Phone: 740-474-8856    E:Mail:

The General Missionary Department is thrilled to announce the appointment of four new missionaries serving with The Churches of Christ in Christian Union. Stephen and Bethany Taylor, Barb Thomas, and Christina McBride join Teresa Bowman and Jake Routzahn as new CCCU missionaries, for a total of six new CCCU missionaries this year!

These new missionaries are godly people with tremendous skill sets and great burdens for lost people. You can read more about these new missionaries below.

  • Stephen & Bethany Taylor (U.S. Southwest Ministries – formerly “American Indian Field”): Stephen and Bethany have been appointed to serve in Arizona. They will minister to Native Americans on the Gila River Reservation and surrounding areas. Stephen will minister through addiction recovery ministries and support the ministries of Siloam Church, a Native congregation on the reservation where CCCU Missionaries Steve and Debbie Cartwright are pastoring. Bethany has a burden to share the love of Christ and disciple young women. You can learn more about Stephen, Bethany, and their ministry here.
  • Barb Thomas (Texas-Mexico Border): Barb has been appointed to pioneer a new ministry on the Texas-Mexico Border. She will launch a Christian community center in Laredo, Texas, in conjunction with our CCCU congregation in Laredo (Iglesia Evangelica Union Cristiana). We anticipate a variety of ministries at the community center, including English as a Second Language classes, tutoring, and much more. These ministries will serve as a platform for evangelizing and discipling children, youth, and families in Laredo. You can learn more about Barb and her ministry here.
  • Christina McBride (Texas-Mexico Border): Christina was appointed by World Gospel Mission in 2002. After serving in Stockton, California, working with inner-city children and youth, God then began to show she that He had a new ministry. Christina now serves with the Texas-Mexico Border Ministries team at Taylor Community Center. After attending the CCCU congregation in McAllen (Iglesia Evangelica Cristiana) for several years, Christina felt God leading her take the next step in her connection with the church. In June 2023, Christina became a member Iglesia Evangelica Cristiana. As a member of CCCU, she now joins the ranks for our CCCU Missionary team. You can learn more about Christina and her ministry here.

Stephen and Bethany Taylor and Barb Thomas are actively building their respective support teams. They need prayer partners and monthly financial supporters to join them in their ministries. Visit to make a recurring gift or special gift to their ministry. Stephen, Bethany, and Barb are available to speak at services, personal meetings, special events, Sunday School classes, and small groups. For more information about Stephen, Bethany, Barb, or Christina, please contact the General Missionary Department at 740-474-8856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Transformation Conference 2023

The Evangelism Department of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union and Ohio Christian University are proud to present the Community Transformation Conference. The Community Transformation Conference is designed to EQUIP, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER Christ followers and churches to make a difference in a broken world by reaching out to the community in which they live.


  • Monday, October 16 - 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17 - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants may come one or both days. Tickets are free, but registration is requested. Click here to register.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Dr. Michael Holbrook - General Superintendent of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union
  • Dr. Ron Smith - President of Ohio Christian University
  • Rev. David Dean - Director of Evangelism for The Churches of Christ in Christian Union
  • Dr. Monty Lobb - Executive Director of the Ohio Christian Business Innovation Center
  • Rev. Joseph Jones - NYC Faith Community Liaison to Mayor Eric Adams
  • Dr. Josh Mulvihill - RenewaNation
  • Rev. Jerry Revish - Former TV Anchor in Columbus, OH
  • Dr. Jeff Russell - Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance, Ohio University, and President, The Kardía Foundation.
  • Mrs. Janice Emerson - FNP-BC
  • Rev. Tim Throckmorton - Midwest Director of Ministry for the Family Research Council
  • Mr. Michael MacCarter - Principal and Founder of Ross County Christian Academy and former principal of Smith Middle School in Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Dr. Valerie Jones - Head of School Ross County Christian Academy
  • Mrs. Tammy Eallonardo - Director of Economic Development for Ross County
  • Mrs. Issa Bialy - The Everts Project in Circleville, Ohio

Please follow the link below to view the full confernece schedule.

Church Extension Spring Offering 2021The General Church Extension Department is excited to announce the 2023 Church Extension Offering. Churches across the denomination will begin receiving this offering to launch new churches, support the training of church planters, assist church plants with start up costs, and enable new churches to launch effectively.

2023 Ministers ConferenceGeneral Superintendent Dr. Mike Holbrook is pleased to annonce the 2023 Ministerial Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, at Brookside Church in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ministerial Conference is an opportunity for those serving on the front lines of ministry to be equipped and encouraged in their calling. 

Dr. Holbrook and Ohio Christian University President Dr. Ron Smith will be the featured speakers. The theme for the conference is "The Blessing." All ministers, ministers’ spouses, and church staff members are invited to attend. As we minister in these days may we never forget the blessings God continues to give us.

