Admissions Staff

Student Ambassadors

Whether over the phone or in person for a campus tour, OCC Student Ambassadors are ready to serve you! 

Admissions Counselors

Our admissions counselors have been right where you are now, and they can answer your questions about financial aid, the application process, and much more. Connect with your admissions counselor below!

Jesse Furst

Admissions Territory:
MO (64000-65793), OK, NE, TX, IA, CA, Western U.S., Transfer Students

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry - Biblical Justice (2016)

Advice for future students:
“Study something you are passionate about, because life's too short to spend it working at a job you don’t care about. It's important to trust God and listen to his calling on your life, because he knows what’s best for you and loves you more than any person on this earth does. Also, take advantage of every day you’re given, because none of us are guaranteed a certain amount of time on this earth. And don’t forget to have fun!”

Why I love Ozark:
"I love Ozark because everyone here has become my family. I felt so loved and cared for the first week I was on campus as a freshman, and I still feel that way while on staff years later. I also love Ozark because of the biblically grounded education I received. I would not be who I am today without attending Ozark – my education here taught me who Jesus is and how to love people well. I will always be grateful for the way my Ozark education shaped the person I am today."

Contact Jesse:
furst.jesse@occ.edu
417.626.1234 ext. 2029
417.529.8974

Sara Van Dam

Admissions Territory:
MO (63000-63599) plus Webb City & Oronogo, MO, KS, AR, CO, IL, IN, KY, Eastern U.S.

Degree:
Master of Arts in Education- Ball State University
Bachelor of Arts in Education- Anderson University

Advice for future students:
"Embrace the awkwardness.  Don’t take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at your mistakes.  Learn and move on with grace. Take time, daily, to sit quietly with the Lord.  Be organized with your assignments, readings, and projects. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors.  They genuinely care for their students here at Ozark and want to see you do well. It’s easy to look at your to do list and become overwhelmed.  Be obedient today with what God has given you to do today, in other words, take one task at a time. You really will look back on your college experience with a grateful heart when you allow yourself to be involved with what is going on in the community here.  Get involved and participate in some of the experiences we are blessed to have here at Ozark."

Why I love Ozark:
"One of the reasons I love Ozark is because I see that the faculty and staff truly love the students.  Whether they are teaching them in the classroom, mentoring them in life groups, working with them in the Student Financial Services office, or serving them in the cafeteria I see the face of Jesus when they are serving.  They have a genuine desire to see students succeed. Being a part of a campus that is training men and women for Christian service is a blessing when you see it done with compassion, grace, and humility. I have the great privilege of serving alongside men and women who work together to carry out the mission of Ozark Christian College in a way that glorifies God and advances the Kingdom."

Contact Sara:
vandam.sara@occ.edu
417.626.1234 ext. 2030
417.529.7698

Sarah Rhodes

Admissions Territory:
Athletic Recruiting Specialists 

Degree:
Master of Science in Collegiate Athletic Administration- Coker College
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry- Psychology & Counseling

Advice for future students:
"Embrace the relationships that come your way. Ozark is a place of community and there is no better way to grow in your walk with the Lord, than through community. Get involved with people who do something different than you do on campus and let that enhance the community of Ozark. Lastly, do not take the four to five years you spend here for granted. You will build relationships that will last for a lifetime here!"

Why I love Ozark:
"I love that Ozark prides themselves on staying true to the Gospel, but also that they strive for excellence. If you want to go to a Christian college and prepare yourself for your ministry, Ozark is the place for you. Here you will be prepared to go out into the world and make a difference. We need Christian doctors, coaches, teachers, business owners, and many other professions in this world in order to reach people for Christ. Here at Ozark you can be prepared to go out and change the world." 

Contact Sarah:
rhodes.sarah@occ.edu
417.626.1234 ext. 
918.533.0388

Matthew McBirth

Admissions Territory:
International Students

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry - Student Ministry (2016)

Advice for Future Students:
“Be who God made you to be! You do not only have the image of God in you, but you specifically reflect God in a unique way that allows your classmates, professors and fellow ministers to benefit from your presence and interactions with them. As my brother says, ‘Be you. God already has a Tim Keller, so don't be him, be you.’ God already has Jackie Hill-Perry, so don’t be her, be you.  Be the creation that God made you to be and change the world around you while doing it.”

Why I love Ozark:
"OCC is a premier ministry training higher learning institution. We want to train men and women for Christian service, and this will never change. This is reflected in every area of our campus. When you attend class, you are learning from amazing professors who have decades upon decades in studying the Bible and doing ministry. When you are in the dorms or getting help from a staff member, you are receiving help from some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. When you attend chapel, you are led in worship by people who want to love God and love people more than anything. I love OCC because we do these things, not to pat ourselves on the back, but to glorify Christ, and this has continued to be our mission for 75 years."

Contact Matthew:
mcbirth.matthew@occ.edu
417.626.1234 ext. 2378

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