Faculty

In Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology, you will be challenged by master teachers and mentors who are called to prepare you for ministry and are dedicated to providing you with the best graduate education you can receive. The members of our faculty are ministers, missionaries, and counselors who bring a wealth of ministry experience and training from prestigious institutions to the classroom. Their mission is to produce educated and effective ministers. (* indicates faculty who also teach undergraduate Bible courses)

Program Director, Graduate School of Theology

Josh Bailey

Program Director, Graduate School of Theology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University

Josh graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Biology. Before joining the Oklahoma Christian staff in 2011, he worked in the healthcare industry, doing high complexity lab work supporting major organ transplant programs in Oklahoma. He enjoys working at OC because it allows him to meet great people eager to learn more about God's Word and eager to use that knowledge to strengthen their ministry in God's Kingdom. Josh serves as a deacon at Memorial Road Church of Christ. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, woodworking, and watching movies.


Chair, Graduate School of Theology

*James D. Dvorak, Ph.D.

Chair, Graduate School of Theology

Professor of Biblical Greek and New Testament, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Director of the North Institute for Teaching and Learning

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.A., George Washington University
  • Ph.D., McMaster Divinity College

Dr. James D. Dvorak earned his B.A. in Bible from OC in 1995, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2001, his M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University in 2004, and his Ph.D. at McMaster Divinity College in 2012, specializing in Hellenistic Greek and Linguistics. Dr. Dvoark has many years of experience teaching at Oklahoma Christian, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (as a New Testament Teaching Fellow), and McMaster Divinity College. His research interests include: application of modern linguistics and discourse analysis to the study of ancient and biblical Greek grammar; translation theory; New Testament interpretation; implementation of modern linguistics and discourse analysis as a hermeneutical/exegetical model; New Testament theology; and the history of biblical interpretation. Dr. Dvorak has published a number of edited volumes, articles, chapters, and book reviews. To access some of his publications, visit his academia.edu profile.

Website: www.jdvorak.net


Interim Dean, College of Biblical Studies

*Charles Rix, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Biblical Studies

Associate Professor of Old Testament

  • B.B.A, Abilene Christian University
  • M.I.M., Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • M.T.S., New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • M.Phil., Drew University
  • Ph.D., Drew University

Dr. Rix came to Oklahoma Christian University with career backgrounds in the academy, ministry, and international business. Dr. Rix is at Oklahoma Christian because teaching Bible is his passion. He uses his diverse background to explore the many ways in which the scriptures illuminate spiritual truth and make meaning in the lives of his students. Prior to coming to OC, Dr. Rix taught at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, served as the pulpit minister for Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and held various financial positions with ExxonMobil Corporation, both domestically and overseas. He holds graduate degrees in business, theology, and philosophy, and completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and frequently presents at conferences. Dr. Rix also is an acclaimed concert pianist who has given master classes and benefit recitals domestically and internationally. As an artist, student, and teacher of Old Testament, he researches ways in which the scripture speaks to the issue of human suffering. He was recently published in a series of essays exploring connections between the Bible, the Shoah, and the artwork of post-Holocaust painter Samuel Bak. Charles and his late wife Jenny (Alley) Rix have two children, Nathan Rix and Abby Rix Degge, who completed their graduate degrees and now work in fields of public and social policy and practice.


Professor of Bible and Philosophy

*Jim Baird, D. Phil. (Oxon.)

Professor of Bible and Philosophy

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.Div., Harding Graduate School
  • D.Phil. (Oxon.), Oxford University

Dr. Jim Baird specializes in Christian evidences and the philosophy of religion. He also directs OC’s Honors Program. He’s taught in OC’s College of Biblical Studies since 1992, and has been the pulpit minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. Jim and his wife Yodie have three children – James, Taylor, and Elizabeth. Dr. Baird is often asked to speak on Christian evidences and related topics in the United States and in various countries around the world. He says, “I love helping students realize just how powerful Christianity is as a worldview. My motto is: Ask more questions! Christians don’t ever have to run away from the truth. Over and over again, when we investigate, it is Christianity that makes the most sense, and that makes life make the most sense.”


Professor of Youth and Family Ministry

*Dudley Chancey, Ph.D.

