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Oklahoma Religious Leaders

Learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's pastors, priests, and other religious leaders and how their indelible legacies shaped the state of Oklahoma.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Mount Zion Baptist Church

During the civil rights era of the 1950s and ’60s, Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen established himself as a leader among black pastors, coordinating efforts locally in the push for desegregation. …

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Dr. James B. Buskirk

Dr. James B. Buskirk

Minister

Dr. James B. Buskirk was Senior Minister at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, for twelve years beginning September 1984. Prior to his First Methodist ministry he was the founding …

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L. Francis Rooney III

L. Francis Rooney III

Manhattan Construction and U.S. Ambassador

L. Francis Rooney III is the fourth generation of his family to own Manhattan Construction Company.  Manhattan was founded by Laurence H. Rooney in Chandler, Oklahoma Territory, in 1896. As …

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Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts

Groundbreaking Evangelist

Granville Oral Roberts was an American Pentecostal televangelist. He was the founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University. His ministries reached millions of followers worldwide for more …

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Rabbi Charles Sherman

Rabbi Charles Sherman

Temple Israel

Rabbi Charles P. Sherman retired in 2013 after serving Temple Israel for nearly 40 years. Temple Israel is Tulsa’s only Reform Jewish congregation. Reform Judaism is the nation’s largest branch …

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Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Unitarian Minister

Dr. John Burton Wolf was the senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK, for thirty-five years, becoming the Minister Emeritus in 1995. He served churches in Racine, …

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Rev. Dr. Mouzzon Biggs

Rev. Dr. Mouzzon Biggs

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

The Reverend Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. came to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in 1980 from Beaumont, Texas, where for seven years he was pastor of the Trinity United Methodist …

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Wishard Lemons

Wishard Lemons

Minister

Wishard Lemons was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1917, where he lived with his family until moving to Oklahoma City where he finished high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree …

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