Oklahoma Christian University

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We are a passionate group of Christ-followers made up of educators, learners, seekers and creators. We are driven by missions - not just majors, and believe everyone has an important significance to this world.

OC's 200 plus-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City, the state capital of Oklahoma. The university borders the city of Edmond. Students enjoy the academic, cultural and recreational benefits of a big city in a safe and comfortable suburban atmosphere.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Oklahoma Christian University
2501 E Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73013

Website: oc.edu

Phone: 800-877-5010

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 730555460

CEO/President: Dr. John E. deSteiguer

Chairman: Richard Lawson

Board size: 28

Founder: Dr. Harold Fletcher

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


OC will be a Christ-centered university that's increasingly personal, innovative, challenging and missional where students, faculty, and staff find calling, career and community.

Mission statement

Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service.

Statement of faith

Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, leadership and service.

The values and behavior of this Christian community are derived from the Bible, rather than the prevailing culture. Because we are a higher learning community dedicated to a distinctively Christian mission, we join together in a community covenant. This covenant is not a creed demanding strict belief in its veracity and inerrancy, and it is not merely an ideal to which we aspire; rather, it is a personal commitment that while we are members of this community, we will abide by the principles and ideals set forth in the covenant. The purpose of our covenant is to unite all of us at Oklahoma Christian University-students, staff, faculty, administration and Board of Trustees - in a Christian community which is based on biblical principles and which transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service.

We recognize that the University is not the church; however, we are a Christian community which seeks to be guided by the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in scripture. We welcome all students, regardless of their church affiliation, who agree to abide by this covenant. The University was founded by members of the churches of Christ and we seek to serve our church constituents effectively. Therefore, we expect all full-time faculty and staff to be faithful, active members of a local church and to fully embrace the principles of this covenant.

Our Foundation-

God interacts with this world as both Creator and Savior (Genesis 1; Hebrews 1:1-3). The Bible is God's inspired word, which shows us the nature of God, the risen son, and the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

We seek to honor God by imitating the nature of God and his son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 13:13-17; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Peter 2:21).

As members of this Christian higher learning community, we are guided by specific principles set forth in the Bible (Psalms 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Our Call - God calls us to do our best in everything we do (Colossians 3:17; Colossians 3:23).

God calls us to submit our will to his (John 15:14; James 4:7; 1 John 2:17).

God calls us to submit to one another in love (1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 5:21; Philippians 2:3-4) and to show his love through the justice, mercy and faithfulness of our lives (Matthew 5; Matthew 23).

God calls us to live lives of holiness (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians. 4:7; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

Our Community Life - We strive to honor the Lord and be Christlike in all of our conduct (Colossians 3:12-14; Titus 2:11-14). We strive to demonstrate love and respect for everyone, even those who have views that differ from ours, and avoid conduct or language that is demeaning to others (Galatians 3:28; Philippians 2:3-4; James 2:1-13).

We strive to exercise our Christian freedom responsibly within the framework of God's word, humbly submitting to others (I Corinthians 10:23-24; 31-33).

We strive to use wise stewardship of our mind, body, time, abilities and resources and make thoughtful, biblically guided choices in matters of behavior, entertainment and interpersonal relationships (Philippians 4:8).

We strive to practice honesty and integrity in everything we say and do (Colossians 3:9-10; Revelation 21:8).

We strive to treat our bodies with the honor due the temple of the Holy Spirit - honoring God's plan that sexual relations be a part of a marriage between a man and a woman, dressing modestly and avoiding any self-destructive practices (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

For the sake of our personal influence and our life together in Christian community, we also agree to certain community standards of conduct which are not specifically set forth in the Bible, but which enable the community to operate peaceably and in harmony with these principles and with one another. These community standards are set forth in the Student Handbook, the Staff Handbook and the Faculty Handbook.

By choosing to be a part of the Oklahoma Christian University community, every member of the student body, staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees affirms his or her understanding of, respect for, and commitment to abide by the principles, and standards of conduct set forth in this covenant.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating350 of 111034 of 129
Fund acquisition rating586 of 111174 of 129
Resource allocation rating346 of 111132 of 129
Asset utilization rating399 of 111049 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,871,770$7,951,741$8,256,817$8,927,838$8,789,813
Short-term investments$37,694,921$32,677,859$35,299,194$7,449,628$6,452,707
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$52,940,501$52,966,998$56,276,669$27,317,767$25,799,944
Long-term investments$3,820,129$3,420,990$1,663,588$0$0
Fixed assets$63,352,877$66,379,368$64,978,680$64,253,231$63,016,245
Other long-term assets$4,089,179$6,461,603$6,619,347$34,696,737$37,670,135
Total long-term assets$71,262,185$76,261,961$73,261,615$98,949,968$100,686,380
Total assets$124,202,686$129,228,959$129,538,284$126,267,735$126,486,324
Payables and accrued expenses$4,238,557$3,628,043$4,029,208$3,873,387$4,842,951
Other current liabilities$2,631,835$2,384,396$1,823,010$2,310,500$0
Total current liabilities$6,870,392$6,012,439$5,852,218$6,183,887$4,842,951
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,387,925$2,695,631$3,587,748$5,294,936$11,158,347
Total long-term liabilities$46,115,982$48,758,216$53,277,297$59,236,488$58,082,981
Total liabilities$52,986,374$54,770,655$59,129,515$65,420,375$62,925,932
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$21,663,483$24,091,478$20,085,029$19,595,721$18,438,484
With donor restrictions$49,552,829$50,366,826$50,323,740$41,251,639$45,121,908
Net assets$71,216,312$74,458,304$70,408,769$60,847,360$63,560,392
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,847,152$18,021,892$10,198,316$7,686,456$8,494,264
Program service revenue$60,159,057$56,373,378$54,863,458$54,927,000$57,448,872
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,391,872$1,663,369$1,383,084$1,036,723$9,448,867
Other revenue$1,486,899$1,196,244$757,802$1,050,156$1,048,095
Total other revenue$65,037,828$59,232,991$57,004,344$57,013,879$67,945,834
Total revenue$74,884,980$77,254,883$67,202,660$64,700,335$76,440,098
Program services$65,285,425$64,711,194$58,974,409$59,530,635$65,586,974
Management and general$8,404,914$7,173,320$6,795,282$6,587,703$2,122,157
Total expenses$74,861,449$73,064,385$66,510,746$66,979,408$68,738,268
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$23,531$4,190,498$691,914($2,279,073)$7,701,830
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$23,531$4,190,498$691,914($2,279,073)$7,701,830


Brandon TatumChief Strategy Officer$272,659
John deSteiguerPresident$269,590
Byron NewberryAssociate Provost, Dean, College of Engineering$224,964
John HermesChief Information and Operations Officer$159,474
Jeffrey McCormackChief Academic Officer$159,036
Lyndell K JonesChancellor$158,163
David LynnAthletic Director, Golf Coach$156,678
Stephen EckChief Legal Officer$134,031
Jeffrey BigelowProfessor of Electrical Engineering$130,790
David NorthAssociate Professor for Computer Sciences & Information Serv$130,445
Jennifer RayChief Financial Officer$127,526
Lisa GonzalezChief Admissions and Financial Services$118,548
Christine MeridethChief Advancement Officer$116,059
Jeff AbramsonChief Admissions Officer$102,763
Neil ArterDean of Students$83,334

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2023

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Founded in 1950, Oklahoma Christian University was once named Central Christian College and located in Bartlesville, OK. Only 97 students were enrolled in the junior college. Since then, we've grown to over 2,000 students and are an internationally recognized university in Oklahoma City.

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