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OKLAHOMA BAPTISTS’ 2021 ANNUAL MEETING

OBU recognizes first recipient of 1921 Memorial Scholarship

Oklahoma Baptists among many who ‘met at the Pole’ Sept. 22

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SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) recognized its first recipient of the 1921 Memorial Scholarship during a special event Sept. 27 on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The scholarship was established last year in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which took place May 31 to June 1, 1921. The 1921 Memorial Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to African-American students from Oklahoma. /// SEE PAGE 2

Oklahoma Baptists made the most of advancing the Gospel during the annual See You at the Pole—an observance since 1990 that has made a global impact of students gathering at flag poles to pray for their schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 22, students across Oklahoma joined those around the world early in the morning at their schools to pray. /// SEE PAGE 7

Oklahoma Baptists to gather for 115th Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-16 >> BRIAN HOBBS

Oklahoma Baptists will gather Nov. 15-16 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, 8601 S Pennsylvania Avenue, for the 115th Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will feature times of preaching, prayer, ministry reports and other convention business. In 2020, Oklahoma Baptists annual meeting was conducted as an abbreviated, one-day session due to effects from the pandemic. /// SEE PAGE 7

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Page 4 | Gospel Ministry Rite of Passage: Missing the storm >> WALKER MOORE

Page 5 | Missions & Ministry Oklahoma Baptists to gather for 115th Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-16 >> BRIAN HOBBS

Page 9 | People & Church News Historical Commission visits Oklahoma Baptist archives >> BOB NIGH

Page 10 | Church Toolbox There’s no better time for our kids to grow up >> AARON WILSON

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SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) recognized its first recipient of the 1921 Memorial Scholarship during a special event Sept. 27 on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The scholarship was established last year in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which took place May 31 to June 1, 1921. The 1921 Memorial Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to African-American students from Oklahoma. The scholarships are made possible by a partnership between OBU and Oklahoma Baptists. The first recipient of the 1921 Memorial Scholarship, Johnie’Lee Berry, began classes at OBU this fall. Berry spent his childhood in Watts, Calif., before moving to Spencer in 2014. He then graduated from Choctaw High School. He is a freshman sports ministry major at OBU and is active in numerous activities around campus, including Lambda Chi Lambda, club tennis, club soccer and flag football. He first learned he was receiving this scholarship earlier this year through a call from his admissions counselor. Berry said he is grateful for receiving the 1921 Memorial Scholarship and for being the first student selected to receive it, especially due to the meaning behind the scholarship. “A scholarship of any sort I’m thankful for,” Berry said, “but to receive a scholarship that reflects E N LofI N something so tragicNto the O state Oklahoma EW ENT T makes me feel evenBmore toNsucceed. LUSIVE CO E -EXCchallenged W I came here to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable and to inspire change in the world after I depart from here, and this scholarship enables me to perform to the best of my abilities with no excuses. Words can’t describe how thankful I am due to my financial situation. This scholarship is truly a gift from God.” ICATION INFO

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1)Johnie’Lee Berry speaks during a luncheon event where he was recognized as OBU’s first recipient of the 1921 Memorial Scholarship; 2) Pictured, from left Walter Wilson, African American ministry partner, Oklahoma Baptists; James Swain, associate executive director for church relations, Oklahoma Baptists; Heath A. Thomas, OBU president; Johnie’Lee Berry, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre scholarship recipient; John A. Reed Jr., senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Fairview Missionary and past president of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention; and Anthony Scott, pastor of North Tulsa, First and president of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention. >> PHOTO: CLINTON SINCLAIR

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Berry was recognized during a special luncheon Sept. 27. The luncheon followed the Gaskin Lecture in Raley Chapel, where guest speaker Anthony L. Scott, pastor of North Tulsa, First, spoke on, “The Church’s Response to the Tulsa Race Massacre.” OBU President Heath E S first announced IA.CThomas O V the establishment of the 1921 Memorial Scholarship in November 2020 during the Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, at Broken Arrow, First. “In light of this 1921 reality that we are going to face together, and in light of the divisions and the disruption, the animosity that was created, what we wanted to do is to partner together to create bonds of unity and pathways for hope in the future,” Thomas said. “So, for this reason, Oklahoma Baptist University has established… the 1921 Memorial Scholarship, which provides full tuition scholarships to African American men and women, as a way to remember, but also as a way to partner together. And where we recognize that Black Wall Street was burned down, we pray that this would be a way to equip the next generation of future shapers, so that they can go into their world and build things up.”

The scholarship is funded by OBU in conjunction with the support of Oklahoma Baptists. Members of the Oklahoma Baptists African American Fellowship help by selecting qualified students, making their recommendations for the scholarship recipients to OBU. The scholarship will exist in perpetuity, awarded to a new recipient every four years. The University desires to raise additional funds to provide scholarships to more students simultaneously in the future. “This is a small step, but it’s an important one,” Thomas said during the November 2020 event, “And I am going to ask you to join all of us together to pray that this would yield fruit in our state. Fruit of healing, of reconciliation, of Gospel partnership, so that the good of our communities would see the glory of God in Christ.” In 1921, from May 31 to June 1, Black Wall Street, a predominantly Black neighborhood of Tulsa, was burnt down, killing hundreds of African Americans in one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one of the least known. For more information about OBU,Lvisit E I Nokbu.edu.

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EC approves Guidepost contract, agrees to waive privilege BRANDON PORTER | OCT 5

Members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee voted for the waiving of attorney client privilege within the scope of an independent third-party investigation of the EC concerning the handling of sexual abuse claims. The Sexual Abuse Task Force, assembled by SBC President Ed Litton, was mandated by messengers to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting in June and will oversee the investigation. Trustees met for more than three and a half hours via Zoom before the group voted in favor of a motion to waive privilege by a margin of 44-31. Three members abstained from the vote. Six members of the committee resigned between Oct. 5 meeting and the meeting on Sept. 28. Litton said, “I am grateful, especially after many difficult weeks of discussion, that the full, transparent and unimpeded investigation will now commence.”

