Oklahoma Christian University gets $1.7 million gift

A $1.7 million gift from a Texas couple will be dedicated to the training of preachers at Oklahoma Christian University.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 14, 2013
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Benton and Paula Baugh have pledged $1.7 million to establish an endowed chair in the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University.

President John deSteiguer announced the Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching at the university's Tuesday chapel service and during a luncheon for preachers.

“OC has a long history of preparing effective preachers. OC alumni are doing great work in congregations of all sizes, including some of the largest churches across America,” deSteiguer said. “But we need to prepare more preachers who can help bring people to Christ, and Benton and Paula are making that possible.”

The Baughs are members of Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, where Benton is a deacon and Oklahoma Christian alumnus and trustee David Duncan is the pulpit minister.

Benton Baugh has more than 50 years' experience in oil field and subsea systems. He founded Radoil Inc. and served as its president until recently selling the company. He is a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, his alma mater, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

His Christian service includes helping develop the Spring Branch Iglesia de Cristo and serving as co-chairman for the 2012 Day of Good Works, an initiative of Houston-area Churches of Christ.

Paula Baugh is involved with Impact Houston Church of Christ, serving hungry and homeless people through that inner-city congregation.

“We have been very impressed with the warmth and friendliness of OC, and with the fact that Oklahoma Christian is committed to biblical teaching amidst the challenges in our culture,” Benton Baugh said. “We want to help equip preachers with the latest methods of delivering the Gospel.”