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
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 www.oc.edu/gst.