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  • Whitlock transitions from OBU president to chancellor

    by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Staff, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (12 days ago)

    SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) -- After more than a decade of service, Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock retired Jan. 8 to serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor.

    Whitlock will assist OBU trustees in the presidential transition and retire from university employment effective May 31, 2019.

    Will Smallwood, senior vice president for advancement and university relations, will serve as acting president of the 2,000-student university in Shawnee which is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Read More

  • Dilbeck installed as Okla. Baptist state exec.

    by Staff, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- The 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) featured many highlights, including the installation of Hance Dilbeck as the ninth executive director-treasurer in the state convention's history.

    More than 650 registered messengers, and many more guests, gathered at First Baptist Church, Edmond, on Nov. 12-13 for the 112th annual meeting of the BGCO, which had the theme of "To Him be the Glory in the Church."

    Dilbeck installed, gives inaugural address

    Military veterans were honored, and the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma led times of worship in the opening of the annual meeting's first session. Read More

  • Next-generation ministry envisioned at 'The Call'

    by Lee Weeks, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Anderson University photo
    ANDERSON, S.C. (BP) -- The next generation of Christian ministry leaders must embrace and nurture God's individual call on their lives before God will use them as ambassadors of the Gospel locally and globally, speakers said during "The Call" Conference held at two Baptist universities.

    Hundreds of students, from middle school through college, attended the Sept. 8 session at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C., and Aug. 25 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

    The two universities are part of the Call To Ministry Network aimed at encouraging and nurturing the next generation in their ministry pursuits. The coalition of four Baptist-related universities also includes California Baptist University in Riverside and Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Read More

  • Marijuana advance stalls in Okla.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Since adopting what may be America's most permissive medical marijuana law, Oklahoma has seen pushback by medical experts and other citizens against potential misuse of the drug.

    State Question 788 was adopted by Oklahoma voters June 26 to legalize medical marijuana, but the ballot measure did not provide detailed instructions on who may use marijuana or who may prescribe it. That task fell to state legislators and licensing boards. Read More

  • World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Jerry Barnwell.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (BP) -- Russia's 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional Gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques -- like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts -- evangelicals still have managed to harness the world's largest sporting event for Gospel witness.

    "I don't know anything about soccer," said Justin Pierce, assistant professor in instrumental music at Oklahoma Baptist University. But "God ... Read More

  • Okla. medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (6 months ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Oklahoma's adoption of what may be the nation's most permissive medical marijuana law has left some evangelicals concerned the drug could gain an increased hold on the state.

    "The approval of so-called medical marijuana is disappointing but not shocking," Brian Hobbs, editor of Oklahoma's Baptist Messenger newsjournal, said in a statement. "The culture in America is increasingly in favor of marijuana use, and this state question gives marijuana a dangerous foothold in the Sooner State. Christians need to redouble our efforts on ... Read More

  • Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to families

    by Emily Howsden, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo from the Baptist Messenger
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

    As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More

  • Hance Dilbeck elected as Okla. executive director

    by Baptist Messenger Staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hance Dilbeck was elected as the next executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in a unanimous vote by the BGCO Board of Directors Dec. 11 in Oklahoma City.

    Dilbeck, who has served as senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003, will become the ninth executive director in the convention's 101-year history. Dilbeck will succeed current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan, who has led the convention since April 1996.

    Members of the BGCO Executive Search Committee, who began their search last September, spoke enthusiastically about Dilbeck during the Dec. 11 meeting at the Baptist Building, voicing how they believe God guided the decision process. Read More

  • Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director

    by Baptist Messenger staff, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will gather at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City to consider a recommendation to make Hance Dilbeck the next BGCO executive director-treasurer.

    The nomination of Dilbeck, who serves as pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, comes from the BGCO Board of Directors' Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee. The committee formed and a search began after current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan announced his retirement plans in September. Read More