Several Baylor professors talked about their faith and
spiritual journey at the Graduate Christian Fellowship meeting
Tuesday evening in the Reynolds Conference Suite.
"Before I came to Baylor, I worked at the University of
Washington and was the only Christian professor in the
engineering department," Dr. Robert J. Marks II, distinguished
professor of the engineering department, said.
According to Marks, he once worked as an advisor for the
university's chapter Campus Crusade for Christ. However, many
people in the secular university were hostile to the
organization and wouldn't let it own a mailbox.
"I came to Baylor because of the Baylor 2012, the Christian
environment and the leadership of [President Robert B. Sloan
Jr.]," Marks said.
Marks said after he came to Baylor, he felt less restraints
and more freedom to talk about his beliefs.
Dr. Randall Jean, associate professor in the engineering
department, told listeners how God brought him to Baylor.
"About 17 years ago, I left [Texas A&M University] as a
professor and worked as an engineer in the industrial sector,"
Jean said. "As my faith continued to develop, I felt God
called me not only to be an engineer, but also an evangelist."
Jean said five years ago, he was tired of all the technical
stuff. He tried to sell his house before working as an
evangelist without pay.
Although the real estate market was booming at that time,
he couldn't find a seller.
"That meant God still wanted me to be in the engineering
field," Jean said.
Later, on a Sunday morning, after Jean picked up the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Spectrum
magazine, he saw Baylor's faculty recruitment advertisement.
When he noticed the last criterion - to be an active member
of a Christian church - he felt it was the exact place where
God wanted him to work.
"The distinct difference between Baylor and a secular
university boils down to what is the foundation for truth,"
"If you lay your foundation outside the ground of God, no
matter how many layers of truth you pile on top of that
foundation, it will not stand, because it has no internal
significance. But if you lay a foundation on the solid faith
in Jesus Christ, it will stand."
These professors were invited by Graduate Christian
Fellowship to help graduate students know more about God.
"The purpose of Graduate Christian Fellowship is to provide
an opportunity for graduate students to encourage one another
and to grow in their Christian life in the academic world,"
Patrick Adair, a graduate student from Palestine and a
graduate ministry intern, said.
According to Adair, Graduate Christian Fellowship groups
meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the CUB lounge at the Bill
Daniel Student Center and every Friday at 4 p.m. in the Cowden
room at the student center for Bible study and prayer.
Evan Getz, a graduate student from San Diego, Calif.,
talked about his feelings of the Friday meetings.
"It is an amazing group," Getz said. "We have different
perspectives in this group. People from different departments
come together and passionately discuss faith, Christ, the
Scripture and what we learn. It is something I look forward to