OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Dr. Doug Peters will be the first Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching in the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).
Peters has 27 years of experience in ministry and preaching, including the last 13 years as the pulpit minister for North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas. He also has served churches in Abilene, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Birmingham, Alabama.
Peters has been a guest preacher and teacher in more than 60 congregations, 10 states and eight nations. In his new role at Oklahoma Christian, Peters will focus on recruiting, teaching, training and mentoring future preachers.
“OC’s growing number of preaching ministry majors will be blessed by Dr. Peters’ scholarship, experience and influence,” said Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies. “We will benefit greatly from his contributions in the realm of practical ministry and his experience in coaching and mentoring leaders.”
Oklahoma Christian offers a preaching major and preaching scholarships ranging from half-tuition to full tuition. Last March, Benton and Paula Baugh helped Oklahoma Christian build on this foundation by pledging $1.7 million to OC’s College of Biblical Studies.
In addition to establishing the Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching, this endowment will help Oklahoma Christian offer seminars for pulpit ministers on topics they need to thrive in their roles.
“We are grateful to have this endowed chair for preaching at Oklahoma Christian,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “Not only does the endowment provide for program leadership, but also for scholarships and other program funds. We are grateful and eager to see what OC faculty and students can do in this important area of Kingdom work.”
Peters earned an associate of science degree in electrical engineering technology at Midwestern State University, then earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible and master’s degree in biblical studies at Abilene Christian University.
He received his doctor of ministry degree from ACU in 2006. His emphases were in preaching and congregational leadership; he was guided and mentored by the late Charles Siburt.
Peters and his wife Sheryl have been married since 1983. They have two daughters: Alani, 18, and Lauren, 23.
“For the past 13 years, I have been on the front lines preaching and serving in a wonderful and loving local church in Arlington, Texas,” Peters said. “While the decision to transition was not easy, I accepted this call because I am passionate about the kingdom impact of local churches and their preachers. I am convinced that Oklahoma Christian is uniquely positioned to invest in God’s mission by preparing future preachers and congregational leaders.”
Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.
The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students during the 2013-14 academic year.