EDMOND — First Baptist Church of Edmond has selected the Rev. Blake Gideon as senior pastor.
Gideon will occupy the pulpit officially on Oct. 21. He will be only the fourth pastor to lead the church in 78 years. His appointment follows the death of the Rev. R. Alan Day in February 2011.
Gideon comes from First Baptist Church in Inola, where he has served as senior pastor since 2008. He has led mission teams to Mexico, India and Bangladesh.
Gideon graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2012, he received a Master of Divinity degree from the Luther Rice Seminary, and he is working toward a doctorate in ministry from New Orleans Theological Seminary.
Gideon and his wife, Kelly, have 4 children: Seth, 10, Matthew, 8, Caleb, 6; Ashlyn, 5.
Cellists will perform
EDMOND — Church of the Good Shepherd will present cellists Rebecca Shaw and Tess Remy-Schumacher in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1000 N Broadway. Admission is free.
For more information, call 314-8715 or go to www.anglicancogsedmondok.com
Day care leader to be recognized
Council Road Baptist Church will honor Nancy Coffey for 40 years of service to the church's day care center at the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services Sunday at 2900 N Council Road.
Coffey began working with Council Road Baptist Day Care in May 1972 and has served as its director since July 1973. A reception in Coffey's honor is planned after the 10:45 a.m. worship service.
Church leaders are encouraging anyone who has been involved with the day care or who just would like to celebrate with Coffey and her family to attend this celebration service and reception.
For more information, call 789-3175.
Concert series continues
Guitarist Edgar Cruz will be featured performer at the First Tuesday@First Luthern Concert set for noon Tuesday at 1300 N Robinson.
The concert and parking are free. An optional lunch will be available after the concert for $8.
For more information, call 235-1013.
American Indian worship is topic
Oklahoma City University will host three presentations Thursday for the annual Willson Lectures. The theme is “The Native American Gospel.”
All lectures are free to the public and will be in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on NW 23, between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.
Bishop Steven Charleston, an American Indian, is the featured speaker. He is visiting professor of Native American Ministries at St. Paul School of Theology at OCU. He has served as president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and as bishop of the Episcopal Church in Alaska. Most recently, Charleston has served as interim dean at St. Paul's Cathedral in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation.
Charleston's lectures will include “The Old Testament of Native America” at 1 p.m., “The Tribes of Israel/The Tribes of America: A Spiritual Economy” at 3 p.m. and “The Covenant of Kinship” at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 208-5020 or go to www.okcu.edu/religion.
OC plans lecture events
Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang will deliver the eighth annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University on Friday.
The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. in Judd Theatre at the university, 2501 E Memorial Road. A panel discussion and free book-signing reception will follow.
Hwang received a Tony Award for the 1998 production of “M Butterfly,” a drama inspired by the music of Puccini. The play starred John Lithgow and B.D. Wong on Broadway, with the cast later including Anthony Hopkins. The 1993 film starred Jeremy Irons. Hwang's most recent work to be performed on Broadway is “Chinglish,” a satirical look at the use of English in business communication between Western and Chinese enterprises. He received the prestigious Steinberg Award for American Drama this year.
The McBride Lecture will serve as the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, which brings scholars from five surrounding states to the university for panel discussions by scholars and for student research presentations.
Lecture seating can be reserved at www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter.