Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Clergy Family


  • 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, effective April 1.

(Find weekly updates at www.okumc.org/appointmentchanges.)


McGREW — Rev. Arthur Roger McGrew, 90, died April 10, 2017, in Tulsa.

He served at Harmony/Lacey, Wayne, Fittstown/Pontotoc, OKC-Lakeside, Seiling, Tulsa-St. Mark’s, Del City-Sunny Lane, OKC-Grace, and Tulsa-Boston Avenue (associate).

Survivors include sons Jeffrey Dean McGrew and Steven Lee McGrew. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Ruth McGrew, in 2016.

Service was April 22 at Boston Avenue.

MOODY — Rev. Robert Moody, 88, of Enid, died April 9, 2017.

He served Sulphur, Bristow-First, Beaver, Bixby, Lindsay/Criner, Lindsay, Coalgate/Centrahoma, Nardin/Deer Creek, and Nardin-Asbury. Prior to his Oklahoma service, he pastored churches in Mississippi and Georgia.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Smith-Moody; three sons, Robert, Andy, and Gary Moody; and two daughters, Kerri Moody-Shiflett and Marla Moody-Patterson.

Service was April 17 at Enid-First UMC.

WINSLOW — Rev. Neil Castle Winslow, 84, of Oklahoma City, died April 4, 2017.

He began his ministry at Wichita Falls (Texas) First Methodist Church and then served in Oklahoma at OKC-St. Luke’s (associate), OKC-Nichols Hills (associate), Adair, Ponca City-Albright, and Lindsay. He also served as director of the Council on Ministries.

Survivors include his wife, Kathye; two sons, Stephen and Peter; and a daughter, Diana.

Service was April 10 at OKC-Grace UMC.

HAMILTON — Claudia Johnson Hamilton, 90, of Oklahoma City, died April 17, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Argus J. Hamilton Jr.

Survivors include daughter Marijean Hamilton and sons Argus Hamilton III and Billy Hamilton.

Service was April 19 at Resthaven Memory Garden, Oklahoma City.

SHORT — Cecille Short, 82, of Oklahoma City, died April 6, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Arnold Short.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Carlile and Melinda Clonts. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years.

Service was April 14 at First Church of the Nazarene, Bethany.

SHEARER — Mary Ellen Shearer, 87, of Tulsa, died March 29, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Leslie G. Shearer.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwenell Pierce, and a son, Eugene Shearer.

Service was April 21 at Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa.


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