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J. Dwight Burchett Homegoing

Rev. J. Dwight Burchett

J. Dwight Burchett left a profound mark on the Heartland Conference and the IPHC. He was a visionary pastor and leader who was ahead of his time. He developed and helped launch new generations of leaders across Oklahoma and the world. We celebrate this great servant of God and his legacy!

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Charles Michael Ewing Homegoing

Charles EwingRev. Charles “Chuck” Ewing entered his eternal reward on Saturday, July 14, at the age of 53. He was a wonderful part of the Heartland Conference. A soft-spoken man, Chuck was one of the most likable and down-to-earth people you could ever meet.

Chuck was a bi-vocational minister; in addition to his ministerial service, he worked two and three jobs, often in great pain because of chronic heart problems. He pastored two of our churches: Mountain View PH and most recently, Family Church of Blanchard (now Acts of Grace). He also was a tremendous volunteer in our camping program and maintenance of our Retreat Center.

Chuck was a great teacher and modeled the servant life of Jesus Christ. As a loyal friend he touched hundreds of lives during his journey on earth!

We celebrate Chuck entering his eternal reward and being free from pain. We also lift up his wife Amy and their children and grandchildren.


Charles Michael Ewing, 53, of Pocola, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born May 17, 1965 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was a US Air Force Veteran, an ordained Pentecostal minister through the Heartland Conference of the IPHC, and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his wife Amy Ewing of the home, three sons; David Ewing of Fort Smith, John Michael Ewing of Fort Smith, Jeremiah Ewing of Pocola, OK, one daughter Melinda “Mindy” Seal of Winslow, his mother Ethel Ewing of Fort Smith, five siblings Teri Ewing of Fort Smith, Joie Fields of Arkoma, OK, Gayle McKeown of Springfield, MO, Glenda Meredith of Lavaca, and Barbara Serrell of Jacksonville, AR, and one grandson Charles Alan Ewing.

Visitation and Services

Funeral Service will be 9:30 am Wednesday at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel 4817 Kelley Hwy Fort Smith, Arkansas with Interment to follow with military honors at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Robby Meredith, Chris Meredith, Chad McKeown, Josh McKeown, Benjamin Blalock, and Aaron Blalock. To place an online tribute, go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net.

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Homegoing Service for Rev. Clarence Dewitt Glaze Jr.

Celebration of life service for Clarence Dewitt Glaze Jr., 89 of Enid, will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery, with arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home. Visitation with family will be Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Clarence Glaze JrRev. Clarence Glaze transferred from the Assemblies of God to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1989. He was a gifted and faithful leader, pastoring the Enid First Love Church for many years. Rev. Glaze carried a vision and burden for all of Enid to come to Christ until the day he departed this life.

We pray his precious family at this time of sorrow. We also rejoice that our dear brother Clarence has entered the eternal presence of Jesus Christ!

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Rev. David Mayo Homegoing

Funeral Services for Rev. David Mayo are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel, 127 S. Canadian, Purcell, Oklahoma 73080. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery.

David and Theo Mayo

The Heartland Conference is forever grateful to Rev. David Mayo and his enduring legacy in building churches! Our prayers are with the family, and we celebrate his life and ministry!

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Woodrow “Woody” Stevens Homegoing

Woody StevensOur dear Brother Woody Stevens has entered his heavenly home. He was a tremendous minister in the Heartland Conference. In his latter years, he faithfully visited Pentecostal Holiness churches throughout the Oklahoma City area and was always quick to offer a word of encouragement and a song. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Service Information

  • Visitation: Friday, March 30, 2018 4:00 - 8:00pm (the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm)
    Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary North
    13125 N. MacArthur
    Oklahoma City, OK 73142
  • Funeral: Saturday, March 31st, 2018 10:30 am
    Liberty Christian Center
    1121 S. Post Road
    Midwest City, OK 73130

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Velma Pauline Zenger Homegoing

December 15, 1927 – February 09, 2018

Visitation and Service informationVelma Zenger

Velma Pauline Zenger, 90, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Blanchard, died Friday, February 9, 2018, in Alva. She was born December 15, 1927 in Enid, Oklahoma to Jake J. and Carrie (Jantz) Becker. She was raised in the Mennonite Church until her parents received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when Velma was 9 years old. At that time their family began to attend the Enid Pentecostal Holiness Church in which Bud Roberts, Oral Roberts’ father, served as pastor. From the age of 11, Velma began to teach a Sunday School class for children. During the summer of 1945 she was leading the children’s ministry at a camp-meeting for the then, Oklahoma Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church where she met a young preacher named James Zenger. When James first saw her, he told the other young ministers who were standing with him, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” James and Velma married on September 1, 1945, that same year, and were faithfully devoted to each other for 70 years until her husband and love of her life passed away on July 8, 2016.

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