The Dunn Institute was established in March 2011 and named after John Dunn, a long-time Wesleyan pastor who served the church by providing financial advice and support to fellow pastors and their churches for decades.

The Dunn Institute was founded at OKWU to maximize the effectiveness of church ministry by equipping Wesleyan pastors to face the administrative, management, and leadership challenges of the local church. Pastors will benefit from instruction on cutting edge topics that will make an immediate difference in their churches at a conference each fall hosted on campus.

University President Everett Piper says that the School pursues an active relationship with pastors through the Dunn Institute because “our relationship with the Church is a top priority. This obviously means that we should do everything we can to serve the Church’s leaders. A unique way we believe we can do this is to help local pastors understand how to become better at doing the “business” of the church, i.e. building budgets, navigating crisis, and leading.”