Wilburn using talents in Kingdom-building ways

By Aubree Hughes

After working with more than 100 OC alumni at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, Mitch Wilburn chose Oklahoma Christian University for his graduate studies.

His master’s degree in ministry, earned in 2005 from OC’s Graduate School of Theology, helped him transition from 13 years as a youth minister to his current role as Park Plaza’s preaching minister.

“I believe that Mitch is one of the most effective pulpit ministers in our fellowship,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “He always has an important message and he connects with audiences, large and small, in powerful ways. He is a great servant of God and is using his God-given talents in very effective, Kingdom-building ways.”

Park Plaza’s congregation of 2,000 members supports 54 missionaries across the world. Since transitioning to preaching, Wilburn has been blessed to minister in Africa, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Honduras. He thanks God and his church elders for those experiences.

“I continue to be surrounded by positive, Christian influences,” Mitch said.

“Mitch really loves other people and gets involved in their lives. He’s a great leader and a powerful communicator who really inspires others to know Christ on a meaningful level.” Jeff McMillon

Mitch did his undergraduate work at Abilene Christian University. In his graduate studies, he said he found OC’s professors to be very knowledgeable and very good at asking thought-provoking questions. Professor John Harrison helped Mitch on his spiritual walk with God.

“His passion for the word was instrumental in developing the preaching style that I have today,” Mitch said.

Mitch is the proud husband of Shannon (McKnight) Wilburn, a member of OC’s Board of Trustees, and proud father of Jake and Ashton. When asked what helped him get where he is, the first thing Mitch mentioned was asking Shannon to marry him.

“She is the reason I am where I am today,” he said. “That really is the number one thing.”

In addition to being a dedicated family man, Mitch is known as a man who is authentically passionate about his relationship with Jesus. OC honored his work, faith, and impact when the College of Biblical Studies recognized him as its alumnus of the year during the university’s 2014 Homecoming weekend.

“What I love about Mitch is that he is one of the most genuine Christ-followers I know,” said Jeff McMillon, OC’s dean of spiritual life. “He really loves other people and gets involved in their lives. He’s a great leader and a powerful communicator who really inspires others to know Christ on a meaningful level.”