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Just Joe: A snake tale There along the wall was a snake. I immediately identified it as a coppermouthrattlemoccasin. The reason I immediately identified it that way is evOklahoma Baptists’ Interim Executive Director-Treasurer ery snake is a coppermouthrattlemoccasin. And that makes every snake deadly. It may not be the snake @marlowpreacher bite that kills you but it could be the associated cardiac event or brain aneurysm caused by the pressure created by a blood curdling scream. It happened many years ago on a Saturday night. So, I spotted one of these deadly, demonic creaMy wife, Gayla, who was very pregnant with our first- tures along the wall in my dining area. I assumed a born at the time, and I had been out visiting with defensive posture and started slowly backing away. some friends. I think they must have said they were I didn’t want to startle the thing and have it fly frying up some bacon and wanted us to come over. through the air and bite me on the neck or someWhen we got home from that bacon bonanza, I thing. As I was backing slowly away, I finally got far headed toward the dining room to put some finish- enough back that I started saying—ok, shouting, ing touches on an incredible Sunday School lesson “Gayla, there is a snake in the house.” I was going to teach the next morning. I think the I kept backing away until I got far enough back that I lesson was going to be on humility and I was pretty could see down the hallway and into the hall bathroom. sure I was going to knock it out of the park. Gayla, on There to my utter amazement I saw my very pregnant the other hand, went down the hall to get ready for wife standing on the commode. My first thought was, “I bed. For some reason being nine months pregnant wonder if she somehow knows that snakes can’t climb just took all of the stamina out of her. up porcelain and that’s why she has assumed that posiAs I walked into the dining area, I noticed some- tion.” My second and immediate thought was, “I wonthing laying along the base of the wall. I started to- der if there’s room on that toilet for me.” ward it to pick it up and put it in the living area beGayla and I locked eyes. That’s when she said it. “Joe, cause that’s what I do with everything that I don’t kill the snake.” I thought that was rather presumptuous. know what else to do with. But as I took a couple of So, I said, “You kill the snake.” When it comes to snakes, steps toward whatever it was, every alarm system in most men lose their man pride, so it was logical that I my body immediately went off and I jumped back- ask my very pregnant wife to dispatch the snake. She ward and into a defensive posture that Bruce Lee repeated herself, “Joe, kill the snake.” I repeated myself, would have been proud of. “You kill the snake.” That went on for a while until she

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said, “Joe, if you love me and our unborn child, kill the snake.” She was not arguing fairly, if you ask me. So, I started down my checklist of ways I could send this dastardly coppermouthrattlemocassin into its reptile eternity. I decided a shotgun would cause too much collateral damage. I decided a .22 could deflect off the floor and hit me in my shooting hand. I decided a kitchen knife was way too personal. As I was working through my list, my darling wife kept yelling at me, “Joe, kill the snake.” Then it dawned on me. I could use a golf club. So, I ran out the door to the shed where I kept my golf clubs. I forget to tell Gayla about my plan. So, she thought I had abandoned her and our unborn child. Until I burst back into the house with a golf club. I killed the snake. For those of you who are wondering for future reference, a six iron is the appropriate club for a dining area snake shot. I told Gayla that the dirty deed was done and the snake was dead. I fully expected her to run down the hall, put her arms around me, kiss me on the cheek, and declare I was her hero. Instead, she just went to bed. And I was left with removing the dearly departed snake from our house. As we go through life, we encounter stuff that needs to be done but don’t want to do. In those situations, the best thing is to take a deep breath and do whatever it is that needs to be done. It is better than arguing about it. It is better than trying to ignore it. It is better than just trying to hand it off. Just do the right thing for the people God has put in your life. That is always better.

Sword & trowel: Appreciating our pastors Brian Hobbs Editor of the Baptist Messenger @BrianGHobbs

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. If there ever were a time in church life that these ministers of the Gospel could use some extra appreciation, it is now. Pastors always have faced difficulties in carrying out their call and ministry assignments. Not only does the enemy of our souls present continual temptation and opposition, the tasks that every pastor is called on to carry out are multi-faceted and not easy. To name a few: preaching the Word, caring for the flock, leading the church, serving those in need, being a Christlike example, doing the work of evangelism and discipleship. Yes, the job description of a pastor is wide-ranging. The last two years have not made pastoral work any easier. In fact, a Lifeway Research poll from 2020—re-

leased during the pandemic—revealed “more than a quarter of pastors (27 percent) say they’re struggling with maintaining unity and dealing with conflict or complaints.” Add this all up, and we can see why this October, in particular, we need to encourage our pastors. In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul talks about the God of all Comfort. He says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God“ (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Too often we think about receiving comfort, that we forget to give it. So how can we be a blessing this month and beyond? Consider these ideas: • A Sunday School class could take up a collection and buy some gift cards or send notes of encouragement or offer to help with childcare or family needs. • Children can make art or a thank-you notes for the pastor. • Youth could help do yard work for the pastor. • Any church member who likes to cook could prepare and deliver baked goods.

Some time ago, pastors were surveyed about what would mean the most. Listen to some of these responses. “I am always given a card with a financial gift on pastor appreciation. I am thankful for both forms of recognition, but most important to me is that they remember me and thank me for my service to the church.” Another said, “A ‘younger me’ would need monetary affirmation, but the present ‘battle-worn me’ would just like sincere notes of encouragement.” One other said, “Speaking practically, receiving a getaway to a place of beautiful solitude with my family for a time of rest and reflection.” These are just a few ideas. Oklahoma Baptists, this October (and beyond), together let’s each find ways to be a blessing—to comfort, encourage and appreciate—our pastors. P.S. Allow me to take a moment here to say a heartfelt thank you to my pastor, Stephen Rummage, for the great ways you lead and serve. Also “thank you!” to every Oklahoma Baptist pastor out there! We love you and appreciate you more than words can express (Phil. 1:3).

