60th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Celebrating His Name | Remembering Our Name
Inviting all alumni and past attendees of Oklahoma Bible Institute, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, and Randall University!
In 2019, Randall University celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special homecoming concert featuring former members of the university's singing groups, music faculty, and others. Imagine an entire stage full of vocalists singing both old and new songs—all to celebrate the name of Jesus!
Please mark your calendars and save the date for this very meaningful gathering. We would truly love for you to join us! Further details—including online registration—will be available in the coming months, so stay tuned!
History of the University
The Co-operative General Association of Free Will Baptist in the west opened Tecumseh College in Tecumseh, Oklahoma in 1917. The school was destroyed by fire in 1927 and was never completely rebuilt due to the depression, dust bowl days, World War II, and the Korean Conflict. Bible institutes were sponsored by the Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists which developed into Oklahoma Bible College (OBC). OBC was officially launched in Tulsa in January, 1959. The college began operations at its present location on September 13, 1966, embracing a vision of higher education which included the study of the liberal arts.
In 1971, the governing board renamed the institution Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in honor of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, which began as a Free Will Baptist institution in 1844. (Hillsdale College in Michigan is no longer affiliated with Free Will Baptist.) Student enrollment in non-ministry degree programs proliferated, leading to the offering of a variety of degrees. Two Master of Arts degrees are now offered.
The university’s name was publicly changed to Randall University on July 1, 2016, in honor of Benjamin Randall (February 7, 1749 – October 22, 1808), the founder of the Free Will Baptists in the northeastern United States.
Though Randall University has been known by several names, the institution continues to have one clear purpose:
Equipping men and women to make a difference
for Christ, His Church, and the community.