12:30-1:00: Registration
1:00-1:20: Worship & Special Music
1:20-2:00: GS Address - Dr. Mike Holbrook - “We are Blessed”
2:00: Break
2:15-3:00: Dr. Ron Smith - “The Blessing” - Session 1
3:00-3:15: Break
3:15-3:45: Worship & Prayer
3:45-4:20: Dr. Ron Smith - “The Blessing” - Session 2
4:20-4:50: Communion
4:50-5:00: Special Music
5:00 Adjournment

2023 Annual Project Photo CabinThe 2023 CCCU Missions Banquet, sponsored by our Mission Minded Men, will be held on Saturday, April 15th, at 5:00 PM at Crossroads CCCU in Circleville, Ohio. 

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Remembering Rev. Don SeymourIn coordination with Mrs. Betty Seymour and the Seymour family, the General Missionary Department is pleased to announce the Rev. Don Seymour Memorial Fund. The purpose of this fund is to honor Don’s life and legacy. Contributions to the fund will be used to recruit new missionaries – a cause that we believe Don would be thrilled about!

Anyone donating $100 or more will receive a signed copy of Don and Betty’s book entitled God is Enough. This wonderful book shares the exciting story of Don and Betty’s pioneer missionary ministry in Papua New Guinea. Donations can be made through the giving link below or by sending your contribution to the General Missionary Department at 1553 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113.

Don’s life and testimony bear witness to the power of God to achieve more than all we could ask or imagine. He was born in 1936 to Rev. Glen and Daisy Seymour. During a family worship time at the age of six, Don heard the whisper of God saying, “Donnie, I want you to preach for me someday.”

Glen and Daisy led their children in memorizing Scripture, obeying God’s Word, loving others, sharing their faith, and paying their tithes. Upon turning four, Don sang in the family’s gospel music group. They went to church every time the doors were open, but they never seemed to get too much church. They would often play church and have Don preach. In 1948, Rev. Glen Seymour accepted the call to pastor Dexter Road CCCU in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that Don began preaching in church at age 15.

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Don Seymour Bio Pic 3In 1953, Don met Betty Mattox at a church service, and they became good friends. They both attended Mount Carmel School, a Christian high school near Jackson, Kentucky. Missionaries often visited and spoke at the school. Don and Betty were challenged by hearing about the great need for the Gospel to be preached in other lands. After graduation, God led them both to Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute. They fell in love and were married on October 7, 1957.

Following graduation, the Lord called Don and Betty to pastor two churches in the Cambridge, Ohio area - Derwent CCCU and Four Mile Hill CCCU. After four years in Cambridge, Don accepted the call to pastor Lancaster CCCU (now known as Faith Memorial Church). God blessed Don’s ministry in Lancaster immensely. Then, in 1964, just when things were going so well, the Lord gave Don and Betty an unmistakable challenge: “I have chosen you that you should go…” to the island of Papua New Guinea (PNG)! This calling was not just to the highly civilized coastal area but to the Southern Highlands Province in the interior of the country.

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Don Seymour Bio Pic 2Though the prospect of taking three small children to PNG was daunting, the promise of God was clear – they would bear fruit that would remain. On October 31st, 1964, Don and Betty departed from Columbus, Ohio, with their children, Martha, Deborah, and Mark. Their son, David, was born in Goroka, Territory of Papua and New Guinea, in 1966. They claimed the promise of God, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of thy children.” Isaiah 54:13

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Don Seymour Bio Pic 4The harvest was ready, and thousands of people eagerly received the message of salvation during the next ten years. Rapid growth demanded many more workers, and God sent more missionaries. That great harvest continues to this day, and the work has expanded to include medical, educational, evangelistic, and church planting ministries.

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Don Seymour Bio Pic 6After nine years in Papua New Guinea, Don and Betty once again heard the call of God. This time it was to the Caribbean. Don became the Regional Superintendent, and he oversaw church development, the planting of new churches, and training of ministers. Through those efforts, God has raised up leaders to serve on islands throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.

In 1980, Don was elected to serve as General Missionary Superintendent. This was a challenging and exciting ministry which required the enabling grace of God. During this time, Kid Power and Mission Minded Men were launched. After twelve years as General Missionary Superintendent, Don joined the administration at Ohio Christian University where he served as Vice-President of Advancement. He was then elected to serve as District Superintendent of the Northeast District for eight years. This was followed by pastoral ministries at Praise Memorial CCCU (Circleville, OH), Community Bible Church (Avon Park, FL), and Valleyview CCCU (Columbus, OH).

EA Article March April 2023 Tipton Don Seymour Bio Pic 5Rev. Donald Seymour could say with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also who love His appearing.” II Timothy 4:7-8.

We invite you to join us in honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Don Seymour by contributing to the Rev. Don Seymour Memorial Fund. Together, we will raise up the next generation of leaders for the harvest!

2022 MMM Annual Project Kenya Pic Version 2The 2022 CCCU Missions Banquet, sponsored by our Mission Minded Men, will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, at 5:00 PM at Crossroads CCCU in Circleville, Ohio. 

OCU Offering 2021Ohio Christian University was founded in 1948 by The Churches of Christ in Christian Union to train world-impacting Christ-centered servant leaders. Every September, the CCCU churches lovingly and generously take up a special offering to support Ohio Christian University. This offering provides scholarships for students and support for the University.

