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

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Published: December 3, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming effortlessness. Learning choreography with live choirs singing was a challenge that Movements from the Heart (MFTH), the creative movement team, met in the practice time afforded before the first
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative
2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope image

2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope

2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope image

Published: December 2, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations featured the flags, colors, and music of peoples across the globe, representing all who look to Christ and His promise of eternal peace. The Ohio Christian University Orchestra played the celebration's prelude with George Edge, conducting, to the attendees who filled the spacious, modern auditorium. After University President Jon S. Kulaga opened the celebration with a warm welcome and prayer,
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations featured the flags, colors, and music of peoples across the globe, representing all who look to Christ and His promise of eternal peace. The Ohio Christian University Orchestra played the celebration's
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations
Staff Profile:  Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services image

Staff Profile: Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services

Staff Profile:  Paul Roberts, Director of Library Services image

Published: November 1, 2018

By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My Mom searched for the meaning of life and found the Savior. Soon I sought my life’s purpose. My quest ended in trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior, accepting His charge of my life and seeking His pleasure. I enrolled at Columbia Bible College in South Carolina. While studying the Bible, I was called to teach His Word to those who have no opportunity to study the Bible easily. I felt called to
By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My Mom searched for the meaning of life and found the Savior. Soon I sought my life’s purpose. My quest ended in trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior, accepting His charge of my life and seeking His
By Paul Roberts I was born into a non-Christian home. My three brothers and I never darkened a church door unless for a Boy Scout event. My life turned upside down at age 11 when my Dad died. My
Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program image

Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program

Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program image

Published: October 31, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano studio and those who are studying Worship Leadership and plan to teach piano to their congregants. Area piano teachers will also find the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program to be an excellent resource for expanding and honing their pedagogic skills. Designed for teaching all ages and levels of piano students, this program includes a two- to four-semester hands-on supervised teaching internship
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano studio and those who are studying Worship Leadership and plan to teach piano to their congregants. Area piano teachers will also find the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program to be an excellent
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification image

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification image

Published: October 31, 2018

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after studying for two years with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. Both have enjoyed music teaching careers and are Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA)-accredited teacher trainers. “Suzuki said his method is a
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki