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11/2/2018
Rev. Charles Hubbard Stewart passed away on Oct. 11. Stewart, a retired elder, served in the Oklahoma Conference for more than 20 years. Services were held on Oct. 16 at OKC-Sunny Lane.

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8/2/2018
Harold Swink, a former pastor and founding member of OKC-Mosaic, passed away on July 23. Harold served the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church as both a clergy member and a lay person ...

Preparing to go tell the world

7/6/2018
Seventeen candidates attended local pastor licensing school, held June 15-23. Back Row: Devaunjue Williams, Cody Robinson, Reece Player, Taylor Anderson. Middle Row: Nancy Johnson (Dean) Donn Turner,...

Oklahoma Conference clergy — Class of 2018

6/15/2018
NEWLY ORDAINED ELDERS — From left are (front row) Lory Fahle, Shannon Rodenberg, Bishop James Nunn, Patricia Johnson, and Jennifer Kellogg; (middle row) Mark Polson, Andrew Haire, Thomas Corrigan ...

Annual Conference thanks retirees

5/18/2018

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4/13/2018
NELSON — Rev. Marvin Dean Nelson, 84, of Oklahoma City died March 28, 2018. His 65 years in ministry included serving as Woodward District superintendent and pastoring at Berlin, Deer Creek, Loyal, ...

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3/22/2018
ISBELL — Rev. George Isbell, 90, of Cordell died Feb. 25, 2018. He served at Grainola, Webb City, Atoka, New Zion, Beaver, Stilwell, Enid-Christ, Enid-First, Holdenville, Cordell, Dill City, ...

Births and Passages

3/1/2018
Birth: Haven Collins was born Jan. 5, 2018. She is the daughter of Cassie and Rev. Barry Collins, pastor at Choctaw UMC.   Passages: Harry McGuire of Mount Vernon, Illinois, died Feb. 10, 2018. He...

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2/9/2018
HAY — Rev. Ronald Hay, 69, of Tulsa, died Jan. 21, 2018. Ron served congregations in Sayre, Prattville, Sand Springs, Inola, Muldrow, Roland, and Trinity. He retired in 2015. Survivors include his ...

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1/19/2018
PIERSON – Rev. Dr. Robert D. Pierson, 81, of Tulsa died Dec. 14, 2017. Bob served The United Methodist Church for over 50 years, including 37 years at Tulsa-Christ UMC. He chaired the Russia ...

Orders meeting set January 16

12/22/2017
At the January 16 Orders Meeting, clergy of the Oklahoma Conference will reflect on a preliminary report by the Commission on the Way Forward, as directed by the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Key...

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12/1/2017
Mary Kathryn “Kay” Carter, 83, of Guthrie died Nov. 2, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Delbert Gene Carter, who died in 1999. Among survivors are a son, Lawrence Gene Carter, and three daughters, ...

Retired clergyman fondly recalls community’s caring as youth at Wickline

12/1/2017
BY BOB CARLISLE My parents were the first members of OKC-Wickline United Methodist Church, and of course we were very active throughout the years. I am a retired UM minister now, living in Spring ...

Clergy Family

11/10/2017
Passages WHITE — Iva E. White, age 84, of Tulsa died Oct. 13, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. James Troy White of Tulsa, who retired in 1993. High school sweethearts, Iva and Jim had been married for ...

Clergy Family

9/8/2017
Wedding Rev. Nathan Mattox, pastor of Tulsa-University Church, and Myranda Stites of Fort Smith, Ark., married on July 7, 2017, on Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Adoption Aiden Douglas Malone ...

Older adults living strong

9/8/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Blaine Jackson wants to make health and fitness a way of life for the older adults who call Epworth Villa their home. He’s on his way to that goal, with the recent completion of ...

Clergy Family

8/18/2017
Appointments Phil Hodson, from Elgin-Community UMC to Discontinued, effective Aug. 1. Darrel Maddox, from Vici/Lenora to medical leave, effective Aug. 1. Furan Jackson, from Not Appointed to South ...

Orders Meeting with panelists on Sept. 19

8/18/2017
All clergy under appointment will gather at OKC-St. Luke’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 for the fall Orders Meeting. The day will start with worship led by Bishop Jimmy Nunn, said one of the ...

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7/28/2017
Passages   COBB — Rev. Alvin Cobb, 97, of Edmond died July 15, 2017. His career began in 1940. He pastored at Dutton, Perkins, Wheatland, and Hydro and was a Veterans Administration chaplain. ...

Licensed to preach

7/28/2017
19 candidates attended the annual Local Pastors Licensing School, held June 23-30 on the Oklahoma City University campus. In photo, the class and leaders are named FROM RIGHT in each row. Front ...

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7/7/2017
Passages MARION — Rev. Rik Marion, 64, of Oklahoma City died June 7, 2017. He served at Nicoma Park, Lenora, Vici, Enid-St. Luke’s, Enid-First, Watonga-First, OKC-Capitol Hill, Enid-Willow View, ...

New ordained and provisional elders

6/16/2017
NEWLY ORDAINED — From left, with Bishop Jimmy Nunn (center) are new Oklahoma Conference elders Shyloe Hailey O’Neal, Desiree L. Sharp, Adam W. Shahan, Andrew L. Nelms, and Nathan Aquilla Mills; and ...

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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

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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

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

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 ...

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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

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 ...

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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; ...

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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

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

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, ...

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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?

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

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, ...

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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

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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

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

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 ...

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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, ...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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