Phil Greenwald Begins Presidency at Mid-America Christian University

Mid-America Christian University’s fifth president, Phil Greenwald, began his tenure today. Greenwald was previously announced as the university’s next president, succeeding the retiring Dr. John Fozard, on March 9. 

Greenwald has served as a non-profit leader, pastor and administrator in Methodist churches and associated nonprofit organizations for the last 25 years. He comes to MACU from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, where he most recently served as Executive Pastor of Administration and Chief Financial Officer. 

During his years of service at St. Luke’s, Greenwald led the formation of Meals on Wheels OKC and the expansion of the St. Luke’s Children’s Centers. His entrepreneurial approach to ministry and business includes a strong emphasis on building relationships with members and donors, a commitment to excellence in administration, focused efforts on staff development and creating a culture that promotes generosity and growth. 

Greenwald said, “I am humbled by the Board of Trustees’ confidence in me to lead the University forward.  The students, faculty and staff have warmly welcomed me and my family.  We look forward to serving Christ and MACU in preparing people to do greater things for God and His Kingdom!”

Greenwald’s predecessor, Dr. John Fozard, served for 23 years as MACU’s president. He will continue to serve as chancellor to aid in the presidential transition. 

“We are all especially grateful for the leadership of President Fozard over these past 23 years,” Greenwald said. “His vision, commitment to teaching the Bible and love for students are exemplary of his love for Christ and the Church. I’m incredibly grateful and pleased that President Fozard has agreed to remain as chancellor, serving alongside me in continuing to advance the mission of our University. Together, we will ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty and staff. In doing so, we will build upon the great work that has been done with an eye toward the future.”

Greenwald has strong ties to MACU, where he earned his MBA in 2020 and served on the School of Business Leadership Advisory Council. He received his bachelor’s degree from Messiah University (PA) and theological training from Perkins School of Theology (SMU) and Asbury Seminary (KY). As an ordained deacon in the Global Methodist Church, Greenwald is a certified church administrator and Senior Certified Professional in human resources (SHRM-SCP). He previously served at churches in Tulsa, Alpharetta (GA) and Duncan (OK). He is active with many church boards and nonprofit groups, including Light Up the Dark (Sterling, KS), El Sistema Oklahoma and the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City (Club 29).

Greenwald has been married to his wife, Stephanie, for 22 years. They have two daughters, Kalli and Tori.