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X L BasOthe OmyOchair T H I was sitting in scrolled C R U H C across the bottom of our televisionmessage screen. A major

storm was moving into Tulsa. Accompanying this storm were torrential rains and winds up to 60 mph. The meteorologist began giving minute-by-minute updates, warning that in approximately 15 minutes, the storm would hit the Tulsa State Fair. As the camera F I E DtheSmidway, I could see the rain I panned S S the C L Adown, pelting winds wreaking havoc on the booths and banners. The midway workers, soaked, were leaning into the wind, trying to tie down their equipment. I said a prayer, and emptiness filled my heart. You see, I should have been in the midst of that storm. I have served as a state fair chaplain for 33 years. I have labored alongside directors Tom Branch, Randy V Shaddox E Sa host of other men and women. O I Cand Last year the fair didn’t open because of the COVID pandemic. This year they wanted to protect us chaplains because our ministry is with those who travel with the games and amusement rides, temporary workers, games inspector, vendors and everyone who walks through the gates. God calls us to meet their needs. To minister among this group is like ministering to the world. Many languages are spoken, and many walks of life are represented, from the needy looking to get another meal to business owners who drive

up in their expensive trucks. Sooner E NorT N Mand TAaIneed, later, all of them E Rhave N T will E a chaplain is there to serve. The Tulsa State Fair has given us a centrally-located trailer; we can look out the door and see young families excited about E& P Lwho the day and tired P EoldOmen have been dragged from booth NEWS H C R U H C to booth by their wives and want nothing more than to get back to their recliners. In the past, our trailer has been stocked with items people might need such as Bibles, blankets, ponchos, socks, gloves and toiletries. E one the I have been in the midst ofU storms T UlikeRthe L C & S W E other night. N As it moved in, the chaplains would fan out and begin distributing ponchos. The workers can’t leave their booth, game or amusement ride; they must stay to guard the area or shut down. When they got up that morning, they didn’t know a storm was coming, so they stood there, soaked to the bone and shivering, welcoming the gift we had for them. I remember the last storm I helped with, seeing the chaplains leaning into the pelting rain, seeking out those who needed help, the biting wind trying to keep us from doing our job. We pressed on, giving, encouraging, praying and most of all just being there for those who needed us. When the storm passed, we had given out 149 ponchos. Later that day, those who had received these gifts came by our trailer to get some dry socks, a pair of gloves or a blanket, but they really came to thank us for standing with them in the storm.

Some shared their stories about why they were traveling from city to city. One man had been a bank president when his entire family was killed in a car accident. Distraught, he thought he would drop out of society and hide among those who drifted. He didn’t know God would use a storm to put a chaplain in front of him. There he found a friend, not only in the form of a chaplain but in Jesus Himself. As I watched the TV screen, my heart ached that I wasn’t there in the midst of the storm. In the storms, I’ve seen God work the most. He did not save me to sit in a chair and watch a storm; He called me to march into the middle of it to rescue the perishing. I am not a saint nor a hero. I am just one who follows Jesus as best as I can. And many times, He leads me into the storm because that is where He shines the most and does His best work. In Mark 4, we see Jesus asleep on the boat when a storm arose. Lifelong fishermen who had been in many storms were now afraid. First, they took on the storm themselves while Jesus remained asleep. Then they awakened Jesus and told Him to start bailing water from the sinking ship. But Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm in verse 39: “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” You see, my friends, Jesus is not a pail dipper; He is a storm stopper. Let Him speak into the midst of your storm. I miss standing in the storm.

‘Ministry Pipeline’ ready for launch Mark Dance Regional Ministry Partner and Director of Pastoral Development for Oklahoma Baptists @markdance

The 75-yard section of a petroleum pipeline which runs under my backyard in metro Tulsa is a very small part of 2.6 million miles of pipeline that fuels our nation with natural gas and oil. Most people are unaware of the existence or importance of this vast network of pipelines because almost all of it is underground. For more than a year, Oklahoma Baptists have been quietly working on an initiative called “Ministry Pipeline” (MP). This statewide network of mentoring cohorts (groups) is for emerging ministers between the 10th grade and 10th year of ministry. The focus of the Ministry Pipeline is to help these young, emerging ministers flesh out their calling early into their life and ministry, which is when they are making many of their most important decisions. There were 617 who formally accepted God’s call to the ministry at Falls Creek this summer, who join countless other Oklahomans who have said “yes” to God’s call to ministry. The Ministry Pipeline is not an event to promote or a resource to sell. It is old school, life-onlife mentoring groups for both males and females who have responded to God’s call to ministry leadership. Each cohort will be led by experienced ministry leaders who will help them flesh out their call. A year ago, I was praying for a dozen pilot cohorts to launch this month, but as of this writing, there are approximately 100! Half of the groups will be high school and college cohorts, and half will be young ministers (20s-30s) who are serving in ministry somewhere in Oklahoma. Discipling future disciple-makers In the classic poem by Homer, The Odyssey, “Mentor” was a loyal advisor to Odysseus who cared for and educated his son. That is a picture of what

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mentoring can look like, and why the term “mentoring” is so popular. I prefer the term “discipleship” to “mentoring”— and we have plenty of biblical models to inspire us. There are two Ananias’ in Acts we can learn from. The first Ananias in Acts 5 was a poser who pretended to be generous like Barnabas. Then we meet a second Ananias in Acts 9, who was a pipeliner, not a poser. Ananias met Paul when he was blind and brand new in the faith. He invested in Paul “in Damascus for some time.” Paul would go on to disciple Timothy, Titus, Pricilla, Aquila and countless others. We believe that every future and current disciple-maker needs to be discipled by someone who is already in ministry. Pastoral development This simple life-on-life discipleship model creates pastoral development opportunities in the most formative years of a minister’s life, which will prayerfully change the trajectory of their ministry, marriage, finances and health. Through MP cohorts, we can teach emerging ministers by drilling down on the implications of their calling. We will teach them not only how to minister in local churches, but also how to “manage” their life and family. We also hope to help them know how to manage their health and finances, which has disqualified too many from mission service. Oklahoma Baptists currently has 400 people serving oversees with the International Mission Board, but we want and need to send more. Additionally, 40 percent of Oklahoma Baptist pastors told us in a recent survey that they plan on retiring in the next 10 years,

which means we need to develop and disciple more ministers within our state to lead our churches. Praying for pipeliners Barnabas is perhaps my favorite New Testament pipeliner. When his nephew John Mark “wimped out” on his first mission trip, Paul wanted to permanently kick him off the team. Barnabas chose instead to mentor Mark, who got back on his feet and became a contributing author to the best-selling Book in history. Mark would also become an invaluable partner to Peter, and yes, even Paul. If we ultimately want more Marks and Pauls in Oklahoma and the Southern Baptist Convention, we will need more pipeliners like Barnabas and Ananias to disciple them. If you are interested in leading a MP Cohort, or want to recommend someone between the 10th grade and 10th year of ministry for a cohort, please let us know so that we can connect them soon (mdance@oklahomabaptists.org).

