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2021 COMMENCEMENT M AY 15, 2 021

Welcome to Ozark Christian College. We are honored you’ve joined us for Commencement 2021, and as we gather both physically and virtually, I have three words to share. The first word is for graduates: Congratulations! This year’s class will be remembered with words like pandemic, quarantine, Zoom, face mask, and social distancing. But because you persevered through historic challenges, you’ll also be remembered with words like resilient, flexible, faithful, and uniquely prepared. Over the last few years—and especially the last few months—you have worked hard, trusted the Lord, improvised, adapted, and overcome. Well done. The second word is for family and friends: Thanks! Thank you for sending these students our way. Thank you for the prayers, dollars, and love you have invested in their lives. Thank you for helping them navigate the normal ups and downs of college and the crazier-thannormal swings of college-in-the-midst-of-COVID. Thank you for being part of this special weekend, and thanks for helping us celebrate both responsibly and joyfully. The third word is for everyone: Hallelujah! This ancient Hebrew word means “Praise the Lord,” and we have so much for which to praise him. We call ourselves a “Jesus school,” and he has been faithful to guide, protect, and provide. The Lord’s hand has been on this college for 79 years, his hand has been on each graduate since the day of their birth, and Christ gets the glory for these accomplishments we celebrate. So we will worship him together today. May I add one more word? Pray. Ozark’s mission is training men and women for Christian service, and our tradition of reading the graduate’s plans as the diploma is awarded will highlight this ministry focus. As you’ll hear, our alumni take the gospel to far-off lands, church pulpits, public school classrooms, homeless shelters, and wherever else the Lord leads. So would you pray for these graduates? Ask God to use them to fulfill his Great Commission and to give them joy as they serve him. Yours in Christ,

Matt Proctor President

BOAR D OF TRUSTEES Bob Arnce, M.D., Chairman | Joplin, Missouri

Jim Johnson | Stillwater, Oklahoma

Rob Brust | Bentonville, Arkansas Mark Christian | Oronogo, Missouri

Roger Storms | Chandler, Arizona

Karolyn Schrage | Joplin, Missouri Joe Simmons | Bixby, Oklahoma

Vance Eubanks | Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Lito Solorio | Wichita, Kansas

Brian Jennings | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jim Vasey | Wichita, Kansas Clifford Wert | Webb City, Missouri Tim Whelan | Joplin, Missouri

Don Steen | Eldon, Missouri

2020-2021 A DMINISTR ATION & FACULT Y Doug Miller, J.D. | General Counsel

Matt Proctor | President Doug Aldridge | Executive Vice President of Academics

Dr. Chad Ragsdale | Academic Dean Elect

Jim Dalrymple | Executive Vice President of Advancement

Dr. Teresa Roberts | Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Damien Spikereit | Executive Vice President of Administration Shawn Lindsay | Associate Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation David McMillin | Vice President of Campus Operations

FULL-TIME FACULTY Mike Ackerman New Testament, Church Planting Dr. Terry Bowland New Testament, Ministry Rick Cherok, Ph.D. Church History

Beth DeFazio Biblical Communication, Speech Michael DeFazio New Testament, Hermeneutics

Dr. Chris DeWelt Director of Intercultural Studies, New Testament David Fish Language

Randy Gariss Director of LAMP/Campus Minister, Ministry

Kevin Greer Director of Ministry Center, Student Ministry

Gerald Griffin Ministry, Old and New Testament Jon Kehrer Old Testament

Darrin King Geography, Intercultural Studies Chris Lahm Athletics Director

Wade Landers Biblical Justice, Organizational Leadership

Matthew McBirth Director of Multicultural Affairs, Bible and Ministry Jennifer McMillin Registrar

Derek Moser Librarian, Old Testament Dr. Jason Poznich Biblical Communication

Isaac Schade Chapel Minister, Frontline Director Jessica Scheuermann Director of Academic Resource Commons, English

Dr. Mark Scott Director of Preaching Department, New Testament Matt Stafford Director of Worship and Creative Arts Department Doug Welch New Testament, Hermeneutics, Christian Formation Marva Wesley, Ph.D. Psychology, Counseling

Christopher White Director of Online Course Development

Brice Wurdeman Director of Intercultural Studies Dr. Gary Zustiak Director of Psychology and Counseling

Andy Storms | Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Witte | Vice President of Enrollment Management Shane J. Wood, Ph.D. | Associate Academic Dean

