Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Kyle Benecke

Junior Kyle Benecke has a slew of rising talents. While being on Sports Link and starring in Track and Cross Country, Kyle maintains superior academic standing. One may think this cool kid with the Mohawk can't possibly do anything else. But, when asked about some of his favorite activities, Kyle brings up his band, Leaving Cardboard Houses, as if it were nothing.

Serving as lead singer, songwriter, and ukulele player, Kyle and drummer Chris Volzke make up the band. Although they are just two, they sure know how to fill a stage with musical presence. Writing, producing, managing, and scheduling gigs, Kyle is making use of his dual major in Business and Ministry to handily grow the band's popularity.

Kyle didn’t always know where his love of running and music would lead. It became evident that God called him to ministry and music. Using music as his ministry, Kyle's heart and fire for God--behind the lights, glitz, and glamour of musicians and upcoming artists--is inspiring.

Wanting to use the band to witness and minister, Kyle affirms, "Attending Ohio Christian is having a major influence on my thinking."  Forming a mix-tape group during freshman year and discovering he loves making music, Kyle was not surprised when drummer Chris asked him to start the band:  "Being at OCU and meeting musically-talented people like my friends Amy, Jim, and Hunter gave me my first opportunities to lead worship with them.  OCU and the people I have met here create an environment where I learn ministry doesn’t have to take traditional form. Whether or not this is something I will do the rest of my life, OCU has taught me worship can be organic and show up in ways least expected. Ministry can look different, and, overall, it is how you interact with people that matters”.

Through the discipline, encouragement, and God-centered focus that OCU embodies, a bright future is surely in store for those who work hard, seek God, and leave their comfort zone. Who knows?  You might just end up like Kyle--with bright eyes, adventurous heart, and compassionate mind that strives to actively pursue God on a path that sets your dreams, hopes, and future ablaze!

For Leaving Cardboard Houses, from the start it has been about leaving the 'comfort zones' and undertake a life for God. After all, says Kyle, “Living a Godly life is about doing 'uncomfortable' things where God leads you and helping others to follow.”

"What's the point of life? Pursuing truth is how I want my lyrics defined. Right now I don't know if I’m doing that well. What if I'm just writing music to sell?  I don't want this to be about money or fame, I pray I'm doing this for more than just my name." (Leaving Cardboard Houses, Nothing to Say, March 21st, 2017 as part of the EP Homesick (Debut EP)).

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
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
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
Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns) image

Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns)

Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns) image

Published: February 28, 2020

In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled the April 4 Jazz Ambassadors concert that was scheduled in the Ministry & Performing Arts center on campus. To ensure that information provided to all staff, faculty, students, family members, and community members be the most up to date, Ohio Christian University launched a Center for Coronavirus Updates on the university website.   
In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled the April 4 Jazz Ambassadors concert that was scheduled in the Ministry
In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled
Audition Day Article Photo

Audition Day for Performing Arts Scholarships

Audition Day Article Photo

Published: January 28, 2020

The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts Scholarship. High school seniors and juniors and incoming transfer students planning to major in one of the Music programs or those who just plan to participate in Band, Orchestra, Choir and/or Theater are all invited to audition. “We are proud to offer significant scholarships to music and worship leadership majors, and to any student who participates in our performing arts activities,” said
The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts Scholarship. High school seniors and juniors and incoming transfer students planning to major in one of the Music programs or those who just plan to participate in Band, Orchestra, Choir and/or
The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts

Archived Articles of Interest

Mike Holbrook

Alumnus Profile: Mike Holbrook Elected CCCU General Superintendent

Mike Holbrook

Published: August 7, 2018

Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018. Believing God wanted him to attend Circleville Bible College (CBC), now Ohio Christian University (OCU), Holbrook enrolled and while a student joined the college quartet, working also as Associate Pastor at Circleville First Church. Holbrook, ordained in 1979, has served CCCU most recently as District Superintendent of the South Central District.  Previously, he served the University as Director of
Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018. Believing God wanted him to attend Circleville Bible College (CBC), now Ohio Christian University (OCU), Holbrook enrolled and while a student joined the college quartet, working also as Associate Pastor
Reverend Michael E. Holbrook (‘78) was elected General Superintendent at the 36th General Council of Churches of Christ in Christian Union, held at Ohio Christian University in June, 2018.
ABLAZE - OCU Ministry on Tour

ABLAZE - 2018 Summer Tour!

