Bill Simpson knows a secret, but it’s one he wants to share with the world.
The Paducah, Kentucky, resident calls Oklahoma Christian University “one of the best-kept secrets in Christian higher education.”
A self-described “semi-retired” pharmacist, Simpson is a member of the Oklahoma Christian Board of Trustees, and both of his children attended college on the OC campus. His involvement, however, goes even further than his contributions of time and effort to Oklahoma Christian’s board. In 1998, Simpson established the university’s first endowed chair by committing a $1 million gift to establish the Simpson Chair of Bible.
The Simpsons also have funded a similar amount in Bible student scholarships.
Oklahoma Christian first caught Simpson’s attention in the mid-1960s when he got to know some of the campus leaders. Later, he saw how effective the school had been in producing preachers. It is a tradition he wants to maintain.
“I just think there is a need to train preachers, train young men to preach,” he said of the motivation behind his establishment of the scholarship. “That’s a big mission.”
The first endowed chair marked a major milestone for the university. Having it created by Bill and Marilyn Simpson for the College of Biblical Studies made it an honor.