“We need each other”

© Doug Hok – USA TODAY NETWORK

LaTesa Williams (left), All Saints president and former Redeemer president; Gloria Blankinship, former Ascension president; Brian Campbell, pastor of All Saints; and James Burkhart, former St. Mark president, gather in the sanctuary of All Saints. The new congregation was formed by a merger of three ELCA congregations in Oklahoma City.

In 2018, three small congregations within a 10-mile radius of downtown Oklahoma City—Ascension, St. Mark and Redeemer—were struggling financially to maintain their buildings and meet associated expenses. After Brian Campbell was called as the congregations’ pastor, they started discussing how they might pool their resources. They started with combined services on fifth Sundays and talked […]

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