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July/August 2024

Celebrating America & NHM Centennial

On July 4th, Americans will gather together across the USA to celebrate our freedoms and liberties. Through parades, concerts and community events, we will be the United States on this special day proclaiming July 4th as our Independence Day. Families, churches, and neighborhoods will gather for food and fun. As we gather to celebrate our nation’s independence, let us never forget to celebrate the liberty from sin and freedom in grace we enjoy every day as Christians. As the Church, let us rise up and proclaim “God Bless America.” Let us pray for our nation and her leaders. Let us wave Old Glory, sing “America, the Beautiful,” and join together in unity, love and peace.

On August 26, 1924, the Oklahoma Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church gathered in a conference business session, voting to form 2 conferences: Oklahoma and East Oklahoma. The East Oklahoma Conference was established with

48 original churches, 27 pastors, and 62 evangelists.

Ministers and church delegates gathered to conduct conference business: the name of East Oklahoma Conference was adopted; the delegates elected Dan W. Evans as Conference Superintendent, L. G. Chilcoat as Assistant Superintendent, Arthur Smith as Secretary/Treasurer and M. L. Dryden and Lon Wilson as Conference Board Members; the Stationing Committee was appointed; the Examination Committee was appointed; dates and locations were chosen for fall rallies; and the district boundaries were established.

In the late 1990s, the East Oklahoma Conference and Ozarks Conference merged, later choosing the name New Horizons Ministries, denoting a new vision and mission.

The NHM Centennial Celebration will be August 10th (10 am – 12 pm), location to be announced. We will recognize former Conference Superintendents, Conference Board/Council members and original Conference Churches still in existence today: Ada, Bartlesville, Bethel, Davis, Henryetta, Kiowa, Okemah, Okmulgee, Pauls Valley, Stratford, Sulphur, Wagoner, and Westville. Music through the decades will be presented. The NHM Centennial Celebration will conclude with a complimentary lunch for all in attendance.

It’s our Centennial! 100 Years Strong! Let’s Celebrate!