In 1963, Lynn McMillon graduated from Oklahoma Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Bible, and just three years later he returned to the college as a young instructor of Bible, having completed an M.A. and an M.Th. at Harding Graduate School of Religion. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University and eventually became Distinguished Professor of Bible and Dean of the College of Biblical Studies.
Lynn has made a difference to Oklahoma Christian in a variety of ways. He has made a difference to students because he has been an outstanding teacher. Hundreds of OC alumni have stronger marriages from having taken Lynn’s course, Christian Family. A licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, Lynn has offered wise and godly counsel that has made a profound difference in the lives of students and colleagues.
He and his wife, Joy, also have made a difference to the university in their work for The Christian Chronicle. After serving as an English instructor and as a national coordinator for the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association (OCWA), Joy served for 10 years (1979-1989) as managing editor of The Chronicle. Since 1996, Lynn has served as general manager. Together, they have been responsible for much of the success of this highly influential publication.
Lynn’s influence is perhaps most evident in the growth of the College of Biblical Studies. In his years as Dean of the College of Biblical Studies, Lynn saw the college grow numerically; more than 200 students are currently majoring in Bible. He also saw the college grow academically. He was responsible for the addition of quality new faculty, for the development of a Family Life Ministry track in the M.A. program, and for the development of a stronger youth ministry program. The Bible programs have always been at the heart of the work of the university, and Lynn McMillon’s influence has made a profound difference in them.