By Darla Shelden
Located near Edgemere Park and Crown Heights districts, at 3700 N. Walker, the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, often called the “Church of Tomorrow,” opened in 1956. This month the FCC has welcomed a new leader.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Rev. John Malget began serving as Senior Minister of First Christian Church on March 3. He comes to FCC from Memorial Drive Christian Church, in Houston, TX, where he served as Associate Pastor for eight years.
“The mission of the church is to love God so deeply, that we share that love with others, teaching them to share God’ s love in the process,” said Malget. “We enter the church as individuals, but become a part of a community that must make everyone welcome.”
Malget attended Phillips University to pursue a ministry in music. While continuing his education at Phillips Theological Seminary, he became the Minister of Music for the First Christian Church of Cushing, OK.
“I feel called as a disciples’ minister to work within a congregation as well as the larger community to create a church with a table big enough for everyone: loving and serving the least, the last and the lost,” added Malget.
Rev. Malget and his wife Sherri have two children, Nick, 16 and Kristen, 11.
“I am a passionate preacher and teacher of scripture,” Malget said “I believe that we must understand what the Bible said when it was written, but also what it has to say to us about today’s world.”
Former Oklahoma State Representative, Rev. Jeff Hamilton, Associate Minister at First Christian for over 16 years, said, “I believe that Rev. Malget embodies the bold spirit of the history of First Christian Church.”
“His desire to reach out to the community in relevant ways that support the well being of all is at the heart of his ministry,” said Hamilton. “We are pleased and excited to have him as our new senior minister.”
On Good Friday, March 29, First Christian Church of OKC will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for personal prayer. Prayer stations based on “Jesus’ Last Words from the Cross” will be available inside the sanctuary.
Malget said, “Good Friday is a reminder that we all share in the crucifixion of Jesus, that his death and resurrection were rooted in God’s great love for the whole world—not just for one individual, or select churches or denominations.”
“We are united not because we all believe the same, or think the same, but because we pursue God together,” said Malget. “And in that pursuit, we are made one by God.”
Malget says that each prayer station will emphasize one saying of Jesus from the cross, citing one example, John 19:28, in which Jesus says, “I Thirst.”
“As you spend time praying and contemplating this saying, you will be reminded of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well where he called himself ‘Living Water,’” said Malget. “May we respond as she did, ‘Lord, give me this water so that I may never be thirsty.’”
“Come spend as much time as you want. or can, in personal prayer time with God,” said Malget.
Those who are unable to attend during scheduled hours can contact the church at 405-525-6551 for additional times.
FFCOKC has occupied several locations since its origin. Through fundraising and planning, construction on the “Church of Tomorrow” took place under the leadership of Rev. William H. “Bill” Alexander.
Featured in Life magazine, the church was described as a “gigantic concrete egg, arching 110 feet into the air.”
Today, just 4 minutes from Bricktown, among the FCC facilities are the 1200 seat, iconic domed Sanctuary, the Jewel Box Theater, the Education Building, the Replogle Chapel, and the Bill Alexander Memorial Youth Center.
An Archives Room, located on the first floor, contains memorabilia from the early years of FCCOKC.
“As a pastor who was trained as a musician, it is a great honor to become the Senior Minister of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City,” said Rev. Malget. “This congregation has such a rich history of music and performance. It is with great enthusiasm that we begin a new chapter in the storied history of First Christian Church.”
For more information visit www.fccokc.org.
John Malget leads Oklahoma City’s iconic ‘Church of Tomorrow’ into the future
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