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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
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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
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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

Hundreds of Students Renew Faith Commitment at Spring Revival  image

Hundreds of Students Renew Faith Commitment at Spring Revival

Hundreds of Students Renew Faith Commitment at Spring Revival  image

Published: January 29, 2016

Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was honored to have Dr. Jim Lo—current Indiana Wesleyan University professor, former IWU Dean of Chapel, and missionary—speak words of wisdom about seeking, prayer, and forgiveness. Hundreds of students made or renewed their commitments to the Lord throughout the services.  We are truly privileged to have had such an outstanding response and revival on our campus and among our students. and was
Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was honored to have Dr. Jim Lo—current Indiana Wesleyan University professor, former IWU Dean of Chapel, and missionary—speak words of wisdom about seeking, prayer, and forgiveness. Hundreds of students
Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was
OCU Fall Revival with Rev. Susie Shellenberger

Students Challenged During Fall Revival

OCU Fall Revival with Rev. Susie Shellenberger

Published: September 17, 2015

The annual Ohio Christian University fall revival was colorful and fun, yet convicting and divine. Rev. Susie Shellenberger’s vibrant and challenging message related with the student body in every service. Rev. Shellenberger laid out principles to help students through the coming year. Through her messages, students learned that it is important to recognize and attack the things that hinder them from drawing close to God. Intimacy with God can seem like a heavy subject, but Rev. Shellenberger has a gift for taking difficult subjects and articulating them in a way that makes them
The annual Ohio Christian University fall revival was colorful and fun, yet convicting and divine. Rev. Susie Shellenberger’s vibrant and challenging message related with the student body in every service. Rev. Shellenberger laid out principles to help students through the coming year. Through her messages, students learned that it is important to recognize and attack the things that
The annual Ohio Christian University fall revival was colorful and fun, yet convicting and divine. Rev. Susie Shellenberger’s vibrant and challenging message related with the student body in every
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Fall Revival with Rev. Susie Shellenberger

Fall Revival with Rev. Susie Shellenberger image

Published: September 2, 2015

Ohio Christian University is excited to welcome Rev. Susie Shellenberger as the featured speaker for this year’s Fall Revival. Fall Revival will start on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and will conclude on Thursday, September 10. Susie is no stranger to our revival stage. She has spoken at Ohio Christian University each year since 2013 and every year she has left a phenomenal impression on our student body. Rev. Susie Shellenberger grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma, and her fun and colorful personality is incorporated into her ministry. She attended Southern Nazarene University where
Ohio Christian University is excited to welcome Rev. Susie Shellenberger as the featured speaker for this year’s Fall Revival. Fall Revival will start on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and will conclude on Thursday, September 10. Susie is no stranger to our revival stage. She has spoken at Ohio Christian University each year since 2013 and every year she has left a phenomenal impression on our
Ohio Christian University is excited to welcome Rev. Susie Shellenberger as the featured speaker for this year’s Fall Revival. Fall Revival will start on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and will
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Spring Semester Revival

Spring Semester Revival image

Published: January 22, 2014

OCU spring revival services started January 21, with alumnus, Pastor David Gallimore, sharing a message of forgiveness and healing.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.~ Hebrews 12:15 Gallimore spoke of right relationships with God and one another, calling those in attendance to let go of bitterness in their lives. Unforgiveness toward others, according to Gallimore, makes it impossible to be at peace with God.“Real revival starts with real repentance. It's time for us to deal with it and tell the truth
OCU spring revival services started January 21, with alumnus, Pastor David Gallimore, sharing a message of forgiveness and healing.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.~ Hebrews 12:15 Gallimore spoke of right relationships with God and one another, calling those in attendance to let go of bitterness in their
OCU spring revival services started January 21, with alumnus, Pastor David Gallimore, sharing a message of forgiveness and healing.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no
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Fall Revival Week at OCU - Live Online!

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
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
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