Ohio Christian University

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We are committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. We achieve this by providing accredited degree programs for residential undergraduate students, graduate students, adult, and online students. In addition, our Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes. All of our programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Ohio Christian University
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, OH 43113

Website: ohiochristian.edu

Phone: 1-877-762-8669

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 310971599

CEO/President: Dr. Ronald E. Smith


Board size: 11


Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Preparing world-impacting Christian servant leaders.

Mission statement

Ohio Christian University prepares students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically integrated education in the Wesleyan tradition.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, self-existent in three Persons, co-equal and co-eternal; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the Bible, God's infallible Word, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, the supreme authority for faith and practice.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, who became man, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary death as a complete sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is now our interceding High Priest.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who reveals Christ, both in a ministry to the world by restraining evil and by convicting of sin, and in a ministry to the Church by indwelling, empowering, guiding, and teaching all Christians.

We believe that man was made in the image and likeness of God and by transgression incurred guilt before God, depravity of soul, and spiritual death. We believe in the universal atonement Christ provided for all mankind and that they who do repent and believe on Him are justified and regenerated from the guilt and practice of sin.

We believe in entire sanctification as a definite crisis experience subsequent to regeneration. It is wrought on the basis of faith and consecration through the infilling of the Holy Spirit by which the believer is cleansed from all sin and to which the Spirit testifies. We believe in the progressive growth in grace toward Christian maturity through a consistent Christian life of good works which springs from faith in God and obedience to His Word. This growth we believe to be a necessary complement to the above mentioned crisis experience.

We believe in the true universal Church as the Body of Christ and Temple of the Holy Spirit. It is composed of all true believers in Christ. It was created by Him for worship and fellowship and is commissioned by Him to publish the Gospel to all the world.

We believe in the personal return of Christ who shall come with power and great glory to gather the Church to Himself, to establish His millennial kingdom, and to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the resurrection of the just, who shall enter into an actual eternal heaven, and the resurrection of the unjust, who shall go away into an actual and eternal hell.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating591 of 111084 of 129
Fund acquisition rating615 of 111182 of 129
Resource allocation rating513 of 111161 of 129
Asset utilization rating588 of 111081 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,790,289$1,570,745$2,671,726$3,810,503$6,368,394
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,656,274$11,904,886$10,723,435$7,581,536$10,053,546
Long-term investments$6,579,751$7,304,937$5,931,729$5,274,830$5,036,198
Fixed assets$27,078,282$27,843,742$28,893,249$32,654,998$33,444,234
Other long-term assets$981,249$1,105,838$1,160,997$1,213,200$1,293,960
Total long-term assets$34,639,282$36,254,517$35,985,975$39,143,028$39,774,392
Total assets$46,295,556$48,159,403$46,709,410$46,724,564$49,827,938
Payables and accrued expenses$549,995$607,866$793,278$877,471$1,385,783
Other current liabilities$33,436$14,089$337,164$708,419$1,396,451
Total current liabilities$583,431$621,955$1,130,442$1,585,890$2,782,234
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$920,622$1,096,110$1,524,267$1,733,626$2,124,126
Total long-term liabilities$10,821,737$11,931,864$10,469,304$10,807,389$10,023,814
Total liabilities$11,405,168$12,553,819$11,599,746$12,393,279$12,806,048
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$28,011,355$27,538,076$27,492,473$27,752,215$30,649,791
With donor restrictions$6,879,033$8,067,508$7,617,191$6,579,070$6,372,099
Net assets$34,890,388$35,605,584$35,109,664$34,331,285$37,021,890
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,983,848$6,190,715$1,615,714$1,541,766$2,467,987
Program service revenue$17,946,550$19,148,231$24,559,219$32,073,572$38,530,398
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$350,679$305,759($153,144)$243,756$1,028,749
Other revenue$46,750$68,960$0$33,480$17,053
Total other revenue$18,343,979$19,522,950$24,406,075$32,350,808$39,576,200
Total revenue$22,327,827$25,713,665$26,021,789$33,892,574$42,044,187
Program services$18,669,779$20,369,490$22,314,452$33,612,343$36,208,664
Management and general$2,932,327$5,573,961$2,889,136$2,628,505$2,901,341
Total expenses$22,077,033$26,323,571$25,636,114$36,776,861$39,873,712
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$250,794($609,906)$385,675($2,884,287)$2,170,475
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$250,794($609,906)$385,675($2,884,287)$2,170,475


Dr Jon KulagaPresident$356,785
Ted W PerryVice-President$117,088

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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More than seventy years ago the Council of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union determined to establish a Christian college. After months of preparation, in September 1948, what we now know as Ohio Christian University (OCU) was opened as Circleville Bible College at 469 East Ohio Street in Circleville, Ohio. As the college grew it was becoming increasingly clear that the Ohio Street location would no longer be adequate, so more than forty acres was purchased just three (3) miles east of Circleville on US Route 22.

OCU was founded in 1948 as Circleville Bible College for the purpose of educating clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. While remaining true to its founders' vision, Ohio Christian University has expanded its outreach by becoming accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, by being affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and by adding certificate, associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in multiple disciplines. Choose between all of our campus programs, or programs offered entirely online.

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