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Bill Dykes Signs Recording Contract with Pathway Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 28, 2011 – 11:00 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN}Newly launched, Pathway Records of Franklin, TN has added Bill Dykes to its roster. Dykes has a lengthy, successful history with some of the most notable groups in the Southern Gospel genre, including The Cathedrals, The Goffs, Coy Cook & The Senators, and The Rhythm Masters. He has performed in events led by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robinson, Rex Humbard, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Paul Conn. Recording and performing on four #1 songs, garnering three Dove nominations, a Gospel Music News Award, owning his own group; Chariot, opening for Mike Huckabee, and achieving Gold status with his “This is Love,” is only a brief overview of his 45 years of dedication, contributions, and accolades that will be stamped in the pages of Gospel Music history.
Dykes’s passion for his music led him into marketing, media, and financial consulting that would not only secure his involvement in the industry, but would change the course of many of his clients’ paths to success. His expertise in banking and finance has given him the opportunity to reach out to a multitude of churches and ministries in distress. A position as Chief Marketing Officer for Christian Televison Network, Sky Angel, allowed him to design and implement its sales and marketing initiatives. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Business Development at Church Mortgage Acceptance Co., LLC (CMAC) where he played a key role in providing over $2 billion in financing to churches nationwide in need of refinancing, renovation, or expansion. Dykes studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and vocal performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He attended seminary at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, received his Doctorate of Divinity from Heritage Baptist University, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Davis College in Binghamton, NY.
Dykes was brought on board by The Mansion Entertainment in 2010 to spearhead the development of Manor House Music and Cheyenne Record labels. In addition, his expertise as Executive Director has enabled him to revive Impact Records, the first Gospel label to garner Gold status, with the Gaither’s “Allelujah: Praise Gathering.” Bill Traylor, VP of The Mansion Entertainment, notes, “Bill and I have been friends for well over 30 years. With his heart for the ministry and his willingness to help others reach their music ministry goals, I expect great blessings for his new project with Pathway Records. I feel certain that the unique, flexible, and affordable recording options we have made available to Pathway artists will allow Bill to carry on his solo ministry with the style and class that is his trademark.”

Dykes says, “I feel so blessed to be getting a top-knotch project done with Pathway Records. The beauty of this record company is that it offers so many options for artists with its ‘Al a carte features, allowing them to pick and choose as little or as much as they would like to put into their project. Those unique features make the recording more feasible for the beginning artist, with a limited budget, yet it can also accommodate the most elaborate needs of any recording artist. My first and foremost carreer mission is to use the experience and tools the Lord gave me to help others fulfill their calling in the ministry; however, I don’t think my own calling to sing has ended after 45 years. Having been on all sides of this business, I can relate to just about everything that is presented as a concern. This is the reason I am so excited about recommending artists to Pathway Records; because it is fitting my own needs perfectly.

Dykes continues to travel to speaking and singing engagements across the country and is frequently asked to MC concerts and events. He and wife, Jae Lynne, reside in Cincinnati, OH where they attend Landmark Baptist Church.

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Oral Roberts University Remembers the Legacy of Chancellor Oral Roberts

Written by Scoops Staff on December 15, 2010 – 1:23 pm -

TULSA, Okla.Dec. 15, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ — Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Oral Roberts University Founder and Chancellor Oral Roberts. His legacy continues in the administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of ORU. The university continues to focus on the vision and mission that was set in place by Roberts.

“Oral Roberts was a great man who profoundly impacted the world for Jesus Christ. We are deeply thankful for his life,” said ORU President Mark Rutland. “Nowhere is the imprint of this man of God more evident than ORU. This university is the enduring legacy of Chancellor Roberts.”

“ORU is Oral Roberts’ most enduring legacy. It represents everything he stood for – from healing evangelism to whole person living to academic excellence,” said Thomson Mathew, dean of ORU’s College of Theology and Ministry.

The university was founded as a result of Roberts’ obeying God’s mandate to build a university on God’s authority and the Holy Spirit. God’s commission to Roberts was to “Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased.”

The mission of Oral Roberts University – in its commitment to the Christian faith – is to educate the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, thereby preparing its graduates to be professionally competent servant-leaders who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, and socially adept.

The university seeks to synthesize the best practices of liberal arts, professional, and graduate education with a charismatic emphasis to enable students to go into every person’s world with God’s message of salvation and healing for the totality of human need.

The university is paying tribute to Roberts on its website. This site includes photos and video of Roberts, a biography, comments from around the world at his passing and a message from Rutland. ORU will also honor Roberts at the first chapel service of the spring semester which will air January 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. CST on Golden Eagle Broadcasting (KGEB Tulsa 53), DirecTV Channel 363.

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Oral Roberts Dies

Written by Staff on December 15, 2009 – 3:34 pm -


Funeral Arrangements Pending for Legendary Evangelist


TULSA, Okla., December 15, 2009 –

There will be a private family internment. Arrangements for a public memorial service in Tulsa are pending and will be announced soon.

“Oral Roberts was the greatest man of God I‟ve ever known,” Richard Roberts said. “A modern-day apostle of the healing ministry, an author, educator, evangelist, prophet, and innovator, he was the only man of his generation to build a worldwide ministry, an accredited university, and a medical school.

“Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was not only my earthly father; he was my spiritual father and mentor. The last member of his generation in the Roberts family, he had a passion to bring healing to the sick.

“His name is synonymous with miracles. He came along when many in Christendom did not believe in the power of God and His goodness. Oral Roberts was known for sayings such as „God Is a Good God,‟ „Expect a Miracle,‟ „Release Your Faith,‟ and „Plant Your Seed for a Harvest.‟

“The Bible teaches that when a Christian dies, he or she is instantly transferred into the presence of God. The past few months, my father has talked about going home to be with the Lord on a daily basis. He has run his race and finished his course. Now he is in heaven, and we as Christians have the Bible promise that someday we will be reunited. My heart is sad, but my faith in God is soaring.”

Granville Oral Roberts was born into poverty in Bebee, Okla., on Jan. 24, 1918. He began stuttering as a young child and then, as a teenager, contracted a potentially deadly case of tuberculosis. Bedfast at 17, he was carried to a revival meeting by his older brother, where a healing evangelist was praying for the sick. 

On the way, he clearly heard God speak to him, saying, “Son, I am going to heal you, and you are to take My healing power to your generation. You are to build Me a university based on My authority and on the Holy Spirit.” Roberts was miraculously healed of tuberculosis and stuttering at the revival meeting. His healing ministry was born several years later. “If a former stuttering, tuberculosis-ridden young Indian boy in an obscure county in Oklahoma can see the invisible and do the impossible—and still do it—so can you!” Roberts once said. Roberts was a legendary and beloved figure in a segment of Christianity that emphasizes healing, speaking in tongues, and other gifts of the Holy Spirit, as described in the New Testament. Dr. Jack Hayford, president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, said of Roberts, “If God had not, in His sovereign will, raised up the ministry of Oral Roberts, the entire charismatic movement might not have occurred. Oral shook the landscape with the inescapable reality and practicality of Jesus‟ whole ministry. His teaching and concepts were foundational to the renewal that swept through the whole church. He taught concepts that spread throughout the world and simplified and focused a spiritual lifestyle that is embraced by huge sectors of today‟s church.” After his healing at age 17, Roberts spent a dozen years pastoring churches in Oklahoma and Georgia, and preaching at revivals around the country, while also studying at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips (Okla.) University. Then, in 1947, he founded Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (OREA) and began conducting crusades across America and around the world, attracting crowds of thousands—many who were sick and dying and in search of healing. Through the years, he conducted more than 300 crusades on six continents. OREA officials estimate that he personally laid hands in prayer on more than 2 million people. The ministry continues under the leadership of Roberts‟ son, Richard, who has ministered in the U.S. and around the world for almost 30 years. In 1954, Oral Roberts revolutionized evangelism by bringing television cameras into services, providing what he liked to call a “front-row seat to miracles” for millions of viewers. Years later, he began a television program, “Oral Roberts Presents.” More than 50 years later, the ministry‟s daily program, “The Place for Miracles,” continues to minister to millions on over 100 television stations, multiple cable and satellite networks, and can be seen around the world via the Internet.

In 1958, Roberts founded the Abundant Life Prayer Group to address the around-the-clock needs of those suffering and requesting prayer. More than 50 years later, prayer partners continue to receive calls from around the world seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Over the years, they have received more than 23

million phone calls for prayer, along with astounding reports of miracles in answer to prayer. Roberts answered God‟s call to build an institute of higher learning in 1963, founding Oral Roberts University on 500 acres in Tulsa, Okla. Longtime friend Billy Graham officially dedicated ORU four years later. In the 1970s graduate schools, including Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Law, Education, and Theology, were added. Roberts served as school president until 1993, when he became chancellor. In 1981, Roberts founded the City of Faith Medical and Research Center, merging the healing power of medicine and prayer. The facility closed after eight years, leaving a lasting impact on the understanding by many medical professionals of the importance of treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Roberts wrote more than 130 books, including such classics as “If You Need Healing, Do These Things,” and “The Fourth Man.” His book “The Miracle of Seed Faith” has more than 8 million copies in circulation. This book‟s key principles—God is your source, sow your seed out of your need, and expect a miracle harvest—formed a fundamental part of Roberts‟ ministry and legacy. “After I‟m gone, others will have to judge how well I‟ve obeyed God‟s command not to be an

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oral Roberts Ministry Healing Missions Fund, as part of the ongoing goal of Oral Roberts Ministries to take the saving, healing, delivering message of the Gospel into all the world until Jesus returns. Gifts can be sent in care of Oral Roberts Ministries, P.O. 2187, Tulsa, Okla. 74102, or online at



Dr. Oral Roberts, a legendary evangelist who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th century, died today in Newport Beach, Calif., due to complications from pneumonia. His son, Richard, and daughter, Roberta, were at his side. The founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University was 91. echo but to be a voice like Jesus,” Roberts said. “As far as my own conviction is concerned, I‟ve tried to be that voice with every fiber of my being, regardless of the cost.” Roberts was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Ann and Marshall Nash; a son, Ronald David Roberts; a grandchild, Richard Oral Roberts; his mother and father; two sisters, Velma Roberts and Jewel Faust; and two brothers, Elmer and Vaden Roberts. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lindsay Roberts; a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Ronald Potts, all of Tulsa; as well as 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. –  more information is available online by visiting:

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