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TAHLEQUAH—The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at Northeastern State University (NSU) celebrated a century of ministry Oct. 1-2, in conjunction with the school’s homecoming events. NSU BCM directors and alumni from past decades and present met at the campus BCM building for a “Noonday” celebration service and luncheon. Other events included BCM members attending the NSU homecoming football game as a group and an after-game pancake & coffee fellowship, a longheld tradition of the NSU BCM. Carissa Jones, Oklahoma Baptists collegiate ministries assistant, has researched the history of BCM in Oklahoma. She explained that the NSU campus ministry, which began in 1921 as a ministry of Tahlequah, First, actually predates the formation of BCM (previously called Baptist Student Union) which officially began in 1924. “Baptist collegiate work began in Oklahoma in 1916 on multiple campuses,” Jones said. “These were informal, student-led groups affiliated with the Baptist Student Missionary Movement. The growth of these groups led to the formation of the first official Baptist Student Unions (BSU) in Oklahoma in 1924 and a resolution to join the state convention that same year.” Both alumni and current BCM students enjoyed all the weekend festivities. “We had such a great homecoming weekend celebrating 100 years of BCM,” said Bryce Stafford, who has served as BCM director since 2017. “We loved

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spending time with friends, family and our alumni. I was especially S glad O I CtheEclass Vfrom to see one alumnus of 1970 was here. He remembered coming to BCM (then BSU) in this building when it was brand new.” Bobby Lipscomb, NSU BCM director from 19992017, encouraged the alumni and current students who attended the luncheon with his recollections about his time of service in the campus ministry and some devotional thoughts about the influence of BCM on others. Lipscomb especially emphasized how he was involved with BCM ministry with his wife Debbie, who passed away in 2018 after a bout with cancer. “Remember we taught you all, much of life is caught, not taught,” Lipscomb said. “We conveyed to you, (over the course of time) 10,000 people are watching you, by the time you reach my age (69). “Recently, a friend said to me, ‘Hey, I talked to someone the other day, who told me you made a

big difference in their life.’ He told me their name, but I couldn’t tell you who they were. But, it illustrates that something you will say, something you will do—even though you may not realize it—people will catch that and take it with them, and it will influence their actions.” Lipscomb’s point is demonstrated through Stafford who was a disciple of Lipscomb and became Lipscomb’s replacement as NSU BCM director. “It was a sweet time of fellowship and special memories,” Stafford said. “But I was also pleased that our leaders from the past were able to meet students who are serving in leadership today. Our campus ministry continues; BCM is influencing lives with the Gospel on our campus. Here’s to another 100 years!”

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Campers on Mission: Campers on Mission is a fellowship of Christian campers who share their faith while camping or doing mission activities. They work on projects in Oklahoma and across the U.S. For more information email pjones@ oklahomabaptists.org

Pray for North American Missionary Eric Ramsey Eric serves as executive directortreasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. He and his wife Gaye are from Tulsa. Pray for Eric as he encourages pastors and churches in West Virginia.

Pray for Oklahoma Missionary Lendell Nolan Lendell serves as pastor of Bixby Church where he serves the community of Bixby with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He requests prayer for God’s favor in leading people to Jesus.

For Powerpoint slides of Prayer Guide, visit www.oklahomabaptists.org/cp

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Fisher speaks with Oklahoma Baptists’ board members and staff members. On Oct. 5, Fisher was unanimously approved to become the next executive director-treasuer; 2) Board members pray over Jamy and Todd Fisher; 4) Michael Staton, chairman of the Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee, shares with board members about the committee’s selection process. 5) Todd FIsher with his wife Jamy; 6) Board members express appreciation for the Fishers.

Todd Fisher was approved to serve as Oklahoma Baptists’ executive director-treasurer with a unanimous vote by state convention board members during a special-called business meeting Oct. 5 in Oklahoma City. Fisher, who has served as pastor of Shawnee, Immanuel since 2003, is poised to become the 10th executive director-treasurer in the state convention’s history. Fisher will succeed Hance Dilbeck, who stepped down as executive director-treasurer in the summer of 2021 to become president-elect at GuideStone. Fisher will be presented for formal approval by Oklahoma Baptist messengers during the upcoming annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 15 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. He would officially assume the role as executive director-treasurer in January of 2022. The board also approved a motion that Oklahoma Baptists Senior Associate Director Joe Ligon, who has been serving as interim executive director-treasurer, would continue in that role until December 31. Fisher will assume his responsibilities on Jan. 1 of next year. About Todd Fisher Fisher has 30 years of pastoral experience and has served in multiple leadership roles in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) life. Fisher earned his master of theology and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Seminary in 2018. He holds a doctor of ministry from Midwestern Seminary (2001), a master of divinity from Southwestern Seminary (1996), and a bachelor of arts from Oklahoma Baptist University (1992). He has taught for Oklahoma Baptist University, Southern Seminary and Southwestern Seminary. Fisher has served on various boards across SBC life, including as chair of the Southern Seminary board. Fisher is currently serving a one-year term as Oklahoma Baptists’ president and is scheduled to preach at the 2021 Annual Meeting. He is married to Jamy, and they have three children: Zachary, Carly and Anna.

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Staton, Search Committee share about process, nomination Members of the Oklahoma Baptists Executive Search Committee each spoke enthusiastically about Fisher during the meeting and expressed how they believe God guided the decision process. Committee chairman Michael Staton, pastor of Mustang, First, explained the search process and how the Lord led them to nominate Fisher. “I want to express how truly thankful our committee is for your support and prayers,” Staton said. “As you can imagine, this is a daunting responsibility and one we have approached with dependence upon the Holy Spirit to direct our steps. The Lord has used your encouragement and intersession on our behalf to strengthen us to accomplish His work. We are thankful for each of you. “Second, I want to say how much I appreciate the committee I was honored to serve with in this process. Each committee member was an active participant who approached this responsibility with prayer and humility. These are fine, godly men who have proven to be worthy of the trust you placed in them. I will forever be impacted by the privilege of serving together with them. “I also want to state my deep gratitude for our Oklahoma Baptists staff. These talented men and women have carried on the work during this interim time with skill and dedication. Under the leadership of our interim executive-director, Joe Ligon, the work of Oklahoma Baptists has continued to flourish. I know that does not happen by accident; it is the result of the kindness of God through the excellent leadership of Dr. Ligon and the rest of the staff. “Finally, I want to share how excited I am for the future of Oklahoma Baptists. Make no mistake, there were a number of gifted men who could have been selected to this role and would have served us well. In the end, the Lord clearly led us to Dr. Fisher, and I believe under his leadership, the work of the Kingdom will continue to grow in our state. He is a proven leader, theologian, pastor to pastors and a committed follower of Christ. I believe great days are ahead.”

