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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 785-248-2397.

Braving Discipleship 2018 Worship Leaders

321 Improv

Comedy unlike anything you've seen before!

321 Improv creates a unique, interactive comedy experience unlike any you’ve been part of before. 321 Improv instantly turns audience suggestions into hilarious scenes that will bring tears to your eyes, a pain to your side and will make your face ache with laughter!

Carl Crispin started 321 Improv in 2004 and has been traveling and performing improvisational comedy full time for 18 years. Joining wits with Mike Domeny and Jeremy Schofield, 321 Improv brings a level of energy that makes the show completely unpredictable.

Since its inception, 321 Improv has been in high demand for events across the United States and Canada. They’ve performed in more than 40 states and 4 Canadian provinces bringing true joy and laughter to almost a million people.

Student and adult audiences ranging in size from 50 to 10,000+ people have enjoyed the experience of laughing together in an evening of hilarious, clean entertainment while building stronger bonds within marriages, families, friends, community and the church.

No two shows are ever alike!

Worship Outreach Team

Our purpose in Worship Outreach is also our vision of worship: "To prepare God's people for acts of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12, 13)

Braving Discipleship 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Theme: Hope

Rev. Julie Robinson
Region Staff Minister, American Baptist Churches of the Central Region

Rev. Julie RobinsonJulie enjoys life, love and ministry with her husband of nine years, RJ. Nearly two years ago, their twosome became three with the birth of their spunky son, Sam. She grew up in rural Fairbury, Neb. She has served in youth ministry ever since high school graduation.

Julie graduated with a bachelors in Theology/Philosophy and Theatre/ Communications from the University of Sioux Falls and her masters in Christian Ministry from Truett Seminary at Baylor University.

While at Baylor, God gave Julie the opportunity to do mission trips to Morocco, Ghana and Namibia, as well as regional missions with as many as 120 youth at a time. Julie is also an Adjunct Professor and Dorm Suppervisor at Manhattan Christian College.

Julie is in love with Christ and seeks to deeply love His people. Because of God's great faithfulness; she is passionate about living the love of Christ. It is one of her deepest joys to serve the community of faith in both big and small ways!

Paul Spittka
Children and Student Ministries Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church

Paul SpittkaPaul came aboard the Fellowship Bible Church staff in 2014. Paul (or as many of us call him, P2) and his wife Sandy have been married for over twenty-five years and have five kids! He has been serving in Youth Ministry since the fall of 1989; in places ranging from northern Michigan, downtown Indianapolis, and even inner-city Detroit. P2 has had the privilege of speaking at national youth pastor training events, summer camps, and retreats. As the Children and Student Ministries Pastor, Paul also serves on the Strategic Leadership Team at FBC. His vision is to create a student ministry where students can come to know Christ as Savior, to grow in their knowledge of Christ and to show Christ to others through their daily living.

Youth Leader Track - Breakout Speakers

Dusty Bratzler
Topic: Think Tank

Dusty BratzlerPassion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. This definition also clearly defines the way I look at equipping youth leaders with a sense of unity. With that unity plus the one main goal of making the name of Jesus Christ echo throughout this country equals disciples for generations to come. Youth leaders all over want to impact kids lives which leads to an eternity with Christ, but it has to start with this simple equation. I am blessed to be on this mission from Christ to bring unity to all denominations in the Heartland region which consists of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. In this region there are 2.1 million students from the ages 12-18. This is no small task, but with every great mission comes a great team. I believe over the next 6 months God is rising up people to come along side my family and this mission to see these students reached through unity of youth leaders.

Armando "AJ" Gonzalez, IV
Topic: Social Media

Armando 'AJ' Gonzalez, IVAJ is the pastor to Students and Young Adults at Evergreen Church in Bixby, Oklahoma. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, since 2012. They have one son, Armando the fifth! From 2008 to 2010, A.J. served in various ministries throughout Tulsa, including work in student, college and music ministry, while also leading worship at many camps, retreats and other various events. In 2010, he accepted his first church staff position where he served two (2) years as Student Pastor. That position was followed by the role of Student and Worship Pastor back at his home church, where he also served for two (2) years. In February 2014, AJ joined the staff of Evergreen Church. He has served as the Associate Pastor to Students, College Pastor and is now the Pastor to Students and Young Adults. AJ has a heart for reaching students and young adults for Christ, while also pastoring and developing parents and adult leaders.

Matt Ingle
Topic: Parent Involvement

Matt IngleMatt Ingle is a husband, father of four, and shepherd of a church that meets in houses around Northwest Arkansas. He has served in ministry as a worship leader, youth pastor, and an associate pastor before moving to Rogers, Arkansas, to plant a church in 2013.

Virgil Lee
Topic: Why Networking

Virgil LeeVirgil is the Student Pastor at Catalyst Church in Bentonville, Arkansas, for the past seven (7) years. All together he has been involved in student ministry for more than 15 years. He is married to Cami, and has two great kids, Ayden and Meygan. Virgil has a desire for students to not only see themselves as part of the church of today, but also as the leaders of the church of tomorrow. That is why he is passionate about discipleship that truly transforms people’s lives to be more like Jesus. Virgil’s pursuit is to exhort, equip and encourage the body of Christ to go and change the world. He also enjoys talking about theology and history, watching college football, and spending time with friends and family.

Danny Tuxhorn
Topic: Homosexuality in Church

Danny TuxhornDanny was born and raised in Colorado Springs, but has called NWA home since 2013, when he graduated from John Brown University. He is passionate about seeing students connect with God and connect with others. When he's not around Christian Life Cathedral, you can find Danny rooting for his favorite sports teams, eating chips and queso, or doing something outdoors with his wife, Liz. They have been married since 2014. Danny and Liz share a passion for students and they love doing ministry together.

Braving Discipleship 2018 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.

Youth Track

Friday, November 2, 2018

6:30 p.m. Registration
6:50 p.m. Doors Open
7:00 p.m. Worship and Welcome
7:30 p.m. Small Groups
8:30 p.m. 321 Improv

Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:45 a.m. Worship
9:10 a.m. Featured Guest Speaker I
9:40 a.m. Small Groups
10:35 a.m. Youth Groups
11:25 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Service Projects
2:45 p.m. Worship
3:00 p.m. Featured Guest Speaker II
3:40 p.m. Small Groups
4:30 p.m. Closing

Youth Leader Track

Friday, November 2, 2018

6:30 p.m. Registration
6:50 p.m. Doors Open
7:00 p.m. Worship and Welcome
7:30 p.m. Breakout Session
8:30 p.m. 321 Improv

Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:45 a.m. Worship
9:10 a.m. Featured Guest Speaker I
9:40 a.m. Breakout Session
10:35 a.m. Youth Groups
11:25 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Service Projects
2:45 p.m. Worship
3:00 p.m. Featured Guest Speaker II
3:40 p.m. Breakout Session
4:30 p.m. Closing

Braving Discipleship 2018 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 2018 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 at 785-248-2397 or 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 785-248-2397.

Location Offer

Best Western
212 E 23rd Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


10% off any room

Days Inn
2209 S Princeton Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Single room: $47.95
Double room: $57.95

Econo Lodge
2331 S Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


2nd floor double room: $53.99
1st floor double room: $64.99

Knights Inn
1641 S Main Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


4 people per room: $64.99

Super 8
2315 S Oak Street
Ottawa, KS 66067


Double room: $59.99
(depending on number of rooms booked)

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.

Advisor: Madeline Bellew

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.

Advisor: Madeline Bellew

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