Dr. William McDonald
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Dr. William McDonald received a B.A. in Old Testament (1987), a Master of Divinity (1991), and a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature (1992) from Oral Roberts University. He also went on to pursue both a Master of Arts in Hebrew Studies (1999), and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies (2002) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Before becoming an Assistant Professor of Old Testament in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Oral Roberts University, he obtained over fifteen years of teaching and educational ministry experience. He taught and hosted a television outreach program called Truth, in Peoria, IL. (1983-1985), and hosted a program called, The Quest, in Austin, TX (1997-1998). In 2002, he hosted two television programs produced by N.L.M. Foundation called, Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Worry and Face To Face, a study into God's Word. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the National Director for Race Relations in The American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation, from 1987-1994.
An opportunity presented itself in fall 2002 to fill in for one of the professors at ORU's Graduate School of Theology and Missions for one year. That opportunity extended for a second year, and as a result of an upcoming opening, he was asked to join the faculty of the seminary. "I knew deep in my heart the Lord God brought me to ORU," Dr. McDonald states. He feels the transformed life he has in Jesus Christ enables him to be a "whole person" faculty member.
The oldest of three children, Dr. McDonald grew up in Chattanooga, TN, where he played in the high school marching band. He cites meeting Dr. Roy B. Blizzard in the fall of 1979 as the most important event that led to many other life-changing events. "At a Full Gospel seminar, he was teaching the Bible from the Hebrew perspective," Dr. McDonald remembers. "We developed a godly relationship and early in 1983 he asked me to become a part of the scholarly group he belonged to. This meant the beginning of my academic learning process. That same year I also met for the first time scholars like Robert Lindsey, Marvin Wilson, William Sanford Lasor, and a very young Brad H. Young."
While Dr. McDonald loves golf, he doesn't call it a hobby. What he is passionate about is learning and teaching the Hebraic perspective of understanding the Bible. Reflecting on his spiritual life, he states, "My walk with the Holy Spirit is a moment by moment walk, without which I would be lost."