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Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and raised him and his brother Millard to follow Christ no matter how hard the situation. On August 25, 1942, Maxwell married his wife, Laura. They had three children together: Lawrence (Larry), John, and Patricia. Despite an often-busy schedule, Maxwell always made a point to have a family mealtime with his wife and children. Taking a cue from his father, Maxwell was dedicated to teaching his children about Christ, faithfully leading his family's daily devotion time. He also invested heavily in his children's education and ensured they gained experiences outside of the church. In 1964 Melvin Maxwell was elected the sixth president of Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University) and served until 1980. Prior to serving as president, he was a pastor, church planter and district superintendent with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. During his sixteen-year tenure, Maxwell initiated and oversaw the college's rapid growth, beginning with the construction of a new administration and academic building in 1966 on a new 40-acre campus on Route 22, east of Circleville, which is Ohio Christian's current home. During the next three years, he supervised the construction of York Hall, the Campus Church (named Detty Chapel), Johnson Hall, Moore Hall, and the Campus Center. In 1970, the American Association of Bible Colleges granted the College applicant status and in 1976 full accreditation. In 1967, student enrollment grew to 150, and by 1978 it had reached 200. By 1980, enrollment had grown to 250. This dramatic increase in enrollment allowed Maxwell to eliminate the college's debt. Maxwell's success in leadership and effectiveness in growing the university was rooted in his strong faith in God and a keen eye for others' giftedness. Retired Ohio Christian University Religion Professor Joe Brown recalled that "Dr. Maxwell loved students and saw potential in a wide range of them. He understood how God uses gifts and talents of each individual for His purposes and glory. He applauded the potential of academically gifted students, as well as affirmed those who were not always at the top of their class. He recognized the Creator wraps up potential in all of His children and was careful not to overlook every student's possibilities." Maxwell and his family had great affection for the community of Circleville and fell in love with the college. He cared deeply for his students and was remembered by many he served as a compassionate leader and a man of prayer. Janette Post '77 said, "The greatest thing I will always remember about Reverend Maxwell was his heart for prayer – and the power in which he would pray. Every morning during school, you could walk by his office and hear him calling out to the Lord, interceding on behalf of students." Others remembered Maxwell for his commitment to quality education and mentorship. Before his passing, Stan Toler '73 reflected, "Dr. Maxwell knew the importance of a practical education – one that included more than memorizing facts. The education he espoused combined earthly knowledge, biblical knowledge, and heavenly anointing to make a difference for Christ in the trenches of life. He is the most exuberant and enthusiastic person I have ever met. I always had a better day when I heard his booming voice calling me with a positive word for my life." Maxwell's presidency was filled with challenges and triumphs. However, three accomplishments stand out as part of his legacy: First, through his vision of what a Bible college should be, he led the school in self-studies that resulted in its full accreditation with the American Association of Bible Colleges. Second, keenly interested in connecting the college to the Circleville community, he promoted the need for a library building and sought community support to build it. Inspired by his enthusiasm, the community gave thousands towards this capital project. Today, the Melvin and Laura Maxwell Library sits at the center of the university's beautiful campus. Third, Maxwell recognized the importance of faculty with advanced higher education. Today's faculty all hold master's or doctorate degrees and are the foundation of the university's academic excellence. In 1980, Maxwell stepped down from the presidency and joined the advancement department for World Global Mission in Marion, Indiana, serving there for a number of years. After suffering a heart attack in 1985, he retired to central Florida. However, always being one to see opportunities for ministry wherever he went, soon established a successful ministry and chaplaincy for residents of mobile home parks near Winter Haven, Florida. Even after the passing of his wife Laura in 2009, he remained a dedicated evangelist, continuing his ministry into his 90's. While we mourn the passing of such a great man of God, we celebrate the fruits of his decades of labor as a faithful minister and leader in Christ. It is with great joy that we consider that he is now with Christ receiving the accolade, "well done, my good and faithful