Johnie Hampton is the principal and CEO of the award-winning advertising agency Hampton Creative in Tulsa. In 2002, Johnie launched Hampton Creative with a vigilance for detail, effective design, a fervency for results and a heart for providing businesses--large and small--the best God-inspired ideas this side of Heaven. Johnie credits his success to his 1991 ORU degree in business administration, God's perpetual grace, and a sincere passion to develop and maintain phenomenal working relationships. His acuity for networking has established a solid reputation for Hampton Creative on a national level. He hopes to leverage his great relationships and savvy business acumen to further engage alumni to experience the "new ORU." Johnie loves spending time with his wife, Krystal, and their sons, Zane and Grayson.
The Rev. Charles “Chasz” Parker, a 1982 B.A. and 1985 M.Div. graduate, has been serving the poor and homeless for nearly 30 years. At ORU, he participated in Summer Music Ministries, Vespers Prayer Team, (then) ORU Soccer Club team, School of Theology Student Government representative, and City of Faith fountain swim team. After graduating from ORU, his pastoral career blew up. God then opened his heart to the homeless, poor, and people in crisis. Chasz restarted as a homeless counselor and to his surprise, the CEO of three social ministries; Christian Community Action in Lewisville, Texas, is the latest. Chasz has served on the board of his church, several nonprofits, a for- profit business, homeless coalitions, and the International Ministerial Fellowship. Christa and Chasz have been married 32 years and have five children. Chasz is paying off his lingering aerobics point debt by running marathons.
McLane Layton has a B.A. (1979) and a J.D. (1982) from ORU, and an M.A. (psychology, 1992) from George Mason University. At ORU, she was an RA, Student Association senator and women's basketball team member. She served as the first president of the ORU Law School Alumni Association and was on the Alumni Board. Her career path has included the Solicitor's Office in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Don Nickles' office, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the government relations firm of TCH, and her own consulting firm, Layton Consulting. She also founded Equality for Adopted Children (EACH), an organization that advocates for adoptive families and their adopted children (www.equalityforadoptedchildren.org). McLane and her husband adopted three siblings from Eastern Europe in 1995. Since then, McLane has been actively involved in adoption policy and legislation including writing the first draft of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 which provides automatic U.S. citizenship to internationally adopted children of American citizens. The Laytons have five children; one is currently an ORU student. The family attends Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Va., where McLane is working with other church members to start an orphan ministry.
Emonne Markland is a 2008 ORU graduate with a degree in Mass Media Communications. As a student, she served on the College Weekend support staff team and in Music Ministries. During her junior year, Emonne was faced with leaving school due to lung cancer. Still, she earned her degree the following year and has been cancer-free for over seven years. Today, Emonne works as a producer at Daystar Television Network in Dallas, TX. She serves with the youth ministry at her home church and travels nationally as a speaker, passionately sharing the Word of God and her testimony. She is also the author of "Break Every Chain" and founder of Leave Your Beauty Mark, an organization helping to empower young women to live on purpose and flourish in community. Emmone enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Stephan ('07), and their young daughter, Grace.
Cory Nickerson is a 1969 graduate of Oral Roberts University. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with continuing education in sales, motivation, human resource management, accounting, and finance management. A member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa for almost 24 years, he conducted the Rotary Men of Note, a 35-voice men’s choral group, for 18 years. In his volunteer work through Rotary International, Cory has chaired numerous committees and served as competition administrator for the Crescendo Music Awards for 16 years. Crescendo Music Awards is an international competition that has awarded more than $460,000 to serious high school and college student musicians. Cory served as president for the Rotary Club of Tulsa in 2008-09; it was the 7th or 8th largest Rotary Club in the world at the time. Cory is married to Dr. LaDonna Osborn and has spent more than 40 years in ministry-related administration and management with Osborn Ministries International, frequently traveling in overseas ministry with Dr. LaDonna. He is currently the treasurer and international finance manager for the international ministry, and serves as a deacon in his local Tulsa church, International Gospel Center. His hobbies include music, reading, grandkids, and 4,000-mile motorcycle rides.
Allen Voth grew up in Argentina and earned his B.A. (1984) and M.A. (1986) in Biblical Studies at ORU. He served as the Vespers worship leader, wing chaplain, and graduate fellow, and participated in Music Ministries, Christian Service Council, and the ORU TV Orchestra. Allen's greatest accomplishment at ORU, however, was meeting and marrying his wife, Christina (Tina Behr '86). After college they moved to Albany, N.Y., where Allen worked for GE in roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the Quality, Global e-Business, and Communications for GE Global Employee Services, and leading GE's Executive Compensation and Shareowner Services Administration. In 2008 the Voths moved to Tulsa, where Allen currently works for Helmerich & Payne as the Human Resources director. In New York and Oklahoma, Allen has served his local church by leading Bible studies, church worship, men's prayer, and other ministries. Allen and Christina have four children: three ORU alumni and one current ORU student.
