Q&A with Michelle Turner

Michelle Turner

What do you do here at OKWU?

As the evening receptionist, my primary duties include welcoming patrons, assisting instructors and students with their needs and requests, and general office responsibilities.

What do you like most about working at OKWU?

One of the things that I enjoy most is the opportunity to work directly with the students. Watching students succeed in running their race as God develops untapped, latent potential into dreams, visions, and plans is exceptionally rewarding, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to witness the process firsthand.

How did you end up here?

Originally, I came to Oklahoma to attend Rhema Bible Training College. After completing my studies, I served at Rhema Bible Church and Oral Roberts University for several years before coming to OKWU. It is an honor to bring my supply to the tremendous leadership and outstanding vision of OKWU.

Where did you originally call home?

I was born and raised in a small, farming community in Iowa.

Where did you go to school and what did you study there?

I attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska where I earned a B.S. in psychology and sociology.

What is your family like?

My marriage and family are my greatest accomplishments, highest achievements, and most purposeful mission. My family consists of my husband Kirby, my dearest friend and deepest love. Together, we will celebrate twenty-six years of marriage this year. Furthermore, I am tremendously humbled, yet honored that God would bless us with two remarkable daughters. Cierra and her husband are graduates of RBTC and Domata. They have ministered in Thailand, France, Peru, Costa Rica, and are planning their next mission to Nepal. May God be glorified and may the nations never be the same as they fulfill the call of God on their lives. Allie is an ORU alumnus (2014). She graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature. Currently, she is completing the coursework for a master’s in family counseling. May God be pleased and delighted as she touches lives with hope and healing.

What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?

Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, traveling, and do-it-yourself projects from Pinterest.

What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?

A little known fact about myself is that my husband and I were youth pastors for several years, and I secretly dream of participating in a powder puff demolition derby.

What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit? Why?

France is the most recent country I have visited. It is steeped in history, grand architecture, and rich culture. Next on my travel agenda is Ireland and England.

If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?

The historical figure I would love to have met is the woman who washed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7: 36-50. Her realization of a personal need for an intimate savior is the leading contributor to her heartfelt repentance and elaborate, lavish expression of love. Her story beautifully depicts humanity’s need for salvation and restoration. The heart of this woman had been touched and the great discovery was made. She passed from death to life, the old things had passed away, and all things had become new. His love produced repentance which in turn established an extravagant devotion and adoration to her Savior. As the woman poured out a love offering, Jesus washed away her brokenness. She inspires me to live my life captivated by His majestic, awesome, and beautiful love.


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