OC Picks Rix as Biblical Studies Dean Associate Professor of Bible Steps Into Leadership Role

Dr. Charles Rix encourages OC faculty and staff to “live Jesus loud” as they work with students and serve others they're called to serve.

A classical piano virtuoso, experienced minister and respected scholar is the new interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies.

Associate Professor of Bible Dr. Charles Rix moves into this leadership role after serving as interim chair of OC’s undergraduate programs in biblical studies over the past year. 

“I like this opportunity to think creatively about how we teach Bible. We want to help students think through how scripture speaks to 21st century challenges,” Rix said. “Our world and culture are changing so fast; there are so many competing voices. We want our programs and the way we teach not just to be relevant, but faith-forming. We want students to know what it means to be Christians in whatever professions they pursue.”

Rix came to OC in 2011 from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he worked as an associate dean and professor. 

He also served as the pulpit minister for Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and held various financial positions with ExxonMobil Corporation domestically and overseas. 

An accomplished pianist, Rix has performed around the world and has been a finalist in international competitions.

“Charles Rix is the whole package,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Scott LaMascus (84) said. “He is an executive whose success in a global corporation proves his many skills, a minister whose faith and ministry survived the untimely loss of his beloved spouse, a theologian whose scholarship is respected among the best, and a teacher who has a large following among OC students and faculty.”

Summer 2015

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