Stain Glass view from inside the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel

Student Success

The book has arrived! This is undergraduate research at its best! Hooray for OCU Wimberly School of Religion student researchers, NOW PUBLISHED: Allison Bevers (Jean), Kathryn Hirsch, Leigh Smith and Daniel Ethan Watt.

Dead Seas Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection book cover

Bishop Scholars

Every year the Wimberly School of Religion has three Bishop Scholars, who go through an application and interview process. Current Bishop Scholars include:


John Vick

Laley Braucher


Jenny Johnson

Peyton Wagner


Ben Patterson

Melaina Riley

Joey Simpson


Morgan Mitchell


Rev. Kayla Bonewell, a 2002 graduate, is the pastor of Church of the Open Arms, United Church of Christ.

Rev. Trina Bose North, a 1998 graduate, is the pastor of Crown Heights United Methodist Church.

Keith Bethel, a 2013 graduate, is the youth minister at Choctaw UMC in Choctaw, Oklahoma

Joanna Chenoweth, a 2012 graduate, is the Recruitment Team Leas for Saint Paul School of Theology at their OCU campus.

Rev. Linda Harker, a 1993 graduate, serves as senior pastor at McFarlin UMC in Norman.