Missionary/Educator Named SCS Dean

Michael McGough, a noted academician, missionary and frontier church planter, has been named dean of OBU’s Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, OBU President Mark Brister announced in late October.

“OBU’s great mission heritage continues with our appointment of Dr. McGough, a career missionary, to lead our School of Christian Service,” said Dr. Brister. “Mike will connect with our students and faculty as an academician, and he will connect with Oklahoma churches as a biblical preacher.”

McGough is professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta. He also is the seminary’s alumni and placement director. In addition, he is pastor of a new church start launched in 2005, Cowboy Trail Church in Cochrane.

He and his wife, Nancy, were appointed missionaries by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1987, assigned to the Canadian seminary, where they have served for the past 19 years. Initially appointed as professor of New Testament and Greek, he served in that role until moving to his current faculty post in 2000.

“Mike has invested his life in equipping others, meeting people where they are with the gospel message, and striving to be well prepared in his ministry,” said Brister. “He even preaches straight from his Greek New Testament.”

McGough will join OBU’s administrative team in January 2007.

“Nancy and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the OBU family. We genuinely sense the leading of the Lord in coming to OBU,” said McGough.

McGough earned a doctor of theology degree in New Testament and Greek from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987. He completed post-doctoral study at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in 2004, working with OBU alumnus Calvin Miller.

“Mike has great intellect and great compassion,” said Dr. Miller, professor of preaching and pastoral ministries at Beeson. “He has a great desire to be a friend of students.

“It is wonderful to know that a man I think so much of will be serving at an institution I hold so dear,” said Miller, a 1958 OBU graduate.

“It is rare to find depth of academic preparation and experience in both applied ministry and religion,” said Dr. Debbie Blue, OBU’s senior vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. McGough’s long-term experience with the IMB and love for church planting will be a wonderful resource for OBU students and Oklahoma ministers.”

“Dr. McGough is highly respected in Canada,” said Dr. Richard Blackaby, chancellor of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. “He will be greatly missed.”

While McGough said he expects to “be a learner” at the start of his OBU tenure, he cited several strengths of the School of Christian Service.

“The faculty has a diversity of educational and ministry backgrounds. There is a strong sense of collegiality and a solid commitment of faculty to OBU and Oklahoma Baptists,” he said. “There also is an exciting sense of missions involvement among students.”

McGough completed his bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of West Florida, and earned an M.Div. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978.

He was pastor of Garfield Baptist Church in Garfield, Ky., from 1976-78, and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Whitwell, Tenn., from 1978-82. While pursuing his doctoral degree, he served in interim pastorates at Baptist churches in Mississippi and Louisiana. He has served in six interim pastorates in Alberta, Canada. He also led the start of two other churches while at CSBS, Bow Valley Baptist Church in Cochrane, launched in 1987; and Mountain View Christian Fellowship in Calgary, launched in 1995.

In addition to his faculty post, McGough has filled a variety of administrative roles at CSBS. He was the seminary’s registrar from 1987-93, and served as faculty/student liaison from 1993-2005.

McGough is the author of “A Chronology of Acts” in The Theological Educator, and “Studies in Galatians” and “Growth Basics” in Touch Points: Encouraging New Growth.”

McGough and his wife, the former Nancy Sue Carter, have been married for 30 years. They have one son, Micah, 27. Mrs. McGough has served as editor of Baptist Horizon, the newsmagazine of Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists, since 1988.

OBU’s School of Christian Service has nine full-time faculty members, and an enrollment of 326 students for the fall 2006 semester. The school offers seven academic majors and 11 minors, as well as an associate of arts degree in Christian studies. The school operates OBU’s Ministry Training Institute, an innovative off-campus program which offers classes across Oklahoma and in several other states.

OBU is the global leader in the number of recent graduates currently serving in the International Mission Board’s Journeyman program. Journeyman workers serve at international points for a two-year term.