After months of prayerfully searching for the right person to fill the vital role of campus Pastor, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) has announced that Johnny Bland has accepted the position.
Bland is a highly respected instructor throughout Oklahoma Christian universities and community. His impressive leadership roles and background include serving at both Southwestern Christian University and MACU, as well as being a sponsor for the international Global Learner program.
Regarding the appointment, university President John Fozard said, “We are very pleased that Johnny Bland has accepted this new role and believe his distinguished experiences and qualities are a perfect match for what we desire for our students—service, leadership and exposure to international issues.”
In addition to being highly trained in theology, and spending the past few years educating hundreds in biblical studies, Bland’s commitment of service within the United States and abroad provides him with the invaluable experience and understanding necessary to continue the MACU mission of training world leaders for Christ.
Joining President Fozard in welcoming Bland to his new position at MACU, Vice President Jessica Rimmer states, “I believe that we found God’s person for us. I am excited to see how Johnny uses his unique passions and skills to help MACU live out the unique vision God has given us for campus life. I believe the campus will be a better place because we have Johnny as a part of our team.”
Johnny Bland is originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and is the son of a pastor. He felt drawn to the ministry and attended Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he continued his education at Southern Nazarene University where he earned a master’s degree in theology.
Johnny and his wife Beccah, a member of the MACU English faculty, have two dogs, and enjoy spending time with friends and appreciating what Oklahoma City has to offer.
Additionally, Bland also enjoys the arts and sings in an a cappella quintet called Wild and Sweet. This local group has performed at various venues, including the Oklahoma City Thunder arena.
Mid-America Christian University is a private, Christian liberal arts college of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) that offers a variety of academic programs, online and on-campus, that include the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Degree programs include behavioral science, psychology, counseling, business administration, international business, Bible and theology, leadership, health care, accounting, criminal justice and teacher education.