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

AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success image

AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success

AGS Alumna Testimonial: Sharon Sharpe’s Success image

Published: October 11, 2018

By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in Columbus, Ohio. My goal has been to move upward to higher management levels which require appropriate degrees. I learned of Ohio Christian University from my husband and enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) because it is attuned to helping working adults achieve their career goals. Above all, that OCU is a Christian university influenced my decision to enroll. In classes,
By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in Columbus, Ohio. My goal has been to move upward to higher management levels which require appropriate degrees. I learned of Ohio Christian University from my husband and enrolled in the College of
By Sharon Sharpe, ‘18 My career has been in the financial industry. Prior to enrolling at Ohio Christian University (OCU) to finish my higher education, I was branch manager at a large bank in
27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

Published: October 7, 2018

The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy
Dr. Brent Nolte Leads Music Department image

Dr. Brent Nolte Leads Music Department

Dr. Brent Nolte Leads Music Department image

Published: September 5, 2018

Dr. Brent Nolte has joined Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the new Music Department chair. He will teach Music History and Music Appreciation. Previously, Nolte served as Music Department Chair and College Organist at Talladega College where he taught courses in music theory and played the organ for convocations and commencement. Talladega College is located in Talladega, AL, and is a private, SACS-accredited, liberal arts college. Nolte also served at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, as an adjunct organ and brass instructor. Earlier, he was band and chorus director for St.
Dr. Brent Nolte has joined Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the new Music Department chair. He will teach Music History and Music Appreciation. Previously, Nolte served as Music Department Chair and College Organist at Talladega College where he taught courses in music theory and played the organ for convocations and commencement. Talladega College is located in Talladega, AL, and is a
Dr. Brent Nolte has joined Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the new Music Department chair. He will teach Music History and Music Appreciation. Previously, Nolte served as Music Department Chair
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,