The Rev. Margaret Ball, Oklahoma City University vice president of University-Church Relations, has announced her retirement after 10 years at OCU and 30 years of ministry.
In her administrative role, Ball has served as the university’s liaison to the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. During her tenure, OCU has provided administrative and classroom space to the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University, the only United Methodist seminary in the state.
“Reverend Ball’s spiritual leadership has been a blessing to thousands of students, faculty and staff members for a decade,” OCU President Robert Henry said. “The United Methodist Church has provided our campus with steadfast support in many forms, and Maggie has been instrumental in our close relationship with the Oklahoma Conference.”
Bishop Robert Hayes of the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church said Ball’s leadership skills combined with her friendly, personable nature make her a role model to other leaders in the conference.
“Reverend Ball’s caring and compassionate nature has been perfectly suited for a college campus post. Her love for the students and her passion for the university are truly inspirational,” Hayes said.
Ball earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from OCU in 1967 on a Great Plan Scholarship.She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Phillips Graduate Seminary in 1986 and was ordained an elder in the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1988.
Ball came to OCU from Bartlesville where she served as district superintendent for The United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as associate director of Skyline Urban Ministry, chaplain at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and minister of care at United Methodist Church of the Servant, all in Oklahoma City. Ball was elected as a clergy delegate to the last four General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church.
OCU is affiliated with The United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts, fine arts, sciences, business and law.