Faculty in the Social Sciences Department

Ohio Christian University is committed to three areas of excellence: learning environment, curricular content, and spiritual environment. Our faculty have carefully planned the curricula of the university so that it carries out our mission. The thrust of our mission is to prepare students to succeed in their ministries and careers, thus serving both the church and society. Our education programs are planned for students to be able to take with them significant learning experiences gained in the classrooms under the instruction of Christian professors and through spiritual experiences that become defining moments for their lives.

Dr. Matthew Decker

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

B.S. Indiana Wesleyan University
M.A. Ball State
PhD, Western Michigan University

Larry Olson

Psychology Department Chair; Professor of Psychology and Counseling

B.A. Ohio Christian University
M.P.C. Olivet Nazarene University
Ph.D. Capella University

Sylvia McDonald

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Sociology

B.A. Mount Vernon University
M.A. Liberty University
Ph.D. Walden University

James Smith

Professor of Substance Abuse Counseling

B.G.S. Ohio University
M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A. Ashland Theological Seminary
D. Min Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary