Tag: Oklahoma

Pewo, Donna Chaat
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Pewo, Donna Chaat

Church and Community Worker with Native Youth My call to ministry formed in my local church. I served as a worship leader, a Sunday school teacher, as chair of the administrative board—I was active. Then one Sunday our District Superintendent came to church and asked me if I was interested in going to lay-speaking school....

Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)
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Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)

First Single Woman Missionary of MECS Lochie Rankin was the first unmarried woman to be sent abroad as a missionary by the MECS. She was also the first missionary supported by the Woman’s Foreign Mission Society of the church. She was born in Milan, Tennessee, in 1851. Upon reaching young womanhood, she volunteered herself for...

Hester, Elizabeth Fulton (1839-1929)
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Hester, Elizabeth Fulton (1839-1929)

Long-serving missionary to Native Americans in Oklahoma Educator, nurse, civic and church leader, Elizabeth Fulton, at age seventeen, braved the dangers of traveling West to answer the call to become a teacher at the mission school at Tishomingo, Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma. It is claimed that five of her pupils became chiefs of...

Ririe, Otis Edward “Ed,” Jr. (1936-2017)
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Ririe, Otis Edward “Ed,” Jr. (1936-2017)

Longtime UMVIM volunteer Beginning in 1993, Ed Ririe of Bartlesville served on 27 United Methodist volunteer mission teams. He loved helping people as an expression of his faith. He was serving on a team in southern Oklahoma, helping flood survivors, when he died suddenly Jan. 24, 2017. Born in Tulsa, Ed grew up attending a...

Newtown Indian UMC [Okmulgee, Oklahoma]
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Newtown Indian UMC [Okmulgee, Oklahoma]

First Methodist church among the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee Newtown Church has had a presence among the Mvskoke people for nearly 200 years. Its history is like a river, which began humbly, as a small spring, growing to be a mighty river of influence in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Indian Territory and the Oklahoma Indian...

Stockwell, F. Olin and Esther (1900-1992)
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Stockwell, F. Olin and Esther (1900-1992)

Educational Missionaries in China and Singapore Born in Oklahoma and Korea, Olin served as pastor in his home state of Oklahoma immediately after his marriage to Esther on 20 Jun 1924. In 1929, they went as Methodist missionaries to Foochow, China, and in 1939 to Chengdu. During this period, Olin served as an effective missionary...

Martinez, Andres
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Martinez, Andres

A Castilian boy who became a captive, a Kiowa son, and a Methodist minister in Oklahoma Andres Martinez and his Kiowa kinsman, Kicking Bird, are credited, along with missionary the Rev. John. J. Methvin, with bringing southern Methodism to the Kiowas. Both converted to Christianity and became native pastors, but each also continued participating in...