History of Theological Education at Oral Roberts University
As the oldest Pentecostal/charismatic seminary in the world, the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry of Oral Roberts University has enjoyed a unique history of service to the global, historic Christian church. Currently, some four hundred students come from myriad national, ethnic, and denominational backgrounds to train to “go into every person’s world,” as founder Oral Roberts would term it, with the message of God’s saving/healing love.
It is difficult to imagine that such a school could have emerged out of the cultural and spiritual tumult in the United States of the 1960s and 1970s. No one could have anticipated a national spiritual awakening, the wave of which the seminary and the university that spawned it would ride to national prominence and international impact. As the twenty-first century unfolds, the seminary stands poised once again for global impact in an ever-changing world.
But as was true of the ministry which gave birth to the seminary, beginnings were humble and sometimes halting. Perhaps no one initially conceived the significant contribution to the church’s worldwide mission which the school would ultimately provide. It all began with a call . . .