On Friday, Oct. 18, Dr. Ed Dufresne, husband of Nancy Chapman-Dufresne, 1982 Miss Oklahoma and former resident of Altus, was involved in a fatal plane crash. Also killed was his pilot, Mitch Morgan. On Thursday, October 17, Dr. Dufresne and Mr. Morgan departed from the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., at 10 a.m. after concluding ministry meetings at Abundant Life Family Church in Dodge City, Kan. the night before. They were flying to Schertz, Texas to conduct services at Word & Spirit Church, when at 10:15 a.m. the twin-engine Cessna Citation experienced an explosion at an altitude of 16,500 feet, only 20 miles from the airport.
Dr. Dufresne began in the ministry in 1965. He has pioneered three churches, and has flown over 11 million miles, ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. In 1984, he met and married former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to Miss America, Nancy Chapman. Nancy began traveling extensively with him as they conducted ministry crusades. Together, they have two sons, Stephen and Grant. Nancy currently pastors World Harvest Church in Murrieta, Calif., and oversees World Harvest Bible Training Center, a full-time Bible School.
Many miraculous healings are credited to the ministry of Dr. Ed Dufresne during his nearly 50 years of ministry, including those suffering with deafness, back trouble, heart conditions, cancer, and other conditions.
In addition, Dr. Dufresne was a mentor and spiritual father to many ministers across the globe. His annual Camp meeting Conferences he and Nancy held in Murrieta drew many ministers worldwide. Dr. Dufresne is noted as one who could draw out the gifting in others. He was known for his compassion, strong faith, and integrity, as well as being a godly husband and father.
Nancy, along with her sons and daughter in-law, Morgan Dufresne, will continue the ministry that he founded.