From the President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Great things are happening at OC! 

As we prepare for another outstanding Homecoming weekend in November, we’re excited that more future alumni are calling OC home than ever before. 

It’s yet another record enrollment year, and we’re blessed to have these bright and talented students in our care.

We take our responsibility to them, to you, and to our Christian mission very seriously. 

I’m thankful to serve alongside Christian brothers and sisters who want to be held accountable for how they’re serving students for good … dedicated men and women who want to stretch so our students can grow.

It’s a blessing to serve in a well-rounded place that tackles tough issues and gives our students opportunities to think deeply about faith matters. 

This year alone is a great example of our mission here at Oklahoma Christian. At our core, we embrace Restoration Movement ideals and use events like this year’s OC Lectureship to discuss our various roles in the future of the church. 

We welcome Church of Christ members like Jase and Missy Robertson to talk about how they live out their faith in the fishbowl of their record-setting cable TV show, Duck Dynasty.

We welcome leaders from other faith traditions, scholars like Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and N.T. Wright, because we can learn from their spiritual walks and how they’ve impacted others for good.

We welcome best-selling writers like Naomi Benaron, the keynote speaker at this year’s McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature, because they have enlightened perspectives to share on social justice and other important issues.

Our students want to be challenged. They want to grow. They want to change the world. We engage them where they are and help them wrestle with big and difficult and life-changing ideas right here in a safe, nurturing community.

We expose them to real-world issues in the controlled environments of our classrooms and lecture halls so they don’t lose their way when they face real-world challenges.

Our desire is for students to be well-prepared to stand strong in their Christian walk as they go out from OC to engage with a world that wants to dilute their faith. 

We have no agenda other than doing the best things for our students and glorifying God in the process. 

And, ultimately, as we serve our students for good, we pray God will work through these efforts to bless our campus, the church and the community at large.

We hope you have the opportunity to come home to OC and receive those blessings as often as possible. When you’re here for Homecoming and other occasions, we encourage you to walk your campus, celebrate your memories, and pray. We’re anxious to receive the blessing of your presence and prayers.

In His Service,

John deSteiguer


Fall 2013

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