Hardin-Simmons Professor Recognized for Excellence by Alma Mater

Hardin-Simmons Professor Recognized for Excellence by Alma Mater

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

Oklahoma Baptist University alum Dr. Omer Hancock, a 1964 OBU graduate, is a 2011 recipient of the OBU Alumni Association’s Profile in Excellence Award. The award is given to a former student who has “demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in his or her profession, business, avocation, or life service in such a way as to bring pride and honor to the University.” Each year, 12 Profile in Excellence recipients are selected, and each is featured in an article in OBU Magazine.Dr. Omer Hancock should be able to recognize the signs of quality Christian higher education: he has served for 30 years as a professor at Hardin-Simmons University, a college founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers and merchants in Abilene, Texas. Before joining the HSU faculty, Hancock served as a pastor of churches in Texas and Oklahoma. At HSU, Hancock serves as professor of church ministry. When he joined the faculty in 1981, he taught a variety of courses, including Old Testament survey, New Testament survey, work of the minister, field education, Pentateuch, prophets, preaching, world religions, spiritual gifts, and a class on cults and denominations.{{more}} Hancock is also the director of the In-Service Training Office atHSU which works with prospective students, identifies vocational ministry students, provides opportunities for preaching and ministry experiences, and processes the financial aid for ministry students.Born in Okmulgee, Okla., Hancock says he felt God calling him to preach when he was 13 years old. “OBU provided a wholesome and stimulating environment that gave me great encouragement in the calling to vocational ministry,” says Hancock. “The professors stretched my mind in ways that deepened my faith and sharpened my skills in reading, thinking, communicating, and ministering.” Following graduation from OBU, the Hancocks relocated to Fort Worth, where they continued their education. Omer completed a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Judy earned a master’s degree at Texas Christian University, both in 1967. Omer completed his doctorate at Southwestern in 1974. A member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Hancock has remained active as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the licensing and ordination committee. He has served on various committees of the Abilene Baptist Association and actively serves through a variety of committees on campus, too. In 2001, Hancock was named the outstanding alumnus in Christian vocational ministry by OBU’s Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service. Just as OBU provided Hancock the environment he needed to encourage him forward in his vocational ministry, he shares those foundational characteristics with future generations of Christian ministers graduating from HSU. OBU is located in Shawnee, Okla. The Christian liberal arts university has an enrollment of 1,777, with students from 38 states and 19 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 comprehensive colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report. Hancock, will receive the 2011 Profile in Excellence Award at OBU’s Homecoming in November. The award is given by the OBU Alumni Association in recognition of service and leadership. Hancock will be featured in an article in OBU Magazine.