Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Mission U 2018


Mission U

July 20-22/22-23

at OCU

Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

SPIRITUAL GROWTH STUDY - Seeking Health and Wholeness
GEOGRAPHIC STUDY - U.S. Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church
SPECIAL INTEREST STUDY (for all ages) - What About Our Money? A Faith Response

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Adult Studies and Leaders

GREG TENER - Health and Wholeness

In June, Rev. Dr. Tener became senior pastor at Bartlesville-First UMC. He entered ministry in 1993 after working for  SW Bell for 16 years. He directed the Wesley Foundation at Weatherford and pastored Putnam City, Poteau, and Wilson/Loco churches. Greg became a superintendent in 2012, leading the Ardmore District and then SOKC/Heartland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from OCU, a Master of Divinity from Perkins, and a Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology. His area of specialization for his doctorate was Wesleyan Spiritual Formation.

MERI WHITAKER - Missionary Conferences

Rev. Whitaker is a retired missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries. Ordained in 1984, she is a member of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. In 1987, she became director of Cookson Hills Center, a mission serving the Cherokee people in the Cookson area, and served there until 2016. Meri also is a pastor for Canterbury Chapel UMC, Vian, ministering to people in recovery. She is author of “My Sister, The Father,” available in the UMW library. She has received the Denman Evangelism Award and Sequoyah County Citizen of the Year Award.


Kathy Caldron retired from Conoco-Phillips after more than 24 years of service. Her UMW leadership began in 1972 when, as one of the younger members in her local unit, she was asked to interpret the organization’s new structure. She has served UMW in multiple roles, including as local treasurer and president, district treasurer and secretary of financial interpretation, Conference treasurer and president; and on the Regional School of Mission Planning Team. She is the Conference UMW liaison for the 150th Legacy Endowment Fund and Northern Prairie District UMW treasurer. She earned a B.A. at Oklahoma State University, where she met her husband, Royce, in the OSU marching band. Ponca City has been their home for 38 years.



Youth Leaders

MICHAEL SMITH (for senior-high youth)

Michael Smith has been youth director at Pryor-First United Methodist Church since 2016, and he led youth ministries at other Oklahoma Conference churches between 1998 and 2008. He also worked in retail management for over 10 years. With that history in management and leadership, Michael focuses on teaching students to use their faith and spiritual knowledge to become leaders in church and in their communities. In leisure time, he and his family like to go fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

GLENDA SKINNER-NOBLE (for junior-high youth)

Rev. Glenda Skinner-Noble is the visual arts teacher at Prairie Queen Elementary in Oklahoma City. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in art from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Divinity from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Glenda enjoys drawing, sculpting primarily with wood and textiles, and printmaking using wood block and copper plate. Glenda and her husband, Don, have two children.

FAYE PERRY - Children's Leader

Faye Perry, great-great-granddaughter of a slave and granddaughter of a Seminole Indian, was introduced to UMW when she was invited to lead the Mother Child Retreat. She also has served the UMW at the jurisdiction level. Faye is a member of OKC Cornerstone UMC. She studied vocal music at OCU, then earned a B.A. from Mid-America Christian University and M.B.A. at Oklahoma Christian University. She has worked in the field of health care; she retired after 30 years at Presbyterian Hospital.

Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22
Registration - Begins at 3 pm
Supper - 5 pm (school begins)

One Day Plus
Sunday, July 22 - Monday, July 23
Registration - 3pm (begins)
School - 6:30pm (begins)

Betty Prentice - Dean of Mission u

Norma Gravely-Quinn
Conference Treasurer
will be guest preacher
Sunday morning and evening.

Oklahoma Conference's Mission and Service Ministry team and United Methodist Women.

Lay Servants - Counts as advanced course
Clergy - 1 CEU for weekend school, 0.8 hours for One Day Plus school

1 full youth scholarship is offered for a youth participant. Some additional scholarships are available for others.
For information, contact Sue Helms, sahelms@("@")sbcglobal.net.

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