I became friends with Doug and Marilyn in the period 2001-2005 when I was Executive Director of Church Education Ministries (now Discipleship Ministries). Doug approached Dr. Harold Dalton and me about forming an RV ministry through CEM, which we did. He led it and effectively led groups of Oklahoma IPHC RVers to spend several weeks helping to build or remodel congregations.
Doug was a prince of a man: gentle, clear headed, intentional, able to inspire and mobilize, and a faithful servant of Jesus. As the years passed, I saw him on occasion at events at Southwestern Christian University.
He always reminded me of my father: dignified without starchy; a warm smile to greet you; loved Jesus and the IPHC.
Thank you again for keeping us informed.
[Editor's comment: Bishop Doug Beacham informed me Tuesday, February 28, that he was on his way to Myanmar for the IPHC 25th anniversary celebration there. He said we have a very strong work and this is his third visit, first as General Superintendent. The last long trip Bishop Carpenter and Doug took together was to Myanmar. Carpenter loved it and they loved him.
By the way, this year marks the Centennial of the publication of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Advocate. The first issue came out in early May, 1917, from Falcon. We will do a feature story on it.
I am blessed to know Bishop Doug Beacham. I have known him for many years. We both were pastors in Georgia, he at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church and I at Tarkenton Memorial Church, also Pentecostal Holiness, in Athens, Georgia. We both served on the Georgia Conference Board. He was the assistant superintendent and then superintendent while I was the secretary/treasurer and director of World Missions for the conference.]