Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome Dr. Chuck Lawless to campus for its annual Focus Week event Feb. 11-15. Lawless will speak during chapel services Feb. 11 and 13 at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Clay Phillips, director of student ministry at OBU, will deliver the Focus Week chapel message Feb. 15, also at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. Focus Week emphasizes discipleship and encourages students to focus on their lives in Christ.

Lawless currently serves as professor of evangelism and missions, dean of doctoral studies, and vice president for spiritual formation and ministry centers at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as team leader for theological education strategists for the International Mission Board.

He previously served as vice president for global theological advance for the IMB. Prior to that, he was dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also served as vice president for academic programming and the director of professional doctoral studies.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Cumberland College and both an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. He is the author of eight works, including “Membership Matters” and “Spiritual Warfare,” and has contributed numerous articles to denominational periodicals.

Phillips joined the staff at OBU in March 2017. He is a 2011 OBU alumnus and earned a Master of Divinity in expository preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also completed work toward a Ph.D. in preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

For more information about OBU, visit www.okbu.edu.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2,011, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 14 consecutive years.