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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pastor Nuel C. Crain

Dr. Nuel C. Crain was born January 14, 1905 in Vandervort, Arkansas.  He attended school at Hatfield, Arkansas. He attended Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas earning the A.B. degree in 1929. In 1933 he had received a B.D. and a M.A. degree at Southern Methodist University in Texas and in 1952 a D.D. from Oklahoma City University.  Additionally, he did graduate study at Union Seminary in New York City.   
In 1934, he married Catherine Culbertson of Dallas, Texas. They had children: Bill Crain (Dallas), Mrs. Mary Catharine Ward (Garland, TX) and Mrs. Ann Foor (Norman, OK).
His experiences included serving as a high school principal and basketball coach in Delight, Arkansas 1927-1929.  He served notably as delegate to two (2) General Conferences of the Methodist Church, four (4) Jurisdictional Conferences of the Methodist Church and as delegate to the 1966 World Methodist Conference in London, England.  He also served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Oklahoma City University, and The Methodist Home of Tahlequah (OK)  and Western Methodist Assembly in Fayetteville, Arkansas,
He traveled extensively as a member of the Sherwood Eddy Study Seminar visiting six western European countries (1952), the Holy Land with his wife as members of an American party in 1966, visited with his wife four countries behind the Iron Curtain and other lands in 1970.  He also studied at St. Andrews University, Scotland attending the American Summer Institute there summer of 1972 (with his wife).  In 1973 he helped organize and direct with his wife a party to the Holy Land, spring 1973.  While living in Chickasha, Oklahoma he was a member of the Lions Club, the Four C's Council, and President of the Chickasha Ministerial Alliance.
He served appointments in the following Oklahoma churches : Alluwe, Purcell, St. John's in Oklahoma City, Marlow, Wesley Church in Oklahoma City (13 years), St. Paul in Muskogee, Will Rogers in Tulsa, Epworth United Methodist  in Chickasha.  He also served as District Superintendent of the Norman and the Bartlesville Districts.

He died in June of 1997 in Dallas, Texas. And his wife Catherine died in 2003 in Texas.

[This information came from a bio sheet sent to Wesley when Dr. Crain was invited to speak for an event at Wesley. WUMC Archives. Biographical Data. Speakers.]

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