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Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce its’ first agribusiness graduates. Ryan Elliott and Angie Smith completed the associate program requirements and will receive their diplomas at the May commencement ceremony. Smith, who “loves to play in the dirt,” wanted to make her gardening hobby a business. Elliott, a life-long farmer, desired to expand his agriculture operation through education. With guidance from the program, both are moving forward in their careers.Many summers as Smith was growing up, consisted of gardening and canning to provide sustenance for her grandparents. She realized it was a necessity, but also found great joy in working the land with her relatives. As an adult, Smith has been successful in administrative business roles, but she’s always felt a pull to go back to her farming roots. The agribusiness program was a combination of her talents, with the faith component that guides her life.“God created vegetation and charges us to be good stewards of the land. I take that charge to heart,” Smith said. “I feel so close to the Lord in nature.”For the last 15 years, Smith and her husband have been experimenting with organic gardening. She’s worked with fruits and vegetables in addition to trying various natural methods of removing pests and weeds. One item in particular that Smith’s professors helped her to understand was how commercial farmers are keeping up with third world needs, which is now driving Smith to be a part of the larger agriculture community that can provide natural nutrition.“I want to give quality food without chemicals and really get back to the basics,” Smith said.Now with the knowledge and connections she attained through OCU, she plans to start selling plugs (pot plants) and produce this spring. Eventually, Smith would like her homestead to be destination for people to pick their own raspberries, tomatoes and jalapenos. Part of that plan is to donate to the local food banks and community members in need.“I don’t want anyone to be without fresh produce. I want them to be able to eat what I eat,” Smith said.Elliott (right, with family) comes from a proud lineage of farmers. He always knew agriculture was his calling, but leaving the farm after high school to go to college didn’t seem fitting. He wanted the education background, but the scenario never worked until he learned of OCU’s new agribusiness program being offered in Chillicothe.He was able to learn more about cover crops and the accounting aspects of farming through OCU. Elliott also credits the business plan requirement with helping him stay focused on his future goals.Before starting the program, Elliott had become the go-to goat farmer in Ross County. He has a diverse customer base and has been invited by a Nepal diplomat to come to the country to teach their farmers how to raise meaty and healthy goats. Elliott loves to share his knowledge and invites customers to his “grocery store” on the farm.“I kind of think of farming as a mission field," Elliott said. “Through the process I hope they can learn about Christ. I do talk about where I go to church and enjoy the opportunity to witness.”Ahead for Elliott is an expansion of his goat operation and produce, but his main goals are to “farm till he dies” and pass the business on to his children.“God intended for certain things to be done a certain way. I feel like the family farm is an important part in the way the animals are meant to be cared for and nurtured.”To buy Elliott’s goat meat or produce, contact Elliot t Farms Inc. at 740-649-7076, relliottinc@yahoo.com  or visiting the Chillicothe Farmer’s Market every Sat. starting May-October. To order plants or produce from Smith contact Smith’s Homestead and Farm at740-497-2166, smithad@horizonview.net   Learn more about the Agribusiness degree program offered by Ohio Christian University's College of Adult & Graduate Studies.

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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
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

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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