Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Student Leadership Commissioning image

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 this year, they will be more willing to reach out to others.”

Dr. Jon Kulaga addressed the group of over 30 students from SIC, Residence Life, and Spiritual Formation on the importance of seeking refuge in Christ. He referenced Psalm 11 to remind them that they first need to be secure in order to be effective leaders and serve those who are hurting.

“The definition of an insecure person is someone who has their security in anything that can be taken away from you,” Kulaga said. “If your identity is in anything other than the Lord, you’re an insecure person.”

He further assured the students the Lord is on His throne and times of hardship do not mean God has abandoned them. In fact, God often test those in leadership to develop them for his future plans.

Kulaga ended his address with this final encouragement to the young leaders: “Ultimately, if God is in control, that means you’re not. We have a God and you’re not Him. So, relax and take refuge in Him.”

Articles of Interest

Engaging the Culture Kulaga Article Series Photo

Engaging the Culture: The End Result

Engaging the Culture Kulaga Article Series Photo

Published: September 12, 2019

We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to learning than thinking; more to thinking than studying? As Christians, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Duet. 6:4-6; Matthew 22:36-40).  This full-orbed
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate from the graduate with no spiritual moorings or direction?  Should we expect more from the graduate of a Christian university than just “learning to think in Christian categories?” Is there more to
We turn our attention to the end result of a Christian liberal arts education—the graduate. What distinguishes a Christian education from a secular one?  What distinguishes the Christian graduate
Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
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

Archived Articles of Interest

True Faith from the Inside Out image

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
Community:  The Context for Reunification image

Community: The Context for Reunification

Community:  The Context for Reunification image

Published: January 22, 2018

T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about training every student, in every discipline, how to think from a Christian perspective. This is the task of each faculty member. The task of each student is to answer the call to the vocation of
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the purpose of Christian education is to teach people to think in Christian categories.”  It is not about the number of Bible classes or chapel services – although those are important.  It is about
T. S. Eliot, in his work Christianity and Culture, claimed that “no religion can survive the judgment of history unless the best minds of its time have collaborated in its construction . . . the
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
Truth Separated from Reality image

Truth Separated from Reality

Truth Separated from Reality image

Published: January 8, 2018

The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about God, truth, and reality.  In his research project, Third Millennium Teens, researcher George Barna states that over 75 percent of today’s churched youth believe that God created the universe, Jesus
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who are no longer capable of articulating a biblical worldview.  The average college student, even those who come from evangelical Christian homes and churches, hold to many distorted beliefs about
The implications of the separation of reason from faith in the university curriculum has not been lost on the students on whom it is being practiced.  Today, we see a generation of young people who
A Christ-Centered Education image

A Christ-Centered Education

A Christ-Centered Education image

Published: December 15, 2017

Ohio Christian University has adopted a list of what it declares are its “Core Values”.  These values are meant to succinctly describe who we are–at a glance–and can be found above our guest parking signs on campus, on the banners hanging from light poles, even on the walls over some of our drinking fountains.  The list is not long and includes such values as Bible-based, Ministry Motivated, Student Oriented, and so on.  And, while all these values are important, none is more important than Christ-Centered.  But what does it mean to offer a Christ-centered education? In the 17th 
Ohio Christian University has adopted a list of what it declares are its “Core Values”.  These values are meant to succinctly describe who we are–at a glance–and can be found above our guest parking signs on campus, on the banners hanging from light poles, even on the walls over some of our drinking fountains.  The list is not long and includes such values as Bible-based, Ministry Motivated
Ohio Christian University has adopted a list of what it declares are its “Core Values”.  These values are meant to succinctly describe who we are–at a glance–and can be found above our guest