Advancing the Kingdom

The mission of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is to develop and send servant leaders to advance the Kingdom of God. 

We model a biblically centered way of thought, life, and faith as a vital part of The Wesleyan Church. Through deliberate study, honest questions, and critical engagement, we foster a vibrant liberal arts community that upholds the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. 

OKWU’s Four Pillars

  • The Primacy of Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, the Alpha, and Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is the lens for all learning and the Lord of our daily lives.
  • The Priority of Scripture as the inerrant and authoritative written Word of God that guides us in all matters of faith, learning, and living.
  • The Pursuit of Truth as an objective, attainable reality grounded in the person and example of Jesus Christ and anchored in the Bible.
  • The Practice of Wisdom as the goal for all members of the university community, who work to promote healing and wholeness in a broken culture and hurting world.
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We Exist to Advance the Kingdom of God

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33 NLT
Professor Jerome Van Kuiken

Meet the President

Dr. James A. Dunn
President since 2019

We are SENT on the Kingdom Path

An OKWU education prioritizes the transformation of the whole person for the whole world. We develop and send servant leaders to advance the Kingdom of God. We do this by helping students walk the Kingdom Path:

As servant leaders, we strive to exemplify Christlike love, dignity, and respect to everyone in every facet of our lives.

Through a biblical worldview and liberal arts curriculum, we can think critically, pursue God’s calling, and become servant leaders for Jesus Christ through our vocations.

We see everyone as important, valued, and belonging in authentic community because all are invited to enter the Kingdom of God.  

Grounded in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, our community embraces the inerrancy of the Word of God, cultivating personal transformation, biblical diversity, and biblical justice.

1905 Year Founded
800 On-Campus Students
15:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
27 Campus Size (Acres)
38 Academic Programs
120 Intercollegiate Athletic Teams
21 Countries Represented in Student Body
40 States Represented in Student Body

Statement of Faith

  1. That the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  2. That there is one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. In Jesus Christ as truly God and truly man, His virgin birth, His vicarious death, His bodily resurrection, and His promised second coming.
  4. In the personality of the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit’s ministry is to reveal Christ unto mankind.
  5. That God created mankind and the universe by special operation of divine power.
  6. In the fall of mankind and the consequent sinful nature of all humanity which necessitates a divine atonement.
  7. In justification by grace through faith and in regeneration by the Holy Spirit, who makes the penitent believer a new creature in Christ; and that, although God holds tenaciously to His own, it is possible for believers to repudiate faith in Christ, and unless they turn back to saving faith, be eternally lost. But by the grace of God, such persons may by true repentance and faith find forgiveness and restoration.
  8. That entire sanctification is an act of divine grace wrought in the believer through an act of the Holy Spirit whereby the Spirit takes full possession, cleanses, and equips for service on condition of total surrender and obedient faith.
  9. That the gifts of the Spirit are given to believers as God wills for the purpose of edifying and strengthening believers and are not the evidence of the Spirit’s fullness, nor are they necessary for salvation. We affirm the miraculous use of languages and the interpretation of languages in its Biblical and historical setting; however, speaking or praying in an unknown language is not the evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit (or of the entire sanctification which the baptism accomplishes) and is therefore not to be promoted among us.
  10. In the personal existence of Satan.
  11. That the Scriptures plainly teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting happiness of the saved, and the everlasting and conscious suffering of the lost.
  12. That all true Christians, assisted by the Holy Spirit, give evidence of true faith by their good works and social concern.
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