We are meeting Cedarville University members up close and in depth as we go beyond titles and accomplishments to hear the heart of each guest. Listen every Wednesday to hear these amazing Cedarville Stories for God’s glory.
How does a young man living in Bahrain discover Cedarville University? After all, the two locations are only on opposite sides of the globe, more than 7,000 miles apart and a mere 20 hours by plane from one to the other. But that’s how far Cedarville sophomore Rufus Mathew traveled to study cybersecurity at a program recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Remarkable, right? Sure, but then consider where his sights are set for his career — the United Nations. Rufus just completed a very selective internship there this summer with students from top-tier programs around the world. Learn more about this surprising, globe-trotting student who believes he is called to represent Christ on an international stage.
Dr. Murray Murdoch, Distinguished Professor of History and Government, has served at Cedarville University since 1965. He came to the University at a time of great social upheaval in American society, a time when African-American leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were voicing a message of love and equal opportunity for all. These themes continue to ring strong for Murdoch, who co-leads the annual Civil Rights Bus Tour during fall break. All are deserving of just and fair treatment as image bearers of God and as those for whom Jesus died.
Dr. Pam Johnson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Professor of Kinesiology and Allied Health, had a different kind of path to Cedarville University. Her first exposure to the school came as she competed against Cedarville athletes as a tennis player for the University of Dayton. She was moved by their compassion and kindness, and one Cedarville athlete, in particular, went out of her way to befriend Dr. Johnson, which led her to put her faith in Jesus Christ as her savior. She came to Cedarville in 1974 after finishing her Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also associate head coach for women’s tennis.