Rhae received his bachelor’s degree in Management from Oral Roberts University in 1980. He has been working in Human Resources for over 30 years, with corporate and field human resources experience (in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas), including serving as VP of HR in international nonprofit ministry prior to his current role as vice president of Human Resources. Rhae and his wife of 31 years (Debbie) have three children. All of the family members are very active in their churches and the community. Rhae currently serves as a district director on the Colorado State Board of Directors for SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and on the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the Pikes Peak Region Board of Directors, serving on the Executive Council. Rhae served on the ORU Alumni Board from 2000 to 2012, and was the chairman for 5 years. As a student, he ran track with the Track Club and was active in multiple intramural sports. He also served on the Christian Service Council at the Comanche Park project.
The inspiring voice of Kelly Ford has graced the ears and souls of America's leaders in churches, concert halls, ballrooms and even Disney World. After high school, Kelly served in the U.S. Navy for three years before studying vocal performance at Oklahoma City University. He was recruited to ORU his junior year to sing with the ORU TV Singers. After graduating from ORU in 1986 with a B.A. in Sacred Music, Kelly appeared on Star Search in 1992 and went on to sing with the Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center. Kelly makes his living performing for corporate meetings and has opened for many dignitaries and celebrities including President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Lee Iacocca, Paul Harvey, Charlton Heston, Steve Largent and many others.
Patty Gerstenberger graduated from ORU in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During her school years, she enjoyed being involved with the swim team, Student Association, the Chaplain Program, OIL (Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature), and traveling overseas. Today, Patty is a Life Coach with Crosspoint Coaching and also works in sales and marketing for Backwoods in Tulsa. Patty and her family attend GUTS Church and are very involved at Metro Christian Academy, where her husband Roger (1989; 1990-MBA) is the Headmaster. They have three adventurous boys; one is a 2017 ORU graduate and one is entering his sophomore year.
Carol McLeod is a 1977 ORU graduate (music and English). She has the distinction of being both the first Women's Chaplain and the first woman to speak at the university's Vespers. Today, she is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She also hosts Just Joy! outreaches, encouraging and empowering women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Carol has written four books (The Rooms of a Woman's Heart, Defiant Joy!, Holy Estrogen!, and No More Ordinary!) and six devotionals for YouVersion, and has a daily radio show, "Defiant Joy! Radio," broadcast in several U.S. markets. Her teaching DVD, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart," won the prestigious Telly Award for excellence in religious programming. Carol is married to her college sweetheart, Craig (77), senior pastor of Life Church in Buffalo, N.Y. They have five children: Matthew, Christopher, Jordan, Joy and Joni. All five of their children have attended ORU as well as all three of their daughters-in-law and their son-in-law
Christa (Barber) Moss graduated summa cum laude from ORU in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Government, Pre-Law and a minor in Worship Leadership. While at ORU, she participated in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, ORU Worship, Front Line, Music Missions (Team Indonesia) and the ORU Extraordinary Tour. After graduating from ORU, she attended the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, earning her J.D. in 2012. Following law school, she married the love of her life: fellow ORU alum and track athlete Maurice ('06), who she met through mutual friends after learning he had timed her during a track event the summer before her freshman year. Christa began her legal career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City Attorney's Office in Kansas City, MO, representing the City's Neighborhood and Housing Department in nuisance abatement, dangerous building demolition, and vacant property issues. She and Maurice returned to Tulsa in 2015, where she practiced civil defense litigation as an Associate Attorney at Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman P.C. Christa, Maurice, their sweet baby boy James O.T., and their lab-mix Jax, recently moved back to Missouri, where Christa is currently a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable David P. Rush, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri, Springfield Division. Christa loves spending time with family and friends, working with kids, and volunteering in the community. She has coached volleyball for eight years and enjoys mentoring young girls to be happy, confident, and successful.
Dr. Laura Sherwood is a professor of mass communication. After graduating from ORU in 1978 with a B.S. in telecommunication, she worked for five radio stations and two television stations in various capacities. When she and her husband, Alan, had their first child, she became a full-time homemaker. During their daughters' growing up years, Laura earned her M.A. in Education (emphasis: communication) from the University of Nebraska in Kearney and her Ph.D. from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She was also published in magazines, newspapers and a chapter in the book Help! I'm a New Mother. Before returning to ORU in 2009, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and advisor for the campus radio station, KLPR, and was awarded first place nationally in the entertainment category for the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition, "KLPR, 91.3 FM Web Site" which was chosen "Best of Competition: Entertainment Production." She also received first place for a paper submitted to the BEA, titled, Who Moved My Cheese?Radio's Historical Adaptation, Can Small Educational Radio Stations Meet Challenges of the Digital Age? Laura has been the presenter for papers at the BEA and NCA (National Communication Association). She received the World View Alumni Award from ORU in 2012. In 2013 she left ORU (due to her husband's job) and began teaching online for CSU (Colorado State University) Global. She also serves as one of their Career Coaches. And she assists her husband in Sherwood Consulting Service, Inc., a fundraising and executive search firm, serving nonprofits.
