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Training men and women for Christian service since 1942.

Matt Proctor 2022

From the President

I'll never forget my first few days on campus here at OCC. I was 19 years old, a last-minute transfer student from the University of Iowa, and I knew almost nobody.

I had just come out of a “prodigal son” season in my life, when I’d been running from God. Now here I was meeting my new neighbors on Williamson 3rd, buying commentaries for some Old Testament history class, getting skunked on the Bible Knowledge Exam, and wondering what in the world I had just signed up for.

Twenty-five years later, I can tell you what I’d signed up for: a changed life. God used this place to transform me.

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Vision & Mission

  • Core Values

    The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28)
    We are a biblical community, grounding our curriculum and life in God’s Word.

    Not to Be Served, but to Serve (Mark 10:45)
    We are a serving community, looking to others’ interests, not our own.

    Speaking the Truth in Love (Eph 4:15)
    We are an honest community, practicing maturity through careful truth-telling.

    Trusting in the Power of God (1 Cor 4:20)
    We are a dependent community, leaning not on our own strength, but on God’s.

    An Atmosphere of Grace, Trust, and Freedom (Rom 15:7; 1 Pet 4:10)
    We are a gracious community, maintaining unity in mutual acceptance and trust.

    Making Christ Known through the Church (Matt 28:19-20; Eph 3:10)
    We are a witnessing community, partnering with the Church in the Great Commission.

    Worshiping in Spirit and Truth (Jn 4:23-24)
    We are a worshiping community, pursuing God and the praise of his glory.

  • Statement of Faith

    Ozark Christian College has its roots in the Stone-Campbell heritage (Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ) that began in the United States in the early 19th century. This heritage seeks the unity of all Christians based on the authority of the Bible for the evangelization of the world. OCC recognizes that creeds and confessions of faith have at times been more divisive than unifying, but in light of its commitment to Scripture, OCC believes that agreement on certain matters of the faith is essential to carry out its mission. Therefore to avoid any misunderstanding or misinterpretation, the following statements are given and all trustees, administrators, and faculty affirm their unqualified acceptance of the following:

    GOD: There is one, holy God who eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created all things visible and invisible. God is perfect in wisdom, power, and love, knowing all things past, present, and future, and his sovereign plan of redemption was set in place before the foundation of the world. (Gen 1:1-2, Dt. 6:4, Heb 11:3, Eph 1:9-10; Rev 13:8)

    JESUS: Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, fully divine and fully human, and our Savior and Lord. Jesus, who was without sin, died in our place as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, bearing divine wrath, and reconciling to God all who trust in him. Jesus was bodily resurrected in victory over sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father where he presently reigns as our king, high priest, and advocate until his glorious return. (John 3:16, Col 1:15; 2:9-15; 1 Cor 15:3-8, 20-28; 2 Cor 5:18-21; Heb 4:14-15)

    HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is fully divine and active in the church and the world. The Holy Spirit draws all people to Christ by illuminating the gospel and convicting of sin. The Holy Spirit dwells in the life of a believer to transform, guide, assure, and empower living a fruitful Christian life. (John 16:8-11; Acts 2:38; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Gal 3:2)

    BIBLE: God is revealed in the Bible, the uniquely inspired written Word of God and infallible in all that it affirms. The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21)

    HUMANITY: God creates all humans, male and female, in his image, and therefore all people have intrinsic value and purpose. By the sin of the first man and woman (Adam and Eve), death entered the world. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, alienated from God and without hope apart from the blood of Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:26-27; Gen 3; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3)

    SALVATION: Salvation can be found in Christ alone and is offered to all by grace through faith. A living faith is demonstrated through repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life of obedience. (Rom 3:23; 5:12, Acts 2:38, Gal 3:26-29; Eph 2:4-10)

    CHURCH: The church is the body of Christ on earth, with Christ as the head. God’s church is comprised of a priesthood of all believers, serving as minister of the gospel according to the gifts which God has given them. Together the church is called to make disciples of all nations until Christ returns. (Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:10; 4:11-13; Col 1:18; 1 Pet 2:9-10)

    RETURN OF CHRIST: Christ will visibly return to restore creation and judge the world. There will be a bodily resurrection for the believers to eternal life with God in heaven and for the unbelievers to eternal judgment in hell. In heaven, sin will be no more and those in Christ will live in fellowship with God forever. (Acts 1:11; 2 Thess 1:5-12; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Rev 20:11-15)

  • Institutional Goals

    Ozark Christian College is committed to...

    1: exceptional academics.
    OCC provides qualified, innovative, and biblically faithful instruction to prepare our students to serve Christ and his Church.

    2: engaging experience.
    OCC offers quality co-curricular and extra-curricular programs to grow students in Christian maturity and equip students for Christian ministry.

    3: transforming community.
    OCC cultivates a life-changing community marked by personal holiness, joyful diversity, gracious honesty, and loving service.

    4: distinctive resources.
    OCC offers Christ-centered events, materials, and personnel to encourage and equip our constituents.

    5: strategic stewardship.
    OCC manages physical, financial, and human resources to honor Christ and advance the mission of the college.

  • History

    Located on a spacious 60-acre campus in the city of Joplin in southwest Missouri, Ozark Christian College is not far from Kansas City, Fayetteville, Branson, and Tulsa. Founded as Ozark Bible College in 1942, Ozark began with only 16 students.

    Today, over 15,000 students and over 75 years later, OCC continues to train men and women for Christian service. In fact, over 90% of our graduates enter vocational or volunteer ministry. 

    OCC's high academic caliber is thanks to exceptional, field-tested professors. Online students also receive the same outstanding Bible and ministry training while they serve off campus. With over 50 required hours of Bible classes, Ozark students are grounded in the knowledge and practice of Scripture.

    Ozark athletics holds several national and regional championships among our five varsity sports teams. Intramural sports, too, let all students compete and have fun. Ozark's arts programs offer opportunities for music, drama and more, and our close proximity to more than a dozen parachurch organizations like Christ In Youth, Good News Productions, and Rapha International gives students a chance to learn from even more kingdom leaders.

    Ozark's affordability is a real advantage for students. Generous donors and competitive scholarships and grants help keep student costs low. 95% of OCC students receive scholarships and financial aid.

    Since 1942, our mission has remained the same: we train men and women for Christian service. Many people want to serve God and make a difference with their lives, but they aren't sure where to start. At Ozark Christian College, we help students discover the kingdom assignment that God has for them, and we help prepare them for whatever that is.

    Your mission is out there. Training starts here.