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System Engineer with Harris Corporation Speaks at Finney

I became friends with Pastor Michael Vaughan on a mission trip to an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. Pastor Vaughan loved spending time with the children and also preached a great sermon in the village of Mzuzu.  On Sundays, he preaches his sermons in Rochester as the leader of New Wineskin Ministries on Child Street.  During the week, Pastor Vaughan manages a group of system engineers at Harris Corporation. He has also worked for Eastman Kodak and Geospatial Systems, and earned two science degrees at Rochester Institute of Technology.

On Tuesday, October 4th, Pastor Vaughan addressed Finney’s College and Career class taught by Mrs. Pamela Perez. I asked him a set of questions relevant to the 12th graders attending the class.   Here are three examples.

PB: What are some values required to be successful in college? 

MV:  It will take a lot of hard work.  You are going to have to take your work up a level in college.  Also, don’t be someone who is a procrastinator. No procrastination. Procrastination will be the thing that breaks you.  Lastly, make sure you take some time for yourself.  You can’t just go school, school, school. You have to give yourself an outlet or you’ll go stir crazy.


PB:  What are some values required to be successful in a career?

MV:  Make sure that you listen.  You need to be a good listener.  You want to hear what is being asked for, and what is not being asked for.  And don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is good to get clarity so that you can frame the problem and then solve it.  Also, you should not take a job that will compromise who you are as a believer.


PB:  What would you say to students who have not yet devoted their lives fully to God?

MV: It is the best decision you can make. Throughout college, God was right there with me and He has been with me ever since.  The most important thing to me is my relationship with God.


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