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From police car to pulpit
Sep15

From police car to pulpit

Sitting in the back seat of a police car, the farthest thing from Johnny Wagner’s mind was serving as the pastor of a church. Yet, some 12 years and a few miracles later, that’s where Wagner finds himself. Forced to be on his own at age 15, Wagner literally pulled himself up by his boot straps to become successful, although for years it was on the wrong side of the law. Wagner’s parents divorced when he was 8. His mother moved from...

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Not your ordinary coffee house
Jun15

Not your ordinary coffee house

Claremore business promotes success with every cup CLAREMORE—Only by the grace of God could so much happen in a tiny coffee shop on Claremore’s main street. “The Lord gave me the name ‘She Brews,’ said founder Rhonda Bear, “so I thought it must have something to do with coffee.” The idea for a coffee shop came when Bear, who served prison time for drug violations, was looking for a way to help incarcerated inmates. “For years,...

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Singing ChurchWomen celebrate their 25th anniversary
May12

Singing ChurchWomen celebrate their 25th anniversary

Concert honors SCW’s history, four directors make appearances They would have been proud to see the results of their dream. In a small room behind the stage of B.B. McKinney Chapel on the grounds of Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center some 26 years ago, James D. Woodward, Paul Magar and Mary June Tabor made plans to begin a state Baptist women’s choir, similar to the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma. Woodward, artist in residence...

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Heroes
Apr28

Heroes

Women learn to be super heroes, give a super offering at 2015 Women’s Retreat DAVIS—Even super heroes can’t control everything. Such as power outages caused when a cement truck strikes a power line, and rain-soaked construction sites leading to mud-slick roads and pathways. But these minor glitches did not dampen the spirits or the heroic powers of some 2,560 women attending the annual Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma...

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Mission Minded: Clements see results of serving people in need
Mar31

Mission Minded: Clements see results of serving people in need

Chad and Anna Clement are fast learners. Just four years after moving to Oklahoma City with their three children, two Great Danes and a calling from God on their lives, they have established a growing ministry in many poverty areas of the city. The couple moved from Amarillo, Texas, where they worked in a children’s ministry and with youth, feeding some 2,300 children a day during the summer months. “We used the lunch ministry to...

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