Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church



Rev. John H. “Jack” Winkler passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023.. He pastored Methodist churches in the communities of Sulphur, Leedey, Hominy, Muskogee, Oklahoma Conference Youth & Camps, Mooreland, Del City, Kingfisher, and NW OKC.

Rev. Claudia Lovelace, retired elder, passed away January 17, 2023. She served many churches in the Oklahoma conference, including Elmore city, Ardmore District Redemption, OKC Capitol Hill, Hominy, and more. She also served as the executive director for Skyline Urban Ministry. Services were held January 25, at Hominy UMC.

Rev. Jerry Darter passed away January 13, 2023. He was a retired elder who served many churches since 1951, including OKC St. John’s, El Reno Wesley, OKC Second, Fairview First, and others. He is survived by his wife Mary. A scholarship fund was set up for memorials in his name.

Retired elder Dr. Paul Vickery passed away January 23, 2023. He served Haskell UMC and Porter UMC, and was also at Bartlesville First UMC. He was a senior professor of history at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Vickery is survived by his wife Joyce, and many family and friends.

Marcia Becker, spouse of Rev. Dr. Larry Becker, passed Thursday, Jan. 26. A celebration of life was held Feb. 6, 2023, at Epworth Villa. The Beckers served Agra starting in 1957, then served Prattville, Carnegie, Poteau, Tulsa, and others, before Rev. Dr. Becker bacame a District Superintendent and conference pensions director.


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