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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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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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