Keep your faith in college with spiritual resources at Ohio University

Staying committed to your faith may not be popular in college, but you don’t have to face it alone! Finding an uplifting community on campus is a great way to meet new friends and maintain your beliefs. Read this article from Tirzah Magazine for some tips on how to keep your faith in college and check out the lists below for resources available at OU!

Student Organizations: Get involved!

There are many spiritual organizations to choose from at Ohio University. Find one that works for you and meet students who share your faith!

1.Athletes in Action (AIA):

Student athletes with an interest in their faith can really benefit from AIA involvement. Feel free to visit the AIA house, located on the corner of Washington and College Streets across from the city parking garage. Interested in learning more? Check out this video from WOUB or contact by email at

2. Campus Crusade For Christ (CRU at Ohio University):

One of the largest spiritual organizations on campus, CRU has over 400 student members that support each other in the Christian faith. CRU Community Groups are located on all greens across campus and focus on helping students explore who Christ is and what it means to live their lives for Him. CRU’s weekly meeting, 180, meets Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in Morton 201 for worship, teaching from the Bible and to hear how other Ohio University students’ lives have been transformed through a relationship with Jesus. (Want a sneak peek at a 180 meeting? Check out this article!)

Visit CRU on their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! You can also add them on Snapchat – cruatou!

180 is tomorrow ya'll – though I know we all wish it was today!

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3. Chinese Bible Study Group:

The Chinese Bible Study Group desires to glorify God by ministering to the spiritual needs of Chinese students on the OU Campus. Weekly praying meetings are held in Gordy Hall room 113 each Friday from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., followed by a Bible study from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with Pastor William Hixson. Activities and services are also available to these students throughout the year, including hiking trips at Hocking Hills or free rides to the grocery store! (Contact John Swaim at 740-594-2783 to schedule a ride.)

Check out the website or contact by email at for more information.

4. Hillel at Ohio University (Jewish students):

Hillel serves the OU campus community in areas of Jewish culture, education, history, social service, Israel advocacy, and communal experiences. Through involvement in Hillel, Jewish students learn valuable leadership skills, enhance their Jewish identity, and diversify the religious and cultural campus community. Contact Rabbi Danielle Leshaw at her office: 740-592-1173, cell: 740-274-9265, or email: if you’re interested in joining! Student work and internships are also available at Hillel for qualifying students. Get the info here!

Visit Hillel at 21 Mill Street or check out their website, Facebook and Twitter.

Hillel at Ohio University students
Hillel at Ohio University students

5. Muslim Students Association at Ohio University (MSA):

As a student organization, the MSA provides OU students with the opportunity to come together as a Muslim community. As a Muslim organization, the MSA seeks to educate the Ohio University campus and Athens communities about Islam. All Muslim and non-Muslim students are welcome to join their religious and social events!

You can find the Islamic Center of Athens on 13 Stewart Street. Visit the MSA website, or contact by phone (740-594-3890) and email ( for details about their events.

6. Reach Out on Campus (ROC):

Reach Out on Campus is a community of people who desire to put a spotlight on Jesus Christ through words and actions in the Ohio University community. ROC members enjoy one another and love hanging out, serving together, and exploring the life Jesus has given them. The community is found all over campus. On Monday nights at 7:00 p.m., a small group Bible study meets in the ministry office, called the ROC House, which is located on the corner of Court and Union Streets at 50 S. Court Street suite C (on the 3rd floor above the College Bookstore.) On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., ROC’s Cross Walk group meets on campus in Baker Center room 231 for weekly worship, teaching, prayer & fellowship. Anyone is welcome to join at any time!

Check out the ROC website and Facebook page! Reach out by email at

Reach Out on Campus students volunteer at Latrobe St. Mission
Reach Out on Campus students volunteer at Latrobe St. Mission

7. United Campus Ministry (UCM):

UCM’s mission is to engage the Ohio University and Athens communities in spiritual growth, fundraising, community service and work for justice, guided by socially progressive and interfaith values. It is a non-profit organization that was born out of the Ecumenical movement and progressive social action. All programs are free and open to everyone, regardless of who you are, what you believe (or don’t), or where you come from.

