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OCU Lecture Series Hosts Church Missions Expert

Oklahoma City University will host an expert on church mission work for this year’s Martha Jean Lemon special lecture series March 27. Rev. Mike Slaughter, the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Ohio, will give a lecture at 1 p.m. on campus in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on NW 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues, and presentations at 4 and 7 p.m. at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd. All three lectures are free to the public.

Slaughter was named one the top 50 most influential Christians in America by The Church Report, a Christian news service. He is known as a leading advocate for the people of Darfur, Sudan.

He travels the world to encourage church leaders to focus more on mission work. He has written several books including “Shiny Gods: Finding Freedom from Things That Distract Us,” “Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan Church Divide,” “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday” and “Change The World: Recovering The Message and Mission of Jesus.”

Slaughter started The Sudan Project in 2005 to provide humanitarian relief that includes agricultural projects, child development efforts and a safe water initiative. His church has invested more than $5 million into the project that has reached a quarter million Sudanese refugees and villagers.

The lecture series was made possible by a gift from Lynette Lemon Wert and Larry H. Lemon on behalf of the Lemon family of Oklahoma City and in honor of Martha Jean Lemon, who graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1968 with a degree in history and worked as an independent comparative religion scholar. The annual series features speakers, workshops or seminars on topics that promote religious leadership and service.

For more information about the March 27 presentations, contact Janet Boone at or (405) 208-5020.

Mike Slaughter