PRESENTER BIOS

Bishop Michael Girlinghouse has served congregations and campus ministries in Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma and has taught as an instructor at the university level. He currently serves as the bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, ELCA. Bishop Girlinghouse is a devotional writer and has led a variety of workshops and retreats. He is married and has an adult daughter.

Rev. Pamela G. Holt

Rev. Pamela Holt has served the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as the Regional Minister since January 1, 2015.  She has traveled the entire region visiting Oklahoma’s Disciples congregations and is moved by the diversity and depth of ministries around the region.  

 

Rev. Holt graduated from TCU in 1990 and Brite Divinity School in 1993 and was ordained by South Hills Christian Church in February, 1994.  She served three very different

congregations in Texas, with her last pastorate as senior minister in Mineral Wells, TX.

 

Rev. Holt serves as a board member on the following organizations: Oklahoma Disciples Foundation, Phillips Theological Seminary, Reach Beyond Mission, and serves as the Region’s representative to the denomination’s College of Regional Ministers and General Commission on Ministry.   

 

Rev. Holt and her husband, Randy, live in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Their daughter AnnaCarole is a TCU graduate and is employed in Dallas. The Holt family travels annually to their favorite vacation spot in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado to enjoy the many beautiful hiking trails. Pam and Randy delight in playing with their grandson, Quincy Holt, who lives with his parents in San Francisco.

 

Rabbi Vered L. Harris became the spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City in 2012. She is the fifth rabbi to serve the congregation since its founding in 1903.

 

Rabbi Harris’ community work in Oklahoma City includes interfaith dialogue, guest lecturing, and multi-faith prayer services. At the Temple she enjoys serving with a professional and volunteer team offering religious education, pastoral care, prayer, and social action opportunities. Although she was born Jewish, her formal study of the religion did not begin until college. Through learning and living Judaism, Rabbi Harris has become more passionate about civil rights, more compassionate for those who suffer, more open to universal truth, and overall a better human.

Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, is an ordained United Methodist deacon, licensed professional counselor, and nationally known disaster response specialist with 25 years' experience working in crisis and disaster response. Rev. Hughes serves as the Executive Director for Crisis Care Ministries. A frequent teacher and facilitator in Oklahoma and beyond, she has authored and contributed to numerous disaster response curricula and resources and has provided key leadership in developing national standards and best practices in disaster spiritual and emotional care. Mary served for ten years as a national disaster consultant with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and she created a five-year pilot program based upon the National VOAD Disaster Spiritual Guidelines through the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. She continues to provide leadership in both the National VOAD and Oklahoma VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committees.

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