The Churches of Christ in Christian Union

Our 2017 Advent Offering

Last year was our first experience of having an Advent Offering which replaced our February Sacrifice Offering. What a thrill it was to receive nearly $67,000! This offering helps in providing disaster relief when such events occur on our mission fields. It also assists in the operational costs. This past year funds from this account enabled us to send finances to Yemen for the Humanitarian Relief and just recently, to our churches in the Caribbean region due to the damage from the hurricane.

Our theme for the offering this year is The Way in a Manger. Truly, He is the way and the truth and the life… John 14:6. Let’s not hold back in sharing The Way with friends, neighbors and those around the world. You may not feel called to another country to share The Way, but we can all lighten the load of those who have responded to the call God has given them. Let’s work at making this offering the best yet! The goal this year is to raise $75,000.

Your gift will make a difference today!

OCU Hires a New President

Dr. Jon Kulaga has been hired to be the 11th president for Ohio Christian University (OCU). Kulaga will start August 1st and comes from Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has been the chief operating officer and chief academic officer for 10 years. He received unanimous approval by both the OCU and Churches of Christ in Christian Union boards. Kulaga fills the role vacated by Dr. Mark Smith, OCU's president since 2006, who will become the president of Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, on July 1st.

Kulaga PhotoKulaga has nearly 30 years of higher education experience that includes academics, advancement (fund raising), and student life/development. He has also worked at Spring Arbor University, Kansas State University, and Central Christian College of Kansas. Kulaga is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist denomination. He holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, M.A. from Michigan State University, and B.A. from Spring Arbor College. He has written or contributed to writing six published books.

During his interview with the University's Board of Trustees, Kulaga expressed his vision to continue to grow OCU's enrollment and influence by offering more programs and opening new locations for evening classes—while keeping true to its Christian mission.

"We are honored to be asked to serve the OCU community in this capacity," said Kulaga. "The vision, mission and core values of Ohio Christian University position the institution to transform lives and impact the world for Christ, and we are humbled to be called to be a part of this process."

The Chairman of OCU's Board of Trustees, Dr. Tom Hermiz, said "Dr. Kulaga matches the profile and leadership characteristics established by the search committee after listening to Ohio Christian University's stakeholders. I couldn't be happier with his selection as OCU's 11th president."

Kulaga and his wife Lena have been married for 30 years and have four children.