OBU Welcomes Clark to Ministry Training Institute

Michael Clark has been named director of Oklahoma Baptist University's Ministry Training Institute which has offered college-level courses in Bible and related Christian subjects to adults who desire to become better equipped to serve in their congregations for more than 25 years.

"Michael Clark is an exceptional addition to the leadership of the Ministry Training Institute," said Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service. "He has a passion for the Gospel, the local church and missions. He is a very capable teacher and possesses an exciting scholarly background for this position.

Clark previously served as director of the Church Planting Center for Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Ky. He has worked as a staff intern for Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Arizona; as children's ministry intern at North Phoenix Baptist Church; and staff intern for Baptist Student Union at the University of Arizona.

"Michael brings experience and vision in the administration of adult education in both national and international settings, as well as, experience in the development and delivery of online education," McClellan said. "He will lead and be a great support for our local center directors and students. This coming year Michael will work particularly with our Oklahoma Centers, expand our online course offerings, get to know our local church leaders, and assist them in fulfilling their mission, both nationally and internationally."

Clark earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies and Spanish from The University of Arizona in 2001 and a master's degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004. He has completed work toward a Ph.D. degree in world religions from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His academic roles at Southern seminary include Garrett Fellow; research assistant for The Great Commission Center and for Distributive Learning; and instructor of applied ministry and world religions.

"Michael was born and raised as a Southern Baptist ‘missionary kid' in Latin America," McClellan said. "His Ph.D. studies are in world religions, cross-cultural studies and applied apologetics, all of which will serve his leadership of MTI and OBU in our mission that includes serving the church and educating students to engage a diverse world. We anticipate significant growth in the MTI program under his leadership. I could not be more thrilled that God has called Michael to direct Oklahoma Baptist University's Ministry Training Institute."

Clark has participated in mission endeavors in India, Thailand, Egypt, Oman and Ethiopia. He and his wife, Jenny Rimsza Clark, have been active in the local church in the children's ministry, as community group leaders and in international missions.