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2017 Festival of Carols Performed in New Ministry and Performing Arts Center image

Over 950 Christmas celebrants attended Ohio Christian University’s 2017 Festival of Carols performed for the first time on December 2nd and 3rd in the University’s new Ministry and Performing Arts Center!  In the future, the Center will be used for the community as well as OCU events.

Produced as a gift to the community, the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Circleville Community Choral Society, and Festival Orchestra beautifully realized this year’s What Can I Give? theme. Instead of focusing on what we receive in this Christmas season, Dr. Bennett focused on paying forward with the blessings of Christ. A participant explained, “Every year, the festival brings a new message, and this year’s was especially moving. It doesn’t matter what you have to give, it matters that you simply give Jesus your heart.”

A creative rendering of A Christmas Carol, the multi-media drama explored what it means to transcend being Scrooge, selfish, stingy with time, energy, possessions, and love, to become like Christ—the greatest example of giving and unselfish love. With singing, instrumentals, dramatic performance, and a narration throughout, the festival elevated the message of giving what you can.

OCU Chamber Winds’ prelude featured favorites "Sleigh Ride" and "All Is Calm".  The Festival programme opened with "Fanfare–Realms of Glory" and a welcome and prayer by Dr. Jon Kulaga, OCU President. The University was excited to welcome in the Advent season with such a celebration.

Highlights were inspired renderings of "E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come", "Let Us Be", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "I’ll Give Him My Heart" followed by the beloved "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Little Drummer Boy", "Bugler’s Holiday", "Glorious Sounds of Christmas", "12 Days After Christmas", "Silent Night, O Holy Night", "Joy to the World", and "What Can I Give Him", concluding with a unique arrangement of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah.

Dr. Dione Bennett directed the University Chorale with Cherié Knapp, on piano, and Dr. David Bennett, as guest conductor.  Dr. Jon Kulaga closed this memorable event with a heart-felt benediction.

Featured participants were Cody McClurg, Timothy Carpenter, Gary Dean, Mary Jane Dean, Ian Monaghan, Savanna Harlow, George Edge, Walker Flowers, Dr. Valerie Jones, Bruce Morrison, Dr. John Anthony, Pat Beathard, Donald Glenn, Marty Hayes, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Dr. Adrienne Lape, Jonathon Satterfield, Dr. Rodney Sones, Linda and Roger Stieg, and Teresa Woerner. 

Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year to all!

Festival of Carols 2017 Recap Video

 

 

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University to Hold 7th Annual Josias Rodriguez 5K image

University to Hold 7th Annual Josias Rodriguez 5K

University to Hold 7th Annual Josias Rodriguez 5K image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University will host the 7th annual Josias Rodriguez 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event is held in honor of Josias Rodriguez, a student who tragically lost his life in a hiking incident. Josias was known for his passion for Christ and for how he inspired the people around him. “Today, Josias’ example is one that has laid the foundation for future students to pursue their dreams of being in ministry and an example that reminds us of the race that we must also finish,” said Nancy Wilcox, a close friend of Josias. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Josias
Ohio Christian University will host the 7th annual Josias Rodriguez 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event is held in honor of Josias Rodriguez, a student who tragically lost his life in a hiking incident. Josias was known for his passion for Christ and for how he inspired the people around him. “Today, Josias’ example is one that has laid the foundation for future students to pursue
Ohio Christian University will host the 7th annual Josias Rodriguez 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event is held in honor of Josias Rodriguez, a student who tragically lost his life in a
Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian image

Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian

Carrollton To Perform at Ohio Christian image

Published: October 16, 2019

Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
Carrollton will perform a concert in Ohio Christian University’s Ministry
An Evening With Mark Lee image

An Evening With Mark Lee

An Evening With Mark Lee image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also share about his book, “Hurt Road,” in which he writes about the hardships he has faced throughout his life. The concert will include a Q
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian
Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on
Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos image

Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos

Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos image

Published: July 24, 2019

As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway
As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway
As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway

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Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up image

Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up

Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up image

Published: October 13, 2014

The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2014 and helped make the weekend such a great success!The festivities kicked-off with the Alumni Chapel on Thursday, October 2rd. Worship was led by Jake Marburger ('12), Mike Farrell ('12), Amanda Patrick ('11), and Trent Thompson (2010-12) and the chapel speaker was Dr. Joe Boysel (‘98). Later in the day students celebrated at a pep rally, followed by the Annual Torch Run through Downtown Circleville.The 23rd Annual Ohio Christian University and Linking Legacies golf tournament was a great success on Friday
The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2014 and helped make the weekend such a great success!The festivities kicked-off with the Alumni Chapel on Thursday, October 2rd. Worship was led by Jake Marburger ('12), Mike Farrell ('12), Amanda Patrick ('11), and Trent Thompson (2010-12) and the chapel speaker was Dr. Joe Boysel (‘98). Later in the day students
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2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert image

2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert

2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert image

Published: October 13, 2014

Great Crowds. Excellent Performances. God's Presence!The 8th Annual Gill Conley Homecoming Gospel Concert was an incredible evening with nearly 1,300 in attendance. Featured artists included The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, and The Talleys. The wonderful evening was filled with praise and honor to God.Tony McCrary commented on the concert:“This was the best concert event I have been a part of in my four years here at Ohio Christian University. Great crowd, excellent artists, and most of all, God’s presence filled the Maxwell auditorium.”From the family harmonies of the
Great Crowds. Excellent Performances. God's Presence!The 8th Annual Gill Conley Homecoming Gospel Concert was an incredible evening with nearly 1,300 in attendance. Featured artists included The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, and The Talleys. The wonderful evening was filled with praise and honor to God.Tony McCrary commented on the concert:“This was the best concert event I have been
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Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True image

Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True

Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True image

Published: April 24, 2014

By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben Carson, who was visiting the city Monday as part of OCU’s annual Leadership Forum in the Maxwell Center on campus.Officials at OCU discovered the teen’s essay on the Internet and decided to arrange the
By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben
By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role
OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum image

OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum

OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum image

Published: April 7, 2014

Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell – world-renowned leadership expert, New York Times best-selling author and OCU alumnusDr. Ben Carson – internationally recognized neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipientPastor Gerald Brooks – highly-acclaimed pastoral coach and best-selling authorSenator Rick Santorum – former presidential candidate, founder of Patriot Voices, and New York Times best-selling authorThe forum will
Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell – world-renowned leadership expert, New York Times best-selling author and OCU alumnusDr. Ben Carson – internationally recognized neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipientPastor Gerald
Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell –
OCU Spring Dinner Concert Raised Support for Scholarship Fund image

OCU Spring Dinner Concert Raised Support for Scholarship Fund

OCU Spring Dinner Concert Raised Support for Scholarship Fund image

Published: March 27, 2014

The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 400 Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a wonderful meal, and an additional 300 guests joined for a delightful night of gospel music featuring The Guardians and The Booth Brothers. The proceeds of the annual dinner concert support the Dean and Diana Hickman Scholarship Fund. Our gratitude is extended to all who contributed financially to make it possible for students to attend Ohio Christian University.Upcoming concerts include the Homecoming Gospel Concert with The Talleys,
The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 400 Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a wonderful meal, and an additional 300 guests joined for a delightful night of gospel music featuring The Guardians and The Booth Brothers. The proceeds of the annual dinner concert support the Dean and Diana Hickman Scholarship Fund. Our
The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 400 Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a wonderful meal, and an additional 300 guests