A former Durant pastor and community pillar has had a book published and will return this weekend to sign copies.
Bishop Randell O. Drake served at Durant Abundant Life Temple for 15 years, first as music minister and youth pastor, then as senior pastor. He also was Durant Kiwanis Club president, United Way chairman, Ministerial Alliance president, and a member of the Durant Chamber of Commerce Directors Board and Redcoat Ambassadors.
His book, “Just Sayin’: Or as My Wife Says, ‘He is Not a Man of Few Words,” recently was published. Drake will be in Durant for a book signing 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Count Your Blessings Book Store, 203 W. Main St.
On Sunday, Drake will speak during the morning service at Abundant Life Temple, 1307 N. Washington Ave.
Drake is the conference superintendent of New Horizons Ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, with oversight of 80 churches, 345 ministers and more than 9,000 church members. He has been a credentialed minister for 35 years with the IPHC. Bishop Drake serves on the IPHC Council of Bishops and the Southwestern Christian University Board of Regents Executive Committee as secretary.
Drake has appeared on the national and regional Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” show and had two recording projects. He was selected as one of Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Men of America. As a guest chaplain for the U.S. Senate, he opened the session in prayer, an honor afforded to only 24 guest chaplains each year.
Drake is a 1976 Shawnee High School graduate, has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies and a master’s degree in church growth and revitalization from Southwestern Christian University. He has been a guest speaker at the IPHC National Pastors’ Conference, the IPHC National Fine Arts Festival, community Day of Prayer breakfasts and dinners, numerous conferences, camp meetings, youth camps and churches.
Drake and his wife, Michelle, have been married 32 years and have two sons, Taylor and Evan. Michelle has been in public education for 20 years. She is the NHM ministers’ wives fellowship director and is serving a second term on the IPHC National Women’s Ministries Board. Taylor is a Bible professor and One Voice director at Southwestern Christian University. Evan is a junior at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in education.