Graduate Engaging Culture for God’s Kingdom

OCU Grad - Yaves Ellis

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) is pleased to have Yaves Ellis among its Master of Arts in Ministry graduates for the 2014 graduating class. Yaves grew up in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio where drug addiction impacted his neighborhood and family. God worked in the life of Yaves, and he began sharing Christ in the streets of Columbus. God opened doors and Yaves began to engage the culture through music.

After traveling the country as a national recording artist, Yaves sensed a call to equip for additional ministry opportunities and enrolled in OCU’s Master of Arts in Ministry program with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

He shares about the next step in his calling:

After years of meeting people at concerts and speaking engagement at schools, I realized that God opened a door for me to serve people as they shared their lives with me after concerts. I chose the pastoral care and counseling concentration because God continues to open doors through music to serve people and share Christ with them.

Yaves enrolled in the program online at the same time his mother Yavette Ellis enrolled at the Circleville campus. Both of them are 2014 graduates of the MA program. Together, they plan to start a family counseling practice to engage and bring change to their community through Christ.

Yaves reflects, “Throughout the program faculty stressed the importance of servant leadership, and I learned that Jesus is the greatest servant and calls us to serve with Him.”

Learn more about Yaves in an article published by The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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