017
Passages DEXTER — Rev. Dr. Edward Douglas Dexter, 77, of Chickasha died Feb. 23, 2017. His wife, Rev. Jerrie Leone Dexter, retired, survives him. They married on Aug. 18, 1994. He pastored ...

Clergy family

published 3/17/2017
Appointment Robert Rose Jr., from Guthrie-First UMC to Lawton-First UMC, effective May 1. Birth Halle Ann Krause was born March 6, 2017. She is the daughter of Lauren and Rev. Devon Krause, ...

Oklahoma Connections

published 3/17/2017
Bishop Jimmy Nunn continues a series of informal meetings as he begins the journey of relationship together with the people of the Oklahoma Conference.   Representatives of Hispanic/Latino ...

Clergy Family

published 2/24/2017
Passages SMITH — Rita Ruth Smith, age 73, of Duncan died Feb. 6, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. Arden J. Smith, retired. They married on Oct. 25, 1963. Among other survivors are a brother and a ...

Clergy Family

published 2/10/2017
Passages PLOWMAN — Rev. Howard Plowman, 92, of Tulsa, a former superintendent of the Stillwater and Tulsa Districts, died Jan. 23, 2017. He also directed the Conference’s Council on Ministries. He ...

Pulling together - Oklahoma’s clergy elect leaders

published 2/10/2017
When Oklahoma’s clergy met Jan. 17 at OKC-St. Luke’s, they elected three colleagues to lead their peer groups this quadrennium (2017-2020). From left, sharing the workload will be Gloria ...

Clergy Family

published 1/13/2017
Passages ODEN — Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Oden, 85, of Oklahoma City, died Dec. 8, 2016. He was an internationally known evangelical theologian. He pastored churches in Ninnekah, White Bead, and Lexington; ...

Clergy Family

published 12/16/2016
Appointments • Norma Quinn, from Lawton-Centenary to Oklahoma Conference treasurer, effective Dec. 1. • Robert Gorrell, from OKC-Church of the Servant to Lawton-Centenary, effective Dec. 1. • ...

Clergy orders meeting Jan. 17 with bishop

published 12/16/2016
The first Orders Meeting with Bishop Jimmy Nunn will be Jan. 17 at OKC-St. Luke’s. On that Tuesday in the new year, Oklahoma’s clergy will hear from our new bishop as well as from new-church ...

Deaconess loves role in Tulsa

published 12/16/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ R‌etired school teacher Melanie Dewey wanted to serve the church, but she knew ordained ministry was not for her. Instead, she became a deaconess at her home church, ...

Clergy Family

published 11/18/2016
Passages TIPPS — Dean Hershal Tipps, 73, of Billings, died Nov. 4, 2016. He was the husband of Rev. Ruth Tipps, who is the pastor at Billings. Survivors also include a daughter, Eve E. Oden, and a ...

Who are these people?

published 11/18/2016
Oh, the stories they could — and do — tell at the annual retired clergy retreat at Canyon Camp! BY DAVID SEVERE The annual Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat drew 85 people to Canyon Camp in October ...

Clergy Family

published 11/4/2016
Appointments David Mercer, from Idabel to leave of absence, effective Nov. 1. Tracy Schumpert, from transitional leave to Smyrna/Wingate, Western North Carolina Conference, Nov. 1. Jose Estrada, ...

Clergy family

published 10/14/2016
Peter White, deacon, from Tulsa-First UMC associate pastor to Restore Hope Ministries chapel ministry coordinator, effective Sept. 1. Return to contact digest

Clergy Family

published 9/16/2016
Passages HENRY — Rev. William R. “Bill” Henry, 87, of Fort Worth, Texas, a former superintendent of four districts, died Aug. 27, 2016. He was ordained in 1953 and served Colbert/Calera, Ponca ...

Clergy Family

published 9/2/2016
Appointments Creighton Alexander, from Northwest Texas Conference to Harrah UMC, effective Sept. 1. Randy Little, from Harrah to Vinita, effective Sept. 1. Sonja Tobey, from Vinita to ...

