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Campus Ministries

The Campus Ministries department fosters a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds to explore their faith, minister to others, and connect with fellow believers. We aid students in the development of their spiritual gifts by providing unconditional love, encouragement and resources. As we walk with students during their spiritual journey, we want each student to have a transformational encounter with Jesus Christ. In all we do, we want Christ Jesus to be the center of our attention.

Bible studies are student-led and typically meet once per week. Currently, we have a men's Bible study and two women's Bible studies regularly meeting.

Braving Discipleship is a weekend conference for high school students and youth pastors from Kansas and surrounding states. OU students are instrumental in planning and administrating this Christian conference. During the conference, OU students have ample opportunities to lead committees and small-group workshops within this Christian-based ministry.

November 1-2, 2019

In 2018, we made a change to the offerings at Braving Discipleship and created more of a conference style format. This change provided programming for high school students, as well as youth pastors. Special tracks are offered to tailor your time at Braving Discipleship to meet your needs and provide professional development and support for youth pastors

If you have questions about attending Braving Discipleship at Ottawa University, please contact a member of our Campus Ministries team at

Braving Discipleship 2019 Worship Leaders


Porter Band

The Porter Band are singers, song writers, and worship leaders displaying the love of Christ through songs. They are impacting the world to Make Jesus Famous through their God-given talents.

Their prayer is that their music will be a blessing to you as it is to usand that it will inspire you to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our hearts behind writing is to express God's love in a way He has been so faithful to us.

Photo courtesy of the Porter Band Facebook page.

Braving Discipleship 2019 Schedule

This year, we wil be offering two tracks as part of Braving Discipleship. One will be for youth attendees and the other will be for Youth Leaders. An example of the schedule can be found below for each track.

Friday, November 1, 2019

7:00 p.m. Registration
7:50 p.m. Doors Open
8:00 p.m. Worship and Welcome
8:45 p.m. Guest Speaker
10:00 p.m. Small Groups
10:30 p.m. Chapel Regroup

Saturday, November 2, 2019

9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. Small Groups
11:00 a.m. Youth Groups
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Service Projects
3:00 p.m. Worship
3:30 p.m. Featured Guest Speaker
4:00 p.m. Small Groups
5:00 p.m. Dinner
5:45 p.m. Closing

Braving Discipleship 2019 Partners

In an effort to deepen and broaden the experience of Braving Discipleship for all participants (sr. high youth, youth workers, OU students), partnerships have been fostered with the following organizations.

Theology Action and Understanding (TAU)

TAU.jpgA Non-Profit operating in Ottawa, Kansas, we are dedicated to improve our community. As a subsidiary of Ottawa University we offer a Youth theology institute offering rigorous, surprising & creative engagement with theologies; re-casting youth as active participants in theological debate. High school students are our focus, but our mission is to better the community around us with engagement, volunteering, and service to God and humanity!
TAU Passport Application

Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality

Fredrikson-Logo.jpgIn response to Ottawa University’s mission to operate as a Christ-centered community of grace; its vision of preparing students for lives of enlightened faith, inspired leadership, exemplary service, and personal significance; the commitment to its faith heritage; its pledge to serve the underserved; and its responsibility to enhance the communities in which it operates, Chancellor Kevin C. Eichner instituted the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality in 2009.

Chancellor Eichner then engaged students, his cabinet, faculty, staff, coaches, and alumni, to develop and initiate programming that would strengthen and enrich the faith experiences of students and the Ottawa University community, as well as nurture the hearts and minds of American Baptist Church (ABC) church families well beyond our community borders. In addition to a significant expansion in on-campus faith-based programming, Dr. Eichner implemented a series of programs to support and enrich servant leadership in local communities and to assist American Baptist pastors throughout the Midwest. It is this tangible support, hands-on leadership and personal facilitation that make this program one-of-a-kind.

About the Fredrikson Center

National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM)

National Network of Youth Ministries
The National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) desires to step out and work alongside youth leaders and other caring adults locally and nationally to reach and equip young people for Jesus Christ.

American Baptist Churches Central Region (ABCCR)

American Baptist Churches - Central Region
Centered on Christ, scripture and feedback from youth workers and youth themselves, Central Region is offering new and exciting youth opportunities as well as Resourcing and training in the area of youth ministry.

Rev. Julie Robinson,
Region Staff Minister for the American Baptist Church Central Region (ABCCR)

Braving Discipleship 2019 Registration

Register here! An invoice will be sent to you after completion of the registration.

If you have any questions, contact a member of our Campus Ministries team via email at

Hotels for Braving Discipleship

When making reservations, be sure to tell them that you are attending Ottawa University's Braving Discipleship event in order to receive their special pricing. If you have any problems making your reservations, feel free to contact a member of our Campus Ministries team at


Best Western
212 E 23rd Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Days Inn
2209 S Princeton Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Econo Lodge
2331 S Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Knights Inn
1641 S Main Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Super 8
2315 S Oak Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Chapel services are available to  students, faculty, staff and community members. Chapel typically consists of worship music led by our Praise Team followed by a message from either a student, faculty member, staff member or member of the community. 

Meeting Day and Time: Thursday, 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Fredrikson Chapel

We are a Spirit-empowered, diverse community of believers on university campuses, declaring in word and lifestyle our faith in Jesus Christ, equipped to fulfill our purpose in God’s global plan. We reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship.


Escape is a retreat event for OU students to break away from campus to refresh and recommit. This event takes place once each semester.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes reaches out to our student-athletes by sponsoring activities and events. The group meets weekly to discuss God and how He has been working on campus, specifically within athletics. At each meeting, students typically fellowship through an activity and receive an encouraging message for the week. 

Meeting Day and Time: Wednesday, 9:01 p.m.
Meeting Location: Gangwish Library, Pelton Lounge

Each year Campus Ministries plans a spring break mission trip. Students have traveled to Chicago, Pennsylvania and Mississippi to work in the inner city. All Ottawa University students are welcome to participate in these mission trips.

Peer Ministry Leadership teaches students how to become relational leaders and how to minister to their peers. One weekend training is held at the beginning of each semester to discuss Listening, Helping and Welcoming in detail.

Meeting Details: Mini-sessions are held throughout each semester bi-weekly.

Praise Team is an opportunity for students to share their musical talents through worship at weekly Chapel.

Meeting Details: Rehearsal time is determined based on member schedules.


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