The fall 2021 chapel series at OBU will begin with two special Fall Challenge services. The first chapel will be Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. and the second will be Friday, Aug. 20, also at 10 a.m. Both will take place inside Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee.
Abraham Wright, teaching pastor at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma, will speak during the Aug. 18 service. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Wright graduated from Southeast High School in 2002. He played football at the University of Colorado, finishing his senior year first team All-Big 12 while finishing second in the nation in sacks. He was drafted into the NFL in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins and released after his rookie season. He has worked with the OU football team as a chaplain and has been in full time ministry since 2010. He earned a master’s degree in apologetics, which seeks to give credible answers to Christianity.
Dr. James Swain, associate executive director for church relations of Oklahoma Baptists, will speak during the Aug. 20 service. He has previously served as both the equipping team leader for Oklahoma Baptists and the director of conference centers at Falls Creek. He has more than 20 years of experience as a pastor and youth minister. He is an OBU graduate, and also earned degrees from both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The first chapel messages of the semester at OBU are traditionally known as the “Fall Challenge.” They take place as part of Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and oriented to life on the OBU campus.
View a list of speakers for the fall chapel series.