Billy Wilson (academic)

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Billy Wilson
Dr. William M. Wilson.jpg
Official Portrait for Oral Roberts University
4th President of Oral Roberts University
Assumed office
June 1, 2013 (2013-06-01)
Preceded byMark Rutland
Richard Roberts
Oral Roberts
Personal details
William Wilson

(1958-10-04) October 4, 1958 (age 60)
Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.
Spouse(s)Lisa Wilson
ChildrenTwo children
ResidenceTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma materWestern Kentucky University
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
ProfessionAcademic, Author, Evangelist

Billy Wilson (born October 4, 1958) is the president of Oral Roberts University[1] in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his election as president of Oral Roberts University, Wilson served as the vice chairman for the ORU Board of Trustees.[2] He has also served as the executive director for the International Center for Spiritual Renewal in Cleveland, Tennessee and the chair and executive director of the Empowered 21 Initiative. In addition, Wilson has served on various boards and committees, including the Mission America Coalition (Lausanne USA) Facilitation Committee, the Pentecostal World Fellowship Advisory Board, and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Owensboro, Kentucky [3] and attended Daviess County High School. Upon graduation from high school, Wilson attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education.[3] Wilson also attended the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he earned his master of arts and doctor of ministry degrees.[2]


Early work[edit]

Dr. Wilson forged national ecumenical coalitions with more than 250 denominations and parachurch ministries.[4][5] In 2006, Wilson served as the executive officer for the Azusa Street Centennial in Los Angeles, California. This revival drew more than 50,000 people from 106 nations.[4]

Oral Roberts University[edit]

Wilson joined the Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees as a member in 2008. After a vast search that included more than 170 presidential prospects,[6] Wilson was announced as the fourth president of Oral Roberts University on January 31, 2013. He began his term on June 1, 2013.



Wilson has written several books:

  • Father Cry[8] According to WorldCat, the book is in six libraries.[9]
  • Zuzu's Petals: Our Wonderful Life With God[10] According to WorldCat, the book is in four libraries.[11]
  • Fasting Forward: Advancing Your Spiritual Life Through Fasting[12] According to WorldCat, the book is in four libraries.[13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ORU Names Billy Wilson as Fourth President". 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  2. ^ a b "Cleveland Daily Banner - Billy Wilson set to lead Oral Roberts". 2013-02-01. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  3. ^ a b "Faith News Network » Wilson Named President of Oral Roberts University". 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  4. ^ a b Jeremy Weber (2013-01-31). "Christianity Today Gleanings: Oral Roberts University Names Its Next President". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  5. ^ "President-Elect - Dr. Billy Wilson - Oral Roberts University - A Christian College, based in Tulsa Oklahoma". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  6. ^ Associated, The. "Oral Roberts names Billy Wilson as new president". News OK. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  7. ^ "William "Billy" Wilson elected as fourth ORU president - Tulsa Business and Legal News: Newsmakers". 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  8. ^ "Review | Father Cry by Billy Wilson | Revival Magazine". 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  9. ^ WorldCat item record
  10. ^ "Zuzu's Petals: Our Wonderful Life With God: Billy Wilson: 9781892435460: Books". 2004-04-01. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  11. ^ WorldCat item record
  12. ^ Wilson, Billy (2005-01-01). "Fasting Forward: Advancing Your Spiritual Life Through Fasting". ISBN 9781596840331.
  13. ^ WorldCat item record