Longview, Tx — LeTourneau University will present former American Airlines pilot and U.S. Navy commanding officer Rick Owens to speak on merging faith and occupation during a special Center for Faith and Work chapel service at 10:50 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview. The event is free and open to the public.
Owens has had extensive training, education and experience in the U.S. Navy. After attending the University of Georgia and George Washington University, he studied at the Navy Post-Graduate School. Graduating from the Naval War College, Owens flew a variety of aircraft, and was commanding officer of a squadron of F-14 Tomcats.
From 1978 to 2008, Owens worked for American Airlines. He moved up from a Boeing 727 flight engineer position, where he monitored the aircraft’s operational systems, to chief pilot and base manager in Nashville, Tenn. and Raleigh, N.C. He also served as a 737 fleet manager and, before his retirement, a 777 captain. Presently, Owens consults on aviation training and operations.
LeTourneau University’s Center for Faith & Work was founded in 2011 to reflect a burgeoning “faith at work” movement to help the employed—and unemployed—find God beyond church doors. The Center’s website, www.CenterforFaithandWork.com  , assembles resources, tools, and curriculum for churches, students, and the global Christian community to equip and connect them to live out their faith in their workplace. Foundational to the Center is the notion that God values work done with excellence.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.
Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.