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SEC Speaker: Garland’s desire to reach catches on
Jan02

SEC Speaker: Garland’s desire to reach catches on

BROKEN ARROW—Nick Garland can stand on the steps outside his office and look over a 140-acre campus, but the ministry of Broken Arrow, First goes far beyond his sight. Called to the ministry at age 13 during an Royal Ambassadors’ study of missionary William Carey, Garland has dedicated his life to learning to share the Gospel and teaching others how to do it. He grew up in Humboldt, Tenn., graduated from Florence State University in...

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SEC Speaker: Himaya leads a vibrant church
Dec17

SEC Speaker: Himaya leads a vibrant church

BROKEN ARROW—The first church Alex Himaya started may have been a bust, but that certainly isn’t the case with the church he leads now. Worshipping at two campuses in Broken Arrow/Tulsa, the Church at Battlecreek and the Church at Midtown now have more than 6,000 people attending on any given Sunday. In fact, the congregation recently was named the 20th-fastest-growing church in America by Outreach Magazine. Himaya’s father is from...

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Everyday Church reaching Moore

MOORE—As the tornado plowed through Moore on May 20, John Hickman sat in Brandon, Miss. with his eyes glued to the TV. Just a few months earlier, God had spoken to Hickman about planting a new church in his hometown. Now the area was being devastated by the massive storm. “I was torn,” related Hickman. “I was in Mississippi, but my heart was in Oklahoma.” Hickman and his family were in Brandon doing a church planting residency at...

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How SWEET it was
Sep03

How SWEET it was

MOORE—If Southern Baptist women throughout Oklahoma aren’t energized with new ideas and enthusiasm for ministry, it’s not the fault of state leadership. Women missions and ministry leaders from across the state gathered Aug. 24 for a SWEET (Statewide Women’s Enrichment and Education Training) Conference at Moore, First with a fun and festive environment designed to expand their knowledge and ignite a passion among women in their...

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Tulsa gets a ‘New Beginning’
Aug27

Tulsa gets a ‘New Beginning’

TULSA—Although K.J. Jackson was born, raised, educated and employed in California, it was pretty obvious God had a work for him to do in Oklahoma—and connections to bring him here. After graduating from the University of San Diego, where he met his wife, who was from Tulsa, Jackson and Kimberly settled in San Luis Obispo, where Jackson was employed in sales and marketing and was bivocational children/family pastor at First Church...

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