Staff Profile: Dr. McHargue
"He is the wisest person I've ever met," said freshmen Sophie Lutz, an opinion of Dr. Lawrence T. McHargue
that is shared by many at Providence Christian College
really brings an attitude of complete selflessness, and I would say he's
one hundred percent devoted to Providence and its students."
also said that he
wanted to see a Reformed institution on the west coast even though he
was not always Reformed.
did not grow up in Christian home, but was converted through Young Life in High School.
wife, Marcia Lynne, at the church they both attended, and as they were the only eligible singles in the entire congregation, they were married in 1966.
They spent the following years attending different churches, but were unable to find one they liked.
On the advice of his
botany professor, Dr. McHargue
went to an Orthodox Presbyterian Church for the first time.
said that he
heard a sermon that he
completely agreed with on the sovereignty of God, talked to the pastor and joined the church.
Dr. McHargue has been in the OPC ever since and has served as a ruling elder almost every year since 1971.
undergraduate studies at Occidental College
and graduate studies at CSULA
then went on to earn his
Ph.D. in botany from the University of California at Irvine
had wanted to teach ever since he
was in college.
taught one year of junior high school science, but decided it wasn't for him and has been teaching at the college level ever since.
has taught at many institutions, Dr. McHargue
spent most of his
time as a professor at Vanguard University
Retired in 2004, Dr. McHargue
continues to teach on an occasional basis.
has taught six or seven classes at Providence and says that he
really enjoys the experiences he
has had with the students here.
"I've found the students are eager," he
They have a very close sense of community.
The eagerness of the students just might be based on the exceptional amount of knowledge Dr. McHargue
has to offer them.
one of the smartest individuals I've ever met," said Janzen, "and being in a class with him makes me realize that I don't know as much as I think I do."
also enjoys the Christian College atmosphere.
"One thing about teaching here is that I can teach the way I want.
I would not have that freedom in a secular school.
But this is not the only thing that is different about Providence.
says, "There has been a successful attempt to create a culture of study among the student body."
is the definition of what it means to grow in Wisdom.