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The Ohio Christian University Summer Camp Teams have now wrapped up their ministry for 2016. A group of 49 OCU students ministered at 27 camps this summer in seven different states—Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana.

The students were hand-selected through an application and interview process and received over 50 hours of training in preparation.

Student Camp Leader, Mekayla Deffenbaugh, shared her experience with camp teams saying, "OCU Camp Teams have given me the opportunity to expand my comfort zone, meet amazing people, test my patience, impact kids with God's love, and use my gifts and abilities in a way that can further the Kingdom.”

OCU traveling music ministry team, Ablaze, also served this summer. These students were trained and well prepared to not only lead in worship, but to be camp counselors and lead activities as well. 

Brett Wilson, Camp Missionary for Mt. Hope Bible Camp, shared that, “The OCU Camp Teams are consistently focused on developing relationships with campers and teaching them the Gospel. These students are compassionate, caring, and display a level of maturity that is needed in the camp setting."

Please pray for our students as they return to classes next week in the Residential Undergraduate Program.

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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
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Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day!

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Published: April 18, 2019

April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service attitude taught at OCU.  With help from Volunteer Economy and RPHF Solid Waste District, students were equipped to effectively serve and feel prepared to do so. Students served in various capacities
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400
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Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference

Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference   image

Published: April 5, 2019

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
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
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

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Deputy Thomas takes a selfie with the students beside the new D.A.R.E Hummer

Local D.A.R.E. Officer receives new Hummer

Deputy Thomas takes a selfie with the students beside the new D.A.R.E Hummer

Published: May 11, 2016

Ohio Christian University had the honor of standing by the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office today as Deputy Dale Thomas received an award for the D.A.R.E program — a new D.A.R.E Hummer with a slick, patriotic paint job — from local nonprofit Hetty’s Hopes and Dreams. The event was held in the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Colosseum — a warehouse-like space filled with more than 400 students, dozens of local law enforcement, and Deputy Thomas’ family. Seven bus loads brought more than 400 students, filling the Colosseum bleachers. The excited students could barely contain their
Ohio Christian University had the honor of standing by the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office today as Deputy Dale Thomas received an award for the D.A.R.E program — a new D.A.R.E Hummer with a slick, patriotic paint job — from local nonprofit Hetty’s Hopes and Dreams. The event was held in the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Colosseum — a warehouse-like space filled with more than 400 students,
Ohio Christian University had the honor of standing by the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office today as Deputy Dale Thomas received an award for the D.A.R.E program — a new D.A.R.E Hummer with a slick
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OCU Students Stand for Freedom

OCU Students Stand for Freedom image

Published: April 18, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE — For 24 hours straight, Ohio Christian University (OCU) students stood at the corner of Main and Court streets to raise awareness about human trafficking as part of their fourth annual “Stand For Freedom” event. “A lot of people think of it as just a thing that happens in far-off countries but it happens right here in this county, and there have been cases in Circleville,” said OCU student Emily Swedberg. Starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, members of the OCU International Justice Missions (IJM) campus chapter displayed signs to raise awareness, held a worship service with
CIRCLEVILLE — For 24 hours straight, Ohio Christian University (OCU) students stood at the corner of Main and Court streets to raise awareness about human trafficking as part of their fourth annual “Stand For Freedom” event. “A lot of people think of it as just a thing that happens in far-off countries but it happens right here in this county, and there have been cases in Circleville,”
CIRCLEVILLE — For 24 hours straight, Ohio Christian University (OCU) students stood at the corner of Main and Court streets to raise awareness about human trafficking as part of their fourth annual
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Pitching In: Volunteers Serve on Community Action Day

Pitching In: Volunteers Serve on Community Action Day image

Published: April 14, 2016

It was ideal weather last Thursday for the 17th annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. Nearly 800 volunteers, including students from Ohio Christian University, Circleville High School, Logan Elm High School, Teays Valley High School, Westfall High School and New Hope Christian Academy took on various projects throughout the county. The students, along with adult volunteers, got out the paint brushes, rakes and shovels as they helped residents with some yard work and handy-man jobs and worked in parks, cemeteries and many other sites around the county. The event is coordinated
It was ideal weather last Thursday for the 17th annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. Nearly 800 volunteers, including students from Ohio Christian University, Circleville High School, Logan Elm High School, Teays Valley High School, Westfall High School and New Hope Christian Academy took on various projects throughout the county. The students, along with adult volunteers, got out
It was ideal weather last Thursday for the 17th annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. Nearly 800 volunteers, including students from Ohio Christian University, Circleville High School,
OCU Donates 1,000 Pounds of Collected Food from Festival of Carols

OCU Donates 1,000 Pounds of Collected Food from Festival of Carols

OCU Donates 1,000 Pounds of Collected Food from Festival of Carols

Published: December 7, 2015

Thanks to the giving hearts and hands of the Circleville community, Ohio Christian University was able to donate more than 1,000 pounds of collected food to Pickaway County Community Action – Emergency Clearinghouse. Four grocery carts filled to overflowing with canned and dry goods will provide hundreds of local families with much needed food this Christmas season. Across the country, one out of five children live in households without consistent access to adequate food. Twenty-two percent of kids under the ages of 18 live in poverty in America. Currently, there are more than
Thanks to the giving hearts and hands of the Circleville community, Ohio Christian University was able to donate more than 1,000 pounds of collected food to Pickaway County Community Action – Emergency Clearinghouse. Four grocery carts filled to overflowing with canned and dry goods will provide hundreds of local families with much needed food this Christmas season. Across the country
Thanks to the giving hearts and hands of the Circleville community, Ohio Christian University was able to donate more than 1,000 pounds of collected food to Pickaway County Community Action –