Dr. William M. Wilson is the fourth president of Oral Roberts University.
Dr. Wilson is recognized as a global influencer with unwavering ethics and strong business acumen who has a passion for building Spirit-empowered leaders to impact the world.
Dr. Wilson has also fostered unique global partnerships through Empowered 21–an initiative launched at ORU that brings together ministry leaders, scholars and next generation voices from the Spirit-empowered movement. Empowered 21 has expanded exponentially and today influences nations through 12 regional cabinets with significant ministry leaders.
Dr. Wilson is a noted Bible teacher with a weekly television program “World Impact with Billy Wilson.” For more than 15 years, the program has inspired and empowered viewers from a biblical worldview in 170 nations and in five languages.
Dr. Wilson most recently served as the Executive Director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal in Cleveland, Tenn. He served as the executive officer for the Azusa Street Centennial held in Los Angeles, Calif. in 2006, which drew more than 50,000 people from 112 nations. He also forged national ecumenical coalitions with more than 250 denominations and parachurch ministries through the Awakening America Alliance.
Dr. Wilson served on the ORU Board of Trustees as vice-chair until his election as president. He has also served in leadership positions with the Mission America Coalition (Lausanne USA), the Pentecostal World Fellowship and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
With more than 30 years of extensive leadership experience, Dr. Wilson served with the Church of God of Prophecy and the Church of God where he shaped the lives of tens of thousands of young people in all 50 states and 120 countries. He is a renowned speaker and author, writing several books including “Father Cry,” “Foundations of Faith” and “Fasting Forward.”
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in Secondary Education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have one daughter, Sara, who presently serves as a missionary in Paraguay with her husband, Shaun, and their two children. The Wilsons’ son, Ashley, is currently pastoring a church in Lexington, Kentucky, along with his wife Jamie and their three children.