April 12, 2006
As part of Holy Week, Oklahoma Baptist University is hosting a New Testament Reading next to the university’s Stubblefield Chapel. This 23-hour-long event begins this evening, Wednesday, April 12 at 8:30 p.m., and closes at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 13.
“Approximately 275 people will be involved in the opening ceremony, reading and closing ceremony,” said Dr. John Nichols, OBU associate professor of mathematics and the originator of the reading. “Of those participants, approximately 200 will be OBU students. The rest are OBU faculty and staff, pastors and members of local churches and civic leaders.”
The opening ceremony will feature remarks from Dr. Jim Colman, OBU senior vice-president for academic affairs; John Stappazon, collegiate ministries specialist with Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma; and Joe Merrell of Pottawatomie Lincoln Baptist Association.
Closing ceremonies will begin at 6:55 p.m., on Thursday, and will feature remarks from OBU officials and representatives from BGCO and PLBA.
The around-the-clock proclamation of scripture begins with a dramatic reading in the round by OBU students Hilary Albright, a senior music major from Springdale, Ark.; Desay Judd, a sophomore church music major from Sonoma, Calif.; and Andrew Butler, a junior church music instrumental major from Bowling Green, Ky.
“We will have dignitary readers representing different portions of the OBU community and Shawnee community selected to read specific chapters of scripture,” Nichols said.