The Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching will allow Oklahoma Christian to add a faculty member who will specialize in preparing preachers. The endowment also will help the university offer seminars for pulpit ministers.
“Oklahoma Christian produces ministry-minded graduates who are making a difference in the world. But the number of young men going into pulpit ministry is dwindling,” said Stafford North, Distinguished Professor of Bible. “We need to inspire and train more students to become preachers.”
This is the fifth seven-figure gift Oklahoma Christian has received in the past year.
In June, Mo and Richard Anderson, of Austin, Texas, presented a $1 million gift to fund the Anderson Endowment for Academic Excellence in Athletics. In July, 1992 alumnus Ricky Lawson and his wife, Kelly, provided the anchor gift for a new softball stadium, Tom Heath Field at Lawson Plaza.
In August, Jill and Cary Brown of Midland, Texas, gave $1 million to fund scholarships and construct the Terry and Marty Johnson Administrative Suite in Benson Hall. In November, Oklahoma Christian dedicated a newly purchased facility for its European Studies program in Vienna, Austria, made possible by an anonymous $1 million gift.