Pride of the Plains is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2018. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published March 18, 2018, focuses on Faith and the individuals, churches and organizations that reach out in the local communities.

Other sections include:

• Pride of the Plains: Health and Wellness, Feb. 18, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Education, Feb. 25, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Economic Development, March 4, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Northwest Oklahoma, March 11, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Agriculture & Energy, April 1, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Arts & Entertainment, April 8, 2018

• Pride of the Plains: Community Service, April 15, 2018

“As a Christian, there’s a lot of opportunities you have to go on different mission trips, but a lot of those are oriented to help doing this or help doing that. What better could I do than to give of what I’m trained to do, with the hearing aids industry.” — Greg Kuykendall, owner of Kuykendall Hearing Aid Center and Diagnostic Audiology

Three Catholic parishes in and around Enid are participating in a capital campaign to erect a new shrine in honor of Father Stanley Rother, the Okarche-born priest who was martyred in Guatemala in 1981. 

In a world in which 25 percent of Americans listen to podcasts and billions of people around the planet are on social media, it’s impossible to ignore reality for an ancient faith.

Stephen Ministries is a group of more than 12,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and 29 other nations, dedicated to providing lay ministers who can work alongside ordained clergy to provide pastoral care in the community.

“That was just an added blessing for me because I felt like I understand the program, I understand how it works, and if there’s any way we can support and grow it in any way I’d love to do that ... it’s pretty much a part of our DNA to support Scouting.” — Mark McAdow, Willow View United Methodist Church senior pastor 

The church has numerous ministries — such as the sports and outreach ministries — dedicated to different areas. Events and programs highlight those ministries throughout the year.

If you were looking for a school where you could learn Hebrew, Greek and the finer points of biblical research and interpretation, the town of Hillsdale, population 125, might not be your first thought.

“It’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. I go home almost every day feeling like I’ve made a difference in somebody, and I’ve never been able to say that about another job.” — Richard Dunn, chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center