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Each of the members of the search committee shared their part in the process and how the Lord led them to select Fisher. Search committee member Rusty McMullen, pastor of McAlester, First, said, “It was an honor to serve Oklahoma Baptists on this search committee. I am confident our great God has brought us His man for this time. Please joining me in praying for him and the rest of our state convention leadership. Great days are ahead for Oklahoma Baptists.” Other search committee members included: Michael Butler, pastor of Chickasha, First; Russell Duck, retired pastor of Elk City, First; Jeremy Freeman, pastor of Newcastle, First; Heath Tucker, pastor of Edmond, Waterloo Road; and LeRon West, pastor of Tulsa, Gilcrease Hills. Fisher thankful to the Lord, desires to lead with humility and listening ear During the Oct. 5 meeting, Fisher addressed board members, thanking them for their support and asking for prayer. “I was not seeking this job,” he said. “I am very happy where I am serving. But it became apparent to Jamy and me, through the process, that God was calling me to serve in this capacity. “I want our board, and I want Oklahoma Baptists to know, that I am excited about this new challenge,” Fisher continued. “I want to make the following commitments. I will commit to lead our state convention with humility. I will work to build consensus. I want to listen. I want to be a servant-leader for our convention. I want to be a humble and accessible encourager to churches of every size and in every part of Oklahoma. I commit to lead with faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and to the Faith.” In additional remarks, Fisher underscored his support to the Baptist Faith and Message, the Cooperative Program and to the Great Commission. Fisher then asked board members and Oklahoma Baptists for prayer. At the conclusion of the meeting, board members surrounded Todd and Jamy, laying hands on them in prayer.

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Affirmation expressed on social media for Fisher

When news broke that Todd Fisher had been nominated to become the next executive director-treasurer for Oklahoma Baptists, widespread positive reactions were heard over social media, including the following: This is a great day for all Oklahoma Baptists! An incredible choice… Todd Fisher, we at OBU stand with you and our churches to advance the gospel together! All of life, all for Jesus! Heath Thomas Congratulations to Todd Fisher and Oklahoma Baptists. Excellent choice to lead us forward. Ryan Smith

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I am thankful for Todd Fisher and look forward to rallying behind you my friend. Chris Wall Congrats Todd Fisher! You will lead us well in the power of the Holy Spirit and the Truth of the Word. Ryan Redwine Thrilled to see the man God has called and raised up for this hour! Jeremy Freeman

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Congratulations. You and Jamy Fisher are amazing servants of God. That is all He requires. He will do the rest! God bless you both. Teresa Hickman Brady This is a historic day for OK Baptists. Like you I have prayed for the Exec search team. God has answered and Todd Fisher will be elected by the Board of Directors. He is an outstanding pastor and leader. He will lead with a shepherd’s heart. Congrats Todd! Anthony Jordan


Oklahoma Baptists among many who ‘met at the Pole’ Sept. 22 /// PREVIEWED ON COVER >> by Chris Doyle

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Oklahoma Baptists made the most of advancing the Gospel during the annual See You at the Pole—an observance since 1990 that has made a global impact of students gathering at flag poles to pray for their schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 22, students across Oklahoma joined those around the world early in the morning at their schools to pray. Some schools had hundreds attend; a few had a handful, but See You at the Pole continues to be a day when Christian students can demonstrate their commitment to God to make a difference at their schools for Him. “It seems like there’s been a great turnout (at See You at the Pole) from the reports I have received,” said Brian Baldwin, student missions and evangelism ministry partner for Oklahoma Baptists. “Obviously, with all the situations going on in the world, situations in our own country going on, that there are reasons to coming out to pray.” Baldwin said one of his favorite moments from See You at the Pole was in a photo of a lone kid praying at his school. He said the school had more than one prayer time scheduled, but Baldwin appreciated what the photo revealed. “I just think it’s a powerful picture because in some of these pictures there are kids standCROOKED OAK HS ing alone, and others, like in smaller towns, have so many kids show up for it,” he said.

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Ronnie Null, youth director at Duncan, Fair, reported more than 100 students, parents, teachers and staff attended See You at the Pole at Em- WASHINGTON HS pire High School in Duncan. See You at the Pole is totally initiated by students, allowing them the opportunity to stand for the Lord and making Him known. “It’s student-led,” Baldwin said. “Our youth leaders are encouraging students to do it. Our churches want to encourage students, but this has to be a student-led event. That’s the whole point. It’s been going on for so long. There’s something about having it this year, with the craziness in our world, that I think made See You at the Pole a little more urgent, emphasizing that God is greater than our world situations.” Another significance of See You at the Pole is the time of year when it occurs. MASON HS “It’s one of the first events of the school year,” Baldwin said, “so it’s an opportunity for students to take a stand. There’s certainly in some situations where Christians are not in the majority. (See You at the Pole is) a great way to make your faith public.” The theme for See You at the Pole this year is “Just Pray,” with the theme verse being James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” “I think the whole thing we can get out of what has happened the last few years is we need to humble ourselves and pray,” Baldwin said. Oklahoma Baptists also supported 16 state associations that hosted rallies that occurred the night ELK CITY HS of See You at the Pole. Through the State Missions Offering, a total of $7,500 was offered for the associations to do “Saw You at the Pole” rallies. A total of 3,729 people combined were reported in attendance at the rallies with 238 spiritual decisions being reported, including 143 professions of faith in Christ. Bryan Association reported 1,020 people attending its rally at Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Durant, with 83 making professions of faith. Muskogee Association had its rally at Fort Gibson High School gym, reporting 650 people in attendance and 40 professions of faith. For more on Oklahoma Baptists student ministry opportunities visit oklahomabaptists.org/youth.

