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Thousands gather to remember Oral Roberts

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. – Thousands of mourners have packed an auditorium to remember the life of evangelist Oral Roberts.

Fellow evangelist Pat Robertson opened Monday's memorial service at Oral Roberts University with a prayer, describing Roberts as a man who walked with God but never gave up the common touch.

The 91-year-old Roberts died of complications from pneumonia last week in California.

ORU President Mark Rutlege spoke of how God cured Roberts of his tuberculosis when he was young.

Roberts chartered ORU in 1963 as a place where Pentecostals could live, study and pray together. The school became the first Pentecostal university in the world, taking the fiery brand of Christianity to the mainstream through radio and television.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered to remember evangelist Oral Roberts at a service in Tulsa, Okla.

Among the early arrivals for the Monday afternoon memorial service at Oral Roberts University were husband and wife Mark and Paula Sterns, alumni who flew from Dallas for the event. Mark Sterns says Roberts changed their lives forever, adding that 19 members of their families attended the university at some point.

Roberts died last week in California at age 91.

Roberts chartered ORU in 1963 as a place where Pentecostals could live, study and pray together. The school became the first Pentecostal university in the world, taking the fiery brand of Christianity to the mainstream through radio and television.

 

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