United Campus Ministry is located on 18 N College Street in Athens. Feel free to give them a call at 740-593-7301 or visit them on their website and Facebook page.

United Campus Ministry
United Campus Ministry

8. Young Life:

Young Life is an organization that allows Ohio University students to change the lives of young people across Athens County. Young Life leaders gain leadership opportunities at local high schools and log hours with those students by building relationships with them and attending events and activities, such as high school football games. Young Life believes in the power of presence and impacting young lives by sharing God’s love. Being a Young Life leader allows students to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

Young Life College meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at 7 Stewart Street! Send them an email at to get involved or check them out on their website, Facebook and Twitter!

young life logo

Young Life students hang out together
Young Life students hang out together









Churches: Want to go a bit deeper with your faith?

Check out these local churches and find one that fits for you! All within walking distance (or a short drive) from campus. If you drive – all uptown parking is FREE on Sundays!

1.First Baptist Church

Pastor: Jim DiFilippo

Sunday Service:10:40 a.m.

Address: 336 East State Street, Athens, Ohio. Near Papa John’s Pizza.

First Baptist provides a friendly atmosphere that welcomes students, singles, couples, families & children. You may dress up or wear casual attire. Jeans are acceptable. Sermons are relevant and informative with practical application for everyday life. Multimedia with Power Point presentations of music and sermons enhance the worship and learning experience.

Visit the website or send an email to to learn more!

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church

2. Athens Catholic Community (St. Paul Church & Christ the King Parish)

Pastor: Rev. Fr. Mark Moore

Mass Times: Christ the King Parish: Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Daily Mass is held in the chapel of the Holy Family Center, Tuesday through Friday 5:30 p.m. St. Paul Church: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Mondays 7:15 a.m. and Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m.

Address: 75 Stewart Street, Athens, Ohio.

The Athens Catholic Community comprises part of the Southern region of the Diocese of Steubenville. St. Paul Church is located about 2 minutes away from Christ the King University Parish, where the parish offices are located. Both churches exist as one parish to serve the local communities of the Athens area, as well as the needs of Ohio University students.

Learn more at the Athens Catholic Community website. Call 740-592-2711 or 740-593-7822 and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

St. Paul Church
St. Paul Church
Christ the King Parish
Christ the King Parish
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3. Brookfield Church

Pastors: Aaron Kuhnert, Lead Pastor; Kenny Basnett, Staff Pastor; David Carter, Staff Pastor

Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

Address: 5 North Court Street, Athens, Ohio. Across from Pita Pit.

Brookfield is a church plant of Vine Community Church in Carbondale, Illinois, that moved to Athens at the end of June 2011. Most Sundays at Brookfield, the attendance is roughly half college students! If you are a student at OU or Hocking College, Brookfield will be a great church for you! Enjoy free coffee and bagels before or during worship.

Visit their website or send them an email at Follow them on Twitter to stay connected!

Brookfield Church
Brookfield Church

4. New Life Assembly of God

Pastor: Philip Foster

Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m.

Address: 1008 E. State Street, Athens, Ohio. Service held in the Athena Grand Movie Theater.

New Life in Athens, an Assemblies of God member church, is now almost 40 years old. It primarily serve the Athens County, Ohio, area with a focus on the Ohio University campus. Join them in the Athena Grand!

Check out their website or send them an email at to learn more.

New Life

New Life Assembly of God meets in the Athena Grand!
New Life Assembly of God meets in the Athena Grand!









5. Church of the Good Shepherd:

Pastor: Rev. Deborah Woolsey

Sunday Services: 8:00 a.m. (no music) or full service with music and choir at 10:30 a.m.

