UMO Faculty Member Presents at Original Free Will Baptist Conference 

UMO Faculty Member Presents at Original Free Will Baptist Conference 

March 15, 2023
Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations
Article by:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Dr. Doug Ward, Associate Dean of the Tillman School of Business at the University of Mount Olive, recently presented two seminars at the Original Free Will Baptist Conference. Dr. Ward’s seminars focused on the importance of tithing in a digital world and the basics of church financial policies. 

The seminar on “New Ways of Tithing” covered the rise of online giving and the various digital platforms available to churches. Attendees learned best practices for evaluating these platforms and the benefits of implementing online giving as part of their church’s overall tithing strategy. 

The seminar on “Church Financial Policies and Records” emphasized the importance of establishing practical financial policies grounded in a clear biblical basis. Attendees were provided with tools and resources for developing and implementing these policies to advance their church’s mission. 

Dr. Ward is a graduate of Mount Olive College MOD Cohort 5 and holds an MBA from Webster University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. He is also a former Mount Olive College Adjunct Professor and the recipient of the 2016 University of Mount Olive Professor of the Year Award. 

With over 30 years of private sector work experience in the commercial nuclear industry, Dr. Ward brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. His presentations at the Original Free Will Baptist Conference provided attendees with valuable insights and practical strategies for enhancing their church’s financial practices. 

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit