A senior Ministry major, John Flaugher was attracted to OCU by its affordability and an opportunity to join its track team. He discovered OCU through a Bible study in Springfield, Ohio led by the father of OCU All-American soccer player Aubri Paugh who encouraged him to apply.
OCU was among several top schools that John considered. As he explains, “I came to OCU’s main campus for an over-night stay event where I met many students and experienced the strong community atmosphere. I quickly felt at home and part of the ‘family’ which effected my perspective. I saw student life activities that enabled you to connect easily with other students. Professors I met seemed genuinely authentic, personable, and caring about students. They shared much information about the curriculum. The academics seemed very strong and would prepare me well for after graduation.”
Initially, John considered majoring in business and communications, but he had felt called to be a pastor while a high school junior. Upon arriving at OCU, John participated in track and cross-country events right away: “I loved the coaches. They invested in us spiritually as they mentored and trained us to be the best student athletes we could be. We traveled weekly to different eastern states and cities which expanded our horizons. Our team qualified for the national competitions early on, and I was lucky to contribute by setting track and cross-country records. Being part of that winning atmosphere is very memorable.”
This term John began working at the Toler Leadership Institutes as assistant to the director, David Dean. He is working on the institute’s partnering with churches, businesses, and medical professionals on how to help the world, assisting with fundraising, and offering ideas to market and expand the program. Previously, John and his wife were worship leaders at Community United Methodist Church in Circleville. Earlier he was an Assistant Director of a Music Ministry where he traveled to over 150 different churches to preach and minister. Also, John raised funds for various missionaries and went on mission trips in different parts of the United States and Mexico. Now, he is in training to learn to teach Toler’s programs and is developing a library of video-taped sessions that will be made available worldwide.
“I am becoming an associate trainer and plan to be a part of the team, helping the leadership institute develop internationally by training younger pastors and raising funds to support their church ministries in other countries. I will be working also with OCU students on campus who wish to become associate trainers, in addition to working with nearby and far-away churches,” John explains.
“My hope is to continue in higher education after finishing my undergraduate degree and move directly into earning a masters degree. I am working on attaining Toler Leadership Institute's trainer certification and simultaneously am obtaining a pastor license through Churches of Christ in Christian Union. I have the passion ultimately to continue on to become a professor one day.”
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