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A New Chapter begins
Apr14

A New Chapter begins

TULSA—Alex Himaya might be called a modern-day circuit riding preacher. The only difference is his mode of transportation is video rather than a horse, and his congregations all hear his message at the same time. But just as circuit riding preachers in the American frontier changed the style and tone of this country’s religion, so is Himaya’s vision changing the scope of ministry in the Tulsa area. Himaya became pastor of Broken...

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Longtime Hispanic department becomes church
Feb24

Longtime Hispanic department becomes church

One of Oklahoma City’s oldest and best-known Hispanic ministries is now a self-standing church. Iglesia Bautista Hispana Jesus es el Camino (Jesus is the Way Baptist Church), which has been one of the most active departments at Oklahoma City, Exchange Avenue, was constituted as a church Feb. 16. Pastor of the new church is Mario Zamarron, who has served as associate pastor of Exchange Avenue and pastor of the Hispanic congregation...

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SEC Speaker: Jackson sees ‘New Beginnings’
Jan06

SEC Speaker: Jackson sees ‘New Beginnings’

Paint a picture of a church planter, and it would look something like K.J. Jackson, the pastor of a seven-year-old church plant, Tulsa, New Beginnings. The church started three new works in 2013—in North Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Muskogee—a church in Sand Springs two years ago, as well as a Hispanic congregation, and is helping a church plant in Lawton. “The best form of evangelism is new works,” emphasized Jackson, whose north side...

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SEC Speaker: Fannin sees God work in Ardmore
Jan06

SEC Speaker: Fannin sees God work in Ardmore

Alton Fannin wasn’t afraid to make some changes at Ardmore, First when he realized, besides the youth minister, he was the youngest staff member at the historic downtown church. As a result, the church has grown by about 400 members in the last seven years, and baptisms have increased from an average of 75 a year to 115-120. The church hired Todd Davison to minister to young adults through a new contemporary worship service called...

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SEC Speaker: Gideon leads through passion
Jan02

SEC Speaker: Gideon leads through passion

EDMOND—Blake Gideon believes the church exists to multiply. So Edmond, First, where he serves as pastor, is seeking to multiply, not only people, but avenues in which to worship. The first step began last September, when the church launched a new campus at Cheyenne Middle School with Saturday night services as well as a preschool/children’s program, which includes child care and “Kids Church” for first through fifth grades. “We hope...

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