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Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth in these formative years. Dr. Walt Mueller, expert in youth culture and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, began the conference with a dive into youth culture and practical ways of engaging that culture.  

The sessions for the conference covered topics, such as, mental health and suicide, building a Christian worldview, practical ways of working with church leadership, and other topics. Participants were able to network with one another, share best practices, and engage others in their field. Dr. Mueller concluded the events of the day with insight into how media is shaping the youth of the day. 

The youth culture of today is different than previous generations, notably because they have the  world at their fingertips. They can be, say, and do anything they want with just a few keystrokes. Teen culture is hard to contend with, and even harder to break through. This generation of young Christians embraces the idea that being young is a strength – they are bold and are true to themselves, making it critically important for them to find their identity in Christ. Ministry leaders, youth leaders, and educators’ prime responsibility is to ensure students know exactly that. 

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Max McLean As C.S. Lewis on Stage at OCU

C.S. Lewis is Coming to Ohio Christian University

Max McLean As C.S. Lewis on Stage at OCU

Published: December 22, 2021

Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This Fellowship for Performing Arts production has toured the United States from New York to California and played on campuses such as Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UNC-Chapel Hill, and many other esteemed institutions of higher learning. Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford fellow to life, taking us on his extraordinary
Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This Fellowship for Performing Arts production has toured the United States from New York to California and played on campuses such as Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UNC-Chapel
Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing
Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Spectacular at OCU

Columbus Symphony to Perform in Ministry & Performing Arts Center

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Spectacular at OCU

Published: November 19, 2021

The beloved Columbus Symphony holiday tradition of Holiday Pops returns in 2021 with spectacular performances of popular holiday songs and classic carols. Conductor Ron Jenkins will lead the Columbus Symphony in performances of “Winter Wonderland,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and many more.  About The Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Since 1951, the Columbus Symphony (CSO) has been proud to serve as central Ohio’s flagship music performance organization. The CSO’s musicians, conductors, chorus, and world-renowned guest artists
The beloved Columbus Symphony holiday tradition of Holiday Pops returns in 2021 with spectacular performances of popular holiday songs and classic carols. Conductor Ron Jenkins will lead the Columbus Symphony in performances of “Winter Wonderland,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and many more.  About The Columbus Symphony Orchestra:
The beloved Columbus Symphony holiday tradition of Holiday Pops returns in 2021 with spectacular performances of popular holiday songs and classic carols. Conductor Ron Jenkins will lead the 
OCU Summer Celebration Photo

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
OCU Staff with Sponsorship Thank-You Banner

30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises Over $40,000 for Students

OCU Staff with Sponsorship Thank-You Banner

Published: July 1, 2021

Ohio Christian University's 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 19th, at the Pickaway Country Club Golf Course. Four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf, raising over $40,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each year at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The annual OCU golf tournament is one of our major fundraising events for student scholarships – and is also a great way to connect with donors who love golf and love our students", explained OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga. "With over
Ohio Christian University's 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 19th, at the Pickaway Country Club Golf Course. Four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf, raising over $40,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each year at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The annual OCU golf tournament is
Ohio Christian University's 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 19th, at the Pickaway Country Club Golf Course. Four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf, raising

29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for Students

Published: November 13, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Friday, October 2nd at the Pickaway Golf Course. Twenty-five four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf raising over $30,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each spring at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The golf tournament is one our major fund-raising events for student scholarships,” explained OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga. “The engagement and generosity of each of the golfers is critical to our ability to assist OCU students with
Ohio Christian University’s 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Friday, October 2nd at the Pickaway Golf Course. Twenty-five four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf raising over $30,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each spring at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The golf tournament is one our major
Ohio Christian University’s 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Friday, October 2nd at the Pickaway Golf Course. Twenty-five four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf raising over $

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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
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
OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa image

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa image

Published: June 26, 2014

Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014, Decker and 12 OCU undergraduates returned to Ghana to continue the research and practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. Prof. Decker uses the research trips to teach students interview
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014,
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a
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
Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
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 –