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OC Names Dean of College of Biblical Studies

Wednesday, April 21, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University announced today the appointment of Dr. Alan Martin as dean of the College of Biblical Studies.  On June 1, Dr. Martin will replace Dr. Lynn McMillon who has been dean of the college for the past 14 years. McMillon will remain on the faculty as a Distinguished Professor of Bible and will also continue in his role as president and chief executive officer of The Christian Chronicle. Martin, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harding University in biblical studies and psychology, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Abilene Christian University, and a doctorate in family and child ecology with a specialization in family studies from Michigan State University. Martin’s marriage and family research emphases span the national (USA) and international (Africa and Philippines) arenas. His scholarship includes publications in peer reviewed journals, contributing and co-authorships of books and handbook chapters, and numerous national conference presentations. He has served as associate professor of family life at Oklahoma Christian University since 2006. Prior to attending Harding University, Martin studied preaching at the Whites Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies in West Monroe, La., returning to South Africa to help establish the Cape Town School of Preaching and plant new Church of Christ congregations. In addition to his role as an associate professor at OC, he also has been the coordinator and administrator of the Community Outreach Program for the Edmond Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., since 2007. Martin has also served a large number of Oklahoma and Texas Church of Christ congregations in the area of Marriage and Family seminars since his arrival here in 2006. Prior to that time, he was the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic administrator and coordinator at Michigan State University. He has also been in private practice for marriage and family therapy, served as the administrator of the Plain-Aid Organization in Cape Town, and served as a founding member of a child development center in Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa.  President Mike O’Neal expressed his thanks to McMillon for his long service as the dean of the College of Biblical Studies and to the search committee for its work in helping the university with the selection of the next dean for the college. "This is an extremely important position in a Christ-centered university, and Dr. Martin comes uniquely prepared to blend and strengthen both scholarship and ministry in the College of Biblical Studies,” said O’Neal.  Dr. Allison Garrett, vice president for academic affairs, said "As a faculty member, Dr. Martin has demonstrated a passion for OC, its students, and churches of Christ. I am confident that he will bring that same level of passion and excellence to his new role as dean of the college and I look forward to working closely with him.  He was selected from among an excellent field of candidates, several of whom were highly qualified for this position.” Martin and his wife, Linda, have three grown children: Lee, Tina, and Kurt. He and his wife attend the Edmond Church of Christ where he is involved in community outreach, counseling and family education ministries.

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