Pastors in Early Oklahoma

Pastors in Early Oklahoma

When settlers wanted to get married, pastors were few and far between. In Sanford’s case, he speaks in his diary of calling a “presiding elder” to perform the wedding serivce. The presiding elder was an elder in the Methodist church who oversaw churches in a certain district. This term continued until 1939 when three Methodist denominations joined and the title became “district superintendent.”

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