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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, ...

16 clergy will officially retire at Annual Conference

published 5/8/2015
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Black clergy explore common themes at retreat

published 5/8/2015
  Shown at a roundtable discussion during the recent retreat in downtown Oklahoma City are: (from left) Valerie Steele, Frankye Johnson, Joseph Harris, Ulysses Washington (from Fort Smith, Ark.) ...

Clergy Family

published 5/8/2015
Clergy moves  Darrel Cox, from Chelsea Epworth/Delaware (Bartlesville District) to Chelsea Epworth, effective Feb. 1. Linda Grounds (Leave of Absence), to Delaware, effective Feb. 1. Donald ...

Clergy Family

published 4/17/2015
Passages BENSON – Rev. Travis Theo "Doc" Benson, 85, of Midwest City died March 21, 2014. His ministry, 1954-1999, included directing Skyline Urban Ministry and TEEM (The Education and Employment ...

May calls attention to God’s call on clergy

published 4/17/2015
Helping people respond to the calling of God on their lives is a priority of Oklahoma Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM). Supported by BOM, the Second Annual Ministerial Recruitment ...

Clergy Family

published 3/27/2015
Passages ADLER – Rev. Nancy Lee Adler, 63, of Bixby died March 3, 2015, in Tulsa. Serving almost 25 years, she pastored churches in Lookeba, El Reno, Comanche, Snyder, Laverne, and Tahlequah. ...

Clergy Family

published 3/6/2015
Birth Thacher Reed Collins was born Feb. 12, 2015. He is the son of Cassie Wheeler-Collins and Rev. Barry Collins, pastor at Fort Gibson UMC. Appointment Lisa Hines, to Turley and Tulsa-Boston Avenue ...

Clergy Family

published 2/13/2015
Passages UHLIG – Michele Johnson Uhlig, 48, of Lexington died Feb. 2, 2015. She was the wife of Rev. Ted Allen Uhlig, who is the pastor at Lexington UMC.They married in Tulsa on April 12, 1997. An ...

Pastor Education Fund reaches $3 million goal

published 2/13/2015
In amounts from $10 to $100,000, gifts have added up to $3 million to provide seminary scholarships for Oklahoma United Methodist clergy. The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation announced in ...

Clergy Family

published 1/23/2015
Passages Rev. Jane Ellen Dibden, 56, of Forgan died Jan. 5, 2015. She was Supply Pastor for the Gate and Forgan churches. Survivors include son Arthur Schwab; daughters Amy Turner, and Lisa, Jasmine, ...

Sacred sites inspire laywoman

published 1/23/2015
A blooming mustard plant against a historic mountain backdrop recalls Jesus’ teaching about faith (Matthew 17:20). The Oklahomans learned that King Herod ordered earth moved from one mountain to ...

Clergy Family

published 1/2/2015
Passages Rev. Gale Norman Izard, 76, of Greenville, Texas, died Dec. 12, 2014. His ministry, 1979-2003, included Tishomingo, OKC-St. Luke’s, Wewoka-First, Tulsa-First, OKC-Asbury, and Blackwell. ...

Clergy Family

published 12/12/2014
Passages FLETCHER – Rev. Juanita Bailey Fletcher, 71, of Duncan died Nov. 24, 2014. She was the wife of Rev. Daniel Fletcher, retired. Juanita was born Feb. 28, 1943, in McAlester. While on mission ...

Clergy Family

published 11/21/2014
Passages HANES — Rev. James Willard Hanes, 83, of Waynoka died Oct. 22, 2014. He was a retired Associate Member. Jim was born July 10, 1931, at Hall Summit, La. On Nov. 19, 1951, he married Nancy ...

Bishops returning to OKC after 36 years

published 10/31/2014
Bishop Brown will present the annual presidential address to the Council viewers can watch the speech online while it is happening at : View here By HOLLY McCRAY Three quarters would buy you ...

Clergy Family

published 10/31/2014
KENNEDY – Rev. Kay Karen Kennedy, 66, of Wynnewood died Oct. 1, 2014. She was serving Paoli UMC at the time of her death. Kay Karen was born Oct. 22, 1947, in Oklahoma City. She earned a law degree ...

Clergy Family

published 10/10/2014
Passages Dr. Carol Carruth Johnson, 69, of Broken Arrow died Sept. 13, 2014. She was the wife of Rev. Larry Johnson, retired pastor and longtime executive director of Restore Hope Ministries. Carol ...