Pauline Boren didn’t rush into ministry to college students. She waited “on the Lord,” she said, to direct her, because she wanted to be sure that’s where He wanted her.

“I really do feel like God called me to do collegiate ministry,” Boren continued. “I didn’t run from collegiate ministry, but I didn’t want to jump right in just because it was what I was familiar with. I took time to seek God and see what He wanted me to do.”

She has now been in collegiate ministry for 12 years, five years at Oklahoma City Community College as Baptist Collegiate Ministries director. She has a heart to reach and disciple college students.

“One of my favorite things in ministry is helping students grow in their walk with God,” she said.

Some of the things college students deal with today are the same as they were when Boren started in 2009.

“How we reach the students has changed a little,” Boren said. “This is a new generation, and we need to stay relevant to who they are.”

To stay close to the Lord, Boren follows a yearly reading plan of the Bible “to keep me on track and accountable for staying in the Word daily.” She also journals in her wide-margin Bible and reads a devotional each year. Some of her favorites are My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman, and Flourish: Live Free, Live Loved by Margaret Fineberg.

During this last year, God has reminded Boren to “Trust Him in all circumstances,” she said. “He has a plan, and He is in control, so I just need to trust Him and what He is doing.”

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Pauline Boren was featured in the 2021 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see BCM Director Boren’s prayer requests, visit