Eula Kathleen Corvin, 96, died on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Eula Kathleen Stanton Corvin was born November 13, 1915, in Cummings, Georgia. 

Eula attended Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina. She received the call from God to became an evangelist and minister of the gospel for the Pentecostal Holiness Church. It was at Holmes Bible College where she met R. O. Corvin who was also a minister for the Pentecostal Holiness Church, now known as International Pentecostal Holiness Church. 

After their marriage, they pastored a church in Columbia, SC, while Raymond Corvin continued his education and graduated from Newberry College, and earned the Bachelor  of Divinity degree (today it is M. Div. degree) from the Lutheran Seminary. It was in Columbia where Gwendolyn and Sharon were born.


After moving to Oklahoma, Raymond and Eula Corvin pastored a Pentecostal Holiness Church in Norman while R. O. continued his education at the Oklahoma University.

In 1946, they established a new school in Oklahoma City called Southwestern Bible College, and they also pastored a P. H. Church called Muse Memorial while R. O. continued his education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he earned the Doctorate in Religious Education.

In 1962, Dr. and Mrs. R. O. Corvin moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as the first Chancellor of the Oral Roberts University; and while there, he earned the Ph.D. degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Later, Dr. R. O. Corvin served as the Assistant General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church--and founded Modular Education, known later as the University of Biblical Studies. During these years, Dr. R. O. and Eula Corvin worked hard to help train pastors and Christian workers who were unable to attend a college campus. Dr. Corvin and Modular Education have been credited as the creator and prototype for the distance learning concept. And the school grew to over 100,000 students yearly for many consecutive years through the different churches, schools and evangelistic associations with whom they worked. The school is said to have been the largest of its kind by many renown scholastic circles, as the school endeavored to help train pastors, ministers, teachers and Christian workers... and to reach the lost.

In talking with Sharon Corvin Thompson by phone, I learned that Eula Corvin's body is being shipped to OKC, where she will be buried next to R. O. Corvn's cemetery burial plot.

Additional Information about Dr. R. O. Corvin


B.A. Newberry College
M.A. University of South Carolina
Th.B. Holmes Bible College
B.D. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
D.R.E. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma



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Dr. Corvin wrote 90 Bible courses for colleges, universities, local churches, evangelistic associations and missionary programs.


Dr. Corvin was born August 25, 1915, on a farm near Ada, Oklahoma. He was: the founder and first president of Southwestern Bible College in Oklahoma City for 16 years; the first Dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University from 1962 until 1968; president of International Bible Seminars from 1969 until 1974; founder and president of Modular Education, Inc. from 1974 until 1981.

He left this world on November 21, 1981, but left behind a grand legacy. Thousands of students and laymen have studied and been blessed by the books, courses and lesson plans he authored. So a man like R. O. Corvin never dies.

[Editor's Comment: Gathering the news is quite an involved process. It is not a one-man operation. It takes a team of folks to produce every issue of Hugh's News. First, I want to thank Hugh and Lois Hoyle for providing me with the initial news about Mrs. Eula K. Corvin's death. They were trying to get the obituary, etc, and were having difficulty. So, I contacted Ann Phillips, wife of Charles Phillips, and my former executive secretary and administrative assistant when I was president of Southwestern College. I was the third president of the college, and Ann and Charles had attended the college when Dr. R. O. Corvin was the president and his wife, Eula Corvin, was the librarian. I knew if anyone could get the information it would be Ann. She is one of the most resourceful persons I know. She got in touch with Sharon Corvin Thompson and her son Miles Corvin Thompson. Whenever you see or talk with Ann Phillips thank her for her labor of love by providing all of this information.

In the meantime, I called Miles and talked with him and asked a number of questions to fill in the details for this special edition of Hugh's News.

I first met Dr. R. O. Corvin when he and his daughter, Sharon, ministered in our church in Birmingham, AL, at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church when O. N. Todd, Jr. was pastor. I think it was sometime in 1950. R. O. Corvin and O. N. Todd, Jr. were great friends. As I recall Sharon sang a solo that Sunday morning, and R. O. preached. I was greatly impressed by his sermon and his ability to speak with anointing.

Many years later, when I became president of Southwestern College, Melvine, Greg, Stephanie, and I attended Muse Memorial Church with our families, and we had wonderful fellowship the Corvins as they attended the church as well. Bill Anderson was our pastor, and Bette, his wife. What a wonderful team to have as our pastors in those days. Bill knew how to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and we had some powerfully anointed worship services.

The Corvins have made a lasting impact upon the Pentecostal Holiness Church. I am grateful for their leadership and for their work in founding and building Southwestern College, now called Southwestern Christian University.

It is my conviction that historians will be kind to Dr. R. O. Corvin, and his brother, Dr. W. R. Corvin.

I am grateful to God for allowing me to publish this news about Mrs. Eula Kathleen Corvin.

May God continue to bless the memory of the Corvins, and Mrs. Eula Kathleen Stanton Corvin.]

Eula Kathleen Corvin, 96, died on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa