Like so many congregations, Trinity is a lot smaller than it used to be. It is now largely African-American but still integrated. I think that Trinity’s legacy in bringing races together is also its exciting potential and future.
It was in 1960, the year of Trinity Presbyterian’s birth, that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said something that, incredibly, is still true today:
“I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hours, in Christian America. I definitely think the Christian church should be integrated, and any church that stands against integration and that has a segregated body is standing against the spirit and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it fails to be a true witness.”
Amen. If you go to church, keep going. If not, you’re welcome at Trinity. We’d love to see you.
If you’ve quit church for some reason, we can give you some reasons to come back. Trinity Presbyterian’s integrated light still burns bright after 56 years.
–Rev. Richard Mize
ABOUT THE PASTOR

Rev. Richard Mize, is a bivocational minister ordained in the United Church of Christ and serves as half-time pastor of Trinity Presbyterian as a Temporary Member of the Indian Nations Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), under the Formula of Agreement.

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Rev. Mize

He has standing in the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the UCC and also is an Ordained Ministerial Partner in the Oklahoma Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a former pastor (half-time) of Carrier Congregational Church in Carrier, Okla., from August 2013 to March 2015. He has supplied pulpits in UCC, DOC and PCUSA churches.

He has edited The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com’s weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, as a crime reporter, then general assignment reporter, farm-ranch-agribusiness editor, regional editor and city editor.

Mize grew up on a farm and cow-calf ranch in Sequoyah County and attended Muldrow public schools. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism (news-editorial), a bachelor of science degree in political science (state and local government) with a minor in economics, all from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

He holds a master of arts degree in history from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. He has made numerous history presentations and had several scholarly history articles published. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Dolores Mize.

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