David Vermette is a 2011 graduate (B.S. in Finance, Pre-Med concentration). While at ORU, he was an Honors Program Fellow, president of the Honors Program, resident adviser, head resident adviser and bass player on the Music Ministries team. As an RA, he received the Wesley Luehring RA of the Year, Head RA of the Year and Phil Hayden Global Outreach awards. David's passion at ORU was the missions programs, where he served as an assistant team leader, team leader and regional coordinator. In these capacities, he had the opportunity to travel to Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Haiti, Guatemala and Belize. David met his wife, Rebecca (Knight '11), his first day at ORU; they married in 2013. Since graduation, David has received an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Dallas as part of an MD-MBA dual degree program. He is attending medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and will graduate May 2016. In medical school, he has continued his passion for missions work, both domestically and abroad, working as a homeless shelter clinic manager with Union Gospel Mission and serving on medical missions trips in Haiti, Guatemala and Nicaragua. His research investigating barriers to healthcare access for Iraqi refugee children was recently published in the Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. David looks forward to being able to serve a school that not only changed his life, but the lives of so many others and is excited about ORU's bright future.
First and foremost, says Tim Cameron, he is a passionate follower of Christ. From there he is a husband of 47 years (Annamae [Burroughs], 1968-72) and father of five great kids, seven marvelous grandchildren, and two matchless goddaughters. Tim was an original TITAN basketball player. After graduation, he spent nine years working at the university—as an adjunct professor and as director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the graduate and undergraduate schools. Following his tenure at ORU, Tim was in public school education for 15 years, serving primarily as senior high school principal at large schools. He then served for 14 years as head of school at one of the largest private schools in Oklahoma. He has always served as an elder in the Body of Christ—currently serving at Believers Church in Tulsa. Annamae also travels yearly in international missions. On the vocational side, Tim is an ordained minister, writes, speaks, and ministers the Word. He authored the Amazon best-seller The Forty-Day Word Fast; his newest book is 40 Days Through the Prayers of Jesus. Tim served on the Alumni Board of Directors in the 1980s and appreciates the opportunity to serve the Lord again at ORU. Alumni in Segment 1 are invited to join Tim on the Facebook page, ORU Segment 1 Alumni 1968-79.
Gary Crouch graduated with a degree in English Bible in 1978 and an accounting degree in 1982. As a CPA he purchased a tax preparation business in Tulsa. After 20 years he added partners and switched focus to business technology services. Gary belongs to the AICPA, OSCPA, ITA, and TAHRA, and has earned the CITP designation. Gary met his wife, Cindy Johnson, working in the ORU bookstore; they married in 1982. Their daughter, Christina, graduated from ORU in 2014 (B.S., Business Administration) and she now works as social media marketer for Gary’s business. Gary has been active in social and faith-based nonprofit boards. He is the treasurer and a board member of SpiritLife Church (Evangelistic Temple) and vice chair on the Finance Committee of the IPHC denomination. He also serves on the AICPA CITP Credentials Committee. He currently serves as president of the ORU Golden Eagle Club.
Joel Barker graduated summa cum laude in 1982 with an Accounting degree. After earning his CPA license, he served four years on the mission field in Brussels, where he met his wife, Donna (Bertel '83). Joel and Donna have two awesome sons, both recent ORU graduates. Joel has served two terms on the ORU Alumni Board the first in the 1990s and the second from 2012 to 2015, when he was recently elected as Treasurer. The Barkers live in Eagle, Idaho, where Joel has built a 25-year career with a $6B agribusiness company, and currently serves as vice president and treasurer. He has been recognized as an outstanding businessman by the Idaho Business Review, is a director on several boards, and is a longtime member of Discovery Church Boise.
