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Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center. 

Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or holiness, 2) intellectual development through academic learning, and 3) keeping faith alive through community service—habits of the heart, head, and hands.  Then he introduced this year's three keynote speakers, distinguished leadership advisors and practitioners:

Logan Stout, a 16-time World Series player, Stout is an entrepreneur, business leader, motivational speaker, coach, and author of Stout Advice: the Secrets to Building Yourself, People, and Teams.  Stout spoke about the importance of developing ‘up-hill habits’ to support building positive outcomes in life.  He recommends that leaders develop ‘bullseye targets' to focus efforts on achieving specific goals and objectives.  He advises maintaining a ‘momentum mindset’ so initial success stays on course.  Individuals can ‘design’ their lives by developing good habits to replace bad habits and help the world become a better place by leading with love.

Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep it: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, hosts The Eric Metaxas Show.  Metaxas shared about how to succeed as a person of faith in a secular world, narrating humorous anecdotes about his journey to becoming a follower of Christ and successful author. He maintains that leaders will benefit from focusing on what is good, true, and beautiful, and order their desires and passions according to God’s will.  Americans are ‘blessed to be a blessing,’ the greatest honor and sobering because of the responsibility it requires to cherish and protect the freedoms we enjoy as citizens.

John McConnell, Chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries, is a board director of OhioHealth and has served also on Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital, YMCA, and Columbus Zoo boards.  McConnell shared his real-world experience of inheriting leadership of an established steel manufacturing enterprise in a mature industry facing stresses of globalization.  Survival meant innovating to create new products and services, using creative imagination to anticipate and meet needs of a rapidly evolving marketplace.  Today Worthington Industries is benefiting from McConnell’s applying strategic, progressive leadership.  His advice:  Be creative, seek and discover innovative ways to meet new challenges to continue being successful.

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Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on
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Engage Conference 2019

Engage Conference 2019  image

Published: April 12, 2019

Engage: Evangelism at the Intersection of Faith
Engage: Evangelism at the Intersection of Faith
Engage: Evangelism at the Intersection of Faith
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Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference

Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference   image

Published: April 5, 2019

Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth in these formative years. Dr. Walt Mueller, expert in youth culture and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, began the conference with a dive into youth culture and practical ways
Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth
Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the
Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success image

Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success

Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success image

Published: March 28, 2019

Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education. Students Hannah Reager (’20), Davi Da Silva (’19), and Marissa McCrary (’20) all shared with those in attendance the impact that the donors had on them individually. Each student at Ohio Christian
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000

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Big Give a Big Boost for OCU!

Big Givers Boost OCU Program Support!

Big Give a Big Boost for OCU!

Published: November 2, 2017

The Columbus Foundation 2017 Big Give campaign on October 11th gave a big boost to Ohio Christian University. Generosity of contributors enables OCU to continue supporting student success and to sustain academic programs that are creating a new generation of faith-filled leaders in many fields of endeavor that contribute to bettering society in local communities and beyond. The Columbus Foundation amplified the campaign gifts made in support of this work. Ohio Christian raised over $252,000 through your generosity! OCU’s faculty, staff, and administration extend our heart-felt
The Columbus Foundation 2017 Big Give campaign on October 11th gave a big boost to Ohio Christian University. Generosity of contributors enables OCU to continue supporting student success and to sustain academic programs that are creating a new generation of faith-filled leaders in many fields of endeavor that contribute to bettering society in local communities and beyond. The Columbus
The Columbus Foundation 2017 Big Give campaign on October 11th gave a big boost to Ohio Christian University. Generosity of contributors enables OCU to continue supporting student success and to
David and friend at African mission site.

Mentor Leaders' Rev. David Whetstone Speaks during OCU Mission Week

David and friend at African mission site.

Published: October 23, 2017

Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville, TN, is a non­profit organization using community-based efforts to bring aid, restoration, and sustainability to global neighborhoods. Mission Week presentations are being held in OCU's Detty Chapel.     Mentor Leaders has teams in Togo and Haiti who are providing emergency aid, restoration—supported by education, financial investment, and relational development—, and sustainability
Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville, TN, is a non­profit organization using community-based efforts to bring aid, restoration, and sustainability to global neighborhoods. Mission Week presentations are being held in OCU's Detty 
Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville
10th Annual Leadership Forum with Dr. John Maxwell a Huge Success

10th Annual Leadership Forum a Huge Success

10th Annual Leadership Forum with Dr. John Maxwell a Huge Success

Published: April 18, 2016

Ohio Christian University hosted its 10th annual Leadership Forum on April 19, 2016, in the Maxwell Center on its Circleville campus featuring speakers: leadership expert, Dr. John Maxwell; NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly; and special guest Senator David Perdue. More than 1300 people gathered for the main event, and hundreds more participated in smaller sessions throughout the day.  When asked about the impact of events like Leadership Forum, John Maxwell said, "Developing quality, Christian leaders is the only way to ensure that the future is better than today." 
Ohio Christian University hosted its 10th annual Leadership Forum on April 19, 2016, in the Maxwell Center on its Circleville campus featuring speakers: leadership expert, Dr. John Maxwell; NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly; and special guest Senator David Perdue. More than 1300 people gathered for the main event, and hundreds more participated in smaller sessions throughout the day
Ohio Christian University hosted its 10th annual Leadership Forum on April 19, 2016, in the Maxwell Center on its Circleville campus featuring speakers: leadership expert, Dr. John Maxwell; NFL
Annual Dinner Concert Features The Guardians and Booth Brothers image

Annual Dinner Concert Features The Guardians and Booth Brothers

Annual Dinner Concert Features The Guardians and Booth Brothers image

Published: March 19, 2016

The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Hundreds of Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a premium buffet, and additional guests joined for a delightful night of gospel music featuring The Guardians and The Booth Brothers. The proceeds of the annual dinner concert support the Dean and Diana Hickman Scholarship Fund. Our gratitude is extended to all who contributed financially to make it possible for students to attend Ohio Christian University.
The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Hundreds of Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a premium buffet, and additional guests joined for a delightful night of gospel music featuring The Guardians and The Booth Brothers. The proceeds of the annual dinner concert support the Dean and Diana Hickman Scholarship Fund. Our gratitude is
The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Hundreds of Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a premium buffet, and additional guests joined for a
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OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus

OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus image

Published: March 18, 2016

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture as the inability to deal with Islam openly and honestly. “America is stigmatized against honest discussion…” he said, sharing a story about a media store employee who was hesitant to turn in a video
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison