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The United Methodist Reporter


Two Sections, Section A 039000 Volume 157, Number 07 June 18, 2010

THE OKLAHOMA UNITED METHODIST

Annual Conference edition


www.okumc.org

Newly ordained elders gather June 1 at Tulsa-Boston Avenue Church with Bishop Robert Hayes Jr., center; Michael Front row, newly ordained deacons
Burkett, upper left, Board of Ordained Ministry chairman; and David Mercer, upper right, welcomed on Recognition Harriette Kemp, left, and Kristopher
of Orders. From left, new elders are: front row, Kyle Clark, Fuxia Wang, Pam Cottrill, Wendi Neal, Claudia Lovelace, Tate stand June 1 with Bishop Rob-
Erma Pregler, and Jennifer Pasco; middle row, Jeremy Smith, Rachel Parrott, Derrek Belase, and Brandon Dollarhite; ert Hayes Jr. and Michael Burkett,
and Taud Boatman, top row, center. Board of Ordained Ministry chair.

Delegates learn of lives transformed


By Holly McCray
Testimonies of transformed lives moti-
vated delegates at the 2010 Oklahoma An-
Online option expands audience
nual Conference, May 30-June 2, at Boston Using Internet live streaming for leaders hoped the education and
Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa. the first time, more than 4,600 virtual inspiration always central to the an-
Theme was Following the PlanFaith- guests witnessed the Oklahoma Annual nual gathering were expanded across
ful Witness, Transforming Presence. Again Conference. Online viewers watched the Connection, explained Joe Harris,
and again, personal stories of Gods power a total of 1,280 hours, tracked by director of Communications. Feedback
spurred standing ovations in the Boston Av- ourchurchvideos.com. was encouraged, and the 46 responses
enue sanctuary, and surely inspired people Those numbers shape yet another were largely positive. Among the on-
watching the live broadcast online. story of transformationabout the line comments:
potential of the annual meeting as an n I am really enjoying the Confer-

I grew up wildly unchurched, said


Temple Diehl. Then as an expectant
mother, she accepted a friends invitation to
effective tool for ministry. Typically,
about 1,200 people attend the confer-
ence in person.
ence. It is my first time experiencing
one, and it is making my decision to join
the UMC much easier. I see and hear
attend a worship service only after eliciting Twila Gibbens-Rickman and Lesly Because the technology enabled what you are doing for the community
promises that no one would hug her and that Broadbent take turns pouring water more people to experience the event, (Continued on page 5A)
she could dress casually. When the baby was as 38 clergy and spouses are memo-
born prematurely, Diehl said, the church rialized. (Photos by Holly McCray)
overwhelmed us with love. They were the in government-supported housing. Parents The first camp on site served 60 children.
hands and body of Christ.
Today, Rev. Diehl is the United Methodist
pastor at Elmore City, and her daughter is a
T hroughout his first summer at Tulsa-
Southern Hills, Pastor Jeff Jaynes
said, the church office was the only room
kept their kids inside because there was
no safe place for them to go, said Rev.
Jaynes.
Four years later, rooms and halls teem
with activity at the church. Visiting the
nearby elementary school, I hear shouts of
student at Oklahoma City University. Diehl used on weekdays. We needed transforma- Then Southern Hills became a host site Pastor Jeff! from kids who cant wait to
spoke during the evangelism report by the tion, he said. for Project Transformation, a United Meth- come back to camp, Jaynes said.
Discipleship Ministry Team. A mile from the church, families lived odist literacy day-camp, held in summertime. (Continued on page 5A)