Address: 64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio. At the top of Morton Hill on College Green.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is not only for Episcopalians. It is here for everyone – with a prominent location on campus, Good Shepherd is a religious cornerstone of Ohio University. All are welcome to visit a Sunday service!

Check out the website or send an email to to learn more!

Church of the Good Shepherd
Church of the Good Shepherd

6. Christ Lutheran Church:

Pastor: Lynn Miller

Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

Address: 69 Mill Street, Athens, Ohio. Turn right off of College St. and head down the hill. Christ Lutheran is on the right side.

All students are welcome! A student brunch follows after worship each week. Meet downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for tasty meals prepared by members of the church. It’s a great time to meet one another and get to know each other a bit better over a home-cooked meal! Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., Christ Lutheran hosts “Oasis Time, where students take turns preparing a meal to share with other students of various faith backgrounds (or none at all). The cost is covered by the church.

Visit the website or give them a call at 740-593-3144.

Christ Lutheran Church
Christ Lutheran Church

7. First Presbyterian Church:

Pastor: Rev. Robert Martin

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Address: 2 South Court Street, Athens, Ohio. On the corner of Court and Washington Streets, across from Chase Bank.

All are welcome to worship and participate in activities at First Presbyterian Church. There is a free college lunch for students on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Stop by for some delicious home-style cooking and a chance to relax with friends. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are prepared and dessert is always served. (Psst… for all you journalism students out there: E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director, Robert Stewart attends here!)

Find out more about First Presbyterian on their websiteFacebook page and Twitter. Contact them by phone at 740-593-3351 or email at

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church

8. First United Methodist Church:

Pastor: Rev. Robert McDowell

Sunday Service: Regular services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship U service at Noon.

Address: 2 South College Street, Athens, Ohio. Next to the city parking garage.

Worship U is a new, modern worship experience at First United designed specifically with young adults, young families, and college students in mind. It is a blend of contemporary worship with traditional elements and meets each Sunday at Noon in the Chapel. Immediately before Worship U, at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor lounge, the College Fellowship study meets to discuss the topic of the day. At 11:30am (also in the lounge), students enjoy lunch together in an informal and friendly atmosphere, to discuss current events on campus and in their daily lives, as followers of Christ.

Visit the First United Methodist Church website, call 740-593-3977 or send an email to to get involved! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected!

Thanks for joining us at Worship U, OU Kappa Phi club!!!

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9. Central Avenue United Methodist Church (Uptown Venue location)

Pastors: Paul Risler, Senior Pastor; Joe Graves, Associate Pastor

Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.

Address: 29 E. Carpenter Street, Athens, Ohio. Down the block from Athens Underground.

Central Avenue worships with contemporary Christian music, updated hymns, and original songs. They desire to partner with the Athens community through faith, education, music and the arts. Many Ohio University students attend Central’s Uptown location, so feel free to join!

Visit Central’s website or send an email to if you’re interested in learning more. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Central Avenue United Methodist Church - Uptown Venue location for college students!
Central Avenue United Methodist Church – Uptown Venue location for college students!

Ohio University has so much more to offer than just a party scene. If you want to keep your faith in college, there is a place for you! Find student organizations or local churches that fit with your beliefs and personality and get plugged in!

Dorm room living on a full stomach

When it comes to the dinning halls it will be your best friend for about the first month. Your mom isn’t there to cook for you and you may be at a lost for words every time your stomach growls and you crave Bagel Street Deli for the 100th time of the day. Your budget won’t make the cut and swipes just aren’t doing the trick. It is time to learn how to cook… without parental guidance. Here is your go-to guide of dorm room recipes.

Nelson & Boyd Market shopping list

– 2-3 swipes will fill your mini fridge –

  • Bagels
  • English muffins
  • Eggs or Egg Whites
  • Ham or turkey – Optional
  • Cheese spread of your choice
  • 3 to 4 veggie options (Greens) Avocado if lucky!
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Cake mix of your choice
  • Paper products – Plates etc.
  • Snag some butter, S&P and sugar packets form the d-hall — FOR FREE!

