Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Christian sorority wins national award


From left: Britt Yanchick, social chairperson; Logan Herod, vice president; Addison Broberg, past president; Kaylin Westbrook, past vice president; Selena Gilliam, secretary; and Katie Wonderly, president.

Every Tuesday evening, women from across the campus gather in the chapel for a time of worship, fellowship, and encouragement. The Christian women’s service sorority, Kappa Phi, has been at Oklahoma City University for 50 years and is stronger than ever.

This summer, leaders of the group, along with sponsor and UM campus minister Jennifer Long, attended the sorority’s national meeting in Beavers Fall, Pa. They brought home the Thompson Trophy, recognizing OCU’s group as the best chapter in the United States.

Kappa Phi serves the campus and community in a number of ways. Monthly mission projects include making children’s toys, cleaning the playground at a local elementary school, and assisting UMCOR in tornado cleanup.

The group’s signature event is "Beauty Week." Many cultural messages today define a woman’s beauty only in physical terms. This week offers a number of programs encouraging young women to appreciate the beauty of heart, soul, and body that God has created. Kappa Phi also raises money during this week for the Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association.

Success is contagious. This fall the group welcomed 46 new members, the largest pledge class in its history. This doubled the size of the organization to a total of 96 women.

Chapter President Katie Wonderly sees Kappa Phi as an integral part of her experience at OCU. "What a blessing it is to be part of such a loving and supportive group of Christian women!

"I’ve always known our chapter had something special, but to see that recognized on the national level is something I will never forget. We truly are sisters in Christ, sisters for life."


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