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Oklahoma Baptists will gather Nov. 15-16 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, 8601 S Pennsylvania Avenue, for the 115th Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will feature times of preaching, prayer, ministry reports and other convention business. In 2020, Oklahoma Baptists annual meeting was conducted as an abbreviated, one-day session due to effects from the pandemic. In 2021, the two-day format resumes, with the Oklahoma Baptist Pastors Conference taking place Monday morning and afternoon and with the Annual Meeting taking place Monday evening and all-day Tuesday. Among those scheduled to preach are Moore, First Pastor Charlie Blount; Todd Fisher, Oklahoma Baptists President who serves as pastor of Shawnee,

OKLAHOMA BAPTISTS’ 2021 ANNUAL MEETING Immanuel, and was recently elected executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists, effective Jan. 2022; and Joe Ligon, Oklahoma Baptists senior associate executive director and interim OKLAHOMA CITY, SOUTHERN HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH executive director-treasurer. “The theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting is ‘One,’ as we focus on the unity we have in Jesus Christ,” Li- tist Homes for Children and WatersEdge Ministry Sergon said. As churches minister amid a culture that vices (formerly the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma). is increasingly divided, Ligon emphasized that the Messenger registration is now open for Oklahoannual meeting will highlight unity, as Oklahoma ma Baptist-affiliated churches. Childcare is availBaptists advance the Gospel together. able on a reservation basis. At the annual meetThe annual meeting will feature reports from var- ing resources page online, there is also information ious Oklahoma Baptists leaders, as well as from the about lodging in the area. Visit oklahomabaptists. four affiliate organizations—Oklahoma Baptist Uni- org/annualmeeting for the latest information on the versity, Baptist Village Communities, Oklahoma Bap- 2021 Annual Meeting.

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On Sept. 24-25, more than 120 ministry wives gathered from all parts of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City, Putnam City for the annual Ministry Wives Weekend. Jami Smith, right, led in worship, and Susie Hawkins, left, taught from Matt. 11:28-30 about the invitation and the promise of ‘Rest’ (the event’s theme), giving practical application of how to live in rest as a ministry wife. For more information about Oklahoma Baptists serving ministry wives, visit oklahomabaptists.org/ministrywives.

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LeFlore Association honored three long-term, active pastors and wives. From left, Ed and Patrice Rogers of Smithville, Octavia have served 38 years in pastoral ministry; Larry and Patty Matthiesen of Shady Point, First have served 59 years in pastoral ministry; and Leroy and Joann Billy of Poteau, Trinity have served 56 years in pastoral ministry.

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS SHARP DEATH. Linda Sharp, 53, died Sept. 16. Funeral services were MonASept. 25. Her O H at O Midwest City, First A L K E H T husband Phillip Sharp is the pastor IVE H C R A T S I T B A Pof Oklahoma City, Heavenly Heights. She played piano and organ and loved playing worship music. Her greatest desire was to teach children to play the piano. She taught music at Parkview Elementary in the Mid-Del school district. She is survived by her husband, Phillip, and her son, Andrew. MARTIN HONORED. Tim Martin, youth minister, was honored with a reception Sept. 26, celebrating his 20 years of ministry at Lawton, First East. CONGREGATIONAL NEWS NEW CONGREGATIONS. Edmond, Unbound is now meeting. John Niyondiko is pastor. Okmulgee, Old Post Cowboy is now meeting. Dakota Bunch is pastor. Altus, Reformed is now meeting. David Burks is pastor. NEW AFFILIATE. Wetumka, Indian is now an Oklahoma Baptist church. DISBANDED. Elgin, Richards Spur has disbanded. CHURCH STAFF CHANGES CARLTON CAMPELL retired as pastor of Elgin, Richards Spur where he served since 1990. TONY COOK is pastor of Lawton, Northside. BRYAN DOUGHTY retired as pastor of Anadarko, Square Top. LAYTON HARPER resigned as youth minister at Lawton, Calvary. KENN LANE is pastor of Lawton, Paradise Valley. JOSH RAINHA is youth minister at Hinton, First. COMING EVENT NOV. 5. Del City, First Southern is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special service, 7-9:30 p.m. A new video documentary will be shown, and all living former pastors will be in attendance, including Jimmy Draper, Tom Elliff and Tony Lambert. Steve Smith will represent his father Bailey Smith. To RSVP, call 405/732-1300.

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SHAWNEE—The Oklahoma Baptist Historical Commission (OBHC) elected officers for I C E Sthe induction of three V Oapproved 2022, and new members to the Oklahoma Baptist Hall of Fame, the 2021 Distinguished Service Award honoree and the recipients of the 2020 Gaskin Church History awards when they convened at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) Sept. 16. Commissioners also enjoyed meeting the new archivist for the J.M. and Helen Gaskin Baptist Historical Library and Archives housed in the Mabee Learning Center on the OBU campus. Joshua Mackey began work in the role on Aug. 9, replacing former archivist Rachel Walker. Mackey was a special guest at the meeting, along with Julie Rankin, OBU Director of Library Services, and James Swain, Oklahoma Baptists’ associate executive director and leader of the Convention’s Church Relations Group. Rankin brought the commissioners up to date on the restoration of a 1613 King James Bible recently donated to the archives. The restoration work is being done by expert conservators with the Museum of the Bible. Elected as chair of the Commission for 2022 was Andy Latta, Tahlequah, First. Bill Rowland, Okmulgee, Calvary, was elected vice chair, and Lee Herring, Sand Springs, Broadway, will serve as recording secretary. Commissioners showed appreciation for

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the three members rotating off this year: Bill Haggard, Oklahoma City, Putnam City; Terry Brooks, Lindsay, First and Leona Marion, Oklahoma City, Trinity. In addition to the three elected officers, Don Baxter, Oklahoma City, Quail Springs (2022); Mary Ellen Keeton, Willis, First (2022), and Mark Hamm, Moore, First (2023) will continue to serve as members of the Historical Commission. The 2021 inductees of the Oklahoma Baptist Hall of Fame include Teala Mae Goddard, long-time cook for Royal Ambassadors at Camp Hudgens and other meetings; state pastor and statesman Robert Neal Hammons and evangelistic comedian Lester L. “Les the Mess” Reed. The 2021 Distinguished Service Award was approved for Walter Wilson, Oklahoma Baptists’ African-American Affinity Ministry Partner, and pastor of Lawton, Friendship.

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Atoka, Southside recognized two faithful members who have served the church for many years. Nadine McIninch, left, has served Southside, Atoka as church clerk for 56 years, and Gwen Walker has served has served the church as treasurer for 53 years.