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2010 Appointments n Boldface words signify new clergy assignments
and parish changes implemented in June 2010.
Oklahoma Annual Conference
ARDMORE DISTRICT LAWTON DISTRICT
Guy C. Ames III, District Superintendent Charles W. Horton, District Superintendent
Ada, Asbury........................................ Don Griffin Madill............................................. David Rowley Anadarko-First...........................Tracy Schumpert First....................................................Alton Potts
Ada, First........................................David Daniel Mannsville................................... Frank Simpson Anadarko-St. Paul............................Arthur Lyons Lawton Heights/Grace................... Charles King
Allen/Gerty....................................... Lenn Murray Marietta/Thackerville.....................Lester Bussell Apache............................................. Michael Dye Associate................................... Lucia Aleman
Ardmore Churches: Maysville.......................................Edward Dexter Bethel/Hulen..................................Rusty Husted Korean New Light....................... Kiyoung Jeong
Asbury......................................Jennifer Pasco Mill Creek...........................................Betty Stone Cache................................................Bryan Tener St. Pauls.........................................Terry Koehn
First................................... Jessica Moffatt Seay Paoli........................................... Robert Harrison Carnegie/Mountain View.................. Ronald King Wesley Chapel................................. Ken Baden
Associate........................................ Tony Caro Pauls Valley.................................... Mark Watson Cyril/Cement.................................... Laurie Long Manitou............................................David Jones
Warren Memorial/Redemption........................... San Mateo Fellowship/Assistant....................... Duncan Churches:: Marlow.............................................. Travis Muse
............................................. Everisto Chikanga ........................................Perla Martinez Goody First..................................................Phillip Ware Ryan.................................................. Debra Kerr
Caddo........................................................... TBS Pontotoc......................................... Duane Baker St. Pauls....................................Daniel Fletcher Snyder/Indiahoma..................Patrick McPherson
Calera...........................................Roland Barrick Ringling............................................ Alex Costea Stephens........................................Lee Jackson Sterling/Rush Springs.................Sharla Reynolds
Colbert/Southeastern Oklahoma State University Roff.............................................Claud Baltimore Wesley/Velma.................................Linda Lusnia Temple/Comanche.........................Nathan Mills
Wesley Foundation.......... Gloria McGee-Denton Springer......................................... Pearl Broome Elgin.................................................Coy Reemer Verden........................................ Charles Watson
Courtney......................................Carolyn Higdon Stratford...................................Charles Baumann Fletcher...............................................Lory Fahle Walters....................................... Steve Harshaw
Davis...................................... Benjamin Williams Sulphur....................................Richard Trobaugh Fort Cobb/Highland................ Timothy Trujillo Sr. Waurika...........................................Carl Sterling
Durant.................................................. Greg Tolle Tishomingo..................................Will Pasieczny Frederick........................................... Eric Snyder
Elmore City......................................Temple Diehl Wanette...................................... Ralph Wangler
Extension Ministries:
Gracemont.................................. Adonna Bridges
Fitzhugh............................................Steve Taylor Whitebead...................................... Dennis Yates Grandfield/Randlett.......................David Gardner CJAMM Associate Director.......Becky Baxter-Ballou
Gene Autry...................................... Sharen Hale Wilson.........................................Sherry Kendrick Lawton Churches:: CCM/Wesley Foundation Co-Directors..................
Healdton.......................................... Harold Hunt Wynnewood.................................... John Corbin Aldersgate/Redemption.......Becky Baxter-Ballou ............................................................ Montie Jones
Kingston..................................... Paul McDowell Extension Ministries: Centenary........................ Norma Gravely-Quinn ............................................................Galeda Jones
Konawa.......................................... Pamela Shirk Chaplain, Horizon Communities In Prisons/ Associate.................................... Chris Symes
Lighthouse......................................Terry Thomas Pontotoc........................................Duane Baker
Lindsay...........................................Stephen Hale Chaplain, Ardmore Mercy Memorial Hospital
Lone Grove...........................................Tom Riley .................................................................Lin Stern
McALESTER DISTRICT
Darrell Cates, District Superintendent
BARTLESVILLE DISTRICT
Alderson..................................... Charles Saviers McAlester-First.................................Charles Neff
George Warren, District Superintendent
Antlers/Soper............................ Robert Duran Sr. Associate.................................. Ruth Atterberry
Avant............................................ Earleen Reedy Foyil........................................ Cynthia Robertson Atoka/New Zion.............................Daniel Ramey McCurtain/Keota..............................Mike Morgan
Barnsdall........................................ Paul Overholt Grove.............................................Randall Hamill Boswell......................................................... TBS Poteau...........................................Gregory Tener
Bartlesville Churches: Jay................................................. Barbara Plank Broken Bow/Eagletown........... Marvin Stuckey Quinton/Canadian......................Rudolph Freese
East Cross....................................Emery Mason Ketchum.....................................Dianna Bradford Calvin........................................................... TBS Redland/Pleasant Hill.....................Trent Baggett
Associate................................... Chad Perceful Miami........................................Kathleen Leithner Coalgate/Clarita..............................Norman Bolin Rocky Point...............................Robert Cocke Jr.
First....................................................Kevin Tully Nowata........................................Cheryl Newton Edgewood/Dow................................. Linda Pope Savanna......................................... Madlyn Ruch
Associate................................. Connie Taylor Ochelata.....................................Bonnie Batman Eufaula.............................................. John Breon Seminole........................................ Gary Wilburn
Associate.................................... Bisby Wierick Oologah........................................ David Wheeler Heavener/Hodgen.............................Pam Cottrill Stigler............................................. Jack Kemper
Grace Epworth...............................Blesvilla Yap Otterbein......................................James Bradford Heavener Hispanic Fellowship............Obed Alba Talihina/Tuskahoma...................Shaun Wicker
Oak Park......................................David Stewart Owasso.................................... Christopher Tiger Henryetta..........................................Dale Durnell Valliant/Wright City........................ Linda Baggett
Big Cabin......................................... Donald Scott Associate.....................................Taud Boatman Holdenville.....................................Charles Rettig Weleetka...................................................... TBS
Chelsea, Memorial....................... David Sanders Pawhuska.........................................Ted Hoffman Howe................................................. Wayne Bell Wetumka........................................Dan Eischen
Claremore, First.............................. Ray Crawford Shidler/Foraker/Grainola.................. Gary Moody Hugo, First.................................... Kevin McClain Wewoka, First/Bowlegs.........Amanda Lockwood
Associate...............................Janelle Brammer Skiatook....................................Norman Wasson Hugo, Pauls Chapel/Ft. Towson....Michael Frazier Wilburton/EOSC Campus Ministry......................
Associate......................................... Lisa Hines South Coffeyville/Lenapah............Stephen Posey Hugo, Wesley.............................. Wesley Kimball ....................................................... April Coates
Cleora.........................................Richard Brasher Spavinaw/Salina.............................. Doyle Carroll Idabel........................................ Bruce Brotherton Wister..................................... Robert Van House
Collinsville, Meadowcreek..............Brian Mangan Sycamore Chapel/Wyandotte...... Jonathan Bates Kiowa/Pittsburg............................................ TBS
Commerce/Quapaw..................... Furan Jackson Vinita........................................... George Gilland Krebs/Stuart...................................... Phil Beatty Extension Ministries:
Copan..........................................Tari Carbaugh Welch..................................................Lee Hilliard McAlester-Christ............................Lisa Anderson U.S. Air Force Chaplain................ James Parrish
Delaware/Chelsea, Epworth................Darrel Cox
Dewey..........................................Richard Robart Extension Ministries:
Fairland.......................................... Carole Minter U.S. Air Force Chaplain..............Donald Simpson
MUSKOGEE DISTRICT
Linda M. Harker, District Superintendent
CLINTON DISTRICT Adair.............................................Patricia Harris Spencer/Honor Heights.............. Barbara Brown
Charles L. Nordean, District Superintendent Beggs/Schulter...................... Josheua Blanchard St. Paul......................................... Mark Jardine
Bethel/Westville...........................Darrell Maddox Associate................................ Gregory Boyd
Altus, First........................................ David Player Erick/Carter.......................... Sheri Smith Lashley Bokoshe.........................................Bennie Waller Trinity.............................................. Mary Ewing
Associate........................ Margery Van Oostrum Geary............................................... Karen Slater Braggs/Woodall..........................Carla Robison Wesley........................................Marsha Purtell
Associate................................. Deborah Teagan Hinton.................................................Kyle Kiner Checotah......................................... Wayne Loftin Okay........................................... Raymond Griffin
Altus, Grace/Blair............................Bruce Davis Hobart.................................................. Kyle Clark Associate...................................... Jeremy Smith Okmulgee......................................Craig Denslow
Altus, Highland Heights/Duke.....Charles Stewart Hollis/Gould......................................Sally Barber Chouteau..................................William Buttram Pocola........................................... Darin McCarty
Arapaho.....................................Dean Brookshier Hydro............................................. Steven Brant Cookson............................ Marilynn Schellhamer Pryor...............................................Robert Harris
Calumet/Red Rock.....................Matthew Franks Leedey/Hammon............................Chuck Gilbert Coweta.......................................... Susan Whitley Sallisaw.......................................... Trevor Smith
Canute........................................... Timothy Israel Lone Wolf/Granite............................James Hilton Ft. Gibson......................................Barry Collins Spiro/Cameron . ............................ Gary Withrow
Cheyenne...................................... Gregory Keith Lookeba/Bridgeport...................... John Gable Jr. Gore.............................Christopher "Craig" Clark Stilwell.............................................. Barry Hayes
Clinton....................................Roland Youngberg Mangum.................................... Donald Tabberer Haskell/Porter.................................. Paul Vickery Tahlequah...................................Allen Schneider
Cordell....................................... David Croninger Sayre............................................. Margo Vestal Hulbert................................... Thomas Corrigan Vian.......................................... Leonard McCarty
Custer City/Independence/Chapel Hill............ Sentinel/Rocky......................... Delbert Watkins Inola.....................................Eugene Van Alstyne Wagoner.......................................Shannon Davis
.................................... Debra Marlett Campbell Thomas/Fay.....................................Larry Harlan Locust Grove.................................. Cydni Tillery Associate..........................Yvonne Buchanan
Eakly/Alfalfa.................................................. TBS Watonga....................................... Larry Masoner Morris............................................Nathan Mattox Warner/Oktaha............................ Michael Enright
Eldorado..........................................Bobby Jones Weatherford........................................Lynn Brack Mounds........................................... Gary Haynes
Elk City............................................... Daniel Peil Willow............................................ Scott Northrip Muldrow/Roland Trinity....................Aaron Tiger Extension Ministries:
Associate......................................... Wendi Neal Muskogee Churches: Circle of Care Director of Residential Services....
Associate...................................Carlos Ramirez Extension Ministries: First................................. John Rusty Williams ........................................................Mark Howard
Elmer/Tipton........................................ R.T. Perry SWOSU Campus Minister...........Elizabeth Horton

Enid District Helena......................................... Joel Thompson Newkirk........................................James Hollifield


Hennessey......................................... James Hill Okeene............................................. Jan Fletcher
Gary Holdeman, District Superintendent Hitchcock.......................................James Farmer Pond Creek................................. Kay Buchanan
Aline/Cleo Springs............................Scott Heusel Christ.............................................James Jones Jefferson/Renfrow.......Sandra Reeves Shepherd
Jet/Prairie Valley.................................... Mary Irby Prairie Chapel............................... Wanda Littrell
Blackwell........................................Kristen Brown First...........................................Grayson Lucky
Kingfisher...................................Michael Strange Ringwood......................................... Terrill Parvin
Braman.............................................C. M. Wilson Associate..................................Susan Southall
Kremlin..................................... Sharon Cochran Tonkawa....................................Michael Brannon
Canton..................................... Richard Wehrman Peace Korean............................Heung Sun Lee
Lamont............................................. Vera Walton Wakita/Manchester........................Kyle Anderson
Carmen/Dacoma...............................John Bizzell New Hope........................Sheila Combs-Francis
Loyal.................................................. Robert Barr Waukomis/Drummond............... Garry Vincent
Cherokee............................................Paul Calkin Willow View..............................Lesly Broadbent Lucien/Covington.........................Dane Lemmons
Associate........................Jeni Markham Clewell Associate................................. James Lambert Marland.........................................................TBS
Extension Ministries:
Enid Churches: Fairview.....................................Richert Redinger Medford/Billings...................................Ruth Tipps U.S. Air Force Chaplain.....................Sam Tucker
Bethany..................................... David Jones Jr. Garber/Hunter................................ Steven Littrell Nardin............................................................TBS Chaplain, The Commons, Enid....... Gail Edmison
OKC NORTH DISTRICT STILLWATER DISTRICT
Daniel W. Pulver, District Superintendent David Wiggs, District Superintendent

