Message from President Proctor
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.
Will you start that same journey?
God will use your classes here to change you. You will dig deeply into God’s Word. You’ll undergird your faith with historical and philosophical evidences for your beliefs. You’ll understand people and creation and language and art and culture from a scriptural worldview. You will stretch mental muscles you didn’t know you had, and you’ll discover how to keep learning long after you’ve left the halls of OCC.
God will use your relationships here to change you. You’ll make friends with someone different from you—from New York City or China, big city or small town, long-time believer or brand-new Christian, recent high school graduate or returning soccer mom. It’s a fun community, and you’ll make great memories on crazy dorm adventures or late-night Taco Bell runs. But more importantly, it’s a spiritual community. We’re not perfect, but this campus is filled with people who love Jesus and who will challenge you to love him more deeply.
God will use your service opportunities here to change you. If what you’re learning at Ozark only makes it into your class notes and not into your life, you’re missing the point. We’re here to prepare you for Christian service. “Impression without expression leads to depression,” and the only way to stay spiritually healthy is to serve—to put your education into practice.
God has something specific he wants to do in you while you’re at Ozark.
So get ready for a changed life.