About Oklahoma Baptist College & Institute
We are evangelistic. We believe that soul winning is near the heart of God. All teachers are required to go soul-winning weekly. All students are required to witness for Christ. On-campus students and all staff members participate in the ministry of Windsor Hills Baptist Church. Students who attend their own local church are required to participate fully in their church’s activities.
We are old-fashioned. We have a dress code, and we believe in discipline. We are fundamentalist without apology.
We are separatists. Absolutely no drinking, smoking, dancing, card-playing, movie going, or other questionable activities are allowed. We take a strict stand against the world and apostasy.
We are practical. We blend the finest scholarship with the best practical teaching possible. We not only teach what to do, but also how to do it. Preacher boys are taught how to start churches, how to build buildings, how to raise money and adopt a budget, and how to organize, operate, and perpetuate a New Testament Church.
Oklahoma Baptist Institute was incorporated on November 2, 1972. The original purpose, as stated in the constitution, was to provide a high standard of Biblical training with an emphasis on evangelism and missions.
In March of 1977, the Lord led Dr. Jim Vineyard to Oklahoma City to assume the leadership of Windsor Hills Baptist Church. Dr. Vineyard carried with him a great burden to see men and women trained in a Christ-honoring, solidly evangelistic atmosphere. Oklahoma Baptist Institute was revived at that time following three years of inactivity.
During the summer of 1977, Windsor Hills Baptist Church purchased dormitory facilities in Bethany, Oklahoma. After much hard work, they were ready for opening day for the fall semester. During this first year of Oklahoma Baptist Institute, under the direction of Dr. Vineyard, the school met during both daytime and evening hours. The strenuous work of simultaneously building the college and developing the soul winning ministry of Windsor Hills Baptist Church was no light undertaking. The Lord blessed mightily, however, and both the church and the college began to grow.
The institute was expanded into a four-year program in the fall of 1978. The name was changed at that time to Oklahoma Baptist College and Institute (OBC). Many students have come to OBC since those early days. Each year, the school experiences an increase in the fire and zeal that permeate the halls. In emulating the college motto, “His ministers, a flame of fire,” our preacher boys have been trained to preach three sermons weekly and to submit related outlines. Under the leadership of our current pastor, Dr. Tom Vineyard, soul winning remains the prime concern at Oklahoma Baptist College.
Fifty-three percent of our current students are either mission majors or have a missions minor, reflecting an aggressive missions department. Many students have taken mission trips to places such as Peru and Israel. During this year, several of our graduates finished deputation and departed for the foreign field, continuing a great heritage here at Oklahoma Baptist College. Also, we frequently have a number of alumni return on furlough, bringing challenging reports to students and staff alike.
Although it is impossible to know what the final pages of history will reveal about Oklahoma Baptist College, it is safe to say that as people are saved in increasing numbers, as Christian lives are changed, as churches and schools are subsequently established, and as lives are rededicated by sermons preached, the emphasis will continue to be that of soul winning. Soul winners will always enjoy the blessings of God. As students and staff enjoy God’s blessings, the future of Oklahoma Baptist College and Institute can be only bright.