November 10, 2006
Dr. Avery Willis will address Oklahoma Baptist University alumni and friends at the OBU Homecoming Chapel, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m., in Raley Chapel. Willis is a member of the OBU Class of ’56, which is celebrating its 50th reunion during homecoming weekend.
The chapel service also will recognize 11 Profile in Excellence Award recipients. The recipients are Dr. Pearl “Peach” Lewis Barker, ’48; Milton L. Bishop, ’62; Dr. Donald M. Boucher, ’61; Jeanette Foster Bradshaw, ’54; Paula Hughes Carpenter, ex ’71; Dr. Robert D. Dale, ’62; Dr. Jack David Fleer, ’59; Dr. Robert Gregg, ’71; John I. Nance, ’56; Candace Shirley Ross, ’71; and Paul R. Sanders, ’56.
Willis recently served as OBU’s Hobbs Scholar in Residence and ambassador at large for the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach. OBU named this center in his honor in 2005.
An Arkansas native, Willis and his wife, Shirley, served as missionaries to Indonesia for 14 years before returning stateside in 1978. He is widely known for his work in creating the MasterLife discipleship materials. He also headed adult discipleship programs for LifeWay Christian Resources before moving to the IMB’s administrative staff in 1993.
Willis is the executive director of the International Orality Network, a partnership of major missions organizations committed to using oral strategies such as “chronological Bible storying” as a means of evangelizing and discipling approximately 70 percent of the world’s population which is functionally illiterate.