OC partners with King for church resourcing, service

Grady King
Grady King

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Grady King’s heart for churches and his alma mater will lead him to a new role this fall.

King will partner with Oklahoma Christian University as a consultant to help OC serve churches in deeper ways.

King serves as vice president and co-leader of HOPE Network, a group of seasoned ministers dedicated to mentoring leaders and guiding churches. In the last three-and-a-half years, HOPE Network has collaborated with more than 400 churches and 500 leaders domestically and globally.

A 1977 Oklahoma Christian graduate, King has served in full-time preaching ministry since 1984, most recently as the senior minister at Mansfield Church of Christ in Mansfield, Texas.

“Grady’s experience with churches and their needs is a valuable asset as we study how OC can best serve as a resource to churches in the future,” said Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies. “We want the God-given talents, abilities and resources of our university to be of service in the kingdom, not simply for academe, but for our church community and constituency as well.”

Working closely with the College of Biblical Studies, King will build on OC’s longtime work with churches to serve as a facilitator, visionary and counselor to ministers, elders and congregations.

“Healthy leaders and healthy churches are what I am all about,” King said. “It begins with listening and engaging church leaders in conversations that matter. After 40 years of congregational ministry, I deeply value being a friend to church leaders in practical and hopeful ways. I look forward to working with OC’s College of Biblical Studies in a kingdom partnership.”

In addition to the hundreds of OC graduates working in church ministry, missions and inner-city ministry, Oklahoma Christian offers numerous resources to congregations, Christians and seekers.

Resources include on-campus lecture programs and summer camps, free Bible class lessons for teachers and students through eBibleStudy.org, speakers and musical groups who travel to churches throughout the country, the Center for Global Missions, the Intergenerational Faith Center, and unique library resources offered in partnership with the Museum of the Bible.

“Dr. King will be a great resource to partner with our Bible faculty, led by Charles Rix, who have many decades of combined ministry leadership, missions service, biblical scholarship and much more to offer churches," Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said.

Prior to his work in Mansfield, King preached at Cameron Road Church of Christ in Austin, Chandler Road Church of Christ in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving, Texas.

Besides his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma Christian, King has a master’s degree in biblical studies and a doctor of ministry degree from Abilene Christian University. He and his wife Karen have two children, Josh and Christin, who are married to Carolyn King and Chad Paradowski, respectively.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.