Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Lois V. Glory-Neal receives Distinguished Graduate Award


Rev. Lois Glory-Neal (second from left) was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award from Saint Paul School of Theology. The award was bestowed at a private event at the Oklahoma Conference office. Also pictured, left to right: Rev. David Wilson, Neil Blair and Bishop James Nunn. Photo courtesy Saint Paul School of Theology.

Leawood, KS and Oklahoma City, OK – Saint Paul School of Theology is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Lois V. Glory-Neal is the winner of the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award.

Born in the Cherokee Nation, Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal was the first Native American woman to be received into full connection as an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. She became the first Native American District Superintendent in 1992. Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma City University in 1984. She continued her education by earning her Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in 1988.

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented annually at Saint Paul School of Theology. Due to COVID-19 constraints, Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal was recently presented her award at an intimate, socially distanced gathering at the Oklahoma Conference UMC offices in Oklahoma City. A video tribute honoring her years of service in the church and community can be found here.

“The Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal served God faithfully in ministry as an ordained elder and as District Superintendent – the first Native American woman to do both. Generations of people in ministry are the recipients of her faithful and trailblazing work. It is truly our privilege to have this opportunity to honor her,” says Dr. Anne C. Walker, Saint Paul associate dean of academic programs and executive director of the Oklahoma campus.


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