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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. ​

 

Articles of Interest

Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference   image

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
Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success image

Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success

Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success image

Published: March 28, 2019

Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education. Students Hannah Reager (’20), Davi Da Silva (’19), and Marissa McCrary (’20) all shared with those in attendance the impact that the donors had on them individually. Each student at Ohio Christian
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000

Archived Articles of Interest

No Other Name

'No Other Name' Author to Speak at OCU

No Other Name

Published: February 13, 2018

Ohio Christian University's Religion Department will host a presentation and discussion on “Divine Healing” on February 28, at 7:00 pm in OCU's Maxwell Library.  Presenter Dr. Edward Williamson is author of  No Other Name, a book that chronicles his late wife Loretta’s battle with cancer.  Dr. Williamson is father of OCU Religion Professor Ben Williamson.  Dr. Williamson is General Superintendent of the Evangelical Methodist Church and chair of the Board of Trustees for OMS International. The Evangelical Methodist Church has churches in Southeast Asia, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, in
Ohio Christian University's Religion Department will host a presentation and discussion on “Divine Healing” on February 28, at 7:00 pm in OCU's Maxwell Library.  Presenter Dr. Edward Williamson is author of  No Other Name, a book that chronicles his late wife Loretta’s battle with cancer.  Dr. Williamson is father of OCU Religion Professor Ben Williamson.  Dr. Williamson is General
Ohio Christian University's Religion Department will host a presentation and discussion on “Divine Healing” on February 28, at 7:00 pm in OCU's Maxwell Library.  Presenter Dr. Edward Williamson is
Student Profile:  Sophia Donaldson is Conquering the Calling image

Student Profile: Sophia Donaldson is Conquering the Calling

Student Profile:  Sophia Donaldson is Conquering the Calling image

Published: February 7, 2018

If asked a year ago if she would ever consider going on a mission trip to Cambodia, OCU sophomore Sophia Donaldson would have exclaimed, “You were crazy!”  Yet, today, Sophia with 12 other adventurous students is set to be on mission in Cambodia, May 29th through June 12th, 2018. Unlike some participants, Sophia has felt a clear calling from God to undertake this mission.  Playing guitar since age ten, but not serious about it until this year, Sophia strongly feels God wants her to go to Cambodia and play music for the people. It’s that simple and clear.  Despite initial doubts, she
If asked a year ago if she would ever consider going on a mission trip to Cambodia, OCU sophomore Sophia Donaldson would have exclaimed, “You were crazy!”  Yet, today, Sophia with 12 other adventurous students is set to be on mission in Cambodia, May 29th through June 12th, 2018. Unlike some participants, Sophia has felt a clear calling from God to undertake this mission.  Playing guitar
If asked a year ago if she would ever consider going on a mission trip to Cambodia, OCU sophomore Sophia Donaldson would have exclaimed, “You were crazy!”  Yet, today, Sophia with 12 other
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Serving the Great Commission

Serving the Great Commission image

Published: February 7, 2018

  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement Director Natasha Grimmett will be leading three separate teams of OCU students around the world to join in the long-term work that God is doing. The first trip is schedule for March 2-9 to Choluteca, Honduras. A team of nine students will be serving alongside long-term missionaries there to complete a variety work projects and support the children’s ministry. The second team will be serving in
  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement Director Natasha Grimmett will be leading three separate teams of OCU students around the world to join in the long-term work that God is doing. The first trip is schedule for March 2-9 to Choluteca,
  The Great Commission is a directive that Ohio Christian University and World Gospel Mission take seriously. Through OCU’s Student Center in 2018, World Gospel Mission Student Involvement
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True Faith from the Inside Out

True Faith from the Inside Out image

Published: January 29, 2018

Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective topics including personal relationships, what true worship means, and how to live from the inside out.  In addition to delivering such thought-provoking messages at the mornings and evenings services, Rev. Van Valin met with and encouraged students one-on-one while he was on campus, talking over a meal in the cafeteria and over coffee in the student center.   Early each semester, Student
Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective topics including personal relationships, what true worship means, and how to live from the inside out.  In addition to delivering such thought-provoking messages at the mornings and evenings
Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective
Rev. Mark Van Valin

Spring Revival 2018

Rev. Mark Van Valin

Published: January 16, 2018

Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and the difference Jesus makes in our lives and relationships. Rev. Van Valin is the lead pastor of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  He’s been married to his wife Linda for 33 years.  About himself Van Valin says this:  “I enjoy reading, history, music, and fishing. Catching anything is a bonus!  I was raised in a solid Christian home. My father Frank was a Free
Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and the difference Jesus makes in our lives and relationships. Rev. Van Valin is the lead pastor of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  He’s been married to his wife Linda for
Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and