Greg Berg graduated in 1985 with a B.A. cum laude in New Testament theology and a minor in business administration. He is currently a vice president for Merrill Lynch in Houston, Tex., a Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant, a Certified Special Needs Advisor, a Kingdom Advisor charter member and an instructor for the Biblical Stewardship Series for the Timothy Funds. He developed a love for missions while serving in the ORU Missions Program. He has served on missions teams to Argentina, Cuba, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad, Vietnam, Zambia and the U.S. He was a member of the Alumni Recruiters Association, participated in a Summer Spruce-up week, spoke at the 20-year class reunion and organized the 25-year class reunion. And, he is a graduate of Dr. Mark Rutland's National Institute of Christian Leadership. Locally, Greg serves on the boards of Action Ministries - Houston and Max Man Houston - Somebody Cares International, and is a past chapter president for Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. He is a member of The Worship Center where he serves as a men's ministry leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, a small group leader and a prayer partner. Greg is married to Rome, has a daughter, Lonnie, and a granddaughter, Alexis.
Marc Harris graduated from ORU in 1996 with a degree in Government. At ORU, both before and after graduation, he worked for the university in the Undergraduate Admissions department. While there he was responsible for recruiting high school students from across the country to attend ORU. Today he is the president of Chap Arnold Insurance Agency, located in southeast Missouri where he lives with his family. He previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for Men at the Cross, a national men's organization that focused on discipleship and did events across the country. He also serves as a member of the executive board of Teen Challenge Mid-America and is very active in his local church. Marc and his wife, Jennifer (Arnold '96), have three children.
Bryan is a 1993 ORU graduate (Accounting). During his time at ORU, he was a member of the Accounting Honor Society, served as a wing chaplain and summer missions team member, and met his future wife, Holly (Smith 1993). He says that coming to ORU as a relatively new believer was “without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It grounded me in my faith, taught me to stand on my own as a mature believer, and instilled character and values in me that I have relied on time and time again in my journey.” After graduation, he joined a local financial software company and grew through a variety of roles until the company was acquired by Intuit in 2001. Since then, he has held leadership roles in operations, supply chain, and product development, primarily in the fin-tech space. He and Holly currently reside in Boston. Over the years they have served the local church together in leading small groups, worship, Bible studies, youth ministry, and event planning.
Laura Gissler graduated from ORU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Christian Ministries. As a student, she was involved as an RA in Frances and Claudius halls and was part of missions staff. Since her ORU days, Laura has earned her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling, helped develop missions programs and conferences for several organizations, and was the Assistant Dean of Women at Christ for the Nations Institute (CFNI). She is currently a licensed counselor in Texas and continues to serve at CFNI as an instructor and as the chair of their Counseling major. She also enjoys speaking at leadership workshops, and is an active member at Shoreline Church in Dallas.
Danielle (Parker) Stoltz earned her degree in mass media communications with an emphasis in print journalism. She now works at ORU as the Director of University Communications. As a student, she was a chaplain, an editor for The Perihelion, managing editor for The Oracle and a member of Greenwood Christian Center. After graduation, she returned home to Dallas to work for Today Newspapers as a news editor and was involved in her church's college and career ministry. In 2009, she moved back to Tulsa and has worked as an editor for several suburban newspapers, a writer for WNBA's Tulsa Shock and a multimedia journalist at KJRH, Channel 2. In 2013, she earned her master's in new media journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. Danielle and Jason Stoltz married in April 2012 and welcomed their daughter Isabella in August 2014. They are active members of GUTS Church in Tulsa.
Cady (Kendall) Patterson graduated from ORU in 2012 with a degree in Pastoral Christian Ministries. As a student, she served on the music missions team of Team India and as an ATL on Team Philippines. She was also a ropes facilitator and Head Chaplain. She married her college sweetheart, Jordan Lewis, who also graduated from ORU in 2012. Together, they shared their journey of Jordan's battle with cancer in a blog, which is followed by over 100,000 viewers. Their story was widely followed and supported by the ORU community, who lovingly surrounded them in prayer and encouragement. Cady has served in administrative capacities for both small and mega churches and was the Volunteer Coordinator for The Little Lighthouse. She is a freelance writer, traveling speaker and blogger. She lives in Raleigh where she serves in children's ministry at King's Park International Church. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, mentoring young women and reaching out to recent young widows.
Richelle Voth graduated from ORU in 2011 with her B.S. in biology. At ORU she worked for Alumni Relations and represented ORU as a student speaker for ORU's "Renewing the Vision" campaign. Richelle served on Empowered21's Executive Cabinet as one of two student representatives and speakers, and also worked as an administrative assistant for both Dr. Billy Wilson's Empowered21 Conference and for Dr. Mark Rutland's office. During her time at ORU she served as a wing chaplain and was the intercessory prayer team coordinator for ORU's "Unleash" women's conference. In 2014, Richelle graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Physician Assistant program and she currently works for St. John Medical Center as an internal medicine PA hospitalist. Richelle enjoys being an active part of her community; she helps serve with the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fight Against Breast Cancer, volunteers at her church, and runs ThePostedBlog, a blog connecting ORU alumnae.
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