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A senior Ministry major, John Flaugher was attracted to OCU by its affordability and an opportunity to join its track team.  He discovered OCU through a Bible study in Springfield, Ohio led by the father of OCU All-American soccer player Aubri Paugh who encouraged him to apply.

OCU was among several top schools that John considered. As he explains, “I came to OCU’s main campus for an over-night stay event where I met many students and experienced the strong community atmosphere.  I quickly felt at home and part of the ‘family’ which effected my perspective.  I saw student life activities that enabled you to connect easily with other students.  Professors I met seemed genuinely authentic, personable, and caring about students. They shared much information about the curriculum.  The academics seemed very strong and would prepare me well for after graduation.”

Initially, John considered majoring in business and communications, but he had felt called to be a pastor while a high school junior. Upon arriving at OCU, John participated in track and cross-country events right away: “I loved the coaches.  They invested in us spiritually as they mentored and trained us to be the best student athletes we could be.  We traveled weekly to different eastern states and cities which expanded our horizons.  Our team qualified for the national competitions early on, and I was lucky to contribute by setting track and cross-country records.  Being part of that winning atmosphere is very memorable.”

This term John began working at the Toler Leadership Institutes as assistant to the director, David Dean.  He is working on the institute’s partnering with churches, businesses, and medical professionals on how to help the world, assisting with fundraising, and offering ideas to market and expand the program.  Previously, John and his wife were worship leaders at Community United Methodist Church in Circleville. Earlier he was an Assistant Director of a Music Ministry where he traveled to over 150 different churches to preach and minister. Also, John raised funds for various missionaries and went on mission trips in different parts of the United States and Mexico. Now, he is in training to learn to teach Toler’s programs and is developing a library of video-taped sessions that will be made available worldwide.

“I am becoming an associate trainer and plan to be a part of the team, helping the leadership institute develop internationally by training younger pastors and raising funds to support their church ministries in other countries.  I will be working also with OCU students on campus who wish to become associate trainers, in addition to working with nearby and far-away churches,” John explains.

“My hope is to continue in higher education after finishing my undergraduate degree and move directly into earning a masters degree.  I am working on attaining Toler Leadership Institute's trainer certification and simultaneously am obtaining a pastor license through Churches of Christ in Christian Union.  I have the passion ultimately to continue on to become a professor one day.”

Articles of Interest

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Dr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Published: July 4, 2020

Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and raised him and his brother Millard to follow Christ no matter how hard the situation. On August 25, 1942, Maxwell married his wife, Laura. They had three children together: Lawrence (Larry), John, and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with
Cross Country Runners

2020 Cross Country Schedule Released

Cross Country Runners

Published: June 3, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Under the leadership of new head coach Dr. Tim Sykes, the men's and women's cross country program is ready to take to the course this Fall as they look to make strides within the River States Conference. "After an unusual Spring semester, we are looking forward to competing again this Fall," said Sykes. "We have a lot of training and recovery to do between now and then, but we are optimistic about improvements we can make in both the men's and women's teams not only at the conference level, but also potentially at the national level. We have some key returners along
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Under the leadership of new head coach Dr. Tim Sykes, the men's and women's cross country program is ready to take to the course this Fall as they look to make strides within the River States Conference. "After an unusual Spring semester, we are looking forward to competing again this Fall," said Sykes. "We have a lot of training and recovery to do between now and then, but
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Under the leadership of new head coach Dr. Tim Sykes, the men's and women's cross country program is ready to take to the course this Fall as they look to make strides within the
Zach Mason

Alumni Spotlight: Zach Mason

Zach Mason

Published: May 9, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a bachelor's in psychology, but would soon be called to a different opportunity.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a bachelor's in psychology, but would soon be called to a different opportunity.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – After graduating from Ohio Christian in 2018, Zach Mason was still unsure the plan God had for him. A four year member of the Trailblazer baseball program, Mason graduated with a
Ohio Christian to Offer Master of Education (MEd) Degree image

Ohio Christian to Offer Master of Education (MEd) Degree

Ohio Christian to Offer Master of Education (MEd) Degree image

Published: April 23, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to announce a new Master of Education (MEd) graduate degree. Approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the new MEd will begin June 1, 2020.   The degree consists of 36 hours total made up of 18 core hours and 18 hours in a specialization area. Specializations include Special Needs, English as a Second Language, English, and Mathematics.   “This is a degree created by teachers for teachers with real-classroom applications and relevant, current information,” says Dr. Valerie Jones, OCU’s 
Ohio Christian University is excited to announce a new Master of Education (MEd) graduate degree. Approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the new MEd will begin June 1, 2020.   The degree consists of 36 hours total made up of 18 core hours and 18 hours in a specialization area. Specializations include Special Needs, English as a
Ohio Christian University is excited to announce a new Master of Education (MEd) graduate degree. Approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher
Sam

Trailblazer Baseball Hosts Local Student Battling Cancer

Sam

Published: April 8, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on February 24th to hang out with the team and experience a practice.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on February 24th to hang out with the team and experience a practice.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Back in February, the Ohio Christian Baseball team helped host a local student battling cancer in the community. Sam, who currenlty has spinal ependymoma, came to campus on

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Student Profile: Heather Tucker image

Student Profile: Heather Tucker

Student Profile: Heather Tucker image

Published: December 7, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have been in the Special Olympics. She helps in training and competition of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She has been involved in helping these individuals develop their fitness
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio
Professor Valerie Jones Named Faculty Member of the Year image

Professor Valerie Jones Named Faculty Member of the Year

Professor Valerie Jones Named Faculty Member of the Year image

Published: November 29, 2018

Dr. Valerie Free Jones, chair of Ohio Christian University’s Department of Teacher Education, has been recognized as Faculty Member of the Year for 2017-2018. Professor Jones was awarded her doctorate in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from Marshall University in 2017. Her dissertation on “The Whole Building is a Classroom:  An Oral History of the School’s Role in the Culture of the Community” featured the well-known high school from which she graduated.  Jones earned her Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude at Ohio University, and her Master of Arts in
Dr. Valerie Free Jones, chair of Ohio Christian University’s Department of Teacher Education, has been recognized as Faculty Member of the Year for 2017-2018. Professor Jones was awarded her doctorate in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from Marshall University in 2017. Her dissertation on “The Whole Building is a Classroom:  An Oral History of the School’s Role in the
Dr. Valerie Free Jones, chair of Ohio Christian University’s Department of Teacher Education, has been recognized as Faculty Member of the Year for 2017-2018. Professor Jones was awarded her
OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child' image

OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child'

OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child' image

Published: November 16, 2018

By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program is guiding the next generation of teachers into modern day teaching. Valarie Jones, chair of the education department, said they’re teaching their education students about trauma-informed educating, a way to teach students who have been affected by trauma to their maximum potential. “Everything we do has the idea to love the kids first and then everything else comes after
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program is guiding the next generation of teachers into modern day teaching. Valarie Jones, chair of the education department, said they’re teaching their education students about trauma
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher