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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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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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OCU Graduate Romy Nos and Family

Romy Nos on the OCU Experience

OCU Graduate Romy Nos and Family

Published: August 31, 2015

What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a class or professor that impacted your life? Professor Bill Ury (Theology of John Wesley) - He truly made Theology a delight to learn, and I could tell that he truly lives by what he believes.
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly
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OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay

OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay image

Published: July 20, 2015

More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
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Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Published: January 5, 2015

 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand emergencies each year and serves the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies, and through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, over 200,000 small
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field
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OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

Published: December 31, 2013

2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.Tempest’s poem, “What Would Happen” was originally written for one of her disaster classes at OCU. The course instructor, Thad Hicks stated, “Tempest is very talented. I knew the first time I saw her
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The
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Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits

Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits image

Published: October 13, 2013

In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit organizations. These results reveal that the University is meeting its mission to:Prepare students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to