servant." Dr. Jon Kulaga, Ohio Christian University President, said this of Dr. Maxwell, “When I arrived in the summer of 2017, as the new president of Ohio Christian University, one of the first visits I was told I “had to make” was to see Dr. Maxwell. He was spoken of with such reverence and deep appreciation that I couldn’t wait to meet him. When I visited him in Winter Haven, FL a few weeks later, the first thing he told me was that he was praying for me and OCU. I came away from that time of conversation and prayer with a great appreciation for the depth of his love for God, and for the university. And why he is referred to as a “Leader of Leaders” on our campus.” In closing, we would like to share one final story of Maxwell's faithfulness. Mike Holbrook '78, General Superintendent of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union, recalled this encounter with Maxwell: "I heard him praying in his office. When he opened the door, I entered and told him I wanted to let him know how much I loved and appreciated him. As we were talking, I asked when he had come to his office that day. He said he had come in a couple of hours earlier to pray. As we shared, I realized that he had been to every building on campus and had prayed at each for every past, present, and future student. He had tears in his eyes as he shared how he prayed for the CBC family. After our conversation, he stepped out. I took the liberty of going into his office to look where he had been kneeling. I was moved to tears as I saw two worn-out holes in the carpet where he knelt. I realized the impact he had on my life, and I knew what truly made him a great man – a powerful man of God." Melvin Maxwell President of Circleville Bible College 1964-1980 *Information and quotations are taken from "Melvin M. Maxwell: A Tribute" (2012).
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration, and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair. It has become apparent that, as a nation, we need to do more than lament the overwhelming evidence of systemic racism. We need to act with courage and perseverance in the face of this pattern of evil. We know that any act of racism, violence, and injustice are inconsistent with the heart of God. As Christians, we must proclaim the message of Christ’s redemption and reconciliation to the world. Scripture is very clear that all people are created in the image of God and inherently bear immeasurable value and worth. Our community should carry the priorities of the Kingdom of God, in which the dignity of each person is honored, and godly justice is implemented. We believe that it is possible to support both the peaceful protestors calling for change within the systems of power to eradicate racism, and also support the vast majority of law enforcement officers who do not engage in acts of police brutality but serve honorably protecting all people. We believe the Bible teaches us that favoritism and racism are wrong and that a system that treats our brothers and sisters of color with different outcomes is sinful. We also believe that while the Bible condemns stealing, looting, and violence, it also promotes righteousness and justice (Psalm 33:5; 89:14; 97:2; Micah 6:8). And this all points us to forgiveness and grace, which are required resources if we hope to be reconciled to God and each other. God does not leave us in despair or without hope. By its nature and mission, Ohio Christian University instills hope of a life hidden in Christ that makes all things new. Facing a continuing intractable problem like systemic racism, we have to do what we do best: educate. And educate from a Biblically grounded Christian worldview. The failure of our increasingly secularized approach to politics, journalism, and education is on full display for the world to watch. We are calling on our government officials to do their job: to protect life and liberty for ALL the citizens of America. In the recent cases of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others - this clearly did not happen. We need to recommit to the task of educating ourselves and our students on the Biblical causes and cures of racism. We need to continue the difficult conversations we have been having the past few years and continue to make the appropriate decisions those conversations bring to light. Finally, we must return to the axiom that Christ taught – which is to “love our neighbor as ourselves” – after, of course, we first “Love God with all our hearts.” In order for change to occur – real change – we must learn to love each other. “I believe very firmly that you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people — all the people.” (Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ). This, indeed, is the foundation on which to rebuild our broken institutions.
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes, & more! Register here. Option 3: Virtual Meetings Video chat with an Admissions Counselor, a professor in your major, a Financial Aid Counselor, or virtually audition for a performing arts program and scholarship. Learn more. We hope to see or connect with you soon!
Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate. OCU is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the Summer Institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in an area. Most courses begin June 1, 2020. Graduate Level Courses for Teachers and Professors These courses are designed to help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. Each course lasts for 6 weeks and counts as 3 credit hours: Communications Studies: Ethics, Media & Society Interpersonal & Small Group Communication Modern Rhetorical Theory Introduction to Literacy & Cultural Theory Probability Teaching of Algebra, Grades 7-12 The Early American Republic Social Change Current Trends and Topics in Education (1st class in the new Master of Education, not offered at a reduced rate) Special Topic, 1 Credit Hour Courses These courses are open to anyone who would like to expand their knowledge in the area. Each course lasts 1-2 days and counts as 1 credit hour: Understanding & Following Ohio’s New Professional Code for Educators (June 1) Google Technology Training (June 2-3) Trauma Informed Care III (June 4-5) New Stand-Alone Certificate Programs These certificates are open to anyone and are made up of 3-5 courses. Each course lasts 8 weeks and counts as 3 credit hours. Accounting Certificate Biblical Studies Certificate Computer Literacy Certificate Digital Multi-Media Production Certificate Entrepreneurship Certificate Emergency Management Certificate Grant Writing Certificate Health Information Technology Certificate Management Certificate Social Media Certificate Undergraduate Level Courses These courses are open to students in OCU’s Traditional, Online Plus or Trailblazer Academy Programs. Each course lasts 8 weeks and counts as 3 credit hours: Oral Communication American Government Macroeconomics Introduction to Literature Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Astronomy Learn more about OCU’s Summer Institute
Ohio Christian University is excited to announce a new Master of Education (MEd) graduate degree. Approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the new MEd will begin June 1, 2020. The degree consists of 36 hours total made up of 18 core hours and 18 hours in a specialization area. Specializations include Special Needs, English as a Second Language, English, and Mathematics. “This is a degree created by teachers for teachers with real-classroom applications and relevant, current information,” says Dr. Valerie Jones, OCU’s Teacher Education Department Chair. “Students can also expect prayer, devotions, and the Christian Worldview in every class.” The degree will be available online and takes 2 years to complete. Classes are designed to be taken one course at a time, with scheduled breaks for holidays and with the start of the school year in mind. Each course lasts 6 weeks and costs $1,014 or $338/credit hour, although students may qualify for Financial Aid. Admission requirements: 1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited or ABHE institution. 2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA average of 3.0 or an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and 9 credit hours of graduate courses with an overall 3.0 GPA *This program does not lead to initial licensure or certification. The expectation is that an applicant is a practicing teacher as many of the courses require experiences in a classroom. Learn more or apply today.
July 4, 2020
Dr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory
June 5, 2020
A Message to the OCU Community from the President
June 4, 2020
Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer
May 5, 2020
Summer Institute to Offer New Online Courses and Certificates
April 23, 2020
Ohio Christian to Offer Master of Education (MEd) Degree
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ending the season in the conference tournament for yet another year in 2019, the Lady Trailblazer soccer program said goodbye to one of the most successful senior classes in program history. Now with a new group of faces ready to step into their shoes, Head Coach Jake Warren is excited to see what this season will bring. "Every season brings a new set of challenges and excitements," said Warren. "I think this upcoming year is very interesting because we have such a young group. What`s fascinating is we have a lot of players still developing and growing into their roles. 2020 will be a unique season because it`s not about one or two girls and a collective effort is needed." Following an announcement by the NAIA last week, the 2020 schedule will eventually look different that its current makeup, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the changes, the team will be allowed to start regular season play on September 5th. Following that move, Ohio Christian's home opener will be on September 9th against Lake Erie College. The Lady Trailblazers will open River States Conference play on the road at Point Park University on September 26th. The squad will then host the Red Storm of Rio Grande on October 1st. Other key matchups in conference play will include a trip to the newest member of the RSC in Oakland City on October 8th, an October 10th battle at home with Asbury University, and the regular season finale on October 31st against Brescia on Senior Day. "This is one of the more