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|Oliver, Ryland H||1948|
D.O.D 11/18/2011 - Ryland Oliver came to Phillips in 1944 from Buffalo, New York, planning to become a minister. He received a B.A. degree in 1944. He went on to earn his B.D. from the Graduate Seminary in 1955. It was at Phillips that he met his wife, Martha Ann.
Oliver helped start and led many churches for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, including in Tahlequah and Edmond. He started the Yale Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa. Later was a minister at Community Christian Church in Tulsa.
From 1972 through the mid-1990s, Oliver divided his time between ministry and full-time work with the city of Tulsa-run Area Agency on Aging where he worked for twenty years. With the agency, Oliver helped set up some 30 adult day-care centers across the area. He also served on various boards, including for Oasis Adult Day Services. He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging during both the Carter and Reagan administrations.
After his retirement from full-time ministry, he was an interim minister for churches and was most recently a member at Forest Park Christian Church.
Ryland had two sons, Ryland "Chris" Oliver and Byron Oliver; and a daughter, Cynthia Coffey. He died November 18, 2011.