Dr. Bob Carpenter
Dr. Carpenter is a professor of ministry and missions at Oklahoma Christian University. He and his wife Donna, a 1973 Oklahoma Christian graduate, served 10 years as missionaries in Brasilia, Brazil. He has also been involved in short-term mission projects in different cities in Brazil, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in Antalya, Turkey. Dr. Carpenter also served nine years as a volunteer with the Servico Auxiliar de Voluntarios of the Hospital de Base in Brasilia, Brazil. Dr. Carpenter is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is interested in cross-cultural ministry, urban ministry, new religious movements, and Latin American religions. He is the faculty sponsor for OC's Outreach student missions organization and attends Memorial Road Church of Christ.
Kent Hartman and his wife Nancy are missionaries-in-residence at Oklahoma Christian University. The 1977 OC graduates spent almost 20 years as missionaries in Australia, and they continue to sponsor mission trips that take OC students to serve abroad. They also lead the annual Global Reunion event at Oklahoma Christian for TCKs and their families. It is the only camp of its kind among churches of Christ. Kent's passion for missions is seen in his “Missions Minutes,” which close an OC Chapel service each week with information about OC students and alumni ministering around the world. He also teaches Bible classes and a popular class on personal and family finances at OC.
Ben Langford, a 1998 OC graduate, is director of OC's Center for Global Missions. He spent a summer in Kenya as an OC student and went back to Africa as a fulltime missionary in 2004. He served the Basoga tribe in Uganda for six years. Ben and his wife Kym, Ben’s brother Adam, and four other families made up the team that worked in rural church planting, leadership development and theological and ministerial training in Uganda. Adam tragically died in a vehicle accident there in 2006. Ben returned to his alma mater in 2010 to help send students out on short-term mission campaigns and internships.