difficult schedules we have put together," said Warren. "It will be a big test for our young team! But I am excited for the challenge and it will prepare us for RSC play." To stay up to date on all scheduling changes and COVID-19 related news, please follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Ohio Christian University Softball program will be hosting a three day summer camp July 29th through August 1st. The camp will be available for girls 8th grade or higher that desire to improve their skill set. To register, please click here! WHERE: Ohio Christian University WHEN: Wednesday July 29th - Saturday August 1st COST: $200 per player (includes dorms & meals) Ohio Christian University's 2020 Summer Softball camp is designed to give camp attendees the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a collegiate softball player. Our camp will include instruction and feedback on the following drills/techniques: hitting, defense, pitching, catching, and baserunning. This camp is structured to give high school athletes instruction feedback, and information from college level athletes and coaches. Thursday and Friday will be designed towards drills, fundamentals, and instruction. Saturday will strictly be live game action against travel teams and campers. Ohio Christian University's Softball program is excited to announce our upcoming camp and the opportunity to share our program, culture and philosophy with those that are interested. This summer camp will be limited to 75 attendees in order to give each camper a desired amount of instruction and repetitions from the players and coaches. We look forward to getting the chance to host you and get to know everyone. GO TRAILBLAZERS! For more on the Lady Trailblazer Softball Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Ohio Christian University Men's Soccer program is set to begin a new era in the Fall of 2020, as newly announced head coach George Arroyo will take over the team for his first season. Coming off a 2019 campaign in which the Trailblazers made the conference tournament, Arroyo is confident the team is ready to improve and move up within the RSC. "I think I speak for everyone in saying we're excited about the upcoming schedule. Except for one, we faced each of these teams last season, so it gives us an opportunity to gauge our improvement in many areas. We play in a tough conference against quality players and coaches, but we want to make our mark. We want to move up in the rankings and I believe this is the year to do so!" The squad is scheduled to open play on September 2nd on the road at Shawnee State University. The familiarity of the team's non-conference schedule, as mentioned above, will allow for an early gauge on the team's standing entering conference play.Following the non-conference slate, OCU will open River States Conference play on September 26th on the road at Point Park University, followed by their conference home opener against the University of Rio Grande on October 1st. On October 8th, the Trailblazers will travel to take on the newest member of the River States Conference, the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University. The Mighty Oaks return to the NAIA after being a member of NCAA DII. The Mighty Oaks will be immediately eligible for postseason competition, which is a benefit afforded to former members that return to the NAIA. In total, the Trailblazers will host five RSC regular season matchups, concluding with Senior Day on October 31 against Brescia University. OCU will also host the University of Rio Grande, Asbury University, Carlow University, and Midway University. Due to the ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please stay tuned to our website for any scheduling changes that may occur in the coming months. For more on the Trailblazer Soccer Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers)
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Under the leadership of new head coach Dr. Tim Sykes, the men's and women's cross country program is ready to take to the course this Fall as they look to make strides within the River States Conference. "After an unusual Spring semester, we are looking forward to competing again this Fall," said Sykes. "We have a lot of training and recovery to do between now and then, but we are optimistic about improvements we can make in both the men's and women's teams not only at the conference level, but also potentially at the national level. We have some key returners along with some good transfers that will add more depth than in recent years past." As it stands currently, the Trailblazers will open competition on September 11 at the Quaker Early Season Challenge, hosted by Wilmington College. This will mark the first of two trips Ohio Christian will make to Wilmington, as they will return in October for the Wilmington Classic. Other notable dates on the calendar will be a trip to Indiana University East on September 19th and then a newly added race in Louisville, KY at the Greater Louisville Classic. Ohio Christian will wrap up the regular season on November 7 at the 2020 River States Conference Championships, where the team will aim to qualify for NAIA Nationals scheduled for November 20th in Cedar Rapids, IA. "The meets on our schedule that we are the most excited about are the Greater Louisville Classic, NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, and River States Conference Championships, which serves as a NAIA National Championships qualifying meet. Overall, we are thankful for where we are as a team as we move into the next chapter of OCU cross country." Due to the ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please stay tuned to our website for any scheduling changes that may occur in the coming months. For more on the Trailblazer Cross Country Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers)