The Global Impact Rally kicks off Mount of Praise Camp Meeting on Tuesday night, June 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at Ohio Christian University! The rally will highlight ministries taking the Gospel to lost people in our communities and around the world.

The 2023 Mount of Praise Camp Meeting calendar is below:

Evangelical Christian Ladies Concert
Friday, June 9th - 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. (Dessert Buffet)
OCU Ministry & Performing Arts Center
Speaker/Singers: Kelly Crabb & the Bowling Sisters
Tickets: $15.00 (Space is limited; Reservations recommended)

Ohio Christian University Night
Date: Saturday, June 10
Speaker: Dr. Ron Smith

Ordination Service and 50 Year Awards Presentation
Sunday, June 11 - 2:00 P.M.
Speaker: Dr. Mike Holbrook, General Superintendent

Global Impact Rally
Sunday - June 11 - 6:00 P.M.
Speaker: Rev. David Engbrecht

Teens of Praise
Dates: June 11-16

Nursery Services (Infants & Toddlers)
Saturday, June 10 - Saturday, June 17
Nursery Coordinator: Robin Crabtree
7:00 each evening & Sundays,10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Children's Services (Ages K-6 grade)
Saturday, June 10 - Saturday, June 17
Nursery Coordinator: Greg & Becky Gardner
10:30 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. each evening & Sundays,10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Ring Meeting
Saturday June 10 - Saturday June 17
6:00 P.M. nightly, 4:30 P.M. Sunday

Healing Services
Nightly in conjunction with the Ring Meeting Service
6:00 P.M. nightly, 4:30 P.M. on Sunday

Church Extension Spring Offering 2021The General Church Extension Department is excited to announce the 2021 Church Extension Offering. Churches across the denomination will begin receiving this offering to launch new churches, support the training of church planters, assist church plants with start up costs, and enable new churches to launch effectively.

Greetings to All,

I know I don’t need to remind you that God Is Good, but He is Good! The little chorus we used to sing a lot proclaimed that God is good. Velna Ledin wrote this chorus in 1933 while on a road trip with several companions just to pass the time while they were traveling. The verses of that chorus still encourage me today.

Ministerial Conference 2021

The 2021 CCCU Ministerial Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 27th. The theme of the conference is “THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT” and will be held on the campus of our Brookside Church, 2215 Egypt Pike, Chillicothe, Ohio. Speakers include General Superintendent Dr. Mike Holbrook, former Wesleyan General Superintendent Dr. David Holdren, OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga, and CCCU Director of Evangelism Rev. David Dean. The day will be filled with dynamic speakers who will encourage and equip you for ministry.

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CCCU has a rich history of national and international mission outreach! CCCU has sent hundreds of people around the world since CCCU’s first international missionary, Mary Johnson, boarded a ship bound for India in 1929.

The General Missionary Department recently began a project to track down our former CCCU career and volunteer missionaries. Through many personal conversations, countless follow-up phone calls, e-mail after e-mail, online research, and even checking white pages, we connected with many wonderful people who have contributed deeply to our Great Commission Movement! We enjoyed hearing the stories of a couple of our oldest alumni and thought you might also.

EA Article March April 2021 MMM Banquet Pic 1 v.2Gabriel and Gloria Martinez made their way to a vacant piece of property near Santa Rosa, Bolivia. While it may have appeared as empty real estate to you and me, Gabriel and Gloria saw it as the key to building strong Godly marriages and strong Godly families in every city, town, and village in their region of Bolivia.

Select the ministry that you would like to contribute to, and then click the "donate" button. 

Northeast District
Northeast District - Lily Lake Camp
South Central District
South Central District - Nipgen Camp 
West Central District
West Central District Camp Meeting

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Churches of Christ in Christian Union presented an online Good Friday Service on April 10, 2020. General Superintendent Dr. Mike Holbrook and former General Superintendents Dr. Tom Hermiz and Dr. Dan Tipton spoke, with music provided by Dr. Ralph Hux and Mrs. Susan Jones. Read on to see the full service video.

General Superintendent Mike Holbrook has formed a COVID-19 Task Force to help lead and direct CCCU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 Task Force continues to analyze the latest information related to the coronavirus from government agencies and medical professionals in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our members and the general public. 

General Superintendent Dr. Mike Holbrook shares, "I encourage you to be the church in these days. God has not been asleep or caught off guard. He will see us through, and my prayer is that the church responds in a way to bring Glory to God." Read on for the latest updates from our General Superintendent.

Vlashaj Family Center

Due to COVID-19, the CCCU Missions Banquet has been postponed until further notice. 

The 2020 CCCU Missions Banquet, sponsored by our Mission Minded Men, was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 5:00 PM at Crossroads CCCU in Circleville, Ohio.

Our goal this year is to reach the nation of Albania by bringing the hope of Jesus to Muslim families. Specifically, we want to raise $35,000 and form two work teams to help construct the Vlashaj Family Center which will minister to Muslim families in Vlashaj, Albania, and the surrounding communities. Our theme this year is “Hope for Albania.”


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