PART-TIME & ADJUNCT FACULTY Peter Buckland Counseling

Abigail Mayo Music

Ryan Claborn Mathematics

Daniel McCoy, Ph.D. Online Instructor

Justin Dewell Online Instructor

Brian Obermann Physical Science

Torrie Epperson Online Instructor

Mark Proctor Creative Arts

Elijah Dally Online Instructor

Jason Donato Online Instructor

Claudia Errington Online Instructor

Kevin Morrow Online Instructor

Rob Petersen Online Instructor

Sarah Rhodes Health/Wellness

Shawnee Fleenor Online Instructor

Jeff Robertson Online Instructor

Austin Ganyo Visiting Intercultural Professor

Jill Spencer Music Theory

Amanda Ganyo Visiting Intercultural Professor

Julie Gariss Director of LAMP/Campus Minister Lauren Green Online Instructor

Rachel Grindle Organizational Leadership David Heffren Online Instructor Landon Justice Online Instructor Susan Lincoln Music

Jody Lindsay Interdisciplinary Studies Adviser and Liaison

Rachael Sachs Online Instructor

Amy Storms Director of Marketing and Communications, English

Elizabeth Trotter Visiting Intercultural Professor Jonathan Trotter Visiting Intercultural Professor Karl Wendt, Ph.D. Psychology, Counseling Shannon Wendt Counseling, Speech

Aaron Wheeler, Ph.D. Discipleship and Evangelism





Nick Maxwell, Destiny Smith


Doug Aldridge


President Matt Proctor


Noah Mebane


Abigail Hays


Doug Aldridge, Shawn Lindsay


President Matt Proctor


*Audience please stand.

NOA H MEBANE Noah Mebane was born and raised to two loving Christian parents in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. During high school, he felt the call to go into student ministry, and he remains passionate about student ministry today. Noah is soon to be married to Lauren Bangert, and they plan to move to Colorado Springs this summer, where Noah will serve as a student pastor at Pikes Peak Christian Church.


Abigail was raised in a small town in Indiana. She never planned to do ministry, but after wrestling with God and encouragement from her parents, Abigail realized that Ozark was where she was supposed to be. After her sophomore year at OCC, Abigail decided to major in Biblical Communication. Passionate about being a voice for women and children who have endured great hardships, Abigail is currently employed at LifeChoices in Joplin— which she calls her “dream job.” After graduation, Abigail will continue to work at LifeChoices.


BACHELOR DEGREES Bachelor of Theology David Andrew Livesay * Biblical Worldview Abigail Jo Owen*** Biblical Worldview

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Inercultural Studies Andrew Dempsey Bible & Intercultural Studies Landon J. King Bible & Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Nicholas Maxwell***

Destiny Marie Smith

Bachelor of Arts (Ministry Majors) Cooper Allmoslecher** Student Ministry

Danielle Aubuchon*** Biblical Communication Colin Gilbert Baker** Student Ministry Nathan Boone** Student Ministry

Samuel Kelly Brannan Intercultural Studies Minor: Preaching Ministry Christopher Joseph Breuer Student Ministry

Gabriella Brownlee Psychology & Counseling Katie Jeanne Burkhart Psychology & Counseling

Brett Campbell Organizational Leadership Jordan Josiah Carnes Student Ministry

Shelby Renee Carnes** Biblical Justice Minor: Biblical Communication Taylor Levi Cook Student Ministry

Jeremiah Everett Coon Psychology & Counseling

Chloe Davenport Organizational Leadership

Wyatt Johnson General Ministry

Zach Dodge** General Ministry

Jeren Joslin Creative Arts

Sarah DeReus Psychology & Counseling

Macie Allyn Dressler General Ministry

Miles Given Dressler General Ministry

Lauren Nicole Eaton Psychology & Counseling Minor: Worship *

Evan Michele Eaves Biblical Communication Kellen Edwards Student Ministry

Jeremy Flores Biblical Communication Narissa Jane Gaston Intercultural Studies Peyton James Geisler Intercultural Studies Jacob Louis Gibson General Ministry

Star Faith Gonzalez* General Ministry

Jena Rae Hanks Organizational Leadership Robert Harbison Jr. Creative Arts Jared Hardison Student Ministry

Benjamin Joseph Harris** Student Ministry Christian Hay General Ministry

Madison Elise Hay General Ministry

Abigail Anne Hays*** Biblical Communication Madison Faith Hoagland General Ministry Bailey Hunley General Ministry Caleb James Isaacs General Ministry Luckner Jean Biblical Justice

Michael Daniel Johnson*** Biblical Communication

Kyle Lee Duncan Jones Student Ministry

Megan Jordanna Joslin** Biblical Communication Minor: Biblical Languages Aaron Joel King Biblical Communication Josiah Paul Krispense General Ministry

