Dr. James A. Dunn


When James “Jim” Dunn came to Bartlesville Wesleyan College as a freshman in 1984, he had no notion of how far the university’s scope would eventually reach. 

“I love the Lord,” Dunn said. “I gave my life to Him at the age of seven at the altar of the church my father pastored in Tucson, Arizona.” 

Dunn dedicated his life to the Lord’s service at the age of twelve and hasn’t looked back. Committed to The Wesleyan Church, he was ordained and has been a minister in the denomination since 1991. 

“My connections run deep throughout the Wesleyan family. Five of my six siblings are OKWU alumni. Since 1965, someone from my family has either been a student of the school, a board member, or a faculty member — and now President.”

Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bartlesville Wesleyan College (OKWU) in 1988, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1991, and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity International University in 1998. Throughout his career, he has served in leadership on numerous boards and taught for Wesley Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University.


“Lead as unto Jesus Christ, believing in others to reach their full potential for the Kingdom of Jesus.” – President Dunn


First serving as a local church pastor for 15 years, Dunn continued his ministry with The Wesleyan Church, leading as General Director of Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship. From 2016-2019, he served as Vice President of Church Relations for the Wesleyan Investment Foundation, a ministry focused on encouraging and helping local churches reach their next level of ministry effectiveness. Throughout this vast experience, Dunn was prepared to lead OKWU into the future.

President Dunn and his wife, Wendy, look forward to greeting you on your next visit to Oklahoma Wesleyan University.