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!

Morton 201 inspires students to make Ohio University a united campus.

The once dull lecture hall of Morton 201 came alive with energy and passion on Thursday at 9 p.m. for 180, the weekly meeting for Cru at OU. Cru is an organization of students with a deep desire to know Jesus and share their faith on the Ohio University campus. Upbeat music set the tone for an exciting evening as soon as you walked through the doors, where you’re immediately welcomed by smiling faces and sounds of laughter.

The meeting opened with a time of worship to sing love songs to God. The 180 worship band lead this time with contemporary, yet vulnerable Christian music. True belief flooded from the hearts of those students in Morton 201, as they lifted their hands and raised their voices in full surrender to God.

Anisa Hardin shares her 180 story
Anisa Hardin shares her 180 story.

After worship, the emcees of the evening, Jordan and Alexis, came forward to welcome over 400 students, who filled nearly every seat in the largest lecture hall on campus. Some announcements were delivered for the regular 180 attendees, and for those who were new, some upcoming events hosted by Cru were publicized and encouraged everyone to come.

Then the main event for the evening took center stage – the 180 story. Each week, an OU student gives a personal testimony of how his or her life took a 180 degree turn when they accepted Jesus and the Christian faith into their life.

On this night, Anisa Hardin gave her 180 story: “As an engineering major,” Hardin said, “I’ve always loved equations. I told myself that the equation for a Christian was salvation = Jesus + faith + confession. I continued to add on to my equation until one day my mom told me that salvation was never meant to be an equation. The real equation for a Christian was salvation = Jesus + nothing.”

Chad Helmer delivers a teaching from Ephesians.
Chad Helmer delivers a teaching from Ephesians.

Following this special and honest story from Hardin, a Cru staff member, Chad Helmer, took the podium to deliver a Biblical teaching titled “Letter to the Ephesians.” Chad began in the book of Ephesians 4 and taught about gospel unity. He challenged the students to approach individuals of “every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9), to create a diverse group of faithful followers of Jesus on the Ohio University campus. “We tend to gravitate toward people like us, making culture the one barrier to gospel unity,” Chad said.

180 ended with a time for self-reflection and prayer as the 180 worship band performed one last song. This meeting for Cru at OU was so unique, it was more of an experience than an event.

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Brookfield Church: a Casual Place of Worship

Warm greetings, friendly faces and strong coffee. These are just a few of the characteristics that make Brookfield Church a treasured gem of the Athens community. Brookfield is the perfect place for those who are looking for easy access to quality worship – or just a free cup of coffee and a bagel. Located on Court Street, the church is within walking distance for many students.

Warm welcomes are given upon entering Brookfield Church
Warm welcomes are given upon entering Brookfield Church

Brookfield is a church plant of Vine Community Church in Carbondale, Ind., giving the church its own unique story that makes it irreplaceable to the town of Athens. Since its move to Athens in 2011, Brookfield first met in lead pastor, Aaron Kuhnert’s personal home, until it moved to holding public services in the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens. Within a year, Brookfield found its current home in a store front building.

One of the more favored features of the church’s services are the small groups that meet throughout the week to share a meal and community time together. Small groups are especially beneficial for college students looking to make close friendships with others who have a shared interest in their faith. Brookfield also offers extra opportunities for service in the church and provides occasional classes after service that teach more in-depth on certain areas of Christian beliefs.

Like all true Athens gems, Brookfield Church is anything but traditional. A typical Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. with plenty of time to meet new people before enjoying contemporary worship and relatable teachings for all ages. Brookfield is a wonderful place to find a loving, family connection that will last for years to come.