Darryl K. Fields, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Shawnee, delivered the “Celebrating Black Achievers in Business” lecture Monday, April 26, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The event was hosted by the Dickinson College of Business.
During the event, Dr. Daryl Green, Dickinson Chair of Business and associate professor of business, awarded the Andrews-Green Business Scholarship to freshman marketing major Thomas Meadough. Dr. David Houghton, dean of the Dickinson College of Business, participated in the awarding of the scholarship.
The Andrews-Green Business Scholarship was founded in 2019 to reward young, bright African-American students who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to excellence in business. The scholarship fund was sponsored by Dr. Daryl and Estraletta Green in honor of the late Annette Green Elias, mother of Dr. Daryl Green, and the late Lucy Packer Andrews, the mother of Estraletta Green, Dr. Green's wife. These women were strong matriarchs of their families, faithful Christians and empowered entrepreneurs.
Fields then delivered a message titled, “Managing Differences in this New Millennium.” He focused on 1 Samuel 2:22-26.
He pointed out that when managing differences, both sides must compromise and seek the middle ground.
“In the middle is where true healing happens,” he said. “If our country, if our community, is to manage the differences in this new millennium, it can’t be my side, it can’t be your side, but it must be God’s side. We’re going to have to meet in the middle.”
He explained that despite differences, everyone must recognize and utilize the wisdom around them.
“There is a disconnect between the young and the old,” he said. “Sometimes there is an age gap. But when there is wisdom around, we need to learn to bridge the gap. You need bridges in your life or you cannot get to where you want to go.”
Fields concluded by explaining how Christ is the ultimate mediator between people and God.
“Jesus is our mediator who has shown us how to manage differences in this new millennium because he was a good middleman who managed God’s word. He didn’t mismanage what God gave him and he is still the mediator.”Fields was called to his current pastorate in 2010, after serving as youth minister at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Arcadia, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Luther High School in Luther, Oklahoma, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has worked with children extensively throughout his adult life, serving for five years as the administrator of a group home serving delinquent boys. He has served as a juvenile probation and parole officer and has worked for the Office of Juvenile Affairs and the Office of Public Integrity as a compliance auditor/investigator.