Mini dorm room kitchen essentials:


            They say breakfast is the most important part of the day, think about it… It is the only thing that gets me out of bed. Cereal was so High school, oatmeal is way too adult-y and honestly carbs are made for our fast paced college metabolism.

We know your heart is set on Bagel Street but check out this quick and easy bagel sandwich… and it’s low-key healthy!

Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Crush - Dorm Room Recipes
Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Crush


  • 1 Everything Bagel Thin or bagel of your choice
  • ¾ cup egg whites or one regular egg
  • 10-15 fresh spinach leaves or veggie of your choice
  • 1 spread of creme cheese of your choice (Veggie taste amazing)
  • Optional meat of your choice! (Turkey was my go-to)


  • In a small bowl (paper products work or a microwave safe dish— check out this all time favorite) add egg whites and spinach leaves. Place in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, keeping an eye on the eggs so they don’t overflow.
  • Smear wedge of creme cheese on bagel thin, spoon egg out of bowl in a single patty and place on top of cheesy everything bagel, top with avocado (if nelson market is on it’s A-game) add optional meat slices and enjoy.
  • YUM! – Feel free to make these in advance for those 6 AM classes.

Recipe accommodated from Foodie Crush to fit your dorm room needs!

— Insider —

If you are a reckless dorm-y and store a toaster in your room, toast bagel while eggs are microwaving!


Now that you’re in college we don’t get that saved by the bell lunch break. If you’re lucky the lines wont be too long at the dinning halls and you can swipe in for Nelson pizza… wood fired, cheesy, pepperoni pizza. I can almost taste it!

-Have no fear, your pizza fix is here-

Ingredients - Dorm room recipes
Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Happy Deal Happy Day
  • English Muffin
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice


Remember when you thought you grew out of Lunchables… you didn’t. Take your English muffin, top it with pizza sauce and cheese and add any toppings of your choice. You can either eat it plane or stick it in the microwave for melted, gooey, yummy cheese. — Good cold or heated!

Quick and easy lunch, Healthy too!



Dinner for 2

Your roomie and you are in for the night. You just got back from Ping and have no desire to ruin your workout with the Shively pasta station.

Stop by the market on your way home from the gym and pick up the trendy new spaghetti everyone is talking about; Spaghetti squash!

You could do this with your eyes closed and the taste is to die for! Dorm Room Recipes
Recipe & Photo:


  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Left over pizza sauce from lunch or pasta sauce of your choice (Butter is yummy too)


Use a sharp knife (or handy scissors) to pierce the Spaghetti squash in a few places to allow steam out when cooking. Microwave for 5 minutes, rotate and microwave for another 5 minutes until squash shell is soft to the touch.

Remove from microwave and let rest for 5 minutes to allow squash to finish cooking inside. Caution! Will be HOT!

Use a sharp knife, cut each end off of the squash.

Next cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Allow the squash to cool for a couple minutes.

Once cooled, remove seeds. Once removed, using a fork, gently scrape the tines or the fork around the inside edge of the Spaghetti Squash to shred the pulp into strands.  Place the strands (spaghetti-like ribbons) in a bowl. Top with the sauce of your choice and enjoy!

This healthy Italian dish is perfect to share! Save one half for lunch later or make it a roomie date!



Don’t think we forgot about the quick delivery of Insomnia Cookies, yes dreams really do come true in college.

Sweet treats are the key to my heart and always seem to occur late night when nothing is open but hot fresh Insomnia Cookies… those snicker-doodles are the key to my heart.


Mug Cake Picture via Pinterest - Dorm room recipes
3 – 2 – 1 Chocolate mug cake

Microwave Mug Cake


3 scoops of cake mix – Any flavor works!

2 tablespoons of water

1 minute in the microwave

Melt in your mouth cake and almost positive it’s faster than Insomnia!




No need to have an empty stomach now! Check out Pinterest for more dorm room recipes!