Julie (Browning) Gohn graduated from Lincoln Christian University in May 2011 with a Business Administration degree. She was kind enough to let us interview her for the blog.
Where are you from and where are you now?
I am from Washington, Illinois, but I currently live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with my husband Austin. We moved here to do ministry in the area.
Why did you choose LCU?
Going to LCU was an act of obedience. 🙂 I wasn’t sure it was the right school for me, but I felt the Lord calling me to go there, so there I went. And of course, He knows best. It was exactly the place I needed to be.
LCU felt like “home.” I tell friends now-a-days that it’s where I grew up. Obviously not in a literal sense, but most definitely in spirituality and maturity. I love the atmosphere at this school. Not only was it an excellent place to learn academically, but it was a safe, nurturing place to learn about our God and who He created us to be as his workers and servants.
Why did you choose the business administration program?
I first enrolled as an education major. However, throughout my sophomore year, I felt like maybe that wasn’t the right fit [for me]. As I was learning more about my strengths and maybe what direction God was leading me in potential work and ministry, God kept bringing to mind the business program. Through a lot of prayer and conversation with Mr. Gowin, I decided to make the switch. It was a great transition for me because I learned a lot about how administration, wisdom, and having an ethical mindset is incredibly beneficial to the Kingdom.
In what ways is your business administration degree from LCU helping you now?
A whole lot! I am currently self-employed, so having business skills such as finance, customer service, and administration in general is so very helpful in running my own business.
My husband and I also started a ministry for 20-somethings here in Pittsburgh. Although that is not a business, we certainly apply a lot of what we learned from the non-profit class, marketing skills, and once again—administration and organization.
I would also say that I learned so much from the business program about living a life full of Christlike integrity. Both Professor Gowin and Professor Teoro had several mini “sermons” and life lessons in class that I have not forgotten. I graduated from LCU with a better understanding of the business world, yes, but from these professors, I learned that the highest call is having character — and character that looks identical to that of Christ. The business department is extremely blessed to have godly professors who live lives of this character and conviction.