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OKC pastor says ride to Arctic Circle was 'life changing and life saving'

The Rev. Randy Shrauner, executive pastor at United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, at right, raises a "Imagine No Malaria" banner at the Arctic Circle along with the Rev. Dennis Miller of Ohio.
The Rev. Randy Shrauner, executive pastor at United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, at right, raises a "Imagine No Malaria" banner at the Arctic Circle along with the Rev. Dennis Miller of Ohio.

The Rev. Randy Shrauner met fellow Methodist Dennis Miller and the two became good friends.

Shrauner, 56, said he and Miller, a United Methodist district superintendent in Ohio, shared a love for Methodist missions and their motorcycles.

The two put their love of missions and motorcycles together for their recent Artic Imagine Ride.

The Rev. Randy Shrauner, executive pastor at United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, at right, raises a "Imagine No Malaria" banner at the Arctic Circle along with the Rev. Dennis Miller of Ohio.
The Rev. Randy Shrauner, executive pastor at United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, at right, raises a "Imagine No Malaria" banner at the Arctic Circle along with the Rev. Dennis Miller of Ohio.

“More than anything, it’s two guys who love Jesus and missions and ministry and motorcycles – that’s us,” he said.

The ride was a three-week, 10,000-mile motorcycle trek to the Arctic Circle and back to raise money for Imagine No Malaria, a United Methodist Church initiative to raise $75 million to end malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

The men raised $10,000 before they met in Fargo, S.D., to prepare for their trip.

When they reached the Arctic Circle on Aug. 11, the pair announced they had raised a total of $11,000.

In a Facebook post shortly after they reached their destination, Shrauner said a portion of the trip  -- a 400 mile roundtrip on the Dalton Haul Road -- was the most challenging ride of his life.

“The ride was full of high drama! It took us 12 hours to ride from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and back,” he wrote. “The weather made the most dangerous road in the United States super scary!”

Shrauner, of Edmond, said the congregation at Church of the Servant, 14343 N MacArthur, has been very supportive of him as he tries to do his part to combat malaria.

He said the church has always been a giving church and his efforts to raise money and awareness about the Imagine No Malaria initiative was met with a good response.

Shrauner called the recent trip “life changing and life saving.” 

For more about the initiative, go to http://imaginenomalaria.org.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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