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In other words, Zillow and Redfin weren’t the primary factors that led you to your current address. No, you live where you live, when you live, because God knew it was the best setting EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was previ- for you to have an opportunity to follow Him. ously featured on lifewayvoices.com. This is also true for our kids. God has reserved our children for this time and place I’m a Christian father-of-two who keeps for the sake of their optimal spiritual benup with the news. So, am I scared about the efit. This is why the expression, “I’m scared world in which my children will grow up? about my children for the world they’ll grow Not a chance. up in,” is not healthy. When we think this “Why not?” many believers ask. “Haven’t way, we’re not, according to Scripture, really you seen the headlines? Sampled the abra- looking out for our children’s best interests. sive climate? Don’t you know the state of Instead, the Bible teaches there is no better the world and where it’s heading?” time for our kids to grow up than right now, Well sure, I’ve read the headlines, but exactly when He has planned their lives. I also read my Bible. And here’s what God As a father, I’m not willing to lament anysays about the times: one’s ideas on where the future is headed. My “From one man He (God) has made every children’s lives may be filled with tranquility. nationality to live over the whole earth and Or they could one day be martyred for their T H EI don’t know where God will send my O Mfaith. F Rthe has determined their appointed times and G E R S BorLO boundaries of where they live. He did what events will surround them, I N Gchildren S Lso Dthis R O W that they might seek God, and perhaps they but I do know one thing: their period, place, might reach out and find Him, though He is and position in history is divinely purposed not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27). to bring God the most glory. These verses teach that God is intentionIn light of this truth, it doesn’t matter what ally involved in His world, even over partic- headlines grace tomorrow’s news. Because ulars such as our birthday, nationality and our sovereign God is in control, I’m thankful Y Schildren in this age and trust in His zip code. This passage also tells us whyAGod raise E toS A V D is into these details—so we might have the continued care over them when my generabest chance to seek, reach out and find Him. tion has passed.

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EMPLOYM ENT >>WORSHIP LEADER: First Baptist Church Antlers, OK, is seeking a Worship Leader to lead our blended worship service as well as our choir. Email resume to: Search Committee, fbcantlers@hotmail.com or mail resume to: 208 NE B Street, Antlers, OK 74523. >>PASTOR: We’re seeking a God called Pastor to lead & disciple our congregation. We’re a small church in a rural town with opportunities to minister to members & the community. Send resume to: richardking6735@gmail. com or FBC, P.O. Box 67, Mannsville, OK 73447.

>>BI/VO YOUTH PASTOR: FBC, a small rural church, is accepting resumes for a BI/VO Youth Pastor. Send resumes to: FBC, P.O. Box 150, Thackerville, OK 73459, Atten: Clerk OR email to: fbc_clerk@yahoo.com. >>F/T PASTOR: FBC, Cheyenne, OK, is prayerfully seeking a F/T Pastor. Interested candidates should mail a cover letter & resume to: FBC, Attn: Search Committee, P.O. Box 56, Cheyenne, OK 73628 or email: fbcchey@gmail.com.

>> F/T YOUTH PASTOR: First Baptist Duncan is prayerfully searching for a F/T Youth Pastor. Please send resumes to: youth@fbcduncan.com.

>>F/T OR BI/VO PASTOR: FBC Ryan, OK is seeking a F/T or BI/VO Pastor. Parsonage is provided. Please send resumes or questions to: FBC Ryan, Pastor Search Committee, P.O. Box 519, Ryan, OK 73565 or email to: fbcryan1@gmail.com.

>> BI/VO OR P/T WORSHIP MINISTER: Seeking God’s candidate for our next blended service Worship Minister. Please submit resume & cover letter to: cbcbamusic@gmail.com or Clearview Baptist Church, P.O. Box 140892, Broken Arrow, OK 74014.

>>MINISTER: Grace Baptist Church in Chickasha, OK is accepting applications for a Minister. Please send resumes to: Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 644, Chickasha, OK 73023. Contact Royce at (405) 201-7796 or Gary at (405) 922-0134 with questions.

>>F/T YOUTH MINISTER: College Heights Baptist of Chickasha, is prayerfully seeking a F/T Youth Minister. Resumes may be sent to: College Heights Baptist Church, P.O. Box 357, Chickasha, OK 73023 or by email to: chbcsearchcmte@gmail.com

>>F/T YOUTH PASTOR: The FBC of Fort Gibson, OK is searching for a F/T Youth Pastor. All Candidates please send your resume & cover letter to: fbc.ftgyouthpastorsearch@gmail.com.

>>F/T PASTOR: Southside Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a F/T Pastor. Mail cover letter, resume & current sermon video to: 1223 S. Perkins Rd. Stillwater, OK, 74074 or email: southsidestillwater@gmail.com with the subject as ATTN: Pastor Search Committee.

>>F/T PASTOR/DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE: Northside Baptist Church of Neosho, MO, is prayerfully seeking a F/T Pastor/Director of Student Life to lead our student ministries. If interested, please send resumes to: brad@northsideneosho.com.

>>F/T OR P/T MUSIC MINISTER: Sharon Baptist Church, Tecumseh, OK. Send resume to: Sharon Baptist Church, Music Search Committee, 19002 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, OK 74801 or email at: cdpreacher@gmail.com. Resumes due by 9/20/21

>>F/T MINISTER OF STUDENTS/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: Calvary Baptist Church in Durant, OK is seeking a F/T, hard-working & energetic Minister of Students/Associate Pastor. Resumes can be sent to: P.O. Box 1028, Durant, OK 74702 or can be emailed to: search@calvarydurant.org.

>>F/T PASTOR: FBC Davis, OK is prayerfully seeking a F/T Pastor. Interested candidates should mail a cover letter & resume to: FBC, Attn: Pastor Search Committee, P.O. Box 297, Davis, OK 73030.

>>F/T YOUTH/WORSHIP PASTOR: The Elk River Baptist Church in Grove, OK is prayerfully seeking a F/T Youth/Worship Pastor. Please send resumes to: elkriverworship@sbcglobal.net.

>>F/T CHILDREN’S MINISTER: The Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo, TX is searching for our next F/T Children’s Minister. For more information go to: http://tcqc.org/about/jobs. Please submit resumes to: kclayton@tcqc.org.

>>F/T SENIOR PASTOR: FBC Boswell in Southeastern OK is seeking a F/T Senior Pastor. Parsonage is available & benefits are provided. Please send resumes to: fbcboswell@gmail.com.