Retirees connect at annual retreat

published 9/2/2016
Registration for this year’s Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat, at Canyon Camp on Oct. 10-12, will begin early this month. Clergy retirees and their spouses should watch for the September issue of the ...

Clergy Family

published 8/12/2016
Passages HERNDON — Rev. Charles M. Herndon, 79, of Tulsa, died July 20, 2016. His ministry career began in 1957. He served Durant-Wesley, Trinity-Muskogee (youth pastor), Gene Autry Springer, ...

Clergy Family

published 7/22/2016
Passages LEVERIDGE — Rev. Harold Dean Leveridge, 91, of Oklahoma City, died July 5, 2016. He served as superintendent for both the Ada and Woodward Districts. He pastored at Verden, Lawton-Cameron, ...

Deacon revisits journey to clergy status

published 7/22/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY In telling her ministry story May 30, Emma Mae Richardson spoke for 23 people — the first group of ordained clergy deacons in the Oklahoma Conference, in 1997. Rev. Dr. Richardson ...

Clergy Family

published 7/1/2016
Births Eli Edward Sims was born June 14, 2016. He is the son of Eddie and Rev. Jennifer Ahrens-Sims, who is an associate pastor at OKC-Chapel Hill. Susanna Grace Rickman was born June 16, 2016. She...

Newly licensed — Local Pastors Licensing School

published 7/1/2016
Nine people completed the 10-day Local Pastors Licensing School in mid-June, with leadership by James Graham and Nancy Johnson, meeting at Oklahoma City University. From left are: (front) Jennifer ...

Mom, son journey Jesus road

published 6/10/2016
BY KAREN SLATER You sit beneath an ancient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, sail on the Sea of Galilee, follow the path Jesus walked, and stand inside the dungeon where he was imprisoned ...

Clergy Family

published 5/20/2016
Appointment Jessica Tanner, new, to Epworth Villa chaplain, effective May 15. Return to contact digest

Gibson credits parents for modeling life of faith

published 5/20/2016
Bishop Hayes has chosen clergywoman Connie Gibson to lead the Wichitas District, beginning in June. She describes her personal, lifelong walk with God in this article. by connie gibson I ‌grew up ...

Clergy Family

published 5/6/2016
Passages WHITTINGTON — Rev. John F. Whittington Jr., 85, of Midwest City, died April 11, 2016. He pastored at Kremlin/Nash, Hunter, Seiling/Taloga, Tipton/Manitou, Leedey/Camargo, Custer ...

Clergy Family

published 4/8/2016
Passages VINCENT — Rev. Garry Russell Vincent, 67, who was pastoring the Waukomis and Drummond-Salem churches, died March 15, 2016. His ministry began in 1999, and he also pastored Custer City, ...

Clergy Family

published 3/18/2016
GABLE — Rev. John Gable, 95, of Oklahoma City died Feb. 17, 2016. He was pastoring Bridgeport and Lookeba churches at the time of his death. His ministry began in 1974 and also included Beggs, ...

Clergy Family

published 2/26/2016
PassagesRADCLIFF — Evelyn Radcliff, 88, of Enid died Jan 31, 2016. She was the widow of Rev. Ralph Radcliff, who had been pastor at Inola and Okmulgee-Butler in the 1980s. Survivors include sons ...

Clergy Family

published 2/5/2016
Appointments Taud Boatman, from Owasso associate to El Reno-Wesley pastor, effective Feb. 1. Allen Buck Jr., from Edmond-Summit church planter to OKC-Quail Springs associate, effective Jan. 1. Lisa ...

Clergy Family

published 1/15/2016
Appointments EFFECTIVE IN JANUARY 2016: Jacki Banks, from Morning Star to Lindsay (Jan. 1). Pam Cottrill, from OKC-Selecman to Lexington/Washington (Jan. 15). Ernest Jackson, from Washington to ...

Albin will teach clergy about Wesley brothers

published 12/11/2015
Orders Meeting set Jan. 19 Tom Albin of The Upper Room will present "Deep Spirituality in the Wesleyan Tradition" at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Orders of Elders and Deacons and the Fellowship of ...

