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Oral Roberts University Honored Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives with Memorial Chapel and Wall of Sacrifice

Oral Roberts University held a memorial chapel service today commemorating five men and one woman who lost their lives this past summer while sharing the Gospel of Christ. A “Wall of Sacrifice” memorial was also introduced during the service.

The chapel gave students, friends and family members a chance to come together and celebrate the lives of Austin Grey Anderson, 2012 graduate who majored in Business Administration; Alexis Nicole Brownlee, senior who majored in Pastoral Christian Ministries with a concentration in Missions and a minor in Spanish; Garrett Vincent Coble, former marketing instructor in the ORU College of Business and an associate alumnus of ORU; Jaman Alan Iseminger, 2005 graduate who majored in Old Testament with a minor in Hebrew; Stephen John Luth, 2012 graduate who majored in Business Administration; Luke Freid Sheets, 2012 graduate who majored in Media with a concentration in Advertising.

“The ORU community is grieving the loss of these young people whose lives were cut short,” said ORU President Mark Rutland. “When tragedies like this strike, it is a time for believers to gather in memory of the lives and the ultimate sacrifice made toward advancing the cause of Christ around the world.”

The “Wall of Sacrifice” is located behind the Praying Hands in Billy Joe Daugherty Circle. The wall will hold the names of alumni, students, current and former trustees, faculty, and staff from 1965 to the presentwho died while in the act of taking the healing message of Jesus Christ to the world. ORU honored the five men and one woman who passed away this summer by making them the first names inscribed on the memorial.

“The word of God is alive and powerful. This is something that the men and women who lost their lives this summer recognized and for which they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice,” said ORU Board of Trustees Chair Mart Green. “The Wall of Sacrifice is an important tribute to all ORU family members who have given their lives while sharing the Gospel of Christ.”

The Alumni Association is currently taking nominations from the ORU community for inscriptions on the Wall of Sacrifice. Nominees must bealumni, students, current and former trustees, faculty, and staff from 1965 to the presentwho died while in the act of taking the healing message of Jesus Christ to the world. More details will be available at alumni.oru.edu.