Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

4 smaller churches honored -Outstanding Small Membership Church awards


From left, Verna Jantzen, Mary Lee Culwell, and Lori Chrestman of Rocky Point UMC receive the gifts and the UMRF award. Photos by Amelia Ballew

From left, Kent Callahan and Richard Ehlers, both of OKC-Selecman UMC, accept the Outstanding Small MembershiChurch award from Claudean Harrison, UMRF president.

United Methodist Rural Fellowship presented Outstanding Small Membership Church awards to four churches at the fellowship’s annual luncheon May 30 during Annual Conference.

Two congregations were honored in the category of up to 40 in average worship attendance:

  • Rocky Point UMC, McAlester District. In southeastern Oklahoma, Rocky Point United Methodists meet in a community center located halfway between Wilburton and Red Oak. Consistent Sunday School classes, Bible study, and a full-time pastor since June 2011 have helped them grow in spirit and mission. They have found ways to volunteer as well as highlight the seasons and special days of the Church for the rural community of Rocky Point. The congregation accomplishes a lot with just a little, in terms of space and people. Pastor is Joe Cochran.

  • Fitzhugh UMC, Ardmore District. With the support of the district trustees, an outreach mission has begun under the umbrella of Fitzhugh UMC and utilizing the former Roff church building. The ministry includes a diaper closet, food pantry, crisis center, home medical equipment, and sewing classes.

Two churches with average worship attendance of 41 to 100 were honored:

  • Enid-Christ UMC, Enid District. In a city of 50,000, Christ Church’s identity is crafted by mission outreach and visual presence of a Pumpkin Patch every fall. The church offers three distinct ministries: a respite care program for families with children who have special needs; outreach, education, and inclusion of women in a Department of Corrections facility; and hosting Youth Force.

  • OKC-Selecman UMC, South Oklahoma City District. The number 10 helps illustrate the great ministry occurring at Selecman. The church has welcomed 66 new members in the past 10 years. Selecman has fully paid its Apportionments for the past 10 years. And 10 excited members attended the UMRF awards presentation.


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