AGS Graduate Serving Church and Society

AGS Graduate Serving Church and Society

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) is pleased to have Pastor Billy H. Stanfield among its top graduates for the 2014 graduating class. After serving as senior pastor for seven years, Billy realized that “formal training and education from an institution of higher learning is paramount in the development of one’s skill-set and ability to lead and grow a ministry holistically.”

He shares about his decision process:

After thorough research of institutions of higher learning that offered online degree programs, I chose Ohio Christian University. For me, what stood out about Ohio Christian University was the purpose for which it was founded: to produce godly leaders who are equipped to train and develop other leaders and guide congregations to fulfill their complete potential in the Lord

He enrolled in classes online and because he was able to transfer credits he had previously earned, Billy completed his Associate of Arts with a major in Christian Ministry in less than two years. Soon after, he began working on his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Leadership and Ministry.

Billy reflects on the past four years:

They have been very rewarding in attending OCU. I have grown in my spiritual formation and development as a leader because the curriculum is designed not only to develop your mental capacity to lead; it is also designed to develop you spiritually so that you will grow in your relationship with the Lord while you learn.

Regarding his future plans, he shares:

OCU has equipped me in the development of my skill-set which I am confident with God’s help has positioned me to lead a holistic ministry that is relevant and will impact our culture for the glory of God. OCU has accomplished in me what it was birthed to do: to equip well-educated ministers that can effectively lead churches and congregations.

Billy has been accepted into the Pinnacle Honor Society and is completing his Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude. Ohio Christian University is honored to count Pastor Billy H. Stanfield among its distinguished alumni who support the OCU mission.

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies serves non-traditional learners as they earn degrees at locations in Ohio and Georgia and online. If you’re ready to continue your education, call us at 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit