Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

'The Great Oklahomans'


Notable speakers in leadership series

Register online at: www.greatoklahomans.com,  or by phone: 580-237-2041. Clergy discount of $50 is available, all faith affiliations. Continuing Education Units are offered.

A group of outstanding Oklahomans who are United Methodists will share their personal life lessons this month in "The Great Oklahomans," a leadership training series for the public. They are:

  •  Paula Marshall, owner of Bama Companies;
  •  Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources;
  •  Bob Parker, chairman emeritus of Parker Drilling;
  •  Ret. Major Gen. William Bowden, former commander of Tinker Air Force Base;
  •  Tom McDaniel, president of Oklahoma City University;
  •  Bishop Robert Hayes of the Oklahoma Area.
  •  Also speaking will be Brent Price, who played professional basketball. He is of the Baptist faith.

More information about the presenters is showcased at www.greatoklahomans.com.

All these leaders will speak at each of three events:

  •  April 9—Enid-First UMC
  •  April 12—Tulsa-Asbury UMC
  • April 16—OKC-St. Luke’s UMC

Among the sponsors is the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation.

Bill Junk, president of the Foundation, said, "We are fortunate to have such a high caliber of leaders within Oklahoma and our denomination. The wisdom shared from just one of the ‘Great Oklahomans’ speakers would be an unforgettable experience, let alone a day with all six speakers."

People who attend an event will gain lessons of leadership readily applicable to their own lives and also will support global efforts to save children’s lives through their registration.

The major portion of each registration is designated for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, through Rotary, and the Nothing But Nets campaign of The United Methodist Church.

Organizer for "The Great Oklahomans" is David Wiggs, pastor of Enid-First.

"Our leaders can help develop even more leaders for the good of our state and to make a greater difference for good in the world," stated Rev. Wiggs in an advance brochure.

Wiggs said special emphasis at each event will be given to the ideal of serving people as good ethics, good business, and a superior foundation for success.

Other program sponsors are OCU, Autry Technology Center, and Rotary International.


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