Cashion.................................................Felecia Hensley Quail Springs......................................... David Clewell Agra/Ripley........................... Hugh Willoby Perry.....................................Edward Cook
Choctaw.............................................. Charla Gwartney St. Matthew............................................. Ron Perceful. Blackburn/Maramec................... Jeff Kuhn Ponca City Churches:
Crescent......................................................... Roger Pitt Associate.........................................Wendee Perceful Bristow..................................... Kip Wright Albright..............................Scott Spencer
Crescent, Mount Vernon................................Alan Nagel Village.......................................................... Rik Marion Asbury/Kaw City................... Carol Reich
Chandler............................Sungsu Hwang
Edmond: Wickline....................................................Mark Barnett First....................................Michael Smith
Acts 2......................................................... Mark Foster Associate...................................... Tiffany D'Amours Cleveland/Hominy..............David Mingus St. Pauls................................Lisa Crone
Associate...................................................... Kris Tate Diaconal.................................................. Phyllis Ford Cushing................................ Sonja Tobey Prague/Arlington...................Scott Keneda
Associate...........................................Nancy Hamilton Oklahoma City Cooperative Urban Parish: Dale.....................................Russell Currie Prague Associate.........Sharon Capron
Church Planter......................................Adam Ricks Crown Heights....................................... Dianne Peters Depew.........Cheryl Peters (Kansas West) Sapulpa................................. Darrel Owen
Chinese International UMC................. Puong Ong Lau Leland Clegg....................................Andrew Tevington Drumright/Oilton........... Virginia Hathaway Stillwater Churches:
First..........................................................Bertha Potts Putnam City........................................... Robert Kanary First........................... Stanley Warfield Jr.
Associate............................................. Robert Foos Quayle............................................. Victor McCullough Eden Chapel.......................... John Curtis
Associate..........................Steve Roach
Associate.................................................. Tara Foos Associate.............................................. Erica Thomas Fairfax....................... Robert Montgomery Highland Park................... Derrek Belase
New Covenant........................................... Adrian Cole Ridgecrest..................................................Dylan Cole Glencoe.............................. Ron Weathers Stroud............................. Matthew Scraper
El Reno, Ellison Ave............................... Charles Broam St. Marks.............................................Keith Cressman Kellyville............................ Charles Hanna Wellston.............................Adam Leathers
El Reno, Wesley........................................ Richard Cato Wesley..........................................Diana Cox Crawford Lost Creek.................................Max Rudd Yale..........................................John Marks
Guthrie, First............................................. Mike DeMoss Associate.................................................Phillip Davis
Mannford.............................David Jenkins Extension Ministries:
Guthrie, West............................................. Susan Grove Extension Ministries:
Harrah........................................................Randy Little UCO Campus Ministry..................................Leslie Long. McCloud.........................Michelle McCarty OSU Campus Ministry.......Michael Bartley
Jones......................................................... Sherry Heath Langston Campus Ministry...................... Cecilia Brooks Meeker.............................. Michael Melton President, Hinton Rural Life Center,
Luther/Nicoma Park............................ David Cressman Assistant to Bishop/Conference Director of Morrison.............................. Arron Grantz Hayesville, N.C....................Lyle Shipley
Mount Zion.................................................. Diana Pruitt Communications.................................... Joseph Harris Deacons:
Mulhall/Orlando...................Adrian Pollard OSU Campus Ministry Assistant...............
Piedmont............................................... Samuel Powers Conference Director of Connectional Ministries/ Okemah, St. Pauls........... Brian Matthews
Associate.............................................Mary Beth Foye Congregational Development................Craig Stinson ........................ Rebekah Wallace Belase
Spencer......................................................Elijah Nagbe Volunteers In Mission, Director............... Jeremy Basset
Pawnee/Skedee.....................Susan Ross Deaconess:
Yukon, First............................................Robert Younts OCU, Director, Student Religious Life.....Jennifer J. Long Perkins..................................Kip Heatley Turtle Rock Farm....................Patricia Hoerth
Associate................................................ Patti McCall OCU, Vice-President, University-Church Relations........
Yukon, Good Shepherd.......................... Jeffrey Burress ................................................................Margaret Ball
Associate............................................Christy James OCU, Dean, Wimberly School of Religion......................
Oklahoma City Churches: ...........................................................Sharon Betsworth Tulsa DISTRICT
Chapel Hill................................................ Robert Rose Saint Paul School of Theology at OCU, Dean................
Michael D. Chaffin, District Superintendent
Associate.............................................. Valerie Steele ........................................................... Elaine Robinson
Associate..........................................Sara Bodenstein Camp and Retreat Ministries, Director.... Randy McGuire Bixby...................................Randy Mitchell Associate................. Connie Cole Jeske
Diaconal...............................................Suzann Wade Assistant to the Director of Camping..............Kathy Coit Associate............................ Mark Whitley Associate............................ Peter White
Church Planter........................................Allen Buck Director of Discipleship with Small Membership Churches Broken Arrow Churches: Grace...........................Richard McIlnay
Church of the Servant............................Robert Gorrell ....................................................................Diana Northcutt Abiding Harvest........Christopher Buskirk. Harrison............................ Dolores Willis
Associate................................................. Tim Travers. Alaska Missionary Conference, GBGM................................ First....................................... Larry Varvel Harvard Avenue...................Kurt Glassco
Associate.......................................... Randy Shrauner Soldotna............................................ Richard Whetsell Associate............................ James Hunt Korean................................Tae Won Son
Associate.......................................... Jeremy Sanders Center for Therapy and Wellness/Church of the Servant Associate..........................Larry Mitchell Lake...........................................Roy Betz
Associate......................................... Matthew Judkins ................................................................... Curtis Nigh Heritage...........................Scott Rodgers Memorial Drive......Sharon Fletcher-Taylor
Associate.................................................. Curtis Nigh National Disaster Consultant................. Mary Gaudreau St. Stephens................... Donna Dodson New Haven....................... Cynthia Havlik
Associate...........................................Robyn Goggs The Education and Employment Ministries (TEEM)....... Catoosa-Disciple/Claremore-St. Andrews.... Associate...................... Suzanne Davis
Douglas Boulevard............................... Jeannie Himes .................................................................... Tony Zahn .........................................Pamela Stewart Nueva Esperanza....................................
Grace........................................................Ed Coy Light Mercy Health Center Pastoral Care Dept...... Beverly Powell Jenks....................................David Karges ..........................Daniel Llanos-Jimenez
Lakeside...............................................Kirtley Moelling VIM Coordinator of Disaster Response Leonard..............................Kenneth Smith Rose Hill......................... David Reynolds
May Avenue............................................. Larry Gaston. & Domestic Missions......................... Richard Norman Sand Springs......................... Dennis Adlof St. James............................ Gary Harber
Mayfair Heights............................................ Ted Uhlig Salvation Army Area Development Coordinator............. Turley......................................... Estell Ray Associate.......................... Josue Araujo
New Hope..................................................... J.D. Ward ............................................................... Teresa Green Verdigris........................James Graham III St. Lukes Fellowship/Redemption II.......
Nichols Hills.........................................Randy Scraper Deaconess: Tulsa Churches: .......................................Brantley Tillery
Associate.............................................. Janice Meese Reaching Our City Inc..................... Nancy Van Antwerp Aldersgate................. Marcia Shoemaker St. Marks......................... Cynthia Mayes
Asbury.....................Thomas Harrison Jr. St. Matthews...... Michael Fletcher-Taylor
Associate......................... Richard Read St. Pauls........... Twila Gibbens-Rickman
Associate................ Warren Ambrose III Sheridan Avenue............... Joseph Lynch
OKC SOUTH District Associate.................... Todd Miller Craig Southern Hills..................... Jeffry Jaynes
Associate....................Charles Ryser Jr. Trinity............................. Michelle Coulter
Frankye A. Johnson, District Superintendent
Associate........................Spencer Smith University.......................... Sanford Wylie
Alex/Ninnekah..............................................Sue Lykins Korean, First............................................ Joon No Um Associate................. James Lenderman Wesley....................... Christopher Beach
Blanchard.............................................. Travis Hopper St. Andrews............................................. D.A. Bennett Associate.......................... Tiffany Smith West Tulsa......................William Welch II
Chickasha, Epworth......................... Rockford Johnson Associate............................................David Johnson Assistant..................... Darlene Johnson Will Rogers....................... Robert Johns
Franklin.................................................... Gerry Rhodes Southern Hills.......................................Connie Gibson Boston Avenue.............Mouzon Biggs Jr. Extension Ministries:
Friendship................................................ Marie George Sunny Lane...........................................Larry Bauman Associate............. William Tankersley III
Lexington.................................................Adam Shahan Oklahoma City Cooperative Urban Parish: Associate.......................William Crowell Grace Hospice Chaplain..... Barbara Fyffe
Minco....................................................... David Conrad Capitol Hill....................................... Harold Branstetter Associate................EvaMarie Campbell OK VIM OK-Bolivia Partnership
Moore, First............................................ Patricia Malloy Christ/Shalom Zone Ministries....... Ernest Jackson Jr. Associate.................Mary Ann Emmons ...................................David Stephenson
Associate.............................................. James Perkin Clark...................................................... Lamarla Cook Associate.............................Paul Staat Restore Hope Ministries, Director.............
Associate................................................Chris Dodson Epworth......................................... Deborah Ingraham Centenary........................ Keith McArtor ..................................Lawrence Johnson
Associate................................................... Eddie West Hillcrest Fuente de Vida....................................... TBS Christ....................................Robert Feist University of Tulsa Campus Ministry.........
Moore, New Life..................................................... TBS Lambuth..............................................Larry Jacobson Associate.............. Ashley Green-Young .....................................Charles Spears Jr.
Mustang......................................................Larry Holder Linwood..........................................Reed Montgomery Associate....................James Stilwell Jr. Oklahoma Methodist Manor, Director........
Newcastle........................................... Brett Thomasson Penn Ave/Redemption............................Stephen Byrd Epworth............................... James Peek .......................................... Steven Dickie
Noble............................................................James Kim St. Johns.............................................. Stephen Davis Faith......................... Bradley Humphrey Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries Director
Norman Churches:: St. Lukes..................................................Robert Long Associate.....................Katherine Brown .......................... Mark Gibbens-Rickman
Bridgeview...............................................Allen Carson Associate.......................................... Wendy Lambert Associate.......................... Erma Pregler Tulsa Sheriffs Dept. Chaplain...................
Goodrich................................................ Jim Shepherd Associate............................................. Charlotte Teel First................................... Wade Paschal ..................................Michael Hardgrove
McFarlin................................................Richard House Associate........................................... Phil Greenwald Associate..................Thomas Hoffmann Upper Room, GBOD........... Thomas Albin
Associate............................................Calvin Brannon Associate..................................................Linda Truitt Associate.......................... Tom McElroy
Associate .............................................Randall Wade Associate.................................Juventino Espinoza
Associate........................................George Shepherd Associate.............................................David Poteet
Associate................................. Harriett Leigh Kemp Selecman.............................................Richard Ehlers
St. Stephens........................................... Amy Venable South Lee........................................... Bennie Warner
Pocasset................................................................. TBS Extension Ministries: WOODWARD DISTRICT
Purcell, Bowman Chapel........................Dwayne Heath OU Campus Ministry........................... Daniel Dennison David Burris, District Superintendent
Purcell, Trinity.............................................Doyle Sharp Associate............................................... Fuxia Wang Alva, First.........................Terry Martindale OPSU Campus Ministry/Morning Star.......
Shawnee Churches: OCU, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences..........Mark Davies Arnett...........................Brandon Dollarhite ............................................ Jacki Banks
Bethel........................................................Chris Talley OCU Chaplain....................................Rodney Newman Beaver................................ Paul Hamilton Panhandle Hispanic..................................
St. Marks.................................................... Carla Hale U.S. Air Force Chaplain........................... Martin Barnes Boise City/Kenton............George Lupton .......................... Sara Hickson de Salazar
Trinity........................................................... Kay Smith Skyline Urban Ministry, Director.........Claudia Lovelace Buffalo/Fort Supply..............Joel Betow Quinlan/Freedom......................Scott Ware
St. Pauls................................................ Kim Domnick Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) Capron.................................. Clark Struebing Seiling................................ Rick Forthman
Wesley................................................. Marvin Hudson Director................................................ Stanley Basler Fairview/Catesby............... Mike Mahaffey Sharon/Mutual........................Jeff Ralston
Tecumseh...................................................... Keith King GBGM Mission Interpreter in Residence, Western Fargo/Gage..................Michael Shepherd Shattuck...............................Lisa Beavers
Associate............................................. Trinnette Smith Jurisdiction............................................ Glenn Rowley Felt..................................... Royce Bursch Texhoma..............................Rachel Parrot
Tuttle/Okla. Dept. of Communications.... Andy James Good Shepherd Hospice.............................John Gober Forgan/Gate....................... David Gordon Turpin/Baker...................... Todd Bergman
Union City/Cogar..................................... George Rowe SOKC Volunteer........................... Jack Terrell-Wilkes Goodwell, Centenary................. Alex True Vici/Lenora...........................Don Whitman
Washington.............................................. Mike Winchell Wesley Theological Seminary.......... Carol Cook Moore Guymon, Victory Memorial..... Michael Burkett Laverne-Vida en Abundancia/Woodward
Wayne.................................................Brian Anderson GBGM........................................................Marsha Alexander Associate..........................Barry Bennett Hispanic Outreach.................... Jose Estrada
Wheatland...................................................David Rose Conference Treasurer...........................Brian Bakeman Hardesty/Union Center...... Herb Bridgewater Waynoka/Cheyenne Valley........... Ron Luka
Oklahoma City Churches: Pastoral Counseling of Norman....... Jo Beth Kee-Rees Hooker/Tyrone......................... Jerry Raab Woodward Churches:
Asbury.................................................. Dawn Richards Deaconess: Keyes/Marella...................... Jerry Coldren Faith................................... Aaron Martin
St. John's.............................................. Elaine Parrent Laverne/Rosston................. Roger Parker First.................................Charles Graves
First........................................................Mark McAdow
Mooreland........................... David Mercer New Horizon..................... Becky Pierson
Page 4A The Oklahoma United Methodist Contact June 18, 2010

