Layman Tom Pace, left, and clergyman Bob Long, right, are congratulated by Mark McAdow, pastor of OKC-First UMC.
Pace "believes everyone needs the Lord," said Rev. McAdow
At Church of the Servant
, Pace started The Anybody Class, intentionally seeking to create a Sunday School group that appeals to people of all backgrounds.
personal invitations prompt eight to 12 unchurched people weekly to attend worship.
regularly provides rides to church for people at The City Rescue Mission.
said, "In the Oklahoma City metro area, you may have seen some blue-and-white yard signs with a simple but encouraging message: Invite someone to church this month. (Tom Pace) is the inspiration behind and provider of those free signs.
has produced and given away more than 800 signs and bumper stickers with the message."
Clergyman Bob Long is serving his
20th year in Oklahoma.
"Any member of his
church will tell you that his
enthusiasm for Christ is contagious," said McAdow
McAdow said the award-winning pastor has employed principles from The Disney Corp.-hospitality, aggressive friendliness, and other core values-to create a culture that encourages those in the congregation to share Christ and grow in their faith.
, who chairs Oklahoma's Denman Awards committee, explained that the Foundation for Evangelism
, an affiliate of the denomination's General Board
of Discipleship, provides grant support to the Conference for the awards.