The church welcomed Alan Quigley
as the new head pastor on May 24.
Quigley began work with the church in 1979 when he took his first position as a youth minister.
In 1990, he began his first pastorate and served in churches in Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma before being called on by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma to serve as director of evangelism.
"We're extremely excited about Alan joining our church," Lee Wimmer, chairman of the church's search team, said.
Quigley also started ACROSS, an outreach program that has touched 2 million homes in Oklahoma during the last three years.
"It was like, 'Wow, the Lord led us to a person like that,'" he
did not immediately jump on board when Wimmer first approached him about the position almost a year ago.
said the Lord even gave his
wife guidance in the direction of South Main, when she
by happenstance met a woman in Oklahoma who had attended the church and sang its praises.
"I think we both would say we had confirmation through prayer this was what God was putting together," Quigley
also joked that Wimmer's persistence may have been somewhat of a factor.
came after me for a year and I said, 'Lee, does anyone ever tell you no?' He
said 'Not as a final answer.' He's
pretty persuasive," Quigley
Wimmer said it was obedience to the Lord that led the search team to continue pursuing Quigley
has the daunting task of melding the church's nearly 100 years of history, with the recent excitement and momentum built up under his
predecessor and his
When asked about future plans for the church, Quigley
did not have a definitive destination in mind and was taking his
time to learn the community and the congregation.