Annual Conference news


How are we doing?
The Annual Conference conducted business by a disciple do? How does your church meet the risen
following the Strategic Plan on May 30-June 2 at Christ? Is your neighborhood, city, or world being
Tulsa-Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. transformed? Answering these questions helps both an
The delegates work tracked the progress of the individual and a church measure effectiveness, Rev.
Plans three main goals: fruitful congregations, spiri- Stinson explained.
tual leadership, and partnership ministry. Laity and With the Strategic Plan, we all know where were
clergy got updates on subjects ranging from Addiction going. Were on the road, following God. But were
Ministries to Young Adult mission volunteers. not there yet, said Lay Leader Judy Benson.
So, how are we doing? We have 529 churches and She described giant wind turbines installed in
a quarter of a million United Methodists in Oklahoma. the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma.
Our goal is to have fruitful congregations who are help- There is power in the turbines when moved by the
ing one another grow in Christ and are making a dif- wind. When we welcome and respond to the divine,
ference for good, said Craig Stinson, director of Con- driving force of the wind of the Holy Spirit, we are
nectional Ministries/Congregational Development. empowered to be faithful witnesses and to transform
How is your relationship with God? What does the world.

Strategic Plan goal: spiritual leadership


Bishop presses to erase educational debt Commissioned on May 31 as provisional deacons are: front
row from left, Rose Marie Le Roy, Barbara Fyffe, Yvonne
Buchanan; and Paul Staat, at center back. They are joined
In his episcopal address May 31 to the Annual Confer- the Bible, theology, and pastoral ministry (page
by Michael Burkett, upper left, Board of Ordained Ministry
ence, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. vowed to help eliminate 13, United Methodist Book of Discipline).
chairman; and Bishop Robert Hayes Jr., upper right.
clergy debt due to educational expenses. LIFE stands for Leadership Investment
He appealed for gifts to the newly created LIFE Scholar- Fund through Education. Hayes said the fund
ship Fund, established with the Oklahoma United Methodist will become a model for the denomination. Seminary. The series is a partnership by Saint Paul School
Foundation, to help eliminate such debt. At the fall Bishops Retreats, clergy will be able to ap- of Theology at Oklahoma City University, the Oklahoma
Bishop Hayes spoke of his burden for clergy minister- ply for assistance. Conference Treasurers Office, and OCU.
ing at entry-level salaries, yet owing $40,000 or more in The goal is to begin awarding aid after one year. For more Saint Paul School at OCU will celebrate its first graduat-
student loans after seminary study, according to national information, contact the Foundation, 800-259-6863. ing class next May, announced Elaine Robinson, dean of
surveys. A seminary degree is required for elder ordination Assist us with this vision to eliminate the educational the school.
in the Church. indebtedness of our clergy, Hayes urged. It is a financial In recognition of the support the university receives,
Gifted and desiring young men and women who want crisis. OCU is renaming Centennial Hall, its new dormitory, to be
to go into ordained ministry cannot afford it, the bishop Education about finances surfaced in other reports dur- Oklahoma United Methodist Hall.
said. This issue consumes me. It goes to the heart of who ing the conference. Various awards saluted individuals and groups for lead-
we are. New ministerial formation master grants went to ership in Scouting ministries and more. The next issue of
He pointed out the roots of Methodism began growing Claremore-First, Owasso, Muskogee-St. Paul, McAlester- Contact will feature some of those.
with John and Charles Wesley when they were college stu- First, and Tulsa-Wesley, announced by clergy recruiter Jack A leadership shortage spurred an urgent call by Camps
dents at Oxford, England, in the 1730s. By the mid-1800s, Terrell-Wilkes. Director Randy McGuire for help at youth camps this sum-
churches were establishing secondary schools and colleges. In October, a seminar series called LEAD! begins for mer. Bishop Hayes repeated the appeal.
Predecessor denominations instituted courses of study for clergy. The first class, designed as a sort of Local Church District and Conference camps are in desperate need of
their preachers to ensure that they had a basic knowledge of Finance 101, seeks to teach What I Wish Id Learned in adult volunteers this summer, said Rev. McGuire.

