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Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Mark Whitley

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I am a pastor, more than I am a preacher. I have a pastor's heart for God's people.  I see myself as a shepherding pastor.  As a shepherd, I have two flocks - those folks who are connected with the Lindsay United Methodist Church, and folks in the local community, and beyond, who are kind of a "dispersed" flock God has sent into my life.  These are folks whose lives crossed mine across Oklahoma, the United States, and from Israel to Hong Kong, China.  They will never be part of a church I lead, but I am an important pastoral presence in their spiritual lives.  And they are important presences in my spiritual life.

I believe in the power of hope to change lives.  Hope changed mine after 20 years as a professing atheist.  I found grace, an authentic faith journey, and later a call into ordained ministry through the United Methodist Church beginning in my 40s.  I am also a credentialed spiritual director and now have my Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Formation.

Ministry is my second career after 26 years as a health care professional.  Oklahoma became God's country for my family after we moved here from Washington, DC in 1996 while I was working for the American Red Cross.  

My wife, Rev. Susan Whitley, also second career after 23 years as an early childhood education teacher, is the senior minister at Purcell Trinity United Methodist Church.  We have three children and four grandchildren.

My favorite job in the whole world is doing my best to be an old coot grandpa; my grandkids call me Pops, my favorite job title of all.

God is still at work creating.  Jesus is still at work saving.  The Holy Spirit is still at work transforming.

We can be part of your faith journey here at Lindsay United Methodist Church.  Give us a call, or stop in for a visit.

Be at peace,

Pastor Mark

 
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