Discovering Original Christianity in Oklahoma City
Conciliar Media Ministries under the direction of CEO John Maddex coordinated an evangelism project in Oklahoma City June 19 and 20 with funding provided by the Antiochian Archdiocese as well as Charles Ajalat of the Orthodox Vision Foundation. Central Oklahoma was saturated with a four-week media blitz that included newpaper, radio, television, billboards, yard signs, and internet advertising. The advertising campaign was led by St. Elijah members Richard Yeager, John and Kathi Larson, and Mark Loftis.
On the local level Fr. Constantine Nasr, Sr. Pastor of St. Elijah Church, headed up a pan-Orthodox effort that included Fr. John Tsaras of St. George Greek Church, Fr. Raphael Moore of St. Mary Ukrainien Church, Fr. Anthony Nelson of St. Benedict Russian Church; and Fr. Justin McFeeters of Holy Ascension, Fr. Basil McMurry of St. James Mission, and Fr. Mark Wallace of St. Andrew Church (all Antiochian).
Guest speakers for the two-day event were Fr. James Bernstein and author Matthew Gallatin. Over 800 attended with as many as 90% of those attending being non-Orthodox.