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Dr. Paul Vickery

Professor of History and Interim Chair of the History, Humanities and Government Department


Degrees/Credentials

B.A. and M.A., Florida State
M.Div., Oral Roberts University
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University


Contact Information

phone: 918.495.6078
e-mail: pvickery@oru.edu

Profile

Academic Highlights


Exhibiting the essence of the ORU whole person is how Dr. Paul Vickery lives out his life. Not only has Vickery spent time learning to read Portuguese, Italian, French and Biblical Hebrew, but he puts this to practical use by entertaining and re-enacting historic events on cruise ships and in schools, during his spare time. He has been named a cruise ship "edutainer" on trips to the Caribbean and South America where he gets to educate the passengers on the history of their destination. "I really enjoy getting people excited about why things are the way they are," Vickery says. He has taught on five continents and performed as historical characters in "Chautauqua" style settings all over the country.

Vickery received his B.A. in Inter-American Studies and Spanish in 1969. He went on to receive his M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American area studies, U.S. History, Government and Spanish at Florida State University. He then moved to Germany, working for counter-intelligence, while completing 30 graduate semester hours with the University of Southern California's Overseas Extension program. He did not stop there. He lived in Sweden for a year in 1974 and graduated from Torchbearers Bible School.

Dr. Vickery began teaching at a variety of different schools, eventually becoming founder and headmaster of a Christian church and academy. In the fall of 1986, Vickery came to ORU seeking healing from the ministry. He served as a teaching assistant while furthering his studies at ORU and received his Master of Divinity. He then became an instructor in the History Department and soon received his Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University.

One of his favorite things to share is that he has been married for 48 years, having met his wife in seventh grade. They have four children and have set a strong foundation through living Spirit-filled lives. Vickery pastors two churches and speaks regularly at various conferences.

Along with being academically sound and spiritually alive, Dr. Vickery is physically disciplined. Swimming is one of his favorite pastimes, and he averages 6-7 miles every week in the pool.

Educating others is one of Vickery's delights. From teaching in the classroom to writing books, he is accomplished as an author. In addition to numerous journal and professional articles, Vickery has authored three books,  Bartolome de las Casa: Great Prophet of the Americas (1996), Washington: A Legacy of Leadership (2010) and Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander (2012).