Dr. A.B. Vines, senior pastor at New Seasons Church in San Diego, California, will deliver the chapel message Wednesday, Jan. 30, at OBU in Shawnee. The service will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium and will kickoff OBU’s Spring Chapel Series
Dr. Vines studied at Point Loma University, Andersonville Theological Seminary and the Southern California School of Ministry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in pastoral counseling and a Doctor of Ministry.
For more than 13 years, Dr. Vines has served as senior pastor of New Seasons Church, with multiple campuses in the San Diego area. Under his leadership, the church has become one of the most unique congregations in southern California, developing from a small African American church of 67 members to a congregation of more than 1,800 members spanning across seven different campuses, with one congregation in Arabic and another congregation in Spanish.
From 2012 to 2014, Vines served as president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Association. He was also a member of the advisory board for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He was a board advisor member for the Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching. He also served as chairman for the Southern Baptist Credential Committee.
In 2016, he established a global church planting ministry called New Seasons Church Global Network. Vines served as the president of the California Southern Baptist Convention from 2016 to 2018. He was then elected as the first vice president for the Southern Baptist Association.
The Spring Chapel Series will continue the following week with Dr. Todd Fisher, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee. Fisher will speak during Founder’s Day Chapel Feb. 6.
Focus Week will begin Monday, Feb. 11, with Dr. Chuck Lawless, dean of doctoral studies and vice president of Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He will also speak Feb. 13 in another Focus Week Chapel.
Dr. Chris Wall, senior pastor of First Baptist Owasso, will speak Feb. 18 at the Bison Way Chapel in Noble Complex. Dr. Walker Moore, president emeritus and founder of Awe Star Ministries, will speak in chapel Feb. 20. Johnny Hunt, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, and senior vice president of evangelism and leadership of the North American Mission Board, will speak in chapel Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Student preacher Thomas Shroder will be the featured chapel speaker March 6. The following week, Katherine Wolf, author, speaker, and founder of Hope Heals, will speak. Dr. Samuel Thomas, president of Hopegivers, will take to the chapel podium March 27. Clay Martin, NFL referee and OBU alumnus, will speak April 1 for Bison Way Chapel.
Student Government Association candidates will speak during the annual Hyde Park Chapel April 3. Blitz Week chapel will take place Monday, April 8, while Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland Associate Professor of New Testament, will speak in chapel April 10.
The annual Holy Week Chapel, during the week leading up to Easter, will take place April 17. Fred “Chip” Luter, III, campus pastor of Idlewild at the Springs in Tampa, Florida, will speak April 24.
On May 1, students attending Global Outreach Trips in the summer will be commissioned during the Commissioning Chapel. The annual student Awards Assembly will be held the following week May 8.