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Dr. Charles W. Whitlow, pastor of Union Baptist Church, reflects on his 40 years of service to the Lawton community after hearing the calling from God.

Charles W. Whitlow exemplifies Christian caring

Charles W. Whitlow is a man with a mission.

The Union Baptist Church pastor has served the Lawton community for 40 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Even as his hair shows signs of his age, he still pushes himself as much as he can to do God's work and help make this area the best it can be.

"My position has always been as long as I am able to keep going, I will keep serving," Whitlow said. "I don't want to be one of those who comes to a point, sits down and wishes I had done this or I had done that. I want to be able to do all I can while I can. So when I come to that point where I can no longer do it, I can be satisfied in knowing I did as much as I could."

That philosophy has defined Whitlow's life from the day he heard the call of God when he was a 16-year-old living in El Reno. Growing up with humble beginnings, he tried to ignore the calling to pursue a career in education. He graduated from Langston University with a bachelor of arts degree and planned to be a teacher. But in 1956, the calling returned and Whitlow took a ministry position at St. John's Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

"It was not something I wanted to do," he said. "It was something I didn't want to do, and I tried to keep from doing it. I had a plan for a career. But that call was coming from God and it was something I had to accept."

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