ABLAZE - OCU Ministry on Tour

Published: June 12, 2018

Ohio Christian University's ABLAZE student ministry minstrel group will be performing in Indiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio on these dates at the following CCCU churches and summer camps, where OCU students are also serving as camp counselors: June 10:  Community Wesleyan Church, Athens, OH June 17:  Hartsville Church of Christ, Harstville, IN June 17:  Chillicothe Paints Baseball Game, Chillicothe, OH (singing the national anthem at 6:05 p.m.) June 19:  General CCCU Council, Circleville, OH June 20-23:  Teens of Praise Camp, Circleville, OH June 24-28:  Bible Camp, Maysville
Ohio Christian University's ABLAZE student ministry minstrel group will be performing in Indiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio on these dates at the following CCCU churches and summer camps, where OCU students are also serving as camp counselors: June 10:  Community Wesleyan Church, Athens, OH June 17:  Hartsville Church of Christ, Harstville, IN June 17:  Chillicothe Paints Baseball
Ohio Christian University's ABLAZE student ministry minstrel group will be performing in Indiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio on these dates at the following CCCU churches and summer camps,
Grand Piano Donated to the Music Department image

Grand Piano Donated to the Music Department

Grand Piano Donated to the Music Department image

Published: March 13, 2018

Local resident and friend of Ohio Christian University, Mr. Harry Canfield donated a beautiful Baldwin Model L grand piano to the University’s Music Department.  According to Mr. Canfield, the piano was his wife Eileen’s favorite piano. Eileen was a lifelong pianist who blessed many in her church as well as local nursing homes with her piano playing.  A bronze plaque fixed to the instrument states the following sentiment, “This piano was a source of hours of listening pleasure for many of us and was Eileen Canfield’s prized possession. ‘To God Be The Glory’.” Canfield’s decision to
Local resident and friend of Ohio Christian University, Mr. Harry Canfield donated a beautiful Baldwin Model L grand piano to the University’s Music Department.  According to Mr. Canfield, the piano was his wife Eileen’s favorite piano. Eileen was a lifelong pianist who blessed many in her church as well as local nursing homes with her piano playing.  A bronze plaque fixed to the instrument
Local resident and friend of Ohio Christian University, Mr. Harry Canfield donated a beautiful Baldwin Model L grand piano to the University’s Music Department.  According to Mr. Canfield, the
Worship Night Dancers

OCU Aesthetic Club Hosts Worship Night

Worship Night Dancers

Published: February 27, 2018

By Amber Ginter OCU Aesthetic Club, Movements from the Heart, hosted their first annual Worship Night in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23.  The performance comprised four choreographed routines, music from Michelle Martin and Kyle Benecke, a ‘spoken word’ by Gerald Mershimer, and a message by Tyler Freeman. Featuring Amber Ginter and Anna Hambrick with paired members Amber Ginter/Eric Fahrer, Anna Hambrick/Phillip Goodson, Faith Monaghan/Ian Monaghan, Hannah Hostetler/Stephen Kibble, and Noelle Reif/Davi Pereira, the club perfected a god-honoring
By Amber Ginter OCU Aesthetic Club, Movements from the Heart, hosted their first annual Worship Night in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23.  The performance comprised four choreographed routines, music from Michelle Martin and Kyle Benecke, a ‘spoken word’ by Gerald Mershimer, and a message by Tyler Freeman. Featuring Amber Ginter and Anna Hambrick with
By Amber Ginter OCU Aesthetic Club, Movements from the Heart, hosted their first annual Worship Night in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23.  The performance
Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler image

Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler

Former OCU President's Tribute to OCU Grad Dr. Stan Toler image

Published: December 13, 2017

By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing our ministry to Native Americans in Arizona with World Gospel Mission. There was a quartet singing in the service–a group of young preacher boys representing Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University). One of the lads was very small in size with a gracious smile and a perfect haircut. When the offering was received, he pledged to give $5.00 monthly to our support in spite of
By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing our ministry to Native Americans in Arizona with World Gospel Mission. There was a quartet singing in the service–a group of young preacher boys representing Circleville Bible College (now Ohio
By Doug Carter, OCU President 1980-1989 Forty-seven years ago (1970) at the Taylor County Camp Meeting in Central Georgia on a hot July day, my wife and I were the missionary speakers representing