Homecoming Chapel to Feature Melton, Award Recipients

Dr. Doug Melton will address Oklahoma Baptist University alumni and friends at the OBU Homecoming Chapel, Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., in Raley Chapel. Melton is pastor of First Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend.

The chapel service also will recognize 11 Profile in Excellence Award recipients. The recipients are Dr. Robert J. Barnard, '58; John D. Brooks, '73; Duane Diffie, '74; Sylvia Howard Fletcher, '69; Randy Horn, '69; Johnarline Moseley Hudson, ex '48; Richard Huggins, '69; Dr. Allan Karr, '85; Linda Dorsey Merkey, '78; Norma Jean Rice Phillips, '66; and Dr. Sharon Shahan Souter, '76.

Dr. Doug Melton earned a bachelor's degree from OBU in 1983. He earned a master's degree and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He worked at OBU for 14 years, serving as dean of students during the last seven years of his tenure. He has served as pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church, which has a membership of 4,000 people, since January 2000. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Melton is married to Lana Kay (Dotson) Melton, a 1986 OBU alum. They have four children: Drew, Zachary, Brandon and Samuel.

Barnard is a retired longtime educator in Shawnee. He is active in his community through organizations such as Rotary, Campfire, OBU Advisory Board and the Shawnee City Commission. He is founder and president of Development Enterprises of Central Oklahoma, Inc., a non-profit housing corporation which has built 131 units for senior citizens and families.

Brooks is president and founder of FOCUS (Friends Of College and University Students) International in Wichita, Kan. Prior to the founding of FOCUS in 1995, he served as Baptist Student Union director at Wichita State University. FOCUS has placed more than 2,200 American students worldwide for short-term projects.

Diffie serves as athletic director at Calvary Chapel in Moreno Valley, Calif. He previously served 19 years with the Los Angeles County Probation Department as athletic director at Camp Kilpatrick, the basis for the movie "Gridiron Gang."

Fletcher and her husband, Woody, served as missionaries in Peru for 30 years with the International Mission Board. She described their ministry as a "healing ministry," helping churches to heal after dealing with major problems. The couple also worked to train new missionaries. They now reside in Golden, Mo.

Horn is a long-term care insurance provider with Genworth Financial in Lee's Summit, Mo. He and his wife, Laura, founded Wheels to Freedom, a non-profit organization which collects wheelchairs in the Kansas City area to be refurbished and delivered by volunteers through the ministry Hope Haven.

Hudson is an active member of First Baptist Church in Coalgate, Okla. She was co-owner of an independent insurance agency with her husband, Charles Hudson, operating the agency for 23 years following his death in 1977. She is actively involved in political and civic volunteer work, and she provides scholarships for college students.

Huggins owns his business, Huggins Creative, in Tyler, Texas. He is a freelance music arranger-composer and editor. He also serves as part-time worship associate at Sylvania Church in Tyler. He is involved in his community through the "Reading Buddy" after-school reading program at Tyler Library.

Karr is a professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary through the North American Mission Board from his home in Larkspur, Colo. He works as a church planter in his community. He and his family began the Ethne Church Network, a group of churches with the vision to share the Gospel, including a ministry to local refugees.

Merkey, a resident of Edmond, Okla., serves as system-wide chief nursing officer for Integris Health. She has been recognized by the Oklahoma Nurses Association with the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award and by Sigma Theta Tau with the Ellence in Nursing Leadership Award. She led Integris Baptist Medical Center to achieve Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Phillips has served as deputy director with the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation in Topeka, Kan., with the hope of seeing effective transformation in housing programs for low-income families. She is active in her church and serves on many committees and boards related to her passion for helping families.

Souter serves as dean and associate professor, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, in Temple, Texas. Her prior roles included director of the bachelor's of science programs in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing in Abilene, Texas, and director of nursing programs and Allied Health at New Mexico State University at Carlsbad.