April 20, 2001
Oklahoma Baptist University's Church Vocation Students Banquet will honor the achievements of an alumnus as well as outstanding OBU seniors April 23.
Dr. Omer Hancock, professor of church ministry and director of in-service training at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, is the 2001 Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service alumni award recipient and featured speaker for the annual banquet. He and his wife, Judy, are 1964 OBU graduates.
Also at the banquet, OBU's religion students will be awarded outstanding academic and service awards in different areas of Christian studies.
A native of Okmulgee, Hancock received a license to the ministry at age 17 and was ordained at First Baptist Church in Okmulgee when he was 27. At OBU, he was a member the Bison Glee Club and senior class president.
He worked as music and youth director at churches in Pauls Valley and Barnsdall, and pastored churches in Guymon, Edmond, and Lexington, Texas.
At HSU since 1981, Hancock has taught courses in Old Testament, world religions, Baptist history, religious cults and pastoral ministry.
He has had articles published in Baptist history books, religion dictionaries and academic journals.
Hancock earned his M.Div and Th.D degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.