In Memoriam: Dr. James B. Buskirk (1933–2020)

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Shelton, James; Autry, Arden C. PhD; and Sally Jo Shelton (2021) "In Memoriam: Dr. James B. Buskirk (1933–2020)," Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology: Vol. 6 : No. 1

James Buskirk is honored as the founding Dean of ORU’s Graduate School of Theology. A Master of Arts degree was already in place; Buskirk was tasked with establishing a Master of Divinity, a Doctor of Ministry, and a PhD in theology—each fully accredited. During his tenure, faculty and student numbers increased along with denominational diversity. The MDiv and DMin achieved accreditation. The PhD was not started, however, as Oral Roberts dealt with competing financial priorities. Roberts’ declared decision not to offer a PhD led to Buskirk’s departure. He remained on good terms personally with Roberts. Buskirk’s effect on others is notable particularly in encouraging each to serve selflessly in the Holy Spirit’s power.