The University of Tulsa is committed to a rich vision of spiritual life on campus. Acting on behalf of the university and its educational mission, the Offices of the Sharp Chaplain provide for and support the ongoing expression of faith on campus: planning, implementing, and sponsoring faith based programs; providing counseling and pastoral care; serving as a liaison with other faith based campus ministries; leading non-denominational worship services; and assisting the campus in nurturing a caring and respectful environment for its various faith traditions.
Jeff Francis, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) joined the University of Tulsa as Associate University Chaplain, Director of Church Relations in June of 1999 and was named Sharp Chaplain on January 1, 2005.
A 1982 graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in Chicago, Jeff is an alumnus of the University of Tulsa. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education (B.Mus.Ed.’78) and graduate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (M.A.’88, Ph.D.’90). While at T.U., Jeff was a Varsity Cheerleader, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a member of the Modern Choir. He currently serves nationally on the Board of the Foundation for Reformed Theology.
Jeff has served several churches in Missouri, West Virginia, and Oklahoma. Immediately prior to coming to TU, he was pastor at The Bristow Presbyterian Church, Bristow, Oklahoma. He has taught as adjunct faculty at Southern West Virginia Community College, Tulsa Community College and Phillips Theological Seminary. He currently teaches and has taught in a adjunct capacity for Philosophy and Religion, and Psychology.
Jeff is a Tulsa native. He and his wife Martha (B.Mus.Ed.’71) have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Mary McKee has been employed with The University of Tulsa since 1987, and has served as Administrative Secretary in The Office of the Chaplain since September of 1997. Mary and her husband, Mac, have two daughters, Sara and Alison.