Strategic Plan goal: partnership ministry


Campaigns for Skyline, Restore Hope
Tops in mission giving Calls to act quickly were generated
for two urban ministries of the Oklahoma
day, urged director Claudia Lovelace.
n Money gifts received by years end
Conference: Skyline, in Oklahoma City, can help Restore Hope secure $150,000
The United Methodist connectional sys- especially Native Americans.
and Restore Hope, in Tulsa. for its work.
tem astonishes with transforming work that The late Wilma Mankiller, a former chief
n Internet voting through June can The George Kaiser Family Founda-
one church could not accomplish. Annual of the Cherokee Nation, was featured in a
help Skylines Clothes for Kids program tion gave the agency a $50,000 grant for
Conference provides vivid evidence. video recording. She told how Cookson Hills
win a $50,000 grant from Pepsi. emergency rent and food assistance, then
Engraved on two awards presented to the Center helped her when she was in need as a
Go to: www.refresheverything.com/ pledged to match all new donations, up to
Oklahoma Conference, from the Advance, young, single mother. Imagine No Malaria
clothesforkids. Click Vote for this idea. $50,000. Find guidelines at www.restore-
the denominations program of second-mile was affirmed by Bishop Thomas Bickerton,
Skyline needs you to vote once every hope.org or call 918-582-5766.
giving for missions worldwide: guest preacher and leader of the denomina-
n For the highest church participation tions Global Health Initiative.
in designated giving in 2009 in The United Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. said the 2009 An- collected during Annual Conference. Distefano, who is Conference secretary
Methodist Church. nual Conference Offering, given to support In November, Oklahoma Volunteers In for Global Missions. Beginning this year,
n For the highest amount of missionary work in Liberia, is building 20 wells to supply Mission (VIM) teams will begin serving in that honor is restructured as The All-Star
support and highest church participation in clean water in communities and supplement- Haiti in the earthquake recovery work. Church Recognitions and Awards Program,
2009 in the South Central Jurisdiction. ing salaries for 10,000 Methodist pastors, Gifts totaling almost $15,000 purchased announced Tom Hoffmann, chairman of the
The Annual Conference Offering, ap- whose monthly income is about $5 each. 74 wheelchairs for people in Rio Bravo, Mission and Service Ministry Team.
proximately $53,600, was shared between The bishop also announced Oklahoma Mexico. Rob Harris gave that update, and he Circle of Care leaders said they are as-
the denominations Imagine No Malaria Conference United Methodists donated applauded the many children who contrib- sisting more at-risk children and youth in
project for Africa and, in eastern Oklahoma, $613,509.43, as of May 1, for disaster re- uted their coins for that VIM project. Oklahoma. Mark Howard reported a record
Cookson Hills Center. This mission is an sponse in Haiti, according to Advance records. The Five-Star Church award for missions 13 students in the program graduated from
Advance project that serves the rural poor, More than 2,200 UMCOR kits for Haiti were was presented to 43 congregations by Karen high school this year.
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n Transformation
(Continued from page 1A)
We have seen when Gods people are faithful to Gods
call, amazing things can happen. For two years, a church that
once struggled with Apportionments has paid them in full by
May. We have grown numerically in people, too. I have been
transformed by this. Your prayerswe covet them.
Between June 7 and July 29, Project Transformation
will serve about 500 youngsters in Tulsa, Oklahoma City,
and Bartlesville.
n Now a young adult, Alethia Bartley was age 7 when
she went on her first mission trip. With writing help from
adults in her church, she gave her first sermon at age 11. At
16, she became a Lay Speaker. At Oklahoma City University,
her studies related to social justice have been a direct result
of growing up United Methodist, she said.
Bartley challenged perceptions that limit young people
to future church leadership.
My church treated me as the NOW, she emphasized
in the Board of Laity report. Lets raise our leaders as the
NOW, no matter what age!
n Above all I have achieved, I am a Christian, said Tao
Tao, a member of Edmond Chinese International UMC. She
Commissioned on May 31 as provisional elders are: front row from left, Michael Frazier Sr., was baptized there nine years ago. She is a new mother and a
Everisto Chikanga, Tiffany Smith, Adam Ricks, and Josue Araujo; Linda Lusnia, upper left; and certified public accountant. She told her story of transforma-
Sandra Shepherd, upper right. Standing with them are Michael Burkett, Board of Ordained Ministry tion as part of the report by the Department of Congregational
chairman, and Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. Development.
While I continue to grow in Christ, so does my church,
Tao said. I got a baby; my church got a new building!
Strategic Plan goal: fruitful congregations Initially, a multi-ethnic group of 14 college students
gathered in a small room for Bible study. Tao was one of
2 churches will be planted in Edmond two students from her native region of China. Today, more
than 25 adults from Taos homeland are among 150 people
The Oklahoma Conference, proud parent of a 1-year-old, decade: Acts 2, Abiding Harvest in Broken Arrow, and worshipping in a church building purchased merely months
is expecting twins. ago. The mortgage has been paid in full.
Bridgeview in Norman.
Churches, that is. A member of the churchs Finance Committee, Tao quoted
Each of these has already paid back more in Apportion-
CrossTimbers United Methodist Church in Moore cel- Malachi and spoke of first fruits. She described donating
ments than the Conference gave them to start, he said. From
ebrated its first birthday on Easter Sunday. Its records show her first paycheck to the church after she began working. She
2002-09, these three churches paid a total of $626,000 in said practicing tithing is teaching her to revere God first.
47 professions of faith. Apportionments. n Pointing to scars on his head, a former member of the
First United Methodist Church in Moore is the anchor Delegates also approved action by other Conference Aryan Brotherhood told of his prison conversion experience,
church for CrossTimbers, and the pairing has boosted both of entities to reach new people of faith. The Racial Ethnic then introduced his fiance, who is African-American. The
them. Lay Leader Kenny Quenzer reported that First Church
Coordinating Committee (RECC) disbanded, shifting funds couple has found a source of Christian support in Exodus
just broke ground for a multipurpose center.
to a new category: Racial/Ethnic Church Starts. Six racial/ House, a program of Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries
Other congregations are serving as anchors for two
ethnic representatives will be added to the Department of (CJAMM).
new-church plants, launched this month. Allen Buck and
Congregational Development.
Adam Ricks were named Church Planters for the startups,
in southeast and northeast Edmond. The anchor churches are
OKC-Chapel Hill and Edmond-Acts 2, respectively.
The Committee on Equitable Compensation added new
church starts as a fourth category for salary supplement. n Online
A new church is one place where we get a financial return Chairman Bruce Brotherton said the goal is to give new (Continued from page 1A)
on our investment, as well as a spiritual return, said Craig churches every opportunity to succeed. and what you believe in, and I feel that I want to be part
Stinson in the report for the Department of Congregational The Discipleship Ministry Team will roll out an evan- of a church community that rightly divides the Word and
Development. The department directs funding support and gelism initiative later this year, according to Chairman is putting it into practice. Thank you for live streaming the
more to grow churches. Greg Tener. James Graham encouraged churches to use the conference.
Rev. Stinson saluted three churches established in this Natural Church Development (NCD) tool. n Thanks very much for this new method of being there
without the travel. My walking and standing dont hold up well
By the numbers at 77 years. What a blessing to experience this at home.
n The Skyline (fund-raising) project was mentioned
n Delegates approved a budget of item is increasing 8.6 percent for local 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 minutes and, having my laptop, I logged in and voted for the project.
$16,534,735 for 2011. That total reflects churches, and the monthly premiums for ahead of schedule. In previous years, the WOW, it has already moved into 163rd place in just a few
an overall Apportionment increase of the clergy and lay employees are going conference has met through Thursday. hours. I cannot wait to check tomorrow to see how much
$550,000 over the current year. About up 10 percent, reported Chairman Rick A task force recommendation led to the faster it moves up. What a great example of what we can do
two-thirds of that increase is for health- Kelly of the Health Benefits Committee. shortened schedule. when called to action.
care benefits. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2011. By making the change, Conference n Watching on Internet has been like a revival for me.
n To pay the increasing cost of n The annual conference, which leaders expected to save money and time I'm very pleased and thankful for the opportunity to join in
health insurance, that Apportionment began Sunday evening, adjourned at at all levels. at home.

Social justice retreat


Calendar Colors @ CrossPoint Family Gathering Camps Mother/Child Retreat Academy for Spiritual Formation Leader: Tony Campolo
Young Adult Weekend Retreat July 30-Aug. 1 at Egan July 30-Aug. 1 Oct. 17-22 March 11-12, 2011
Youth and Family Day July 29-Aug. 2 Aug. 13-15 at CrossPoint Camp Egan Canyon Camp Board of Church & Society
July 11 Cross Point Camp Single-Parent Family Camps Contact: Jacci Freno Speakers: Elaine Heath, Perkins
White Water Bay, Oklahoma City For ages 18-25 Aug. 13-15 at Egan jaccifreno@cox.net, School of Theology, Youth Workers Gathering
Sponsor: Campus Ministries Information: www.okumc.org, Aug. 20-22 at Cross Point 405-677-3279 and Native American spiritualist March 25-26, 2011
Ticket information: 405-530-2013 405-530-2035 (Camps registrar) www.okumcministries.org/Camps/ Ray Buckley OKC-Church of the Servant
cgrunow@okumc.org Family_Gathering.htm www.youtheology.com
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Briefly
Bishop carries banner in battling malaria n Retreat for young adults
By Holly McCray Terry Koehn of Lawton is dean for Colors@
The bishop held a baby girl in his arms and prayed for her dur- Cross Point, a retreat for young adults, ages 18-25,
ing his recent tour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two days on July 29-Aug. 2.
later, the baby died. Those first years after high school, said Rev.
Imagine a world with no malaria. Koehn, can be some of the most awkward when it
Think of the heartache of a mother. Think of the hopes and comes to fitting in at churchand fitting church
dreams and aspirations for that child, said Bishop Thomas Bick- into ones life.
erton, father of four and guest preacher for the 2010 Oklahoma Theme is Know Your Gifts, Find Your
Annual Conference, in an interview. Place. The retreat at Cross Point Camp opens at
A million people die from malaria every year75 percent of 1 p.m. Friday and concludes Monday morning.
them children younger than 5, Bickerton said. He is passionately To contact Koehn: 580-483-6822, terry-koehn@
driving forward the denominations Imagine No Malaria cam- sbcglobal.net.
paign, launched in April. One-half of the annual conference offering n Cokesbury reopens in OKC
supported the cause. Cokesbury in Oklahoma City has reopened, af-
I live under the conviction that every one of Gods children ter a May hailstorm damaged its original space.
deserves to live a healthy, sustained life, he said. The store relocated only a few doors away, in
Children affirm that statement when they visit his Pennsylvania the same shopping center, at 6811 N. May Ave.
episcopal office during confirmation tours. Theyre in tune that the It is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.
world isnt as privileged as our kids are, Bickerton said. to 4 p.m.
We are the country of abundance; we have great resources. Weve Only salvaged merchandise is available at
Thomas Bickerton preaches at Annual Conference.
got the technology to do away with this killer disease. We have the this time and is offered at discount, according
know-how to prevent it. Why arent we getting rid of it? grated programbecause of connected churches working together, to manager Julie Wise. Orders for new items
He described a mission trip to Africa in the 1980s as a second not independent of one another, he said. One church in Oklahoma cannot be processed. Inquiries can be made at:
conversion in his life as a Christian. I prayed about what could I may get excited about providing a generator for a hospital. But oklahomacity@cokesbury.com.
do to offer something back to people who have absolutely nothing that generator may not be compatible with the wiring system, the
materially but everything spiritually. I live where theres everything hospital may not have the money for the fueland the effort of n Accelerated study at OCU
materially, and we struggle for joy. that church has gone by the wayside. On July 13, an information session is set for
Bickertons prayer was answered when he was asked to lead He continued, In Africa, in the midst of corrupt government, the School of Adult & Continuing Education at
Nothing But Nets, a precursor to the new campaign, for the economic depravity, and more, there is one trusted vehicle: the Oklahoma City University.
denomination. Imagine No Malaria is more comprehensive. It Church. The eyes of Africans are turned toward the Church because This program offers accelerated study for
continues the $10-mosquito-net distribution project and adds com- its demonstrated it is concerned about saving their physical lives bachelors degrees in Behavioral Studies and
ponents of education, water removal work, and more. and their spiritual ones. Liberal Studies, with concentrations in Business,
The goal is lofty: elimination of malaria-related deaths by 2015. He heard Mrs. Nelson Mandela testify she was born in a Meth- Accounting, Mass Communications, and Organi-
The United Nations Foundation is founding entity. The bishop said odist hospital, came to know Christ in a Methodist church, and was zational Communication. Classes meet one night
40 faith-based groups have joined with secular partners from around educated at a Methodist school. per week, in eight-week cycles. Online classes
the world to accomplish it. Our people want to be wise in their giving, Bickerton said. also are available.
Its working, Bickerton said. Tanzania reported a 62 percent When they sense the need, they respond. I dont think people want The information session will be in Room
reduction in malaria-related deaths 18 months after a countrywide us to be talking about mosquito nets in 2020. They want to give 151 at the OCU Walker Center for Arts & Sci-
distribution of mosquito nets. A New York Times article in May the money, know its been used for the right purpose, and see the ence. Details, including fall class registration and
noted child mortality rates are nose-diving in Africa. job done. We have a window of opportunity; the global community transcript assessment: www.okcu.edu/sace or
Its working because of a comprehensive, coordinated, inte- has converged. 405-208-5820.

Pastor introduces himself to new congregation Opportunities


Director of Ministries to Youth, Children and
Churches receive new and returning pas- spent most of my life growing up in Europe. God willing, by the time you read this I will Families: Full-time. Tulsa-Memorial Drive UMC,
tors this month. In advance, this clergyman I graduated with a degree in art. Web design have graduated from seminary. pastor.mdumc@tulsacoxmail.com, 918-398-3891.
wrote for the Tishomingo UMC newsletter. and development are what I had been doing I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, Administrative Assistant: Full-time. St.
Stephen's UMC, Donna Dodson, 400 W. New
By Will Pasieczny when I answered my call to ministry. but I joined the UMC in 2001. Ever since Orleans St., Broken Arrow, 74011, ddodson@
I had just joined Acts 2 UMC in Edmond, then, I have been active in serving. Over the ssumcba.org.
Im taking a and I had been downsized at work. Rev. Foster years at Acts 2, I served as chair of the Wit- Pianist/Organist: Part-time. Ponca City-
break from home- asked me if I had thought about going back ness Committee and of the Administrative Albright UMC, 580-765-6432.
workI have just Director of Discipleship: Full-time. McFarlin
to school. I replied, Yes, but I was not sure Council. I also taught Sunday School and UMC, Jennifer Sims, P.O. Box 6390, Norman,
one week of school what classes I would take. Disciple Bible Study. 73070, jsims@mcfarlinumc.org.
left, though itll be Then he asked if I had ever considered go- Heidi has been a registered nurse for 14 Musician: Part-time. Checotah UMC, Wayne
all over by the time ing into fulltime ministry. I was stunned. years and (as I write this letter) she is in Haiti Loftin, 918-473-5714, revloftin1@windstream.net.
you read thisto Needed: Warehouse space and truck in Oklaho-
Ten years earlier, I had been deployed to on a medical mission trip. We have two boys, ma City for Project Noel. November and December.
write my new fam- Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War. With plenty of Alex and Joshua. Joe Tilton, 580-331-7733; or Amanda Lockwood,
ily in Tishomin- spare time to read my Bible, to pray, and to We are happy to have been appointed to 405-257-3105.
go. We are eager consider my mortality (I was in a war zone), I Tishomingo, and we look forward to working Executive Director: The MUTUAL Girls Club
to meet each and (Methodists United To Use Applied Love), Bartles-
began to hear Gods call. I had never mentioned with you all. ville. Executive Committee, MUTUAL Girls Club,
every one of you. Pasieczny it to anyone, so imagine my surprise when a It is my distinct privilege and honor to P.O. Box 2405, Bartlesville, 74005.
With that in mind, decade later someone affirmed my call. have the opportunity to serve at First UMC. I Music Ministries Director: Full-
let me introduce you to the Pasiecznys. From that time, Ive been working toward know God has big things in store for us, and I time. Randy Shrauner, Church of the Servant,
I was raised in the U.S. Air Force and 14343 N. MacArthur, Oklahoma City, 73142,
becoming an elder. It has been eight years. am committed to be about His business. rshrauner@churchoftheservant.com.

The Oklahoma United Methodist


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In memoriam Oklahoma Annual Conference


Charles Puckett Homer Ray Williams, who retired in 1989. Following the Plan: Faithful Witness, Transforming Presence
Rev. Charles D.W. Puckett, 86, of Broken Viola was born July 31, 1920, in Newton, May 30-June 2, 2010, Tulsa
Arrow died May 30, 2010. He began his min- Kan. She married Williams on May 1, 1938.
istry career in 1947 and retired in 1994. The couple lived in Kansas, Colorado, and Video and Audio Recording Order Form
Charles was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Bro- California before moving to Oklahoma, in
ken Bow. He was a World War II veteran. 1976, to serve at United Methodist churches.
He married Oma Lee McClendon on Feb. Survivors include Rev. Williams; daugh- Session Audio CD DVD
14, 1946. ter Ellen Scott of Cordell; four sons, Law-
He attended East Central State College rence, of Cathedral City, Calif., Gerald, of Memorial and Communion (Sunday) ________ ________
and Perkins School of Theology. Weatherford, Dean, of Stockton, Calif., and Episcopal Address (Monday) _ ________ _________
He served the Pickett Circuit and at Loco, Steven, of Henryetta; 18 grandchildren, 31
Minco, Fletcher, Chandler, Henryetta, Bro- great-grandchildren, and six great-great Service of Commissioning (Monday) _ ________ _________
ken Arrow-First, and Tulsa-First. grandchildren. Retirement Service (Tuesday) _ ________ _________
Survivors include his wife, Oma Puckett; Funeral was May 27 at Cordell UMC.
son David Puckett of Jenks; three daughters, Mary Alexander Service of Ordination (Tuesday) _ ________ _________
Susan Blaylock of Broken Arrow, Ruth Rose Mary Elinor Alexander, 82, of Nowata
and Sarah Childers, both of Tulsa; six grand- died May 12, 2010. She was the widow of Number of Audio CDs _ ________
children and two great-grandchildren. Rev. Charles M. Pappy Alexander, who Cost per CD: $6, Complete Set $25
Service was June 4 at Tulsa-First. died in 1992. Number of DVDs _ ________ _________
Clara Griggs Mary Elinor was born March 3, 1928, in Cost per DVD: $15, Complete Set $70
Clara M. Griggs, 96, of Amarillo, Texas, Bartlesville. She married Rev. Alexander on Total cost per column _ ________ _________
died May 21, 2010. She was the wife of Rev. Aug. 30, 1950. She was a journalist, report-
Douglas A. Griggs, who retired from the ing for the Associated Press and owning two
Oklahoma Conference in 1988. Oklahoma newspapers. $ ____________________ Grand Total
Clara was born Sept. 19, 1913, in Plains, Survivors include three sons, Charles,
Kan. She married Doug Griggs on Aug. 20, John, and Bill; two daughters, Candy Fielder Name__________________________________________________________________
1971, in Clovis, N.M. For the past 13 years, and Joyce Chitwood; 11 grandchildren and
the couple lived at Craig Methodist Retire- six great-grandchildren. Address_ _______________________________________________________________
ment Center in Amarillo. Funeral was May 17 at Nowata-First.
City ______________________ State ______________________Zip code____________
Survivors include Rev. Griggs, two sis-
ters, and two brothers. Funeral was June 5 for Joe Ramey, fa- Phone__________________________________________________________________
Memorial service was June 2 at Craig ther of Rev. Daniel Ramey, who is the pastor
Memorial Chapel, Amarillo. at Atoka and New Zion churches. E-mail__________________________________________________________________
Viola Williams Funeral was June 3 for Vernon Norris, Mail to: Oklahoma Conference Department of Communications
Viola Geraldine Williams, 89, of Cordell father of Rev. Sonya Tobey, who is the pastor 1501 N.W. 24th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73106
died May 24, 2010. She was the wife of Rev. at Pond Creek UMC.
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Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation insights

