Notable People

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  • The daughter of a Methodist minister, Clara Celestia Hale Babcock was ordained in 1888. The first woman ordained in the Christian Churches, she held pastorates in four churches, conducted numerous evangelistic meetings and personally baptized at least 1,500 people.

    In her obituary in the Christian-Evangelist, it was remembered that “her converts and acquaintances esteemed her highly for her strong intellect, clear presentation of the scriptures and effective appeal on behalf of Christ.” 

  • William Barber

    Keynote Sermon at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference


  • Lisa Barnett is an Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK), arriving in the fall of 2018. Lisa earned her PhD in U.S. History at TCU in May of 2017. She earned a Master of Theology in American religious history from Brite Divinity School (Fort Worth) in 2012 and a Master of Divinity degree from Brite in 2008. She is also an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • The son of Robert and Kay, David Bell is the Minister for Indigenous Justice at the Center for Indigenous Ministries (DOC) and Yakama Christian Mission.  In this role, David has helped guide the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to recognize its settler-colonist roots, repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, become more honest with its racist origins, and engage in action-based Indigenous justice.

    Presentation at Tulsa Conference

  • Sarah Lue Bostick was among the first African American women ordained to the Christian ministry in the late 19th century. She labored as a field worker for the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions and the National Christian Missionary Society among African American congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. She carried on her successful work for over 40 years, until her retirement in 1938.

  • Raymond Brown held a variety of positions at the general church level including serving as the first Vice Moderator of the Christian Church. During his four year presidency at National Christian Missionary Convention he became instrumental in merging the predominantly African American organization with the General Convention.

  • Lawrence Burnley

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

    Reflections on Education in and beyond the Church through an Anti-Racist Lens: Toward an Epistemology of Inclusion and Reconciliation

  • Alexander Campbell was an early leader in the Second Great Awakening of the religious movement that has been referred to as the Restoration Movement, or Stone-Campbell Movement. The Campbell wing of the movement was said to begin with his father Thomas Campbell's publication in 1809 in Washington County, Pennsylvania, of The Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington.

  • Thomas Campbell was a Presbyterian minister important in the Second Great Awakening of the United States. Born in County Down, northern Ireland, he began a religious reform movement on the American frontier. He was joined in the work by his son Alexander Campbell. Their movement, known as the "Disciples of Christ", merged in 1832 with the similar movement led by Barton W. Stone to form what is now described as the American Restoration Movement (also known as the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement).

  • Most Disciples know that James T. Barclay was the first missionary of the Stone-Campbell heritage - sent by the American Christian Missionary Society to carry out the Biblical injunction "to preach the gospel first in Jerusalem." We now have information on a man who was one of Barclay's early converts - Mendell Diness.

  • Known primarily as a writer, Errett served as editor of the Christian Standard. His weekly editorials and articles charted a moderately progressive course for the movement in the second half of the nineteenth century. A champion for the work of missionary societies, he helped organize the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions and served as the first president of the Foreign Christian Missionary Society.

  • Douglas A. Foster serves as Scholar in Residence in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University. He served as a General Editor for The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement and The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. He is also the author of A Life of Alexander Campbell (Eerdmans, 2020). His current research focuses on the history of race and racism in universities affiliated with Churches of Christ.

  • Yvonne Gilmore

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Conference


    Sarah Lue Bostick


  • James L. Gorman is Professor of History at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. His teaching, research, and writing engages the history of Christianity, Stone-Campbell Movement history, race and Christianity, and the history of Bible interpretation.

  • Leah Gunning Francis 

    Presentation at Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

    Introduction to Stories of Resistance and New Possibility

  • As teacher and administrator, N. B. Hardeman deeply influenced generations of students and future ministers at two Henderson, Tennessee schools: Georgie Robertson Christian College and National Teachers’ Normal and Business College (later renamed Freed-Hardeman University).

  • Jeu Hawk pioneered Disciples missions among Asian-Americans in Portland Oregon in 1892. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Stone-Campbell movement had a presence in India, Japan, China, Tibet, and Burma.

  • Terri Hord Owens

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference:

    Concluding Thoughts and Call to Action

    Biographical Sketch

    Rev. Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President on July 9, 2017. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election.

  • Sandhya Jha

    From the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference:

    Setting the Table

  • April Johnson

    Introduction to the DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

  • Timothy S. Lee is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University) and directs Brite's Asian/ Asian American Pacific Islander Church Studies. He has a wide-ranging interest in the history of Christianity, particularly in Asia and Asian-America. He has published books and articles on Korean Christianity, Asian American Christian communities, and North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD).

  • Among Southern Disciples, no one was more influential in the latter half of the nineteenth century than Nashville editor and teacher David Lipscomb. Born into a Baptist family with leanings toward the Campbells’ reform, Lipscomb claimed to have read everything Alexander Campbell wrote.

  • Rick Lowery


  • Santiago Piñon

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

    Still Here: Resisting Marginalization

  • Nancy Pittman

    From the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

    Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

    Introduction to Disciples/Christians and Indigenous Nations

  • Edward Robinson

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Conference

    Preston Taylor

  • Walter Scott was one of the four key early leaders in the Restoration Movement, along with Barton W. Stone, Thomas Campbell and Thomas' son Alexander Campbell. He was a successful evangelist and helped to stabilize the Campbell movement as it was separating from the Baptists.

  • The Rev. Joshua Shawnee is the Pastor of the Parish Church of St. Jerome in Tulsa, OK and the Vicar General of the Society of Mercy. Joshua holds degrees in theology and archival science and is in the final semester of the MTS program at Phillip Seminary. The primary focus of Joshua’s research is the indigenous experience of Christianization and the suppression and reemergence of Two Spirit identities in contemporary North America. Fr. Joshua comes from the Shawnee and Delaware peoples and is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe.

  • Barton Warren Stone was an important preacher during the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century. He was first ordained a Presbyterian minister, then was expelled from the church after the Cane Ridge, Kentucky revival for his stated beliefs in faith as the sole prerequisite for salvation.

  • Lori Tapia

    Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Conference

    Hispanic/Latinx Disciples History and Experience: Obra Hispana

  • Rev. Preston Taylor was a Disciples of Christ pastor, educator, and entrepreneur who was one of the most influential leaders of the black community in Middle Tennessee and of black Disciples nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He was one of the founders of the National Christian Missionary Convention, the precursor of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • FRANK A. THOMAS, PHD, currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. Thomas is the author of The God of the Dangerous Sermon (Fall, 2021), Surviving a Dangerous Sermon, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon and Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching, released by Abingdon Press respectively, April 2020, February, 2018, and November 2016.

  • The life of Emily Thomas Tubman reads like a fairy tale. How could a beautiful southern belle in a time when women had no vote and limited rights become administrator of a large Georgia plantation and later an even greater financial empire? Why would a woman of such wealth make it her life’s vocation to invest her resources carefully in a wide range of educational, churchly and community projects?

  • Remembered as the “Goddess of Nanking”, Minnie Vautrin devoted her career to her students in China, first at Luchowfu Girls’ School and then at Ginling College in Nanking. She served Ginling College as faculty member, dean of education and as president for two years.

  • Newell Williams

    Presentation at Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference

    A Conversation about Campbell and Stone (with an emphasis on Stone)