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Upcoming Classes

Communicating the Gospel

Taught by Bob and Steve Ely
March 14–15, 2014

Public speaking principles for preaching and teaching; using technology in communicating your message. This class will be taught by father-son team Bob and Steve Ely!

  • Adult learning classroom with teacher calling on student with hand raisedCommunicating the Gospel — Speaking, Technology and Social Media

    Are you called by God to share His through teaching and/or preaching? If so, you understand the importance effective preparation and delivery. Both Bob and Steve are known for their gifted public speaking. They will give you insight into how to take your speaking to another level. You will also gain some hints on how to use technology and social media more effectively

  • Bob and Steve Ely

    Bob and Edith ElyBob Ely

    Bob was born and raised in Anadarko, OK. Edith was born and raised in Norman, OK. Both came from divorced (broken) families. Bob was raised Nazarene and Edith Pentecostal. They met at the 1st Pentecostal Holiness Church in Norman, OK, where Edith was attending and Bob was saved, sanctified, baptized with the Holy Spirit and called to preach. They were married in that church on March 27, 1965. Edith worked as a medical transcriptionist/secretary so Bob could finish college. He attended the University of Oklahoma for two years, graduating from Southwestern College (now Southwestern Christian University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion in 1967.

    Out of their union two children, Steve and Stephanie and five grandchildren, Jessica, Talmadge, Jennifer, Devin and Jayden were born. Edith has faithfully supported Bob in all ministry endeavors for more than 44 years, especially in administrative/secretarial work and in her own singing ministry. In March 2014, they will celebrate 49 years of marriage and ministry together.

    Bob brings wealth of ministry experience to the table. He has effectively ministered on local and national levels. He pastored two churches (University PH in Norman, Ok and First PH in Apache, OK). He has served as Conference Church Education Ministries Director (Pioneered the CEM Dept. in the West Oklahoma Conference), and Conference Superintendent (elected at 28 years of age, Bob served 12 years as Superintendent of West OK Conference). On the national level he has served on several denominational boards, including the General Board of Administration, the General Executive Board, Church Institutions Board, Evangelism USA Board, General Retirement Board (where he helped restructure the denominational program), several task force study committees, and President of the National Association of Pentecostal Holiness Evangelists. He was President of Southwestern Christian University for eleven years. He has also traveled extensively as a full-time evangelist.

    Steve ElySteve Ely

    After graduating from Southwestern College of Christian Ministries in 1990 with a BA in Religion, Steve Ely moved to McColl, South Carolina where he served as Youth Minister for almost 2 years. During that time he founded "The Pulse" Youth Ministry.

    Steve married Julie Yeargan Ely in 1991. They moved to Greenville, North Carolina to accept the position of Youth Minister of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. They served successfully in this ministry for 6 1/2 years. While there, Steve and Julie founded R.A.S.O.R.S. (Radical Adolescents Serving Our Risen Savior). This Youth Ministry had numerous ministries including The Edge Junior High Church, S.W.O.R.D. (Singles Walking Out Radical Discipleship). S.H.A.R.P. (Study Hard and Receive Power) Bible Studies, The Swordsmen, and the Rated R. Drama Team.

    In September 1998, Steve and Julie returned to Oklahoma where Steve accepted the position of Director of Student Admissions and Director of Spiritual Life (Campus Pastor) for Southwestern Christian University. Julie presently teaches full time at SCU and is the Chair of the Music Department and the Director of the college music outreach group called "One Voice".

    In September 2000, Steve was named National Youth Director of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Steve served in this position for 7 years.

    In August of 2007, Steve and Julie planted Passion Church (www.passionchurch.tv) in Oklahoma City. Passion Church is a charismatic, contemporary, and casual church.

    Steve and Julie have a ten year old and seven year old, named Talmadge and Devin.

  • HomileticalHandbookHomiletical Handbook

    By Donald L. Hamilton

    Homiletical Handbook is a primer for those who are called to preach. It is intentionally simple in its explanation of the homiletical task and straightforward in getting to the point. It is solid in its theology and biblical in its approach.

  • Typing on computerPre-class Assignment

    1. Read chapters 1 to 11 in Homiletical Handbook by Donald L. Hamilton. Write a one-page report listing major points of what you read.
    2. Manuscript a 5 to 7 minute devotional message from the parables incorporating technology into your manuscript — song, video, tweetable points, etc.