Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper was given the distinctive honor of moderating the Republican debate for the 5th District seat in the U.S. Congress earlier this month.

According to Associate Pastor of Edmond’s First Baptist Church, over 450 people were in attendance. Five of the six Republican candidates participated in the forum, which was presented by Reclaiming America for Christ and the Bott Radio Network.

Dr. Piper, a well-known public figure in Oklahoma’s community, is a frequent speaker on Christian education, Biblical worldview and applied apologetics in both regional and national values. In 2010 he wrote the book, “Why I Am A Liberal and Other Conservative Ideas.”

“I’m honored to have been asked to help moderate this debate,” Piper said. “It’s clear our community recognizes that the ideas our leaders hold need to be grounded in a biblical worldview. I’m humbled to be asked to lead in vetting these ideas for the public.”

The 5th District represents Oklahoma, Seminole and Pottawatomie counties. The race has attracted a variety of candidates from different levels of political backgrounds. James Lankford, who has held the position since 2010, is leaving his seat to run for the U.S. Senate.

The candidates in attendance at the forum included State Representative Shane Jett, Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, former congressional aide Harvey Sparks, State Representative Mike Turner, and former State Senator Steve Russell.

The primary elections will be held on June 24th. The general elections will take place on November 4th.