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In Memory: Dr. W.R. Corvin (Oklahoma)

[obituary] December 25, 1921 - March 14, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITYDr. W.R. (Ray) Corvin was born on December 25, 1921, and went to be with his Lord on March 14, 2012. He was born and raised on a farm near Ada, Oklahoma. His parents were Will and Lou Ellen Corvin. 
His earlier life jobs include farm hand, business manager, radio announcer, debater, military service, minister in a Methodist church and Pentecostal Holiness churches. He was married to Geneva Goodman for 43 years, having 3 children (Geralon, Venita and Doug). 
He earned numerous degrees including a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Master's of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary, Doctoral work at Northwestern University and the University of Oklahoma, a Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma and an honorary Doctor of Humanities. Dr. Corvin served as a vice president and later as president for 15 years of Southwestern College. He was vice president of Will Rogers Bank for 5 years. 
Upon the death of Dr. R.O. Corvin, he a…

In Memory: The Rev. Hoyle Baker (Kansas)

Rev. Hoyle D. Baker, of Wellington, Kansas, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 82. 

Hoyle was born the son of Albert H. and Jennie M. (Murray) Baker on Wednesday, October 9, 1929 in Prague, Oklahoma. When Hoyle was 6 months old, his parents moved to Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Mesa Union High School in 1949.
In 1950, Hoyle and Louise Bowman were united in marriage in Depew, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Rev. Hoyle Baker was ordained as a Minister in 1955. He served as pastor in many communities in Kansas including Kinsley, Caney, Mulvane, Wellington, and Minneapolis. In the 1960's he pastored a mission for the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Wellington.  Rev. Baker retired in 1992 after 37 years in the pulpit. He also worked at Boeing Aircraft as a modification mechanic for many years and retired in 1993. .


An article appeared in The Oklahoman of August 13, 1925 titled, "Warning is Sounded About Painted Knees: Preacher Also Takes Rap At Rolled Hose." (pg. 7).   The small piece is short on information or facts - qualifying more as a 'filler' to use up left over space on a newspapers page - but that did not prevent the prejudice from coming through.  There is the possibility it was something made up but it could also be an accurate depiction of the shaky theology which sometimes plagues evangelicalism, fundamentalism, or Pentecostalism.
Identified simply as a "Pentecostal revival", it was reported to have been at a church located on Avenue B and Oklahoma in Capitol Hill, a community just a few miles south of Oklahoma in 1925.  Based on a church advertisement of 1919 this would have been the Church of Apostolic Faith, pastored by early pioneer Pentecostal minister, Harry P. Lott. ("Churches", Oklahoman, Dec. 28,1919, pg. 9).
The interesting theological…

'LIGHT AND HEAT" - Noel Brooks

“Light and Heat”: The ChristianviewBibleCollege in Canada (1970- )                 In 1972, Noel Brooks refers to one of his personal heroes in an article about the first year of the new college in Canada. “One of the best biographies of John Wesley is entitled The Burning Heart. Another biographer described Wesley as The Knight of the Burning Heart. Whenever we think of Wesley this is how we conceive him: as a man ablaze with sustained passion to evangelize the lost and spread “scriptural holiness throughout the land…He earnestly desired that his preachers be men and women of burning heart and enlightened mind. “Oh for light as well as heat!...There is a great need of this combination of heat and light in the Christian world…”[1]                 In about 1968, while still recuperating from his severe exhaustion and ulcers, Brooks was wrestling with the reoccurring suggestions of friends that he look at teaching in North American Bible colleges. Soon he was approached about the dream of…