Prison Minister - Robert Martin
Poteau Church of Christ first became involved in the Prison Ministry at Jim E. Hamilton Correction Center
in Hodgen Oklahoma through the urging of brother Bud Tibbles in or near 1985. At that time he was working with a congregation in the
Muskogee Oklahoma area and would drive to the prison on Tuesday night to offer the New Life Behavior courses and no other local church
of Christ was involved in that ministry.
Around 1988 Phil Powers became minister to Poteau Church of Christ and became involved in the worship at the prison by offering a worship
assembly on Sunday afternoon, Bro Tibbles still offered the New Life Behavior courses. In May of 1995, Richard Hurlocker placed membership
with the Poteau Church of Christ, having recently moved from the Morrie Avenue Church of Christ in Cheyenne, Wy. He was asked by the
elders at Poteau to assist Bro Powers in the work and later asked to assume full responsibility for the work. In May, 1996, Dick Hurlocker
assumed responsibility for the work at the prison and continued to lead that ministry until a health related issue dictated retirement.
In August 2007, New Life Behavior courses became the primary tool of our ministry as well as a Bible class on Sunday afternoon followed by
a worship assembly for the inmates and staff. Brothers Ed Adams, Richard Moore and Joe Schweihkard have been involved in this ministry for
several years. In 2007, when Dick Hurlocker retired the ministry was given over to Robert Martin.
Spanish Minister - Juan Espinoza
Church of Christ that meets in Heavener, Oklahoma
We the Heavener Church of Christ (Hispanic congregation) are blessed to called sons of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
We come together every first day of the week in the name of Christ Jesus. We come together to worship God, and have communion to
remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.