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Free Religious Lecture Series Begins at Oklahoma City University

Free Religious Lecture Series Begins at Oklahoma City University

  OKLAHOMA CITY  The senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Servant will present the inaugural Martha Jean Lemon Lecture this month at Oklahoma City University.

The Rev. Robert Gorrell will speak at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 31 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, located west of Blackwelder Ave. adjacent to N.W. 23rd St. Gorrell will address “Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus in Your Local Church.”

The Martha Jean Lemon endowed lecture series was established as a gift from Lynette Lemon Wert and Larry H. Lemon, on behalf of the Lemon family to honor Martha Jean Lemon, who graduated from OCU in 1968 with a degree in history and worked as an independent comparative religion scholar. The annual series will feature speakers, workshops and seminars that promote religious leadership and service.

Gorrell was ordained an elder in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1988. He has served as senior pastor at churches in Ardmore, Oklahoma City and Noble. He served as a chaplain during the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, a family counselor at Goodland Presbyterian Family Services and a counselor at United Methodist Family Counseling in Oklahoma City.

Gorrell received the Denman Award in Evangelism. He is an Eagle Scout, and a regular contributor to “The Abingdon Preaching Annual” and author of “Mothers Matter.” He holds degrees from Oklahoma City University and Southern Methodist University. He teaches at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University.