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East Texans share their Oral Roberts history

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -   "Something good is going to happen to you." Rev. Jerry Phelps, pastor of Tyler Metro Church, remembered Roberts saying those words over and over. 

"When he said that, he always sparkled," said Phelps.

Phelps has been in ministry for more than 40 years.  He said signs, wonders, and miracles was the message Roberts taught to thousands of people around the world.

Phelps said he was in the audience when Roberts came to Tyler more than 50 years ago for a big tent revival.

"I was just about 13, or 14 I believe," he said.  "[It was] life changing and powerful."

Phelps has led the Tyler Metro Church for nearly 30 years.  He is also a member of the Oral Roberts Ministers Alliance.  His daughter attended Oral Roberts University and is also an East Texas minister.

"It's a crazy looking campus," said Jeff Miller.  "It looks like it landed there, but the thing about it, we loved it."

Miller said it's hard to forget the 200-foot prayer tower on campus.  He transferred to ORU from TJC back in 1976.  He graduated with two degrees.

"It was not unusual for Oral Roberts to pop his head into the dorms and come and visit," said Miller.

Miller said Roberts was not without his controversies, but was still respected and admired.

"His vision was to take God's voice where it was heard, small, and where his light is seen dim," he said.

There will be a private family funeral.  Arrangements for a public memorial service in Tulsa are still being made.

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