Clergy Family

published 12/11/2015
Appointments Barry Bennett, from El Reno-Wesley to Leave of Absence, effective Nov. 1. Brandon Blacksten, from Hydro to Tuttle, effective Dec. 1. Daniel Hammans, new, to Canton, effective Nov. 15. ...

Clergy Family

published 11/20/2015
Passages BARR — Rev. Robert Lester Barr, 85, of Elk City died Nov. 4, 2015. His ministry extended beyond a half-century. Robert was born June 23, 1930, in Blackwell. He married Betty Harden in 1955....

Clergy Family

published 10/30/2015
Passages   BROAM—Rev. Charles V. Broam, 68, of Alvin, Texas, died Oct. 17, 2015. A Local Pastor, he served at Hunter/Kremlin and at Ellison Avenue UMC in El Reno. He had retired in 2013. ...

Clergy Family

published 10/9/2015
Appointments   Michelle "Shelly" Daigle, from associate pastor at Tulsa-St. Paul’s UMC to Circle of Care family specialist, effective Sept. 1. Nathan Mills, from Fort Cobb/Highland to Elgin, ...

Clergy Family

published 9/18/2015
Passages NORMAN — Rev. Billee Joe Norman, 79, of Mead died Aug. 18, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife, Rev. Randa Norman, in 2013. Beginning in 1976, Bill pastored at Gracemont, Coger, ...

Women drive increase in young clergy numbers

published 9/18/2015
Growth in the number of young clergy has been due all to women over the past 10 years, according to the annual report "Clergy Age Trends in The United Methodist Church," released Sept. 9 by the ...

Clergy Family

published 8/28/2015
Passages WALLACE — Donna Jean Wallace, 75, of Oklahoma City died Aug. 13, 2015. She was the widow of Rev. Charles P. Wallace Sr., who died in 2010. Donna and Charles met at Asbury College in Kentucky...

Clergy will hear McNeal

published 8/28/2015
Sept. 22 is Bishop’s Day Apart Realigning the church’s mission with God’s ultimate Kingdom agenda will be the topic of author Reggie McNeal’s Sept. 22 talk at Bishop Robert Hayes’ annual Day Apart ...

Is God speaking to your heart?

published 8/28/2015
Sign up for September ministry rally Have you responded in some way to a call to ministry? Do you want to find out more about what it takes to become a lay, licensed, or ordained minister in The ...

Clergy Family

published 8/7/2015
Rev. Robert E. Dotson, 81, of Verden, died July 25, 2015. Bob was born March 12, 1934. He served Centenary and Boston Avenue churches in Tulsa and Tulsa Cooperative Ministries, as well as ...

Clergy Family

published 7/13/2015
Passages OSBORN – Rev. Darrel Robert Osborn, 77, of Alanson, Mich., died July 1, 2015. He served Oklahoma churches in Lucien, Jet, Lone Wolf, Tipton, Manitou, and Cookson before sabbatical leave in...

Training Local Pastors

published 7/13/2015
A total of 19 people attended the 2015 Local Pastors Licensing School, including two from out of state. The training concluded June 25 at Oklahoma City University. From left are: front row – Walter ...

Clergy Family

published 6/26/2015
Passages MARTIN – Betty Lou Martin, 82, of Glenpool died June 6, 2015. She was the wife of Rev. Donald Allen Martin, who retired in 2001. They married on June 27, 1950. Among survivors are sons ...

Clergy Family

published 6/5/2015
Births JONES – Jordyn Brynn Jones was born May 17, 2015. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Rev. Jeremy Jones, pastor at Warner UMC. BLACKSTEN — Elizabeth "Elsie" Lila Blacksten was born May 9, ...

Welcome to our conference family (& clergy appointments)

published 6/5/2015
On May 27, the Oklahoma Conference thanked God for the blessing of clergy growing in leadership. Above from left, gathered at OKC-St. Luke’s, newly ordained elders are: (front) Felecia Hensley, ...