$1.7 Million Gift Funds Preaching Chair
Benton and Paula Baugh have pledged $1.7 million to establish an endowed chair in OC’s College of Biblical Studies.
The Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching will allow Oklahoma Christian to add a faculty member who will specialize in preparing preachers.
This new faculty member will be an experienced preacher with strong academic training who will recruit, train, teach and mentor future preachers.
The endowment also will help OC offer seminars for pulpit ministers on topics they need to thrive in their roles.
“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,” President John 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 at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, where Benton is a deacon and OC alumnus and trustee David Duncan (88) is the pulpit minister.
Benton Baugh has more than 50 years of experience in oilfield and subsea systems. He is active in management, design and consulting, and has received more than 100 U.S. patents. Because of his expertise, he was called to testify before a hearing with the House Committee on Science and Technology following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Baugh founded Radoil, Inc., and served as its president until recently selling the company. 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 actively involved with Impact Houston Church of Christ, serving hungry, hurting and homeless people through that inner-city congregation.
In addition to this new endowment, Oklahoma Christian offers a preaching major and preaching scholarships ranging from half- tuition to full tuition.
“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,” Distinguished Professor of Bible Dr. Stafford North said. “We need to inspire and train more students to become preachers. We need to prepare men to go into all the world and preach the gospel so that God’s people may become thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.