Mellor to step down as Director of Church Relations and Assistant to the President

Dr. Nathan Mellor recently announced his desire to step down from the role of Director
of Church Relations and Assistant to the President December 31. He plans to work full
time with Strata Leadership, LLC and Character First. He serves as president of both

Mellor joined Oklahoma Christian in 2006 as Assistant Professor in the College of
Professional Studies. Soon thereafter, he joined the administration with oversight of
OC’s Academy of Leadership & Liberty. He was named a Vice President for Community
Engagement and a member of the President’s Cabinet in 2008. In 2010, as exceptional
opportunities with Strata and Character First arose, he transitioned to working half time
with OC as Director of Church Relations and Assistant to the President.

Dr. Brian Bush, Executive Director of the Academy of Leadership & Liberty, said about
his friend and mentor: “Dr. Mellor has been instrumental in raising the profile of
Oklahoma Christian and its Academy of Leadership & Liberty. I am forever grateful for
his mentorship, leadership, and friendship. He helped provide a foundation at the
Academy on which we will be able to build for years to come. We wish him the very best
as he continues to impact the world in a positive way through Strata and Character

During his four and a half years at OC, Mellor has assisted in launching or restoring
numerous programs such as Four Star Debate: Developing Leaders with General Tommy
Franks, Peace Through Business Rwanda, the Libertas Award, and Lighting of the
Commons. He was responsible for bringing to OC the International Energy Policy
Conference and distinguished speakers including former White House Press Secretary
Tony Snow, former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, Yale Professor
Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Baylor President Kenneth Starr, Entertainer Pat Boone
and business leaders such as S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, and current
President of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy.

In addition to assisting in raising over $1.5 million for the Heart of America campaign, Mellor
oversaw the demolition of the interior of Enterprise Square in preparation for its future
renovation. Most recently he was responsible for the oversight of the very successful
Quest—the OC Lectures.

Dr. Alan Martin, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies, said, “The Church Relations
Department has been blessed to have Nathan Mellor at its helm (as director) over the
past few months. His planning and visionary abilities will be sorely missed. It is my
prayer that God will continue to use his talents and abilities to bless churches and

Mellor holds the Master of Dispute Resolution and the Doctor of Education degrees in
Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. He earned the Master of
Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees at Harding University. He will
continue teaching Leadership and Ethics courses in OC’s MBA program and will remain
connected to University as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of
Leadership & Liberty.

“It was a difficult choice to leave Oklahoma Christian but after a couple months of
prayer and consideration, I believe this is the right course,” Mellor said. “I have been
blessed to be a part of the leadership at OC and am thankful to have been able to work
so closely with leaders such as OC President Mike O’Neal, Dr. Alan Martin, and Dr. Brian
Bush. These are good and godly men and I’m thankful for their friendship. My primary
reason for leaving OC is in response to the opportunities that are presenting themselves
at Strata and specifically through Character First. I’ll always be thankful for my
colleagues at OC and the lifetime friendships that have been forged here.”

“Dr. Mellor is one of the most visionary and valued colleagues at Oklahoma Christian,”
said O’Neal. “His accomplishments in just four and a half years have been
extraordinary, and OC has been so blessed to have him on our team. I will always count
Nathan as a great friend and trusted advisor, and I look forward to partnering with him
in his leadership of Character First and Strata Leadership, whose purposes are very
consistent with the goals and mission of OC.”