When Greg McCortney said yes to God, he had no idea that he would wind up in the State Capitol. Yet, whether pastoring, working as a hospice chaplain, owning hospice companies, or serving as an Oklahoma State Senator, he believes his calling to serve others hasn’t changed.
“I’ve done a lot in my life now, but I don’t think I’ve ever attempted something big, as much as I’ve told God ‘yes,’ and He turned my ‘yes’ into big things,” Greg said. “I didn’t set out to do many of the things that I’ve done. I’ve just been willing to do what God wanted me to do.”
After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary, Greg planted a church in Norman, Okla. After experiencing burn out with the administrative tasks of pastoring, he took a job as a hospice chaplain. He discovered that he loved bedside care, telling stories, talking and being the eyes, ears and voice of God.
“Getting to do that at a time that is so important in life when people who may not have looked at their relationship with God start looking at their relationship with God, is very rewarding,” Greg said.
Greg owns and operates McCortney Family Hospice and McCortney Family In-Home Care. These companies care for an average of 200 people annually and have 30 patients in their care on a given day.
Both companies meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the patient and their families.
“We’re the experts at something that nobody wants to be an expert at, but at some point in your life, you’re really going to need an expert to help you,” Greg said. “We help families care for each other in really stressful situations. It’s incredibly important to be there to help those families.”
McCortney Family In-Home Care provides assistance to senior citizens who need short or long-term care for daily living needs, companionship, or help recovering from illness, surgery or injury. McCortney Family Hospice opened in 2004 and now has two locations in Ada and Norman, Okla.
Although Greg served on the City Council and as the Mayor of Ada, he had no plans to seek a higher office. The previous senator was term limited. People asked if Greg would run and he laughed it off. One day he said he’d pray about it. He and his wife, Ashley, did just that.
One morning, Ashley walked into the room and said, “I’m done. We both know you’re supposed to run, and now we just need to pray that God will surround us with people to support us.”