The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 14, 2013

Hundreds expected for convention at OCC

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual Preaching-Teaching Convention in two weeks at Ozark Christian College.

The theme of the college’s 68th annual convention, to be held Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 25-27, is “Thrive: The life-giving wisdom of God.” Included in the event are eight main preaching sessions, more than 50 seminars, teen and children’s sessions, and an alumni banquet.

“For a culture that talks about smart phones, smart bombs, smart money and smart cars, we are still (making) foolish choices morally and relationally,” said Matt Proctor, president of the college, in a statement. “We need the life-giving wisdom of God, for God is really, really smart.”

Scheduled speakers for the main sessions include Proctor; David Erickson, senior pastor of First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mark Scott, former academic dean at OCC; Arron Chambers, lead minister of Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colo.; Chris Goldman, preaching minister at Northwest Church in Shoreline, Wash.; Tim Liston, lead pastor of New Hope Church in Manvel, Texas; and Jim Dalrymple, senior minister at First Christian Church in Monticello, Ill.

Corey Scott, music minister at Northside Christian Church in Springfield, and his team will lead a time of worship at all main sessions.

More than 50 smaller seminars, covering leadership, prayer, evangelism, preaching, family issues, missions, social subjects, women’s ministry, marriage and children’s ministry, will be held over the final two days of the convention.

A teen event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and children’s sessions for students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be available all three nights. A nursery will be available during all evening sessions.

The college’s annual alumni banquet and the presentation of the Seth Wilson Outstanding Alumnus Awards are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Two seminars will be held Monday, Feb. 25, before the convention kicks off; advance registration is required. They will be led by the staff of Christ in Youth and by Gary Zustiak, OCC psychology professor.

There is a registration fee for those who attend the whole convention. Individuals attending only the evening sessions may give a donation.


A COMPLETE SCHEDULE and registration forms for the Preaching-Teaching Convention at Ozark Christian College can be found at