Jim Egan Award honors Bartlesville couple


By Kristin E. Van Nort for Phillips Petroleum, and his ville Community Foundation, and
The Foundation is honored to career involved relocating the fam- Boy Scouts. Ronnie is active in the
present the 2010 Jim Egan Legacy ily many times. But they always community through Girl Scouts,
Award to longtime supporters returned to Bartlesvilleand First the Symphony Society, and many
Glenn and Veronica Ronnie Cox Church. service leagues.
of Bartlesville. Family, friends, church, and We feel it a responsibility to
On May 31, the Coxes received community are among the things contribute to the community in
the award in Boston Avenue United Glenn and Ronnie value most. different ways, to take into account
Methodist Church, as Oklaho- These priorities can be seen in needs that are community-wide. We
ma Annual Conference delegates where they serve and share their want the community to benefit and
rose in a standing ovation for the resources. become an attractive place to live,
couples service and generosity They are an example of Chris- said Ronnie.
to The United Methodist Church. tian love and generosity to all they The Coxes also choose to sup-
Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and Rev. meet. port organizations that help people
Dr. Robert Long, vice chairman of Glenn and Ronnie have served who face difficulties, such as the
the Foundations Board of Trustees, on their churchs board of trustees, Salvation Army and United Way.
presented the award. staff-parish relations committee, We want to give back since we
The Jim Egan Legacy Award and in the childrens area building didnt start out with much, said
recognizes persons who model campaign, plus many other com- Ronnie. If you are comfortable
Christian stewardship and phi- mittees. and healthy enough to serve in some From left, Bishop Robert Hayes congratulates Ronnie and
lanthropy. An incorporator of the Glenn has shared his expertise way, you should. Glenn Cox after they received the Foundations Jim Egan
Foundation, Egan exemplified on the Oklahoma United Methodist Additionally, Glenn and Ronnie Legacy Award at Annual Conference.
stewardship and dedicated his life Foundations investment commit- support a place that made a signifi-
to United Methodism. tee for more than 20 years, and he cant impact on Glenns life: Central Many students who attend family that always valued church
Glenn and Ronnie are members chaired the Foundations board for Methodist University, Fayette, Mo. Central Methodist are the first in involvement.
of Bartlesville-First UMC and five years. Glenn attended Central Methodist their families to attend college, like Married for 57 years, Glenn
literally joined that church three He also has been involved in for his first two years of college and I was, said Glenn. and Ronnie have three children:
times in the span of their long numerous civic efforts, including is a longtime member of its board He attributes his strong values to Martin, Grant, and Cecelia, and five
membership there. Glenn worked the OK Mozart Festival, the Bartles- of trustees. a great upbringing in a supportive grandchildren.

The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation Inc., 4201 Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City 73118; www.okumf.org; 800-259-6863

OCU School of Religion graduates 12


In May at Oklahoma City University, She plans to return to Oklahoma to become
the Wimberly School of Religion graduated ordained as an elder in the Church.
a class of 12 religion majors, with nine re- Tino Herrera serves as director of Mid-
ceiving bachelors degrees and three earning dle School Student Ministries at McFarlin
masters degrees. UMC in Norman and is considering future
Master of Arts in Religion seminary studies.
Melissa Thompson will continue work- Andy Nelms became a passionate student
ing as director of Student Ministries at St. of the Hebrew Bible and largely attributed
Matthews UMC in Midwest City. She said that interest to Dr. Lisa Wolfe, who spe-
the OCU faculty made a point to teach us cializes in the area. Nelms said, I took so
with love, understanding, and pushed us to be many of her classes because of her teaching
the absolute best we could be. These last two style.She doesnt stand up at the front of the
years have been absolutely amazing! class and lecture; she sits in a circle with the
Carron Jones continues to serve as an students and discusses the topic. She treats
Army chaplain. students as equals with valid ideas. Nelms
Chunhai Anthony Li described the plans to attend Saint Paul School of Theology
1 years at OCU as one of the best times of The Class of 2010 from the Wimberly School of Religion: from left, at OCU in the fall.
his life; the university became his spiritual Tasha Sargent, Shannon Rodenberg, Michael Madison, Eric Brown, Michael Madison is considering future
home. Anthony appreciated learning about Tino Herrera, Adam Shahan, Tina Dean-McDaniel, Andy Nelms, Anthony Li, seminary studies.
various cultures and praised OCU for its and Brandon Kyle. Not pictured: Carron Jones and Melissa Thompson. Adam Shahan will continue as pastor of
advanced academic scholarship and, more Lexington UMC and begin studies at Saint
importantly, outstanding professors. Paul School of Theology at OCU in the fall.
Bachelor of Arts in Religion He and his wife, Aly, are anticipating the
Brandon Kyle is deciding where to birth of their first child and celebrating the
study philosophy in the fall, after receiving recent publication of his fiction book The
a number of acceptance offers from gradu- Fall of the Four.
ate schools. His goal is to write and teach Shannon Rodenberg said, The profes-
at a university. Kyle explained, Wisdom is Eric Brown will work at an Oklahoma coordinated the Wednesday at the Wesley sors genuinely cared about me and were
meaningless if not paired with kindness. The City auto dealership as he considers his op- lunches and Youth Service Day. She was always ready to challenge me and support
professors at OCU teach this by example. tions for future seminary studies. grateful for opportunities to attend confer- me as I learned about my studies and about
The faculty affords their students respect and Tina Dean-McDaniel works at Wesley ences and events and to participate in service life." Rodenberg plans to attend Saint Paul
friendship. In addition to creating a familial UMC in Oklahoma City. projects. In August, she will begin studies at School of Theology at OCU in the fall and
atmosphere, this serves to create the best Tasha Sargent served as an intern in Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary then become a pastor in the Oklahoma
possible environment for learning. OCUs Religious Life office, where she in Evanston, Ill., as a Leadership Scholar. Conference.