Rock Springs Church and Ohio Christian University Form Partnership

Accredited College Programs Offered in Milner, Georgia Starting this Fall

by Dr. Tim Eades

Dr. Tim Eades, Vice President for Adult EducationRock Springs Church and Ohio Christian University have formed a partnership to offer accredited associate and bachelor’s degree programs at Rock Springs Church beginning this fall.  The partnership was formalized earlier this summer by Rock Springs Executive Pastor, Cameron Shiflett, and OCU’s Provost, Dr. Hank Kelly.  Rock Springs Church is located at 219 Rock Springs Road in Milner, Georgia, and is a vibrant and growing congregation led by Dr. Benny Tate.  Under Dr. Tate’s pastoral leadership, Rock Springs Church has grown from 100 members to over 6,000 members. 

Dr. Benny Tate, Pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, GADr. Benny Tate states, "Ohio Christian University has been a God-sent blessing to the communities surrounding Rock Springs Church. With their new partnership, it thrills me to announce that adults are able to enroll in an affordable, accelerated degree program right here in Milner, Georgia. It has always been a prayer of mine for Rock Springs Church to offer on-campus, accredited collegiate classes. I thank God for the partnership with Ohio Christian University that has made my prayer a reality!"

Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation. Under the leadership of President Mark A. Smith, enrollment has grown from 400 to 2,300 over the past six years. With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually.  Students enrolled in OCU’s traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU’s AIM Adult Program offers 18 campus locations, now including Milner, Georgia, as well as online degree programs.  President Smith states, “It is exciting to be able to offer accredited degrees to Georgia residents through the ministry of Rock Springs Church. Our goal is to serve with excellence as we offer the values of a Christian education.”

The associate and bachelor’s degree programs offered at Rock Springs Church will be convenient and relevant for busy adults.  Programs offered will include:

Students will be able to earn their degree over a two-year period by taking one course at a time, one night a week. Pricing is affordable with financial aid available along with military discounts for veterans, active duty, and military dependents. For specific information about the upcoming Ohio Christian University programs offered at Rock Springs Church, please contact Sylvia Wilson at 770-412-2999 or visit