Though he's entering his first season as head coach of the Rams men's golf program, Lon Flippo is actually a familiar face to NCU. He assumed head coach duties in the summer of 2016 but has served on staff at North Central as a faculty member in the Children and Familiy Ministries Department for the last two years. He is also the Director of the Center for Children and Familiy Ministries at NCU.
Dr. Flippo has a great connection to the sport of golf. He was the founding coach for the boys' and girls' golf programs at Sobrato High School (Morgan Hill, Calif.), where he coached the boys for two years and co-coached the girls' team for one season. He helped fundraise for both programs to create the initial budgets for both programs.
In Minnesota, he has served as an attendant and starter at Midland Hills Country Club (Roseville, Minn.). He also served as walking scorer for the 3M Champions Tour in 2015 and volunteered for numerous PGA and Championship Tour events. Still an avid golfer, he currently carries an 8-handicap.
Before coming to North Central, Flippo was the lead pastor at Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kan. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Springfield, Mo.) in 2012. In 1989, Flippo earned an M.A. in Communications from Missouri State University (Springfield, Mo.) after earning his B.S. in Communications at Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.). He also earned an M.A. in Biblical Literature from AGTS in 1987.
Coach Flippo and his wife, Chris, have been married for 33 years. They have two children, two grandchildren, and currently live in Roseville with their miniature schnauzer.