Professor of Youth and Family Ministry

  • A.A., Albany Junior College
  • B.S., Tennessee Technological University
  • M.S., Abilene Christian University
  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dudley Chancey worked in youth ministry for 25 years before coming to Oklahoma Christian University in 1998 to teach youth and family ministry. He is the founder and director of the Winterfest youth events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Arlington, Texas. He also co-founded the Intergenerational Faith Center at Oklahoma Christian. He is involved in several professional organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and the National Conference on Youth Ministries. He does mission work in Honduras and is involved in OC’s Latin American Studies program. Dudley is married to Vicki and has two adult children, Drew and Matt. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ.


Professor of New Testament and Ministry

*John Harrison, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament and Ministry

  • B.A., Lipscomb University
  • M.A., Wheaton Graduate School
  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Dr. Harrison is in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Institute of Biblical Research. He won the Waterman Award granted by Wheaton Graduate School for excellence in Christian leadership. His academic interests are Jesus in history, the parables of Jesus, and Ecclesiology. He published “Evangelical Society of Ulster” in the Store-Campbell Encyclopedia. He works at OC for “the opportunity to shape students who will help lead in churches, and help to transform and shape the expression of Christian faith.” His favorite memory is the Bible faculty’s synchronized swimming video. He is married to Sharon, and they have two sons: Joshua and Stewart. Dr. Harrison attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he is an adult Bible class teacher. He also takes mission trips to Ireland in the summer. 


Professor of Theology

*William "Chip" Kooi, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., Abilene Christian University
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Kooi came to Oklahoma Christian in 2001 after teaching at York College from 1994 to 1997 and at other institutions in Nebraska from 1997 to 2000, including the University of Nebraska-Omaha, while completing his doctoral dissertation. He served as the minister of the Church of Christ in Albion, Nebraska, from 1996 to 2001. While completing his course work at Baylor University, he served as the director of Camp Shiloh, a ministry to children in New York’s inner cities. Prior to beginning work on his Ph.D., Dr. Kooi preached at North Fork Church of Christ on Long Island, New York, while he and his wife Mendy served as houseparents at Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead, New York. The Koois originally moved to New York in 1985, with Chip serving as the minister for Poughkeepsie Church of Christ for three years. His doctoral work was in the area of historical theology and his dissertation, "Transvaluation of Metaphysics in Christian Tradition: Toward a Narrative-Liturgical Theology," drew on traditional sources to shape a theology of worship. 


Theological Librarian

*Chris Rosser

Theological Librarian

  • M.Lis., University of Oklahoma
  • M.Div., Oklahoma Christian University

In 1999, Chris graduated from Oklahoma Christian University as a Bible major with an English minor. He and his wife moved to Mito, Japan, in the summer of 2000 to teach English in public schools and to work as vocational missionaries with Mito Church of Christ. Chris began working as a full-time missionary for the congregation in 2003. Their two sons were born in Mito, and they returned to the United States in Fall 2006. He served as a minister with Eastside Church of Christ in Midwest City, Oklahoma, earned a Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and completed his M.Div. degree at Oklahoma Christian in 2012. Chris says he likes working at OC because “teaching at this level is my dream job, and I enjoy working with students to facilitate research and through our interaction in Introduction to Graduate Biblical Studies.”


Associate Professor of Old Testament

*Grant Testut, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

  • B.A., Lipscomb University
  • M.Ph., Hebrew Union College
  • Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Dr. Testut is originally from the town of Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A love of languages and a desire to provide Bible-less peoples with translations of the scriptures in their mother tongues have led him to assist Bible translators in East and West Africa. Dr. Testut’s research interests are in the Semitic languages and philological approaches to biblical texts. Dr. Testut says, “Whether I am working with translation or teaching students, my passion is to communicate to others an enthusiasm for and an accurate handling of the biblical texts in light of their historical and cultural context. I love challenging and being challenged by my students as we seek to unpack the ancient voices of the Bible and learn how Israel wrestled with God.” Dr. Testut and his wife Melissa have two sons, Declan and Theo.


Questions about OC’s Graduate School of Theology? Contact Josh Bailey at josh.bailey@oc.edu or 405.425.5389.