Benjamin W. Williamson is the associate professor of Bible and Church History at Ohio Christian University, one of the fastest growing post-secondary educational institutions of its kind in America. He served for two years as the Religion Department Chair. Under his visionary leadership, a total revision of departmental curriculum to include enhanced real world learning opportunities in the form of practicums, internships and field observation experiences for ministry students was put into place. Ben is passionate about equipping students to serve effectively in a 21st century context and believes that practical training beyond the classroom is essential to the task. A friend and counselor to students, OCU President Mark Smith notes the “one on one mentoring of Professor Ben Williamson is drawing our students closer to God.” Once a nominee for of Ohio Magazine’s coveted “Excellence in Education” award together and also named Ohio Christian University’s “Faculty Person of the Year” sets him apart as an exemplary university administrator, scholar, and professor. A student at the University of Dayton, Ben is on track to earn a PHD in Theology completing his course of study by May 2017. His area of research concerns the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and evangelical Christianity’s response to these societal changes in the 1970s.
A consummate evangelist, Ben Williamson is passionate about making 21st century Christ like disciples. While an undergraduate student at Asbury University (Wilmore, KY) and graduate student at Wesley Biblical Seminary (Jackson, MS) he spent summers working as a youth pastor in West Virginia, serving as an interim pastor, and volunteering in an inner city rescue mission. Upon completion of graduate studies at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, he relocated to Greenwood, Indiana where he planted and pastored the Covenant Community Evangelical Methodist Church for eight years prior to joining the OCU faculty at their hub campus in Circleville, Ohio. His groundbreaking work in Christian worldview college curriculum earns him an opportunity to be on stage with respected conference speakers like Dr. Mark Smith, president of Ohio Christian University, Jim Garlow, lead pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church and former Congressman, Bob McEwen. Seven major evangelism projects in the city of Circleville, Ohio are the result of course material he created for personal evangelism training. His “Worldview in the Movies” teaching series for junior high, high school and university students continues to be a great tool for senior pastors, youth pastors and student ministry leaders.
Basic Christian Theology, In-Depth Bible Studies, Christian Worldview, Faithfulness to the Gospel in a Pluralistic Culture, Pop Culture and Christianity, Youth Ministry, Personal Spiritual Growth and Development, Church History and Theology, Church Planting
B.S. Asbury College,
M.Div. Wesley Biblical Seminary
Ph.D. Studies, University of Dayton