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January & February 2023

100 Years to Celebrate

On the morning of August 26, 1924, the Oklahoma Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church gathered in a conference business session and voted to form 2 conferences: Oklahoma Conference and East Oklahoma Conference. With that vote of the ministers and delegates present, East Oklahoma Conference was established.

In the afternoon of August 26, with L. G. Chilcoat acting as Chairman pro tem, ministers and delegates gathered to conduct business: name of East Oklahoma Conference was adopted; election of 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; Stationing Committee appointed; Examination Committee appointed; dates and locations were chosen for fall rallies; and the district boundaries and churches were established.

The Conference had 48 original churches (including 1 church each in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas) and 13 of the original churches are still in existence today in NHM: Ada, Bartlesville, Bethel, Davis, Henryetta, Kiowa, Okemah, Okmulgee, Pauls Valley, Stratford, Sulphur, Wagoner, and Westville, 89 ministers, including 27 pastors and 62 evangelists (ministers not currently stationed at a church), were registered.

So began our illustrious and impactful 100 years of ministry and service.

Throughout 2023 and 2024, NHM will celebrate 100 years of churches, ministers and milestones. Ministries and Conference Departments – Women’s Ministries, Men’s Ministries, Evangelism, World Missions, Discipleship, Youth, Children, Camps, Fine Arts, Clergy Care, Prayer, Hispanic Ministries and more – will be highlighted and recognized.

Our Quadrennial Conference on April 29, 2023 will be the 100th Conference Session for NHM (East Oklahoma) with our actual 100th birthday on August 26, 2024.

We will have events, services and special days scheduled throughout the 2 years as we celebrate our Centennial: 100 Years!