COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: JOHNNY PRESSLEY LEAVING A LEGACY

BY: JONATHAN MARVIN

After nearly three decades of teaching at CCU, Dr. Johnny Pressley, professor of Theology, will depart from the university at the end of this semester to relocate and begin a new ministry.

Pressley is best known on campus for teaching the Basic Biblical Doctrines and Christian Ethics classes that all undergraduate students must take, as well as the 14 other graduate courses he teaches.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Roanoke Bible College in Elizabeth City, North Carolina in 1975, before going to receive his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and Master of Divinity from Cincinnati Christian Seminary by 1979.

Finally, he achieved his Doctorate in Philosophy from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 1989. Though he has taught at CCU for 27 years, in total he has 34 years under his belt as a full time professor, starting at Roanoke Bible College, now known as Mid-Atlantic Christian University. During his tenure, Pressley has also served as a Theology Department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School. He’s had a long history of preaching at churches, conferences, and retreats across 23 states and 15 countries. In addition, he’s an avid runner, having completed 19 marathons and a plethora of shorter races.

Having spent so many years at CCU, Pressley has quite a few memories to take with him, but one that stands out among the others is particularly humorous.

“At one of the midnight breakfast talent shows, I was asked to get up on stage and sing a song,” he explained. “So I got up and sang an ‘N Sync song for the students. I’ll never forget that.”

Though some rumors were that he was retiring, Pressley made it clear that he is really starting a new journey as the senior minister at the First Church of Christ in Washington, North Carolina.

It is here that he will spend his final working years, while also making occasional trips to speak at various locations. He indicated that these trips may also bring him back to Cincinnati on occasion.

“This is definitely a combination of ‘goodbye’ and ‘who knows when,’” he said.

In his last few weeks, he leaves CCU with one final sentiment.

“I hope that my legacy is that I taught Bible doctrine as solid and simply as I could,” he said. “My first class I taught was Basic Biblical Doctrine as a graduate student, and it will be the last class I teach. This seems like an appropriate beginning and ending for me.”

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: ROGER BISHOP

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

Most students and faculty have needed this man at some point this year, and he has made his name well known across The Eaglette.

This man is Roger Bishop.

As student involvement coordinator, he does whatever the student body needs. He works with Student Activities Board, Student Government, Spiritual Formation, and “random things that no one else wants to do,” Bishop said.

“I am willing to help wherever I see fit,” he added.

Bishop, a native of Bedford, Indiana, graduated from CCU in 2015 with a degree in General Ministry, and started working for CCU that summer.

He believes that there is a lot of value in Community Service Day.

“If we are going to be the Christian university that we need to be, we need to be involved in the area,” commented Bishop. “Committing this one day is significant to Cincinnati. It speaks to the mission of the university.” Roger Bishop and his wife Carly pose at his sister-in-law’s wedding at the Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky. [Source: Carly Bishop’s Facebook]

When Bishop was a student on campus, he participated in every Community Service Day.

His freshman year, he helped clean up trash along Glenway Ave. His sophomore and junior year he served at the Edge Teen Center in Liberty Township by painting and repairing their building. Then in his senior year he again cleaned up trash in Price Hill.

Yesterday he was helping Professor Dave Farris, department chair of the School of Business, with the new compost garden on CCU’s campus.

He is a big advocate for serving. On a weekly basis he ministers alongside his wife Carly Bishop, also a CCU alum, who is children’s minister at Lakeside Christian Church in northern Kentucky.

But out of all the places that he serves, he said he loves to be at CCU.

“My purpose is here,” he concluded.

JONES’ SURVEY SERVES STUDENTS

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

Assistant Professor David Jones has been conducting surveys based on a theory he formed that peoples’ personalities tend to influence what field of study they work in.

“My hypothesis is that a mismatch may influence academic success negatively,” said Jones. “For example, a business student who is high in agreeableness is more like a psychology student. Most business students, [score] high in extroversion and low in agreeableness. Does agreeableness limit a student capacity to be a go-getter?” said “There are always exceptions in that humanity is diverse,” continued Jones. “But we will be able to find trends that allow for generalizations. So if we do find that personality matters, we may be able to establish interventions for students who are mismatched to help them be more successful in life.”

Jones is aware that no survey is a one-size fits all.

Jones explained that the reason he is passionate about this theory is his own indecisiveness in college. “I changed my major around six times and still did not land well,” admitted Jones. “A big part of this was not knowing who I was (such as my personality). It took until later in life to find the counseling field which aligns well with how God created me and my strengths.”

The surveys are trying to help prove these theories and assist the students in the process. Over 300 students have taken the survey thus far.

Students who participate are entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. To participate, contact
David Jones at
david.jones@ccuniversity.edu.

Tom Thatcher: Man or Myth?

BY: COLIN CONNELL

Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, the Pacific Northwest has Sasquatch, and CCU has Tom Thatcher.

If you have read any of the emails sent by the trustees throughout the year, you are probably familiar with the name.

But who is Tom Thatcher? Why are we just now hearing from him? Does he even really exist? Has anyone ever even seen him?

Dr. Tom Thatcher carries the title of CCU’s Chief Academic Officer and a Professor of Biblical Studies in his email signature. After reaching out to Thatcher through his email, The Eaglette received what appears to be an auto-generated email claiming that Thatcher was unavailable for comment due to him traveling for an “undetermined amount of time.”

“Tom Thatcher? I’m not familiar,” said Interim President David Ray. “I’m pretty much up to date with who all works at the university and to my knowledge there is no one named Tom Thatcher employed here.”

The investigation led to the office of Executive Assistant to the President Wendy Spalding, who is said to be office neighbors with Thatcher. When asked about Thatcher, the usually very cordial and friendly Spalding turned aggressive, even violent.

“You’re barking up the wrong tree,” said Spalding as she reached for the nearest paper weight to throw in attempt to detour us from continuing the investigation. This reporter realized that less conventional methods were required to get the story.

“Oh yes, he’s quite real,” commented CCU’s resident unofficial historian and Biblical Studies Professor Dan Dyke.

When asked why so few people on campus know about Thatcher, Dyke said:

“Let’s just say, I’ve been teaching at this university for 29 years now and I have never personally met Tom Thatcher because the university keeps him hidden.”

“The last time a group of people started asking questions about Thatcher, CCU made some ‘budget cuts’ and those people are no longer here,” Dyke went on to say.

Upon being asked about the supposed chief academic officer, Junior Caleb Crabtree simply asked, “Who is that?”

The Eaglette has recently received a cease and desist order from an anonymous source. “If you value your time at the university you’ll stop this line of investigation, immediately. We would hate for something to happen to you,” the email stated.

It seems that the mystery surrounding the possible existence and role of Tom Thatcher will remain unsolved.

Editor’s note: Since filing this story, The Eaglette reporter Connell has been reported missing. If you have any information on the location of Connell, please let us know. But you might want to also check tomorrow’s date.