The Rev. Ore Lee Spragin, Jr. is Professor of Church History, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and a life-long member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a 1984 graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi (B.S., biology, pre-med); and a 1993 graduate of Wesley Biblical Seminary (M.Div., pastoral studies). He has also done graduate studies at Jackson State University and University Medical Center, both in Jackson, Mississippi. From 1985 to 1987 Ore worked as a biochemistry laboratory assistant at University Medical Center and taught biology from 1993 to 1995 at Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi. He completed requirements for the Doctor of Theology in Methodist Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2010. Ore was ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1987 and was admitted to Full Connection the following year. He has been an itinerant minister since 1985, serving in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, and has served as a Presiding Elder since 2003. He has conducted seminars both in the United States and abroad in the areas of church history and doctrine, spiritual formation and Christian discipleship, biblical studies, worship, and church leadership. He has also written articles for publication in The Christian Index, the official organ of the CME Church. Ore is married to Phyliss Morgan Spragin, and they have two children.