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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

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Published: June 20, 2018

On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in dynamic discussions, break-out activities and tasks that raised questions and prompted fresh thinking by even the most inquisitive participants. Hosted by social workers Amanda Knotts and Bryston
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well
2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

Published: June 12, 2018

Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and progressive educational practices.  Registration is open now for this once-in-a-lifetime trip that begins in mid-May, 2019. According to OCU Teacher Education Department Chair, Dr. Valerie Jones, “Our aim
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without
Dr. Benny Tate Shares Inspiring Lessons in Leadership

2018 Pastors Conference Shares Lessons in Leadership

Dr. Benny Tate Shares Inspiring Lessons in Leadership

Published: April 27, 2018

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
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
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
Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Published: March 2, 2018

Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our students are often treated to guest speakers who provide real-world and first-hand information that our students will be able use as they teach. Pictured are Rev. Joe and Peggy Duvall who spoke to our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an
Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Published: March 2, 2018

The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and educational settings that are considered to be #1 in the world, as well as sightsee and experience the culture during their time there.          
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European