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6/8/2022
Mary Hanes, surviving spouse of Rev. James Willard Hanes passed away on April 13. James served as an associate member in the Oklahoma Conference between 1981 and 1995, pastoring the Marshall, ...

Anticipated Retirees 2022

5/10/2022

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5/10/2022
Rev. Duane F. Roever passed away on April 10, 2022 at 90 years old. Roever pastored churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1976 and 1997. He served six churches during that time: Hitchcock, Fay, ...

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4/6/2022
Earl Minter, spouse of Rev. Carole Minter, passed away on March 4. Carole served in pastoral roles at Tulsa-University and Fairland between 1997 and 2013; she retired in 2008. A service for Earl was ...

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3/7/2022
Janice Bryan passed away on Feb. 2 at the age of 58. Her husband, Rev. Cleo Bryan, was a former pastor at Bowman Chapel UMC. A service was held at The Christ Experience in Oklahoma City on Feb. 14. ...

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2/7/2022
Rev. Mary Ewing, a retired associate member, passed away on Jan. 16. Her spouse Rev. Ben Ewing is a retired pastor in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. A memorial service was held at Geary on...

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1/10/2022
Rev. Charles E. Watson passed away on Dec. 10, 2021 at the age of 84. The long-serving elder pastored more than 30 congregations between 1955 and 2011, continuing to lead churches even after his ...

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12/13/2021
Wanda J. Ward King passed away on Nov. 9 in Hamilton, Texas. She was married to Oklahoma Conference pastor Rev. Roy L. Ward, Sr., who passed away in 1971. A celebration of life will be held in the ...

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11/10/2021
Rev. Robert Charles “Chuck” Gilbert passed away Oct. 24 in Garland, Texas. Gilbert served three churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1996 and 2017, including Canton, Anadarko-First and ...

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10/12/2021
Sandy McIlnay passed away on July 21 at the age of 85. She was married to Rev. Richard “Mac” McIlnay, who pastored several churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1976 and 2000, including ...

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9/10/2021
Ynette Elizabeth Sapp, surviving spouse of Rev. Charles Sapp, passed away in her sleep on July 19 in Parker, Colorado. She was 94 years old. Charles served in the Oklahoma Conference from 1976 until ...

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8/9/2021
Rev. Jack Atkinson passed away on July 3. Atkinson served in the Oklahoma Conference between 1960 and 2019, serving past his retirement in 1993. During that time, he served 10 churches: Fairfax, Yale,...

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6/16/2021
Rev. Tarrill Parvin passed away suddenly on June 7. The retired elder was serving congregations in Salina and Spavinaw. A viewing was held on June 13, and a funeral service followed the next day. ...

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4/26/2021
Rev. Ted Uhlig passed away on March 11. He was 56 years old. Uhlig was serving as a chaplain at the Great Plains Correctional Facility outside of Hinton. During his time in the Oklahoma Conference, he...

Passing the Baton seminars prepare laity and clergy for leadership changes

4/26/2021
The Oklahoma Conference is hosting Passing the Baton seminars for the fifth year in a row. The seminars are designed to help both clergy and laity prepare for changes in pastoral leadership. There ...

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3/8/2021
Retired elder John Derr passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 86. He served four churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1986 and 2001, including Copan, Chickasha-Epworth, Muskogee-Trinity, and ...

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2/8/2021
Mary McPherson, surviving spouse of Rev. Doug McPherson, passed away on Jan. 8. She was 87 years old. Rev. McPherson, who passed away in 2017, was a former district superintendent for the South ...

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1/11/2021
Kaye Nelson passed away on Dec. 21, 2020. Her husband, Rev. Marvin Nelson, served in the Oklahoma Conference between 1954 and 2014. He retired in 2002 and passed away in 2018. Services will be held at...

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12/11/2020
Retired local pastor Carl T. Cochran, Jr. passed away on Oct. 27. He was 92 years old. Cochran served five churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1988 and 1995, including Red Rock, ...

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11/13/2020
Rev. Danny Earl Paddack passed away on Sept. 29. He pastored churches in Calumet, Edgewood, Kingston and Bartlesville between 1979 and 1991. He was 73 years old. Retired elder Rev. John Bob Welch ...

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10/2/2020
Dr. James Buskirk, retired pastor and founding dean of the Oral Roberts University School of Theology, died on Sept. 9. He served three churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1967 and 2009. A ...

Clergy renewal retreat scheduled for October

9/4/2020
The Oklahoma Conference will host a clergy renewal retreat at Canyon Camp on Oct. 15-16. The retreat invites clergy to “Come Away,” disconnect from the world, and connect with God. Speakers include ...

