Word is starting to get out about a special event we have coming to Custer Road at the end of this month, September 28-30: a Revival. Our guest preacher will be Robert E. Hayes, Jr., resident Bishop of the Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Indian Conferences. Bishop Hayes was the preacher at the Opening Worship of Annual Conference in 2013, and at the Ordination Service of Annual Conference in 2007 (held at Custer Road). Please make plans to join us for the worship services: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings.
|Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr.|
I have known Bishop Hayes for twenty years. I first met him at senior high church camp. I was a counselor, he was the Houston Southwest District Superintendent. We sat across the table from one another at breakfast. I immediately found him engaging, funny, and a lively spirit. Later that summer, I attended the Walk to Emmaus. On those three days away from my work and ministry (I was a part-time youth director and a full-time History teacher) I experienced a profound call on my life: God called me to ordained ministry. I shared this development with the Spiritual Director of the Walk, who told me my next step was to share my call with my District Superintendent. Here is a picture of the guys on my Walk-- twenty years to the day. That's me, the young guy on the top row, 5th from the left, wearing the Captain Caveman shirt. I was 23 years old.
After sharing my experience with (then) Rev. Hayes, he encouraged and supported me. He assigned me a Mentor Pastor, I became a candidate for ministry, and applied to Perkins School of Theology. I moved to Dallas in 1995. I was ordained an Elder in 2001, and Rev. Hayes laid hands on me at the service. Rev. Hayes became Bishop Hayes in 2004 and was assigned to lead the Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Indian Conferences. Ask any United Methodist from Oklahoma about Bishop Hayes-- you will hear only glowing love and respect.
On a professional level, Bishop Hayes has had more of an impact on my ministry than any other individual, aside from Christy. I would not be a United Methodist pastor without his support and encouragement. On a personal level, Bishop Hayes is a friend and brother in Christ. He has preached two revivals for me in the past, most recently in 2008, when I served in Prosper. At that Revival he baptized our youngest son, Linus HAYES Drenner. You'll know by now where the name Hayes comes from!
Bishop Hayes is an outstanding speaker. If you come to worship on Sunday morning the 28th I know you'll be back for the other services. He's that good. But do not come to the Revival for the entertainment value. Come to be renewed. You will be inspired, encouraged, and transformed by these services. You will encounter God in a new, vibrant way. You may even be led to renew your faith in Christ, or profess faith for the first time. Please plan today to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to join us for worship at the Revival:
Sunday September 28: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday September 29 and 30: 7:00 p.m.