Gabrielle Marie Krump Children’s Ministry Noah W. Landers Christian Ministry

Aleksey Viktor Lyle Biblical Communication L.J. Martin III Student Ministry

Ian McAdams* General Ministry

Hayden Lee McGlumphry Psychology & Counseling Noah Mebane*** Student Ministry

Brittany Miller Children’s Ministry Carissa Joy Miller** Biblical Justice

Emma LeeAn Morrell* Psychology & Counseling Noah Murdock Student Ministry

Jordyn Patterson** General Ministry

Patrick Prodger Christian Formation

Hannah Randleman Psychology & Counseling Seth Thomas Robinson Intercultural Studies Caleb Cameron Ross Christian Ministry

Andrea Lynae Sanchez* Biblical Justice Nick D. Sandberg Student Ministry

Josiah Schools General Ministry

Alec James Sheets*** General Ministry

Nicholas Shellenbarger Student Ministry

Aurora Kirsten Rayos***

Kurt Gary Walesch Student Ministry

Jordan Douglas Walters Psychology & Counseling


Amber R. Sherrell Pastoral Care & Counseling

Jonah Weece*** Children’s Ministry

Maria Lynnell Shoemaker Biblical Justice

Rebecca Mae Willoughby *** Biblical Justice

Kaden Sites Student Ministry

Sarah Anne Wilson*** General Ministry

Victoria Smith* Christian Ministry

Nicole Leigh Stine Pastoral Care & Counseling

Taylor Katelyn Geary *

Marcelene Ilona Taborosi General Ministry Brooke Thomason Intercultural Studies

Joy Thompson Biblical Communication

Leslee Holliday *

Kayla Christine Magaña Phil Meyer*

Kevin J. Ohnheiser

Ashley Erin Smith**

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Jordan D. Terford

Windie Lyn Sturges

Mallory Jane Vanderveer

Stephanie Lynn Wolfbrandt

Alexia Maddux***

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry

Karina Danielle Ortman

Jessica Marie Maddux

Hannah Jean Henady **

Joshua A. Davis

Myranda Morse*

Courtney Erin Umphreys*** Children’s Ministry

Lexi Frank***

Tommy Don Smith***

Katelyn Ashley Durham

Taylor Rae Tucker*** General Ministry

Zayne Connatser

Zachary Goebel

Ryan Evan Bruner***

Cody Allen Tramell Student Ministry Minor: Psychology & Counseling

Elijah Seth Coleman

Brandon Lee Hair***

Bachelor of Arts in Bi-Vocational Christian Ministry

Alexander Thomas Steele*** Preaching Ministry

Christina Ann Stokes

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Patrick T. Wilbanks Student Ministry

David C. Shultz*** Student Ministry

Grace Sitton**

Samantha Tossell***

ASSOCIATE DEGREES Lauren Bangert Christian Ministry

Gabriel Fricker Christian Ministry

Jadeyn Lopez Christian Ministry

Jonathan St. Clair Christian Ministry

Ashley Rene’ Bohns Christian Ministry

Abigail Anne Hays Christian Ministry

Carson John Reed Christian Ministry

Jacy Dawn Welch Christian Ministry

Sabrina Margaret Beck Christian Ministry

Lydia Grace Brundieck Christian Ministry Denni Shae Butler Christian Ministry

Hallee Marie Doss Intercultural Studies

Quavion Elbert Durham Christian Ministry

Lacy Dawn Haile Christian Ministry

Alexis Nichole Hundley Christian Ministry Samantha Jones Christian Ministry

Selah Suzanne Kendall Christian Ministry

Madison Elizabeth Laws Christian Ministry

Hope Proctor Christian Ministry

Abigail Jane Weiland Christian Ministry

Autumn Rae Whitman Christian Ministry

Brett Elizabeth Ryan Intercultural Studies Trinity Schumann Christian Ministry Emma Scott Christian Ministry Nadya Ellen Silva Christian Ministry

Denotes academic honor students. Applies to bachelor degrees only.



SU M M A CU M L AU DE (3.90 -4.00) Mixed gold and blue cord


M AGNA CU M L AU DE (3.80 -3.89) Gold cord


CU M L AU DE (3.67-3.79) White cord

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2021 Commencement Program  

2021 Commencement at Ozark Christian College May 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. CT Watch live at occ.edu/commencement

2021 Commencement Program  

2021 Commencement at Ozark Christian College May 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. CT Watch live at occ.edu/commencement

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