“…Had I not taken that leap of faith with two suitcases and $60 in my pocket, I would probably still be in South Africa, living a small life and missing out on all the life-giving goodness of my generous and gracious God.” –Renee Terrill

Oklahoma Wesleyan alumnus Renee Terrill has been named the 2014 Orange Scott Service Award Recipient. This is the first year the award has been given under the Orange Scott name category.

The award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to the church, community and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. This year, we are extending this honor to recognizing an alumni’s efforts to serve children in orphanages in South Africa, India, Thailand, and Laos. This care for those who are most vulnerable and affected by human trafficking is key to the prevention of child slavery both overseas and here in the United States.Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.40.06 AM

Terrill attended Oklahoma Wesleyan from 1984 to 1987 and was heavily involved in the Student Government Organization all three years, serving on the Executive Council and as Social Life Coordinator.

Terrill earned her degree in Global Studies and during her senior year she met her husband, who had returned to serve as the Men’s Resident Director after also graduating from OKWU.

After the completion of college, Terrill worked in the communication field for several years. For the past 15 years she has been freelancing in graphic design and resides in Kansas City.

On top of her freelancing projects and other creative endeavors, Terrill volunteers with Oceans of Mercy and One Life – two partnering organizations that serve orphaned and vulnerable children across the globe. Terrill manages the companies marketing efforts and serves on the Board of Directors for Oceans of Mercy and on the Advisory Task Force for One Life.


“Having the opportunity to be involved in two ministries that have their vision and mission focused on caring for some of the world’s most vulnerable children is more than I could ever have dreamed possible,” Terrill explained. “My life has been changed and rearranged in ways I could never have imagined.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan has a special place in the Terrill family.Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.43.31 AM

“On my husband’s side of the family, we have four generations that have attended OKWU and it’s antecedent schools,” Terrill said.

The Terrills also have two children that currently attend Oklahoma Wesleyan, Morgan, a senior nursing student and Aaron, a junior finance major.


Terrill will be accepting her award at this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, held on October 10th-11th.

To learn more about this year’s events visit okwu.edu/homecoming