Follow Christ, Lead the Way
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Alumni of Ohio Christian University are returning to the classroom, only this time as professors. More than 40 Trailblazer graduates are currently serving as instructors in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Professional experiences coupled with their faith-based education provide opportunities for alumni to help current students reach their potential in Christ and in their careers.Michelle Bays earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2009.  She is currently employed as a Clinical Counselor for Molina Healthcare of Ohio.  During her time at Ohio Christian University, she appreciated the influence of her fellow cohort students and the transformation she experienced by being in the classroom with those individuals. After obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University, Bays was eager to return to her alma mater to impact students. Her work experiences provide validation to current students by connecting how the curriculum coincides with the counseling field.“I am honored to have an opportunity to encourage students to grab hold of the entire experience – not only as skilled counselors but as relationship-builders and firm believers of God’s ability to change lives,” Bays said.Bays gives one piece advice to all her students, “Remember that Psalms 139:14 declares that ‘you were fearfully and wonderfully made’ and therefore you were made by the Greatest, to be great…you can do it!”Jude Dille’s experience in his AGS program is so fresh that he is confident that he will be able to relate to students when he starts teaching this spring. Dille graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from OCU in 2011. He then completed a Master of Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. “I understand the unique challenges the students face with balancing work and home life while attending classes,” Dille said.Dille is a Financial Analyst for NiSource and started his own accounting practice this year.“All of the time and effort does pay off; it's worth it!” Dille said. “What really inspired me to come back and teach for OCU was the opportunity to help others reach their education and career goals by playing a small part in their journey.”In addition to serving as an instructor, Michelle Blanton is the Assistant Director of AGS Student Services at OCU. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from OCU in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Education from Capella University in 2012. Blanton is currently working towards a doctoral degree.“While I was a student at OCU, several faculty members invested in my education and spiritual development. Seeing their devotion to God and the impact they had on my life, I was inspired to try to make the same impact on our adult students,” Blanton said.One of the classes Blanton teaches is College Study Skills. This course introduces the students to OCU values and resources, while providing the students with tools to understand and maximize their abilities as they begin their Associate of Arts degrees.“If I have not provided a good representation of Christ in my classroom or an opportunity for my students to have a heart transformation, I have failed,” Blanton said. “Spiritual maturity and growth played a huge role in my ability to succeed as a student.”Jeffrey Mansell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries in 1979. He also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Talbot School of Theology. In addition to teaching for OCU, he has served as the District Superintendent for the Wesleyan Church and is the Executive Director for the Seven Baskets Community Development Corporation. Mansell draws from that experience in the classroom.“I believe what’s most important for the students to take away from class is the ability to put their new knowledge into practice in their personal lives and ministerial contexts. Theory without application lacks value,” Mansell said.He said the comparisons of his days as a Trailblazer with today’s campus and students are limited.“The scope of the program, the size of the student body, the growth in facilities, and the expansion to University status all create distinctions between then and now,” Mansell said. “However, the emphasis on a holy walk before the Lord continues to be an OCU distinction that I appreciate and can model before my students.”

Articles of Interest

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Dr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Published: July 4, 2020

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
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
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
Zach Mason

Alumni Spotlight: Zach Mason

Zach Mason

Published: May 9, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a bachelor's in psychology, but would soon be called to a different opportunity.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a bachelor's in psychology, but would soon be called to a different opportunity.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a
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Trailblazer Baseball Hosts Local Student Battling Cancer

Sam

Published: April 8, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on February 24th to hang out with the team and experience a practice.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on February 24th to hang out with the team and experience a practice.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on
Casey Coons HOF

Casey Coons Inducted Into Taylor University Hall of Fame

Casey Coons HOF

Published: October 16, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University Head Men's Basketball Coach Casey Coons was inducted into the Taylor University Athletics Hall of Fame this past Saturday, joining the Class of 2019 that also included Molly Currens, Tanya Crevier, Rick Atkinson, and Tyler Beachler. Coons was a member of the Trojan's basketball team as a player from 2009-2013 and later served as an assistant coach for the program. 
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University Head Men's Basketball Coach Casey Coons was inducted into the Taylor University Athletics Hall of Fame this past Saturday, joining the Class of 2019 that also included Molly Currens, Tanya Crevier, Rick Atkinson, and Tyler Beachler. Coons was a member of the Trojan's basketball team as a player from 2009-2013 and later served as an assistant coach
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University Head Men's Basketball Coach Casey Coons was inducted into the Taylor University Athletics Hall of Fame this past Saturday, joining the Class of 2019 that
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Alumni Return to Play at Homecoming

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Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University is excited to host their annual Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball games during Homecoming
Ohio Christian University is excited to host their annual Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball games during Homecoming
Ohio Christian University is excited to host their annual Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball games during Homecoming

Archived Articles of Interest

Staff Profile:  Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services image

Staff Profile: Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services

Staff Profile:  Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services image

Published: November 1, 2018

By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My Mom searched for the meaning of life and found the Savior. Soon I sought my life’s purpose. My quest ended in trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior, accepting His charge of my life and seeking His pleasure. I enrolled at Columbia Bible College in South Carolina. While studying the Bible, I was called to teach His Word to those who have no opportunity to study the Bible easily. I felt called to
By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My Mom searched for the meaning of life and found the Savior. Soon I sought my life’s purpose. My quest ended in trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior, accepting His charge of my life and seeking His
By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My
AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success image

AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success

AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success image

Published: October 11, 2018

By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in Columbus, Ohio. My goal has been to move upward to higher management levels which require appropriate degrees. I learned of Ohio Christian University from my husband and enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) because it is attuned to helping working adults achieve their career goals. Above all, that OCU is a Christian university influenced my decision to enroll. In classes,
By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in Columbus, Ohio. My goal has been to move upward to higher management levels which require appropriate degrees. I learned of Ohio Christian University from my husband and enrolled in the College of
By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in
27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

Published: October 7, 2018

The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy
Mike Holbrook

Alumnus Profile: Mike Holbrook Elected CCCU General Superintendent

Mike Holbrook

Published: August 7, 2018

Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018. Believing God wanted him to attend Circleville Bible College (CBC), now Ohio Christian University (OCU), Holbrook enrolled and while a student joined the college quartet, working also as Associate Pastor at Circleville First Church. Holbrook, ordained in 1979, has served CCCU most recently as District Superintendent of the South Central District.  Previously, he served the University as Director of
Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018. Believing God wanted him to attend Circleville Bible College (CBC), now Ohio Christian University (OCU), Holbrook enrolled and while a student joined the college quartet, working also as Associate Pastor
Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018.
Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler image

Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler

Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler image

Published: December 13, 2017

By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing our ministry to Native Americans in Arizona with World Gospel Mission. There was a quartet singing in the service–a group of young preacher boys representing Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University). One of the lads was very small in size with a gracious smile and a perfect haircut. When the offering was received, he pledged to give $5.00 monthly to our support in spite of
By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing our ministry to Native Americans in Arizona with World Gospel Mission. There was a quartet singing in the service–a group of young preacher boys representing Circleville Bible College (now Ohio
By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing