Oklahoma Christian names Kent Allen VP for Advancement

Kent Allen
Kent Allen

Dr. John deSteiguer, president-elect at Oklahoma Christian University (OC), has promoted Kent Allen to vice president for advancement.

“We are very blessed to have someone of Kent’s leadership and ability to bond with our supporters, whether alumni or good friends of the university,” deSteiguer said. “Kent has a proven track record as a highly effective fundraiser and I’m confident he will be an outstanding vice president for advancement. 

“His extensive experience as a minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ and as the director of operations for Continent of Great Cities, an international ministry, makes him uniquely qualified for this vital position. As a result of that experience, Kent is well-known and highly respected by our alumni, constituents and friends and will be in a unique position to further our mission.”

“I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity to further the mission of the university I love and strongly believe in,” said Allen, currently vice president for alumni relations. “I am also thrilled to be working with John and the advancement team. They are great people who also believe strongly in the mission and direction of Oklahoma Christian. John often refers to the current status of OC as the 'golden years' and I heartily agree. God has blessed Oklahoma Christian in so many ways.

“I am also eager to capitalize on the opportunity our alumni have of investing in our Christian higher education mission,” he said.  

Allen served as the major gifts officer for Oklahoma Christian prior to his promotion to vice president for alumni relations in 2010. He is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1979 with a degree in Bible and was a part of the ministerial staff at Memorial Road Church for 25 years.

Before joining Oklahoma Christian in 2008, Allen served as director of operations for Continent of Great Cities. CGC is a ministry that places missionary teams throughout the Latin world. He and his wife, Phyllis, live in Edmond and have two sons, Kelly and Kory, both OC grads who played basketball for the Eagles. Kelly’s wife, Kristin, is also an OC graduate.