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Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to Trinidad with a team of OCU Students over Spring Break and will be going to Costa Rica in May.
 
“I absolutely love what our family does,” said Allyson. “I get to meet so many amazing people through the ministry and it's so exciting to see what God is doing around the world.”
 
Allyson plans to use her Early Childhood Education major to open doors for her to be a missionary to reach people she might not have been able to reach as a traditional missionary.  “I have seen on past trips how we have been able to reach lost families by loving and caring for their children and I feel led to continue to do that as a teacher,” said Allyson.
 
She loves meeting new people around the world through missions. “Seeing the passions and ministries God has placed on their hearts is incredible and encouraging to me,” said Allyson. “It is impossible to doubt that there is a God who loves and cares for His children when you see what He is doing around the world and how He is so faithful to provide.”
 
Originally, Allyson had decided to attend another university. “A month before college was supposed to start, God started working on my heart and I could not get peace,” she said. “My goals were to go to a Christian university and graduate with the least amount of debt possible so that I could go on the mission field soon after graduation.”
 
After she decided not to attend the other university, her dad met OCU Vice President for Advancement Mark Taylor and OCU President Dr. Mark Smith who encouraged that Allyson visit OCU. “There was more financial aid and scholarships available to me here so it would be possible for me to graduate with less debt. It all happened so fast, it's crazy how God worked it all out so perfectly.”
 
OCU is preparing Allyson for her call to ministry. “I have already learned so much here that has continued in shaping the way I view ministry,” said Allyson. “It is such a privilege to be at a university where I can not only be encouraged in my faith, but also challenged, which promotes great growth. I love learning new and effective ways to share my faith as well as defend it. Between going to chapel, outreaches around the community, or the opportunity to be a Residence Hall Chaplain this year, OCU has given me so many chances to stretch and grow my faith and passion for Jesus.”
 
 

Articles of Interest

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion

Archived Articles of Interest

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Biblical Marriage is Beautiful

Biblical Marriage is Beautiful image

Published: April 28, 2015

I stand for traditional marriage (one man and one woman for life). I love marriage with my beautiful wife of 28 years and my two sons from the United States and Guatemala. What a privilege to enjoy this God-designed institution called marriage. The traditional family unit has made America great and brings so much peace to my life. As the debate on marriage rages, many elected officials on both sides of the aisle render comments in support of or opposition to the definition of marriage, with some sending news-breaking statements while both political pundits and peasant commoners discuss
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I stand for traditional marriage (one man and one woman for life). I love marriage with my beautiful wife of 28 years and my two sons from the United States and Guatemala. What a privilege to enjoy
Developing Young Christian Leaders image

Developing Young Christian Leaders

Developing Young Christian Leaders image

Published: January 16, 2015

Last July OCU once again partnered with Live God Loud Ministries to host the third annual LifeTraks School of Leadership, which trains Christian leaders with a biblical worldview. Thirty-one young people came to OCU to develop their personal leadership skills under the direction of staff leaders including Mr. Tony McCrary, Dr. Rick Christman, and Live God Loud Ministries LifeTraks Director of Operations Rev. Dan Coy. Students had opportunities to develop their professional skills through various work study projects, team building activities, community service, and area business visits
Last July OCU once again partnered with Live God Loud Ministries to host the third annual LifeTraks School of Leadership, which trains Christian leaders with a biblical worldview. Thirty-one young people came to OCU to develop their personal leadership skills under the direction of staff leaders including Mr. Tony McCrary, Dr. Rick Christman, and Live God Loud Ministries LifeTraks Director
Last July OCU once again partnered with Live God Loud Ministries to host the third annual LifeTraks School of Leadership, which trains Christian leaders with a biblical worldview. Thirty-one young
Teacher Education Grads following Their Passion for Education and Family image

Teacher Education Grads following Their Passion for Education and Family

Teacher Education Grads following Their Passion for Education and Family image

Published: January 3, 2015

Lauren (Bivens) Sisley
Lauren (Bivens) Sisley
Lauren (Bivens) Sisley
The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

Published: September 23, 2014

The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the faculty and staff to help new students match names with faces, and encouraging communication between students and faculty. The professors were then given the opportunity to share their passion for
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving
Enthusiasm For The Classroom image

Enthusiasm For The Classroom

Enthusiasm For The Classroom image

Published: March 9, 2014

Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio Christian University has had a constructivist view on our teacher education program even before our accreditation. We believe in hands-on approaches to learning.’"   She goes on to give an
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early