Who We Are
Asbury United Methodist Church was founded in 1962 as a Tulsa District church plant in (at the time) far-south Tulsa. First meeting at Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Asbury’s growth first came from the suburban neighborhoods that encompassed the area.
In 1964 and straight out of seminary, Rev. William C. Mason was appointed to Asbury and would remain Asbury’s senior pastor for 29 years until his retirement in 1993. Bill’s entire ministry focused on pastoral care through hospital visitation, door-to-door home visits and strong personal relationships that continue to define fellowship at Asbury. Soon after Bill’s arrival, Asbury built its first buildings at 5838 S. Sheridan Road. Beginning with a sanctuary/fellowship hall, offices and a few classrooms, Asbury has always been a growing church, resulting in many building and capital campaigns in order to expand its facility and ministries. A thousand seat sanctuary and the multi-use Mason Center were the capstones of Asbury’s Sheridan site.
At the same time, Asbury has never defined itself by its facilities. Rather, being strongly missional in its identity, Asbury consistently committed itself to effective ministries to children, youth, adults (including single adults), worship and outreach.
Upon Rev. Mason’s 1993 retirement, Dr. Tom Harrison took the role of senior pastor. Tom succeeded in carrying Bill Mason’s emphasis on pastoral care and introduced a number of his own initiatives as well. The Perceptions radio spots reach thousands of northeastern Oklahomans each day and have been a significant source of our growth. (You can listen to the daily Perceptions right here on our website.) Continuing in its effectiveness at all age levels, Asbury grew strong in the ministries of Worship, Marriage & Family and, in recent years, Celebrate Recovery.
With consistent growth into the new millennium, Asbury found its Sheridan campus inadequate in size. Committed to continued growth, Asbury commissioned a long-term planning fask force in 1997 to begin studying its options. At the end of 1999, God opened the door for Asbury to purchase 35 acres on south Mingo Rd. A number of “God stories” became the confirmation needed to move forward with the relocation.
Groundbreaking was held on January 13, 2002 and Asbury had it first worship services at 6767 S. Mingo (see inside) on Feb. 29, 2004.
In 2008, Asbury opened Venue in order to house its growing modern worship service and an exploding student ministry. In addition, the 4-year-old children’s ministry building almost doubled in size.
Almost 8000 people call Asbury their church home today with an average of 2,600 people in worship and more than 2,000 people in discipleship groups.
In 2012, Asbury United Methodist Church celebrated its 50th anniversary! While remembering the amazing work of God in our history, we are all-the-more looking forward to the exciting future!