Conference adopts onboarding process for new district, cabinet leaders

9/4/2020
The Oklahoma Conference has adopted an onboarding process for its leaders. New district superintendents and cabinet members underwent the process in August to help them better get to know their ...

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9/4/2020
Rev. Barbara Brown passed away on July 23. The retired elder served six churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1991 and 2012, including Franklin, Tulsa-Christ, Hugo-Paul’s Chapel, Moore-First, ...

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8/6/2020
Rev. Justus Edmondson passed away on June 27. He was a pastor in the Oklahoma Conference between 1952 and 1988. He also served as the president of the conference’s Board of Pensions for 10 years. A ...

2020 Clergy Appointments

7/3/2020
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7/3/2020
Rev. J. Quitman McCrory passed away on July 2 at the age of 93. McCrory pastored 13 churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1953 and his retirement in 1992. A family graveside service is scheduled...

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6/12/2020
Rev. David E. Parker passed away on May 2. The retired pastored several churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1961 and 1992, including Ada-Asbury, Tecumseh, Guthrie-First, Hooker, Blackwell, ...

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5/1/2020
Lucy Sayler-Shields passed away on April 4 after a long illness. Lucy was married to retired Rev. James Shields for more than 20 years. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be...

Bishop appoints two new district superintendents

4/3/2020
Bishop James Nunn recently announced several changes to district leadership, including the appointment of two new superintendents. The changes will go into effect on July 1. Rev. James Kim has been ...

Ministry in a Minute

2/7/2020
Revs. Emily Robnett and Trey Witzel joined young clergy from across the denomination at the Young Clergy Leadership Forum on Jan. 26-29. The event was hosted by the General Board of Church and ...

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2/7/2020
Shirley Elizabeth Pike, wife of retired elder Rev. Dr. Roy Pike, passed away on Jan. 14. She was 83. The family requested donations be made to Jenks-First in lieu of flowers. Her memorial service was ...

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1/10/2020
Deborah Durall Kerr, a retired local pastor, passed away on Dec. 10, 2019. She was 67. Kerr pastored eight churches in the Oklahoma Conference from 1999 to 2017: Dacoma, Carmen, OKC-Hope Community ...

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12/13/2019
Rev. Larry Masoner, a retired elder, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 1 at the age of 68. Masoner was serving part-time at Lenora and Vici, having previously served in Mooreland, Watonga, ...

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11/1/2019
Rev. Christy Germany Summers died in a traffic accident on Oct. 22. She was 50 years old. Summers transferred from the North Texas Conference and served Oklahoma Conference ministries for nine years, ...

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9/6/2019
Retired elder Harold Brown passed away on Aug. 28. Brown served several churches in the Oklahoma Conference, including Gracemont, Cogar, Ardmore-Asbury, Chickasha-Epworth, Harrah and OKC-Asbury. A ...

Retired clergy and spouses retreat set for Oct. 7-9

9/6/2019
By Ann Needham Bower A fun and relaxing time awaits retirees at the Annual Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat, set for Oct. 7-9 at Canyon Camp. The theme for this year’s retreat is “Remembering….” ...

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8/2/2019
Rev. William Buttram passed away on July 3. Buttram served as a pastor in Oklahoma for more than 20 years in total, leading churches such as Westville, Gore, Muskogee-Trinity, Tulsa-Aldersgate, ...

Annual Conference thanks 2019 retirees

5/3/2019
The Oklahoma Annual Conference is thankful for the service of this year’s retiring clergy, deacons, missionaries and ministry leaders. The Service of Recognition of Retirees will take place on ...

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5/3/2019
Rev. Dr. William Robert (Billy Bob) Chace, a retired elder, passed away on April 7 at his home in Stillwater at the age of 83. He served several churches in Oklahoma from 1960 to 1999. A service was ...

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4/5/2019
Sara Cope died on March 17 in Ardmore. She was the widow of former pastor and district superintendent Burney Cope, who died in 2011. A memorial service was held on March 20 at Mannsville UMC.

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3/7/2019
Nancy Brannon, wife of pastor Michael Brannon, died on Feb. 14. She and Michael were married for 47 years. A service was held on Feb. 25 at the Eufala First Assembly of God.

Chairing history: Oklahoma delegate leads proceedings during legislative session

2/26/2019
By Meagan Ewton Even before he was elected the chair of the legislative committee, Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris knew the stakes would be high at this year’s special called General Conference. “There are ...

Wespath Orders Presentation

1/24/2019
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Bishop William B. Oden

12/23/2018
  The Council of Bishops is saddened to announce the death of former Council of Bishops President Bishop William B. Oden. With his family surrounding him, Bishop William B. Oden passed away on ...

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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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