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