Category: UCPI

Rev. Nathaniel Urshan, Pentecostal leader, dies

30-year pastor of Calvary Tabernacle here headed United Pentecostal Church International; he was 84. The Rev. Nathaniel A. Urshan, a one-time minor league baseball player who dedicated his life to Christ after a near-deadly bout with tuberculosis, will be remembered for his leadership of the United Pentecostal Church International. Urshan was pastor of Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis for 30 years and went on to lead the denomination, which has about 4 million members worldwide. He died Friday at 84. Services are scheduled for Thursday night at the Near-Southside Indianapolis church. Urshan was elected the denomination’s general superintendent in 1978 and

Pentecostal minister pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 20, 2003 By Susan Weich Post-Dispatch A former top official of the Pentecostal church pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge that came after he tried to engage in a sex act with another man in a St. Charles park. The Rev. Ronald Oree Nation, 70, was the Sunday School director of the United Pentecostal Church International. The denomination, based in Hazelwood, claims 2.6 million members worldwide, including 760,000 in this country. Nation was among 11 men arrested after a two-month undercover police investigation last fall at DuSable Park, which is near the Missouri

United Pentecostal Church suspends Nation without pay

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 18, 2003 By PATRICIA RICE, Post-Dispatch The Rev. Ronald Oree Nation, a top official of a worldwide religious denomination based in Hazelwood, has been suspended without pay from his post, a church spokesman said. Nation, who was the United Pentecostal Church International’s worldwide Sunday School director, was one of 11 men arrested and charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct Oct. 31, at DuSable Park in St. Charles. The men were charged with engaging with sex acts with men. Neighbors had complained about the activity. Nation administrated Sunday school programs for the denomination, which claims 2.6 million