2022 Annual Conference Award Recipients and Photos
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Clergy Denman Award
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for clergy was presented to Rev. David Guajardo (center), pastor at Vida de Abundancia in Laverne, on May 25 during the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference. Rev. Derrek Belase (right) presented David with the award while he and his wife Gloria Guajardo (left) gave a report for the Cimarron District. Guajardo has pastored the multi-lingual church since 2014, and the congregation just broke ground on a new building. Photo by Meagan Ewton.
Laity Denman Award
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for laity was presented to Pat McGarrity on May 24. McGarrity helped establish the Project Transformation program in Oklahoma in 2022. Both before and after establishing the program, McGarrity was an advocate for children’s education and active in the missional work in the church. The award was presented by Rev. Derrek Belase (left) during a special concert featuring McGarrity’s granddaughter Ashleigh Robinson (second from right), the 2021 Miss Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Rev. Trina Bose North.
The COSROW Award
Rev. Emily Robnett (left) hugs Alyson Shahan (right), the 2022 recipient of the Francis E. Willard award. The award is bestowed by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) to a person who makes a distinguished contribution to the advancement of women in ministry in the Oklahoma Annual Conference. Photo by Meagan Ewton.
The One Matters Award
Rev. Tae Won Son (left), pastor of Tulsa-Korean, is the recipient of the 2022 One Matters Award. The award celebrates a church that had at least one profession of faith or baptism after reporting zero the previous year. The award was presented by C. Blake Davis (right) of Discipleship Ministries on May 25. Photo by Meagan Ewton.
The God and Service Award
Dr. Bob Spinks (right) was awarded the God and Service award, the highest religious award for adults in scouting. Photo by Rev. Derrek Belase.
Praying over chairs
Conference leaders pray over each chair the day before the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference held May 23-26. Photo by Rev. Derrek Belase.
Rev. Chris Tiger preaches at the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference Memorial Service. Tiger retired this year after completing 39 years of service in the Oklahoma Conference. Photo by Tabitha Beckman
Dr. Stephen Gunter discusses Aldersgate and its importance to the United Methodist faith during the learning time at the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference. Photo by Meagan Ewton.
Two generations of families participated in offering reports to the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference. District Superintendents Rev. Victor McCullough (far left) and Rev. Sam Powers (far right) stand with their children Viafaith McCullough (second from left) and Kyla Powers (second from right) who each presented reports at the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference. From left to right: Victor, Viafaith, Rev. Nancy McCullough, Sheryl Powers, Kyla, and Sam. Photo by Meagan Ewton.