More than 400 people from various walks of the energy industry gathered on Oct. 13 in Oklahoma City for the sixth annual Oilfield Prayer Breakfast.

The event, which was organized by the Oilfield Christian Fellowship and Southern Baptist Oil Patch Chaplains, featured times of prayer, a proclamation from Gov. Mary Fallin and a keynote speech by Harold Mathena, a retired oil and gas executive and deacon at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs.

Mathena preached about the saving work of Jesus Christ. Speaking to the example of Christ redeeming the demon-possessed man and casting the demons into the Gadarene swine, Mathena said, “If Jesus can save this man, he can save anyone.”

The Oilfield event helps raise funds to give Bibles to workers in the Oilfield and also draws people to pray for those affected by a slumping oil and gas economy.

Speaking to the gathering, Oklahoma Baptists’ Tom Beddow, who leads the Oil Patch Chaplains, said that “Now as much as ever, people in our industry need prayer.”

For more information about the Oilfield ministry efforts contact Beddow at