Former Texas Rangers Pitcher Becomes OCU Student to Enhance Ministry

Jonathan Johnson, former Texas Rangers pitcher, retired from playing professional baseball with a goal of spreading the Gospel. After researching other colleges, he enrolled at OCU because its biblically integrated curriculum aligns with his desire for spiritual growth.

Johnson’s baseball career began at Florida State University (FSU), where he led the Seminoles to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and was inducted to the FSU Hall of Fame. After three seasons with the Seminoles, Jonathan was drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Texas Rangers in the 1995 draft. He was signed by the Atlanta braves in 2006.

As his career blossomed, Jonathan made a commitment to use the platform to glorify God. Honoring the Father Ministries, which Jonathan established using his signing bonus, has touched more than 900,000 lives and led nearly 70,000 people to accept Christ over the last 14 years.

Reaching Cuba for Christ is a passion Jonathan shares with his father, Johnny. In partnership with a Cuban professional baseball player, Osmani Sosa, more than 100 baseball teams have been established to spread the Gospel within the communist nation. Some of Cuba’s communist party leaders have come to know Christ, and Cuban professional baseball players have begun promoting Christianity on their batting helmets, wearing stickers that read “true freedom is freedom from sin”—a powerful message for people whose government seeks to control most aspects of their lives.

Jonathan is using his talents and resources to glorify God and transform lives. OCU seeks to equip servant-leaders like Jonathan.