>>PASTOR/YOUTH LEADER/MUSIC LEADER: FBC Roosevelt is accepting application for the following positions: Pastor, Youth Leader & Music Leader. Qualified applicants can apply by email: rooseveltfbc@swoi.net or mailing address: P.O. Box 218, Roosevelt, OK 73564. >> F/T or BI/VO PASTOR: Searching for F/T or BI/VO

>> BI/VO YOUTH MINISTER: Whitefield Baptist Church is looking for a BI/VO Youth Minister. Housing is available. If you feel called to share the Gospel & minister to youth please send us your resume. Send resume or questions to: wbc.cyndi@gmail.com. >>P/T YOUTH MINISTER: Duke FBC is prayerfully seeking a P/T Youth Minister who is passionate about God & serving youth. Please

>> BI/VO PASTOR: Lone Star Baptist Church, a rural small in attendance church near Miami, OK is seeking a BI/VO Pastor to lead their multigenerational congregation. Send resume to the church at: P.O. Box 561, Afton, OK 74331 or email jasonggibson@gmail.com.

>>INTERIM MUSIC MINISTER: FBC Hobart is looking for an Interim Music Minister to lead our congregation in worship on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please email: paula@fbchobart.org. >>LEAD TEACHING PASTOR: Heritage Church, Shawnee, OK, is seeking a F/T Lead Teaching Pastor to minister to the members & congregation in the Shawnee area. Please submit resumes to Dr. James Wilder at: heritagechurch.office@gmail.com. >>BI/VO PASTOR: Small rural church seeking Bible believing BI/VO Pastor to feed our flock. Send resume to: randkvance217@ sbcglobal.net or call (405) 397-7884.

>> BI/VO PASTOR: FBC Crowder, OK is accepting resumes for Multi-Vocational Pastor. Mail resumes to: P.O. Box H, Crowder, OK 74430. You can also email them to: dom@pbaok.net.

>> P/T WORSHIP LEADER: Olivet Baptist Church is looking for a P/T Worship Leader. Position is available immediately. Please email your resume to: olivet2529@sbcglobal.net.

>>F/T WORSHIP PASTOR: FBC Duncan is prayerfully seeking a F/T Worship Pastor. Please send resumes to: music@fbcduncan.com.

>> DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS: Muskogee Baptist Association is now accepting resumes through November 20, for a Director of Missions (DOM). Resumes can be sent to: DOM Search Committee, 637 N. C Street, Muskogee, OK 74403.

>>F/T WORSHIP/GROUPS MINISTER: FBC Muskogee is seeking a F/T Worship & Groups Minister. Send resumes to: kwood@fbcmuskogee.org or 111 S. 7th St, Muskogee, OK 74401. >>BI/VO PASTOR: Freedom Hill Baptist Church just outside of Mannford, OK is seeking a BI/VO Pastor. Please submit resume to: freedomhillbaptistchurch@yahoo.com. >>F/T YOUTH PASTOR: FBC, Cordell is prayerfully seeking a F/T Youth Pastor. Send resumes to office@fbccordell.com or mail to: FBC, P.O. Box 287, Cordell, OK 73632. >>F/T SENIOR PASTOR: Basehor, KS. Outstanding opportunity in a rapidly growing community in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Experience preferred. Please send resumes to: fbcbasehor@ sbcglobal.net or P.O. Box 236, Basehor, KS 66007. >>F/T PASTOR: Cardin Baptist Church of Miami, OK is accepting resumes for a F/T Pastor. Send resumes to: 9525 S. HWY 137, Miami, OK 74354 or to: CBCsearch@hotmail.com. >>F/T PASTOR: FBC Beaver, OK is prayerfully seeking a F/T Pastor. Resumes can be sent to: fbcbeavr@gmail. com or mailed to: FBC, P.O. Box 6, Beaver, OK 73932. >>F/T PASTOR: FBC Bethany is prayerfully seeking at F/T Pastor. Interested applicants should email a resume & cover letter to: fbcb@coxinet.net or mail them to: 3800 N. Mueller Ave., Bethany, OK 73008. >>F/T WORSHIP LEADER/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: Will build relationships with people to inspire them to follow Christ through leading the music ministry & serving in pastoral role. Send resumes to: fbcanadarko@sbcglobal.net by Oct 31, 2021. >>F/T STUDENT PASTOR: Student Pastor Position at Riverview Baptist Church, Bixby, OK. Submit resumes to: contact@riverview-church.org or mail to: Riverview Baptist Church, 13201 South Memorial, Bixby, OK 74008.

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>> STUDENT/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: FBC Tuttle is currently accepting resumes for our next Student Pastor. Resumes & questions may be directed to: fbctuttlestudentpastorsearch@gmail.com. >> BI/VO PASTOR: Hazel Dell Baptist Church, Minco, OK is prayerfully seeking a BI/VO Pastor. Resumes may be sent to: Hazel Dell Baptist Church, Attn: Pastoral Search Committee, P.O. Box 585, Minco, OK 73059 or via email at: jeffhacker81@yahoo.com. >> F/T CHILDREN’S PASTOR: FBC Lowell, AR is prayerfully seeking & accepting resumes for a Children’s, Family & Education Pastor. For a job description & to submit a resume, please email: fbclypsc@gmail.com. >> P/T YOUTH MINISTER: Send resume to: First Southern Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Arcadia, OK 73007 or fsbcarcadia@yahoo.com. >> F/T PASTOR: FBC Allen, OK. Parsonage provided. Send resumes to: Attention Search Committee, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 305, Allen, OK 74825 or email cwaynebullard@gmail.com. >> 2012 EZGO TXT, ELECTRIC GOLF CART: $6,500.00. Kept in garage since purchase in 8/2018. Six Seats. Covers on outside for rainy or colder weather. Electric heater. New tires. Headlights. Very Nice Golf Cart! Contact the church for more details >> FREE COPIER/PULPIT: Free to a church home. Full size Minolta Bizhub 350 Copier (good for at least 1 year with drum that is provided). Has storage cabinet below for paper, etc. Also free, full size, used church pulpit. Contact by email: jlwfbcole@pldi.net. >>BIBLE REPAIR & BINDING: Hand Sewn, fine stamped leather. McSpadden Book Bindery, 911 West Benedict, Shawnee, OK 74801. www. mcspaddenbookbindery.com (405) 275-7788.

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