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Garrett Howell, founder of Awaken Ministries, opened OCU's Fall Revival with a message highlighting how to escape ‘strongholds’ that weigh down people from satisfying their hunger to live Christ-centered lives.  He likened these ‘strongholds’ to buckets filled with bricks that people carry with them that contain their worldly, sometimes demonic, habits and obsessions, such as with pornography or comparative envy to others. These ‘strongholds’ may become so heavy they weigh down individuals and keep them from moving forward to fulfill the potential of their callings. 

In the days leading up to Fall Revival, Garrett explained, "I am thrilled to be speaking at Ohio Christian University's Fall Revival. The Holy Spirit will move with great power during our time together: I anticipate the transforming of many lives and God's Kingdom coming in a noticeable, unique way. I am already praying for OCU students and for what God wants to do this revival week!

"What I will share may be boiled to the word: advance. I'll share about how to watch God's Kingdom advance radically in our lives. This goes beyond living a comfortable, ‘normal’ life that adheres to the cultural status quo and American church. It calls us to live radically for Christ. Revival starts with one person willing to live a non-conforming, counter-culture lifestyle. That's the challenge I offer students.

"Seeing the Kingdom advance begins with giving Christ total authority in your life. The first step of revival is understanding the concept of authority and assessing where spiritual authority is in our lives—to what things we have given authority. Kingdom advancement continues when we have awe for the Father's heart for us, which occurs when we see His love afresh and feel His healing. However, the Kingdom demands we shift our allegiance and start living each day for God's will and reign. We gain a new perspective and vision each day of seeing Heaven come to earth. We'll spend time on this idea during the revival. Finally, we will discuss accepting the callings God gives us and His roles for us. I believe we will see lives change, perspectives shift, and hearts changed as the Lord Jesus meets with us in revival."

In closing the Revival, Garrett emphasized each student’s need to be open to hear God and to trust He will help them find their calling. Garrett invited the students to consider themselves as the living church, an army that will be going out into the world to fulfill Christ’s evangelical call. He prayed each student would spread the Word of God on whatever paths their OCU education takes them. He prayed God would fulfill students’ hunger for cultivating their personal relationships with God. ​

 

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Student Leadership Commissioning

Student Leadership Commissioning image

Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties
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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
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Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
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Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Published: June 24, 2019

The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the Mount of Praise Bible College, which was later changed to Circleville Bible College. As time passed and the college grew, it changed its name once more to Ohio Christian University in 2007. Dr. Jon
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting
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

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Published: October 31, 2013

On March 23rd of this year Ohio Christian University dedicated the 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center. The Center, which includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms and offices, was built to help support and develop the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named for Dean and Diana Hickman in gratitude for their very generous support of the university and this project.  The Hickman Student Center adjoins the Maxwell Center and the Science and Logistics Center. These beautiful facilities not only
On March 23rd of this year Ohio Christian University dedicated the 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center. The Center, which includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms and offices, was built to help support and develop the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named for Dean and Diana Hickman in gratitude for
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A Model of Faithful Giving

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Published: October 2, 2013

Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years of Lewis and Anna Brevard’s giving that so clearly spoke of lives characterized by stewardship. That check was the last of many that had been faithfully given to support the ministries they had felt directed to support throughout their lives. Lewis and Anna Brevard were not only faithful in giving of their treasure, but also of their time and talent.A gifted guitarist and singer, Lewis always
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OCU Hosts Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Service image

OCU Hosts Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Service

OCU Hosts Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Service image

Published: September 9, 2013

The second annual Lest We Forget ceremony remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Maxwell Center at Ohio Christian University.“The city leaders and I have all come together because we wanted to honor first responders and the military on the anniversary of 9/11,” said Pastor Timothy Throckmorton, organizer for the event.The evening, free for guests, will feature former congressman Bob McEwen, as well as performances by the Circleville Pumpkin Show Band and the Community Church Choir.Throckmorton said he picked McEwen because of his abilities as
The second annual Lest We Forget ceremony remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Maxwell Center at Ohio Christian University.“The city leaders and I have all come together because we wanted to honor first responders and the military on the anniversary of 9/11,” said Pastor Timothy Throckmorton, organizer for the event.The evening, free for guests,
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Fall Revival Week at OCU - Live Online! image

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Fall Revival Week at OCU - Live Online! image

Published: September 9, 2013

The OCU Fall Revival begins September 10, 2013, and live broadcasts will be available online at www.ohiochristian.edu/live. Services will feature special guest evangelist, Rev. Susie Shellenberger. Rev. Shellenberger created and edited Brio, a Focus on the Family publication, for 19 years. She also co-hosted a national weekly call-in radio show for teens called "Life on the Edge Live" that was produced by Focus on the Family for a number of years. Rev. Shellenberger has written over 40 books, as well as being the editor and namesake of the magazine SUSIE.Rev. Shellenberger is an
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LifeTraks Students Meet Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist David Phelps image

LifeTraks Students Meet Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist David Phelps

LifeTraks Students Meet Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist David Phelps image

Published: July 25, 2013

Students in the LifeTraks School of Leadership had the opportunity to meet Grammy Award-winning vocalist David Phelps in a question and answer forum last Friday (July 19, 2013) at Indianapolis First Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis, IN.  The night, full of distinct vocals and a high-octane live band, was capped off by words of insight from the highly acclaimed tenor. “If I had to give any advice for obtaining your dream, I would say that perseverance is foundational,” said Phelps.  “But when you accomplish them, you will look back on the tougher times and know that you were in
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