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Dr. Benny Tate Shares Inspiring Lessons in Leadership

The Pastors Conference of the 2018 Leadership Forum provided inspiring sessions that shared valuable lessons in pastoral leadership.

The Conference began with inspirational worship led by Ohio Christian University’s ABLAZE student music and vocal group singing spirit-filled songs and hymns of praise.  Their performance created a beautiful time for experiencing the Holy Spirit’s refreshing presence.

Keynote speaker Dr. Benny Tate, Senior Pastor of the Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, presented encouraging instruction on how to “Build a Healthy Church in a Chaotic World.”

In his sessions, Tate addressed three important topics:

  • Lessons he learned from Billy Graham
  • What has helped his church to grow from 25 to 6,900
  • Need for mentors, friends, and young people in our lives

One of his most significant and memorable statements of leadership advice was:

Dr. Billy Graham taught us that we must simplify our message to reach people for Christ. We have to show unconditional love to those who have been broken . . . even in the church.

Dr. Tate’s message brought home to the attentive pastors and faculty that their good works in their churches, classrooms, and communities make them ‘heroes’ because they are serving at the front lines in maintaining and growing Christian faith in an uncertain and changing world.

Articles of Interest

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
Kids on Campus Returns to OCU image

Kids on Campus Returns to OCU

Kids on Campus Returns to OCU image

Published: June 7, 2019

Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well. Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus brought a child-rich energy. It wasn’t just the adults who enjoyed having the kids around; the kids had fun too. Carley Derexson,
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well.
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving

Archived Articles of Interest

Students serve in Paraguay with WGM  image

Students serve in Paraguay with WGM

Students serve in Paraguay with WGM  image

Published: July 24, 2016

Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM, led the team and stayed with them through the duration of the trip. “I knew right away that this was the team God planned for me to lead. There were no lightening bolts, no clear direction other than this was the one.” – Andrea Williamson The university team members consisted of five students: Austin Caldwell, Barbee Graves, Haley Robbins, Austin St. Pierre, and Kiirsten Truex. Raising
Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM, led the team and stayed with them through the duration of the trip. “I knew right away that this was the team God planned for me to lead. There were no lightening bolts, no clear direction other
Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM,
Student enjoy music class at Kids on Campus at OCU. Photo credit: Jennifer Bahney, Circleville Herald

OCU Welcomes Kids on Campus

Student enjoy music class at Kids on Campus at OCU. Photo credit: Jennifer Bahney, Circleville Herald

Published: June 16, 2016

Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 10th consecutive year over the last two weeks. The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for Learners Partnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPG industries. Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus over the last few weeks really brought a child-rich
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 10th consecutive year over the last two weeks. The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for Learners Partnership)
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving
Grateful woman contributes to student’s tuition after lost iPad returned image

Grateful woman contributes to student’s tuition after lost iPad returned

Grateful woman contributes to student’s tuition after lost iPad returned image

Published: June 16, 2016

“My story begins with my first major mistake of the day,” Mary Burke stated in a letter addressed to Ohio Christian University. The letter elaborated on an unfortunate situation with a lost item and how an OCU student came to the rescue. Mary explained that after a hard day of yard work, she unthinkably placed her iPad on the hood of her car. “Call it being really tired, a senior moment or whatever you want, I never picked it up or even thought about it,” she wrote. After running an errand for an elderly friend a few moments later, she returned home to check her email on her only
“My story begins with my first major mistake of the day,” Mary Burke stated in a letter addressed to Ohio Christian University. The letter elaborated on an unfortunate situation with a lost item and how an OCU student came to the rescue. Mary explained that after a hard day of yard work, she unthinkably placed her iPad on the hood of her car. “Call it being really tired, a senior moment or
“My story begins with my first major mistake of the day,” Mary Burke stated in a letter addressed to Ohio Christian University. The letter elaborated on an unfortunate situation with a lost item
Students further Kingdom at summer camps image

Students further Kingdom at summer camps

Students further Kingdom at summer camps image

Published: June 16, 2016

Ohio Christian University is excited to announce that our annual camp teams have kicked-off for 2016. A group of 49 OCU students will be ministering to 27 camps this summer in seven different states—Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana. Students scheduled to serve have been hand-selected through an application and interview process, as well as received over 50 hours of training in preparation. Student Camp Leader, Mekayla Deffenbaugh, shared her experience with camp teams saying, "OCU Camp teams has given me the opportunity to expand my comfort
Ohio Christian University is excited to announce that our annual camp teams have kicked-off for 2016. A group of 49 OCU students will be ministering to 27 camps this summer in seven different states—Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana. Students scheduled to serve have been hand-selected through an application and interview process, as well as received
Ohio Christian University is excited to announce that our annual camp teams have kicked-off for 2016. A group of 49 OCU students will be ministering to 27 camps this summer in seven different
Pictured is winning team from Logan Elm H.S.: (left to right) Kaitlynn Esquibel, Emma Baldinger, Tiffany Smolinski, Elizabeth Paul and Brittany Irwin.

Area Students Compete in Reading Quiz Contest at OCU

Pictured is winning team from Logan Elm H.S.: (left to right) Kaitlynn Esquibel, Emma Baldinger, Tiffany Smolinski, Elizabeth Paul and Brittany Irwin.

Published: May 27, 2016

Ohio Christian University was honored to host the seventh annual Pickaway County High School and Middle School Battle Over Books competitions on March 18th and May 9th, respectively. A quiz-show style competition, where teams earn points by providing correct titles to questions about books, provide a fun and challenging way to recognize students for their love of reading. All four Pickaway County high schools —Circleville, Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall —plus Logan Hocking High School competed in this year’s high school event. The middle school challenge included Canal
Ohio Christian University was honored to host the seventh annual Pickaway County High School and Middle School Battle Over Books competitions on March 18th and May 9th, respectively. A quiz-show style competition, where teams earn points by providing correct titles to questions about books, provide a fun and challenging way to recognize students for their love of reading. All four Pickaway
Ohio Christian University was honored to host the seventh annual Pickaway County High School and Middle School Battle Over Books competitions on March 18th and May 9th, respectively. A quiz-show