About the McBride Center

McBride Center for Public Humanities2014 McBride Lecture

Nicholas Sparks, one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, will be our featured guest at the 2014 McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on November 21. All of his books, including the beloved 1996 novel, The Notebook, have been New York Times bestsellers, with more than 89 million copies in print worldwide.


The mission of the McBride Center for Public Humanities is to engage and inspire students, faculty, and community in outstanding programs that explore the interrelatedness of Christian faith and literature. To find out more about the McBride Center and the McBride Lecture, watch this video.

Relationship to Oklahoma Christian University’s Mission

Through cutting-edge programs, initiatives to support students and faculty, and the involvement of our broader community in these endeavors, the McBride Center serves OC’s mission by promoting excellence and the expression of the Christian worldview in literature. (Click for the Mission and Guidance Document)

About Dr. Bailey and Joyce McBride

Dr. Bailey and Joyce McBrideOklahoma Christian University established an endowment for the Bailey B. and Joyce McBride Center for Public Humanities in 2004.

Family, friends and admirers of the McBrides funded the endowment in their honor. The ultimate goal for the new center, which will feature the McBride Scholars Program and the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature, is one million dollars in endowment funding.

"The McBrides are living legends at Oklahoma Christian and have been heroes to many people in the university's 55-year history due to their love, service and encouragement," said Dr. Scott LaMascus, then the chair of OC's Department of Language and Literature. "This center will be a permanent legacy to the lives and impact of this amazing couple."

Bailey McBride was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. He has held many key roles at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, initial chair of the Department of Language and Literature, and chief academic officer from 1975 through 1996.

He served as director of OC's Honors Program and as editor of the Christian Chronicle, the only international newspaper serving the Churches of Christ. The university honored him as a distinguished alumnus during its annual Homecoming festivities in 2004. McBride's wife, Joyce, has partnered with him in touching lives and displaying the love of Christ throughout the years.

The McBride Scholars Program will provide annual scholarships to outstanding OC students who embody the spirit of Christian university life at its best. The chair of the Department of Language and Literature, in cooperation with OC's Office of Financial Services, will select recipients based on their academic success, their financial need and their leadership skills. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year.

The McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature will bring nationally-recognized humanities scholars to campus to provide public dialogue and student interaction. LaMascus said the intent of the lecture activities is to provide "valuable, out-of-the-ordinary educational experiences for students, faculty and the community."

"This is a wonderful compliment, but it is also a challenge. I have been personally rewarded by my role as teacher and mentor to two generations of OC students, and this center offers the opportunity to extend my work into the future," Bailey McBride said. "Joyce and I want to keep expanding the horizon for young Christians. That expansion may come through the opportunity to hear and meet a writer or thinker. It may come through international travel. We are still shaping the goals, but deepening faith and broadening understanding are fundamental for all of us."

The McBrides

In 1956, a very young alumnus of Central Christian College arrived back on campus as an English teacher. Since that time, no single person has been more loved and revered by alumni than Bailey McBride. As a friend and mentor, he is legendary. He remembers alumni by name and knows their children, careers, and concerns.

Returning to campus after doctoral studies, Bailey and his bride, Joyce Warren, settled down to raise a family, model Christian living, and teach students. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms have comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents. Many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm because she has been a tireless kindergarten Bible class teacher. 

Bailey’s career has included nearly every role available to faculty at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, department chair, chief academic officer, and provost. He also led OC’s Honors Program and The Christian Chronicle.   

Bailey’s mantra to faculty members has been to read new books in the subject matter, regardless how many times they have taught the course. His love of important books and ideas has influenced generations of Oklahoma Christian students. 

The McBride Center for Public Humanities celebrates their legacy by championing what they have loved and by nurturing Christian young people for generations.

The dedication of The Bailey and Joyce McBride Center for Faith and Literature is made possible by the generosity of many alumni, friends, and family who love these two special Christian teachers.

The McBride Center for Public Humanities
Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136

Oklahoma City Community Foundation World Literature Today Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Inasmuch Foundation Writing Out Loud Best of Books Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program Oklahoma Humanities Council MidFirst Bank Kirkpatrick Foundation Conference on Christianity and Literature