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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

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Alumnus Publishes Book

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Published: October 26, 2021

On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success of our students is a joy and a privilege.  R.E. is fulfilling his calling as a pastor, enjoying success as a husband and father, and now as a writer.  Ohio Christian University’s Christ-Centered
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the
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2021 Summer Celebration Picnic

OCU Summer Celebration Photo

Published: August 6, 2021

Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. Matt Hunnell, VP of University Advancement commented: “Despite a little rain, we had a great turn out.  It was wonderful to see smiling faces on campus, and our friends enjoying music, a good meal, and time together.  We look forward to many more events and gatherings on campus in the
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. Matt Hunnell, VP of University Advancement commented: “Despite a little rain, we had a great
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food
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

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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
Sam

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

Wesley Russel Basketball Pic

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
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Ohio Christian to Recognize Alumni at Trailblazer Celebration

Ohio Christian to Recognize Alumni at Trailblazer Celebration image

Published: October 16, 2019

As part of Ohio Christian University Homecoming
As part of Ohio Christian University Homecoming
As part of Ohio Christian University Homecoming