OCU Intercultural Ministry Student Humbly Accepts Fulltime Position as Children’s Pastor
Ohio Christian University does more than educate young adults. It grows and commissions world changers. Lauren Long is one of those promising young people that OCU is proudly sending out to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though Lauren will not officially graduate until December 2013, she began her new job as the fulltime children’s pastor of Lancaster’s Faith Memorial Church in October. What began as a volunteer internship in the children’s program of the Lancaster church, turned into a fulltime job and ministry opportunity.
Little did Lauren know when she transferred to Ohio Christian University in 2011 as an IDS/Business major that the Lord would call her into fulltime ministry, but that is exactly what He did. Within her first semester at OCU, Lauren knew God was calling her to missions, and before her first semester was over, she had answered His call. Under the guidance and support of the former Intercultural Ministries Director, Dr. David Lattimer, Lauren became an Intercultural Ministries major and began to develop her vision to minister to the lost, particularly underprivileged children and their families. Lauren expresses her ministry goals in this statement: “I love God; I love people. I just want people to know the love of God.”
Listening to Lauren talk about her vision for ministry, one would be hard-pressed to miss the humility that radiates from her. Rather than wanting a job or ministry that showcases her many strengths, Lauren desires one that requires her full reliance on the Lord. In her words, “A job that I am not naturally good at,” so her weaknesses will glorify God and demonstrate His great heart to a world that so desperately needs Him. Faith Memorial CCCU Church is fortunate to be gaining such a gifted and mature young lady to pastor their children.
Written by Christine Zimmerman