Follow Christ, Lead the Way
AGS Student Ludmilla Akpa

I migrated from Africa with my three children to the United States in 2016. We settled in Chicago. Other than my native African language, I spoke only French. So, to acquire English quickly, I enrolled in English as a Second Language class.

After becoming relatively fluent in speaking and writing in English, I found I was not satisfied with the education offered at the community college near where I live. I felt I could better advance myself elsewhere where I could enroll in higher-level studies. I wanted to integrate a valuable university education with my religious values.

I sought out my great and trustworthy adviser, the Holy Spirit. After praying and fasting, I started searching online for the right institution using the words: ‘Best Christian University.’ Soon, I came upon Ohio Christian University, and I feel the Lord has fulfilled my quest.

Years ago when war erupted in my native country, I was forced to abandon everything. I took refuge with my children for five years in another country in arduous conditions before resettling in Chicago. I am a strong woman and will remain so, no matter how harsh life’s circumstances.

In my native country, I had studied law and management of organizations. Now, I tell my children I must go back to school to provide them a quality future. Being a refugee is temporary. I am returning to learning to become more efficient for the mission the Lord is calling me—to empower African women and promote self-sufficiency in food production to fight hunger and to propel economic development.

When I am tired and feel despair, one particular of our Lord’s verses comforts me, Psalm 32:8 (NIV): “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Since I began my OCU AGS classes, every day convinces me I have made the right choice. We have a weekly devotion that enables me to start the week with faith. I know success is not only related to academic knowledge but also to the knowledge of God.

I am earning a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in agribusiness. I want to refine my skills to succeed in my calling to lead women as a good manager. I plan to gain knowledge in agribusiness because I need to understand and master this discipline to help African farmers, especially women, to live decently from their hard work and to win the fight against poverty and hunger. I already have two structures working in Africa and am on track for achieving these purposes.

My education is essential. It enables me to transform my natural gifts into expertise I can apply to my community. My continuing education is for my work, not for my job. As Dr. Myles Monroe says, “Your work is what you are born for, and your job is what you are paid for.” I am on track for my work. I especially want to demonstrate to my children that, with faith, determination, and action, everything is possible.

OCU’s AGS courses are very dense but also very professional. In less than a month, I am making impressive progress. The AGS staff is extraordinary. The first time I talked with my recruiter, Janice Chilcote, a natural symbiosis occurred. She always cares for me, and we pray for each other! She's a great, awesome person. Just before I started my program, Janice assured me that, in addition to federal assistance, I would also receive financial support from OCU, and that is what has happened! I am grateful and so thankful that I can study stress-free. It is a blessing!

Archived Articles of Interest

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Published: December 6, 2018

The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply leadership in teams and learn processes to benefit for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and discover how to evaluate enterprises, understand group dynamics, and improve performance. Jobs in
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill
Marketing and Consumer Behavior Degree Opens Doors image

Marketing and Consumer Behavior Degree Opens Doors

Marketing and Consumer Behavior Degree Opens Doors image

Published: December 11, 2018

The Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Ohio Christian University provides students with insight into human behavior, emphasizing what motivates consumers to buy products and services. Students gain the knowledge needed for developing effective consumer segmentation, the starting point in all marketing strategies, programs, and campaigns. Graduates can articulate the psychology, analyze the motivations, and create effective marketing strategies based on an understanding of both consumer behavior and marketing. The degree adds value by providing a mix of business,
The Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Ohio Christian University provides students with insight into human behavior, emphasizing what motivates consumers to buy products and services. Students gain the knowledge needed for developing effective consumer segmentation, the starting point in all marketing strategies, programs, and campaigns. Graduates can articulate the
The Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Ohio Christian University provides students with insight into human behavior, emphasizing what motivates consumers to buy products and
Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 in Central Ohio Online Degree Programs image

Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 in Central Ohio Online Degree Programs

Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 in Central Ohio Online Degree Programs image

Published: December 11, 2018

Columbus CEO Magazine’s Leaderboard for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs ranks Ohio Christian University (OCU) among the top institutions providing online higher education. OCU’s #3 rank is based on the University’s 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, competitive annual tuition, and long-standing accreditation since 1976. Fifty-nine full-time and 400 part-time faculty members provide the online degree programs through the University’s Adult and Graduate Online Studies using an advanced online delivery platform on flexible schedules well-suited for working adults. The ranking is
Columbus CEO Magazine’s Leaderboard for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs ranks Ohio Christian University (OCU) among the top institutions providing online higher education. OCU’s #3 rank is based on the University’s 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, competitive annual tuition, and long-standing accreditation since 1976. Fifty-nine full-time and 400 part-time faculty members provide the
Columbus CEO Magazine’s Leaderboard for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs ranks Ohio Christian University (OCU) among the top institutions providing online higher education. OCU’s #3 rank is
Dr Joe Perez

AGS Faculty Profile: Dr. Joe Perez

Dr Joe Perez

Published: October 26, 2018

Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for the International Leadership Association. He recently published ‘An Exploration of Global Leadership: Culture, Ethics, and Conflict Management’ in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and Ethics where he discusses challenges to leading in a global environment and the characteristics and practices needed to develop and maintain healthy teamwork. Earlier in his career, Perez was Tampa
Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for the International Leadership Association. He recently published ‘An Exploration of Global Leadership: Culture, Ethics, and Conflict Management’ in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and
Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for
Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Opens!

Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Published: October 11, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult