Carl M. Johnson, Evangelist
Carl was born July 27, 1948, in Ada, Oklahoma, and still lives there. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Ronny Wade in 1959, graduated from Ada High School in 1966, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and sociology from East Central University in 1970. The church of Christ in Ada ordained Carl as an evangelist in 1970. Since that time, he has traveled across the United States conducting hundreds of gospel meetings and assisting many in obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has often presented topics at the annual December study for gospel preachers. He has written a commentary on the Gospel of Mark and collaborated on a commentary on 1 Timothy, both published by Contending for the Faith Publications. He is also an executive editor of the quarterly journal Christian's Expositor, and an editor for the Old Paths Advocate, a journal that has been in existence since 1932. In 2002, he began writing a monthly column for the Old Paths Advocate called "The Back Page."
Carl was united in marriage December 30, 1966, to Phyllis Kay Smith, of Healdton, OK. They have two sons: Corey and David. Corey and his wife Julie have two children: Charlotte and Sam. David and wife Stacy also have two children: Whitt and Finley.
Carl credits much of what success he has realized as an evangelist to the cooperation and support of his home congregation in Ada. The church supplements his income while "sending him out" to preach the gospel throughout the land.
Joe Hisle, Evangelist
Joe Hisle was born in Ada, Oklahoma, August 8, 1943, to Walker and Inez Hisle, He has remained in Ada all of his life and still calls it home. He was educated in the Ada public schools system and graduated from Ada High School in 1961. He continued his education at East Central University in Ada, and graduated in May of 1965, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and chemistry.
It was during college that Joe decided to preach the gospel upon his graduation. During the summer months he studied and traveled with Evangelist Johnny Elmore. After finishing college he was ordained as an evangelist June 1, 1965. He conducted his first full-length gospel meeting in January of 1966. Since that time he has consistently conducted 12 to 20 meetings a year, preached throughout the country.
During the last 49 years Joe has assisted to lead the Ada congregation in dealing with every kind of challenge that it has received. He has been involved in several public debates, numerous written debates, maintained a radio broadcast for 30 years, written three books-a commentary on the book of Acts-Neglect Not Thy Youth a book of instructions for potential preachers and teachers-The Best Life his autobiography and a collection of sermons. He has conducted hundreds of home studies, and preached hundreds of gospel meetings from coast-to-coast.
On February 1, 1971, Joe was united in marriage to Darlene Garoutte of Manteca, California. They have two daughters, Deborah and Jody. Joe has expressed his appreciation for the congregation here in Ada for their continuing support both spiritually and financially. He realizes what a blessing they have been to keep the home fires burning while he is out preaching to others.