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OC Names Dr. Richard Wright as Chair of the Graduate School of Theology

Wednesday, July 7, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University announced today Dr. Richard Wright has been named as Chair of the Graduate School of Theology.  Dr. Wright is an Associate Professor in the College of Biblical Studies and joined the faculty in the fall of 2006. Dr. Wright has a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Oberlin College; a Master of Arts degree in Ancient Church History from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; and a Ph.D. in the History of Religions: Early Christianity from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Dr. Wright is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the North American Patristic Society.  Prior to teaching, Dr. Wright was head of Information Technology at Pitts Theology Library at Emory University and Director of Information Technology for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In addition, Dr. Wright has published in the area of early Christianity and its Greek and Roman context and presented papers at national conferences and last summer presented a paper, "The Sounds of Silence: Hearing the Music in Pauline Assemblies,” at the Society of Biblical Literature’s international meeting in Rome, Italy.  Dr. Don Drew, Dean of Graduate Programs at Oklahoma Christian, said of Dr. Wright’s appointment, "Oklahoma Christian University is fortunate to have a faculty member of Dr. Wright’s abilities to serve in this important role.  His past experiences and his commitment to scholarship equip him well for the position of Chair of the Graduate School of Theology.”  Dr. Alan Martin, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies, endorses Dr. Drew’s sentiments, noting that "Dr. Wright has shown rapidly developing leadership in scholarship, teaching, and student and church relations.  He offers much to take the Graduate School of Theology to the next level.  Richard Wright is one of our finest scholars and leads a group of very capable teachers and scholars.  I am looking forward to working with him in this new role.” Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology offers the Master of Divinity, which is the standard degree to prepare persons for ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings; and the Master of Arts in Ministry which prepares persons for leadership in youth, family, or congregational ministry. Available online is the Graduate School of Theology’s Certificate in Christian Ministry, which provides students the opportunity to receive a graduate-level education in biblical studies and ministry skills from a regionally accredited institution.  For more information, please visit the Graduate School of Theology web site at

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