Mission Bible Class Ministry Director/Creator
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Nelson is founder of the Mission Bible Class Ministry which equips people around the world to share God's Word with children. The main feature of this ministry is a website <www.missionbibleclass.org> which provides free online curriculum and training resources. Mary regularly mentors students and conducts workshops and seminars for churches and training schools. Her particular area of interest is strategically connecting missions and children's ministry so that mission churches will continue in strength from one generation to the next.
Inner City Children's Minister
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Kayla Bilby-West began her ministry at Contact Mission in 2009 & has continued serving in that location for the past seven years. Following graduation from Oklahoma Christian University she married her husband, Curtis in May of 2013 and accepted a full-time position as the Children’s Education Minister.
Kayla has two passions in life: helping children know Jesus Christ and helping children succeed educationally. At Contact Mission Kayla has the opportunity to live out both of her passions on an every day basis. Kayla enjoys her work deeply & looks forward to continuing to serve in the mission field in her hometown.
Karl Bastian, aka “The Kidologist,” is the founder of Kidology.org and the host of KidminTalk.com. A veteran children’s pastor who received a Call to kids ministry at the age of ten, his life Mission is to Equip and Encourage those who minister to children. Through speaking, writing and training, Karl seeks to challenge others to reach and teach kids for Jesus through a relational ministry approach. Visit his blog at Kidologist.com to discover a wealth of resources for ministry to kids!
Danielle Shrock, Ph.D
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Danielle Shrock got her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Masters in School Counseling from the University of Tulsa. Her doctoral work is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from Baylor University. She has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade in public schools in Tennessee and Texas. She has been the children's minister at Mayfair Church of Christ in OKC for four years, and adjuncts in the education department at Oklahoma Christian. She's married with three Baylor bear cubs, and loves teaching about everything from the alphabet to God's grace!
*Charles Rix, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biblical Studies
Associate Professor of Old Testament
- B.B.A, Abilene Christian University
- M.I.M., Thunderbird School of Global Management
- M.T.S., New Brunswick Theological Seminary
- M.Phil., Drew University
- Ph.D., Drew University
Dr. Rix came to Oklahoma Christian University with career backgrounds in the academy, ministry, and international business. Dr. Rix is at Oklahoma Christian because teaching Bible is his passion. He uses his diverse background to explore the many ways in which the scriptures illuminate spiritual truth and make meaning in the lives of his students. Prior to coming to OC, Dr. Rix taught at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, served as the pulpit minister for Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and held various financial positions with ExxonMobil Corporation, both domestically and overseas. He holds graduate degrees in business, theology, and philosophy, and completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and frequently presents at conferences. Dr. Rix also is an acclaimed concert pianist who has given master classes and benefit recitals domestically and internationally. As an artist, student, and teacher of Old Testament, he researches ways in which the scripture speaks to the issue of human suffering. He was recently published in a series of essays exploring connections between the Bible, the Shoah, and the artwork of post-Holocaust painter Samuel Bak. Charles and his late wife Jenny (Alley) Rix have two children, Nathan Rix and Abby Rix Degge, who completed their graduate degrees and now work in fields of public and social policy and practice.
*Dudley Chancey, Ph.D.
Professor of Youth and Family Ministry
- A.A., Albany Junior College
- B.S., Tennessee Technological University
- M.S., Abilene Christian University
- Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Dudley Chancey worked in youth ministry for 25 years before coming to Oklahoma Christian University in 1998 to teach youth and family ministry. He is the founder and director of the Winterfest youth events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Arlington, Texas. He also co-founded the Intergenerational Faith Center at Oklahoma Christian. He is involved in several professional organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and the National Conference on Youth Ministries. He does mission work in Honduras and is involved in OC’s Latin American Studies program. Dudley is married to Vicki and has two adult children, Drew and Matt. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ.
Kent and Nancy Hartman
Nancy: Third Culture Kid Advisor
Kent and Nancy are both graduates of Oklahoma Christian. Kent also graduated from Harding Graduate School with an MTh degree. They were part of a mission team in Sydney, Australia, from 1983 to 2000 and continue to take campaign groups to Australia. They teach Bible and Missions classes, work with the HIM (Helpers in Missions) program and direct the Third Culture Kid program at OC.
The Hartmans are part of a missionary care team called InterMission – “Missionary Care Because We’ve Been There,” which involves work with missionaries in preparation, on the field, on furlough, and upon reentry to the US.
Kent and Nancy have 3 children, one son in law and 2 grandchildren.
Barbara Price, Ph.D.
- B. S. Oklahoma Christian University
- M. A. Oklahoma Christian University
- Ph.D., B. H. Carroll Theological Institute
Barbara has been involved in Children's Ministry for over 40 years. Her roles have included volunteer, director, speaker and full time minister. She is now the Director of Children's Ministry Programs at Oklahoma Christian, writes for Group Publishing. Her hobbies include quilting, designing, writing and training service/therapy dogs. If asked about her passion in ministry it would be directed towards the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Senior Administrative Assistant and Lecturer
- B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
- M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ms. Wallace is the administrative assistant of the College of Biblical Studies as well as an adjunct instructor in the Children’s Ministry program. Her interests are preparing others to teach children in the most effective way and also in understanding how children grow in their spirituality. She attends Britton Road Church of Christ and is involved in the children’s ministry program there. She has two children and several grandchildren (not counting her dog and cats)!
- M.Lis., University of Oklahoma
- M.Div., Oklahoma Christian University
In 1999, Chris graduated from Oklahoma Christian University as a Bible major with an English minor. He and his wife moved to Mito, Japan, in the summer of 2000 to teach English in public schools and to work as vocational missionaries with Mito Church of Christ. Chris began working as a full-time missionary for the congregation in 2003. Their two sons were born in Mito, and they returned to the United States in Fall 2006. He served as a minister with Eastside Church of Christ in Midwest City, Oklahoma, earned a Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and completed his M.Div. degree at Oklahoma Christian in 2012. Chris says he likes working at OC because “teaching at this level is my dream job, and I enjoy working with students to facilitate research and through our interaction in Introduction to Graduate Biblical Studies.”