Pastors from Detroit called for accountability and integrity at Oral Roberts University and asked for President Richard Roberts to resign at an event that was billed as a rally in support of former professors who are suing the college.
The Rev. Charles E. Williams II and Pastor David Bullock, both with the National Council for Community Empowerment, led the rally at Morning Star Baptist Church in Tulsa. They spoke at the beginning of an annual Oklahoma Baptist State Convention meeting on Monday night.
Neither the church nor the convention sponsored the rally, which, in addition to convention members and three other people, was attended by one of the professors and his family.
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However, the convention supports removing Roberts from the presidency, said the convention’s president, Pastor John Reed of Oklahoma City.
Williams said the national council planned to speak with ORU regents individually about Roberts’ situation.
Last week, Roberts took a leave of absence, and ORU Board of Regents Chairman George Pearsons said the board will decide if and when Roberts returns, based on its own and an outside auditor’s investigations into the lawsuit’s allegations.
Williams prayed for God to “straighten him out right now in the mighty name of Jesus.”
He said that because ORU receives federal Pell Grant money, taxpayers’ money is allegedly being used to pay for renovations to the ORU presidential house and for the president’s trip to the Bahamas, as a report attached to the lawsuit claims.
ORU students who feared that they would not graduate if they spoke out themselves had asked the national council to speak, Bullock said.
He said that as a clergy member, he knows that every person has failings, but he said he wants accountability and integrity systematized and ensured at ORU.
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