Josephine Deere


Josephine Chalakee Allen-Deere introduces herself as being born into the United Methodist Church. Her late father, Rev. John Chalakee, was a local pastor when she was born and her late mother, Fannie Berryhill Chalakee, was very active in the Women’s Society of Christian Service as well as the United Methodist Women.

From January 1, 2000 to August 1, 2006 Josephine filled the pulpit at FifeMemorial UMC in Muskogee, Oklahoma as a Lay Missioner and since December 2007 she has been filling the pulpit at Grant Chapel UMC, south of Bristow, Oklahoma.

Josephine was raised in the Springtown UMC east of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and lived most of her life in the Coweta area. Upon graduation of high school at Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas, continued her education at Haskell All Nations University, married, raised her children and was very active in the Lawrence Indian UMC. After the death of her husband, Josephine moved back to Oklahoma and continued her work in the church.

“When I answered God’s call, I said to use me however He needed me. I never dreamed it would be in such a capacity that I am in,” said Josephine. “I feel very humble to be serving my church in the way that I have been called. I hope I can instill in others the hopes, dreams, aspirations and the love for our conference that was instilled in me.”

Josephine lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband Jerry and adopted son Jacoby. She is also the mother of four children, twelve grand children and one great- grandson and one great-granddaughter.