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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.

Articles of Interest

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

Archived Articles of Interest

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Record Attendance at 10th Annual Festival of Carols

Record Attendance at 10th Annual Festival of Carols image

Published: December 3, 2015

More than 700 community members turned out for this year's Festival of Carols, a new attendance record. Attendees also donated a record-breaking amount of food to Pickaway County Emergency Clearinghouse, a local food pantry — more than 1,000 pounds!  Thank you to all those who attended and participated. This event would not be possible without your continued support.  --- Original article: Ohio Christian University will host its tenth annual Festival of Carols and Messiah concert on December 5, 2015, in the beautifully decorat­ed Maxwell Center. Guests will be
More than 700 community members turned out for this year's Festival of Carols, a new attendance record. Attendees also donated a record-breaking amount of food to Pickaway County Emergency Clearinghouse, a local food pantry — more than 1,000 pounds!  Thank you to all those who attended and participated. This event would not be possible without your continued support.  ---
More than 700 community members turned out for this year's Festival of Carols, a new attendance record. Attendees also donated a record-breaking amount of food to Pickaway County Emergency
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More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward

More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward image

Published: October 15, 2015

More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center, Crossroads Church, First Baptist Church, and Heritage Nazarene Church.  At Ohio Christian University, we make paying it forward to the community a priority. The local church and community has been
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center,
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping
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OCU Student Taking Action Against Trafficking

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Published: September 2, 2015

Passion without action is useless, particularly when trying to fight back locally against human trafficking in the sex trade. That was the message Circleville native and recent Ohio Christian University graduate Natasha Hudnell conveyed Tuesday to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and a roundtable of college leaders, area economic development officials and representatives of local governments conducted by Portman on the OCU campus. Hudnell, 22, working with the blessing of OCU President Mark Smith, has been leading the charge to energize the student body to help put a stop to trafficking in
Passion without action is useless, particularly when trying to fight back locally against human trafficking in the sex trade. That was the message Circleville native and recent Ohio Christian University graduate Natasha Hudnell conveyed Tuesday to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and a roundtable of college leaders, area economic development officials and representatives of local governments
Passion without action is useless, particularly when trying to fight back locally against human trafficking in the sex trade. That was the message Circleville native and recent Ohio Christian
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Kids on Campus

Kids on Campus image

Published: July 1, 2015

Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technologyskills.The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for LearnersPartnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPGindustries.Campus rarely lacks youthful
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids
Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Published: June 29, 2015

A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr. David Lattimer, PNG is “the kind of place that if you ever visit, you won’t ever forget.”It would be easy to abandon such an isolated nation to its own devices, allow it to continue down a path of
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr.
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other,