President-Pastor-Tom-VineyardDr. Tom Vineyard was saved at the age of six, called to preach at the age of eight, and surrendered to the mission field as a senior in high school, at the age of 18. He earned a B.A. in Missions work at Oklahoma Baptist College before marrying and going on to serve the Lord as a missionary in Africa. After brief amounts of time in each, the countries of Zaire and Congo closed to Mission work; so, Brother and Mrs. Vineyard moved their family to the Ivory Coast. There he was able to start 12 different churches. The main church, Fundamental Baptist Church of Anyama, was averaging 450 when he turned it over to a national pastor. The church’s highest day totaled 2,250 in attendance. He was able to see 814 souls saved and 194 people baptized during the first nine months of 2005, his last year there. Pastor Tom Vineyard has now been the pastor of Higher Plain Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the President of Oklahoma Baptist College since January of 2007. He preaches weekly in Chapel and uses his first-hand knowledge of Mission work to teach Missions classes in the college.

At the age of fifteen, after a Sunday evening service at Marcus Hill Baptist Church, Enola, Arkansas, Brother Finn trusted Christ as his personal Savior. After graduating from Quitman High School and the University of Arkansas, he began a career with the Livestock Market News Service for the United States Department of Agriculture. On April 20, 1975, three years later, he surrendered to the Lord’s call to go into the ministry. In 1978, Dr. Jim Vineyard asked him to come to Oklahoma, attend Oklahoma Baptist College, and teach in Windsor Hills Baptist School. He taught classes in the school for three years while taking night classes in the college. In 1981, Brother Finn became a professor at OBC and Associate Pastor of Windsor Hills Baptist Church.

On May 14, 1992, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Oklahoma Baptist College and Institute. For over 30 years he has written the Adult Sunday School lessons for Higher Plain Baptist Church, and has served for many years as its Sunday School Superintendent. He currently oversees the Nursing Home ministry and is a Sunday School teacher of older adults, Principal of Higher Plain Christian Academy and Executive Vice President of Oklahoma Baptist College. Brother Finn maintains daily contact with the college students as he teaches Bible classes and preaches motivating messages in Chapel.

Staff Members

Finn, Joe | Church Education, Theology, Bible

B.S., University of Arkansas

Graduate studies, Central Baptist College

Graduate studies, Oklahoma Baptist College

Hum.D., Oklahoma Baptist College

Hearron, Cliff | Bible, German, Russian

B.A., California State University, Fresno

M.B.A., Arizona State University

Graduate, Army Language School

Hum.D., Oklahoma Baptist College

Jones, David | Bible, Education, Math, Bus Ministry

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist College

Van Manen, Adrian | History, Music

B.A., Northwest Nazarene College

M.M., University of Missouri, Kansas City

Hum.D., Oklahoma Baptist College

Van Manen, Bonnie | English

B.S., Boise State University

Vineyard, Melissa | Bible (Ladies), French

B.S., Oklahoma Baptist College

Vineyard, Tom | Bible, Greek

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist College