How it came about
In 2012, six members of the Oral Roberts University community were involved in "taking the healing message of Jesus Christ to the uttermost bounds of the earth" when they unexpectedly passed from this life to the next.
On their way to a Teen Mania Ministries Acquire the Fire rally where they would share the gospel with young people, Garrett Coble, Austin Anderson, Stephen Luth, and Luke Sheets were involved in a plane crash that took their lives. Jaman Iseminger, a senior pastor, was shot and killed at his church while preparing for a service project. Alexis Brownlee, about to begin her senior year at ORU, died while on a missions trip to Romania.
To honor Garrett (associate alumnus and former professor), 2012 graduates Austin, Luke, and Stephen, 2005 graduate Jaman, and Alexis, ORU created the Wall of Sacrifice.
In February of 2015, the names of three other alumni were added to the wall: those
of Dr. Myles Munroe '78 and his wife, Ruth Munroe (attended 1979-80), and Dr. Richard
John Allen Chau, a 2014 graduate, was reportedly killed by members of a remote tribe while bringing the gospel to the people of North Sentinel Island. His name was added to the Wall of Sacrifice in March of 2019.
Looking back, there are no doubt other former members of the ORU community who deserve to have their names on the Wall of Sacrifice.
The Wall of Sacrifice will honor members of the ORU community -- alumni, students, and current and former trustees, faculty, and staff from 1965 to the present -- who, in the act of taking the healing message of Jesus Christ to the world, suffered a sudden, unexpected, and untimely death.
If you would like to recommend someone for inclusion on the Wall of Sacrifice, please follow this link to the Recommendation Form.
ORU will review each recommendation. Once it has been determined that the person being recommended fits the criteria, the one who made the recommendation will be notified and the name will be placed on the Wall of Sacrifice.