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Lady Trailblazer soccer program has been the model of consistency over the past five years. Reaching the conference tournament for four consecutive seasons, the Lady Trailblazers have seen success at multiple levels, all under the leadership of Jake Warren, the squad's head coach. Recently, Coach Warren reflected on the 2019 season, saying farewell to a talented senior class, and the expectations for 2020. Q: Looking back at 2019-20, a year in which you made it to the second round of the RSC Tournament, what will you remember most about that team? A: "Last season was special in a lot of ways: We took a huge step toward being one of the top teams in the River States Conference, we said goodbye to a special Senior class who has meant the world to our program, and it was the deepest roster OCU Women`s Soccer has ever put together. Another highlight of last year was our team had the unique opportunity to do an international trip together to Costa Rica. Reflecting on 2019, I think everyone is proud of what we accomplished; almost capturing the Regular season title and putting together one of the more successful seasons in program history. But I also believe there is the feeling within our group that we wanted more out of last year and are excited about next year`s challenge." Q: You saw one of your most talented classes graduate in 2019-20. What did that specific group of girls do for your program over their four years? A: "It`s impossible to put into words what last season`s graduating class has meant to our program. This group changed the entire landscape of our team through their results on the field and the culture they have built. It`s been a fun ride watching them succeed as players and grow as people. The end of last season was tough for me, knowing we are losing several kids who have been the foundation of OCU soccer over 3 or 4 years. Rachel, Britt, Jenny, Brooke W, Brooke L, Morgen, and Tori are major reasons why our program is in a great place; We are sad to see them graduate but also grateful for the experience we had with them." Q: Talk about your 2020 recruiting class. How excited are you to get the next group of girls on the team and see their impact? A: " I am excited for our new group of players because they will make our team better in several ways. First, each bring a different positional skill set that makes our team more complete and balanced. It`s our goal to improve the overall quality every season and the new additions will make our training environment better and raise the level of competition. However, what I am most excited about with this new group is the quality of kids we are adding to our program. In getting to know the new girls, it`s evident how driven they are to improve and the high character skills they possess. I cannot wait to spend more time with them and see how they impact our team going forward." Q: What are you looking forward to most about the 2020-21 season? A: "Every season brings a new set of challenges and excitements. I think this upcoming year is very interesting because we have such a young group. What`s fascinating is we have a lot of players still developing and growing into their roles, which makes it hard to predict how this year will go. We certainly are embracing the idea of a brand-new chapter of OCU soccer, a new style of play and culture, where a lot of players can step in and rise to the challenge. 2020 will be a unique season because it`s not about one or two girls and a collective effort is needed." For more on the Lady Trailblazer Soccer Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers)
June 10, 2020
Lady Trailblazers Welcome New Era For 2020 Season
June 5, 2020
Lady Trailblazer Softball Announces Summer Camp
June 4, 2020
2020 Men's Soccer Schedule Released
June 2, 2020
2020 Cross Country Schedule Released
May 26, 2020
Catching Up With Coach: Jake Warren
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newsDr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory - Published: July 4, 2020 A Message to the OCU Community from the President - Published: June 5, 2020 Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer - Published: June 4, 2020 Summer Institute to Offer New Online Courses and Certificates - Published: May 5, 2020 Ohio Christian to Offer Master of Education (MEd) Degree - Published: April 23, 2020
athleticsLady Trailblazers Welcome New Era For 2020 Season - Published: June 10, 2020 Lady Trailblazer Softball Announces Summer Camp - Published: June 5, 2020 2020 Men's Soccer Schedule Released - Published: June 4, 2020 2020 Cross Country Schedule Released - Published: June 2, 2020 Catching Up With Coach: Jake Warren - Published: May 26, 2020
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