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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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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 ...

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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 ...

Clergy Family

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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