2012 North American Christian Convention

This year’s North American Christian Convention is July 10th through July 13th in Orlando, Florida.  Rick Rusaw, a CCU alum, is serving as the President of this year’s convention. We invite you to meet us at our booth on the convention floor. CCU’s Booth number is 2001. Please meet us at the following events:

  • Our CCU Alumni & Friends Reception will be a Luau on Wednesday July 11th at 8:30 p.m. is open to all.
  • CCU’s National Advancement Advisory Council will be meeting on Thursday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Our annual Legacy Awards Banquet is on Thursday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are required. For reservations, please contact Jenell Sanford at jenell.sanford@ccuniversity.edu or (513) 244-8117.
2013 Leadership Luncheon

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

“Leadership development is always on our minds at CCU. It’s our mission to equip students with the character, skill, insight, and vision they need to be effective servant leaders–and it’s exciting that we share these goals with so many like-minded business leaders in Cincinnati.”

David Faust, President, Cincinnati Christian University

CCU provides the Leadership Luncheon free of charge to encourage and inspire local business and community leaders.

Attire:  Business

Registration is open now. To register, click here to go to our Eventbrite page.

For additional information, email Wendy Spalding at wendy.spalding@CCUniversity.edu.


Karen Carnahan

In her role as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Document Management Division, Karen has a team of 2,000 employee-partners, in over 90 locations throughout North America. Karen recently celebrated her 33rdAnniversary with Cintas, where she has held the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, and Vice President of Corporate Development (Mergers and Acquisitions). In 2008, Karen assumed the role of President  & COO of the Document Management Division, which includes Document Destruction and Document Storage and Imaging solutions to more than 160,000 Customers.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio).  She has received numerous awards, such as the Cintas Excalibur Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in attitude, performance, and loyalty.  Karen has also received numerous community awards including the 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and being named the 2008 Woman of Excellence by the West Chester (OH) Chamber Alliance.

Karen has a passion and commitment for philanthropy in the local community.  She and her family are proud to be a Founding Family of the Community Foundation of West Chester / Liberty, (CFWCL) which seeks to carry on the works of charitable giving and improve the quality of life in the West Chester / Liberty area.  Karen was also a founding member of the Women’s Giving Circle of the CFWCL.

Karen is very dedicated to her work and to employee-partners and spends many hours mentoring men and women to help them succeed.  From joining the company as a staff accountant in 1979 to becoming President & COO of the Document Management Division, Karen has dedicated her life along the way to serving others at work and in the community. Karen serves on the Presidents Advisory Board at Cincinnati Christian University.

Jim Breech

Jim Breech is a retired National Football League kicker, best known for the thirteen seasons he spent with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII (making every field goal and extra point he attempted in those games), and holds the Bengals all-time scoring record with 1,152 points. He was a perfect 9-for-9 in overtime field goals, an NFL record. A friend of CCU for several years, Jim also serves on the board of directors for Kicks for Kids, a local non-profit organization that helps at-risk children.

Russell Golf Classic

April 23rd, 2012


$1,000 per person
$4,000 per foursome

(contact us for sponsorship packages)
All proceeds go to fund the Russell School of

If you have specific questions
not answered here, please email
You may also phone
Joe Robertson at
[513] 204.1258.

Please click here for brochure and entry form.


Format Four-person scramble

  • 10:30am – 11:45am – Registration, lunch, and practice facility
  • 11:45am -Welcome and rules of the day
  • 12:00pm – Golf
  • 5:30pm -Heavy hors d’oeuvres and awards after golf


Tee Gifts
1st / 2nd / 3rd Place Teams
Special Contests


Welcome! Lake Forest Country Club is
located in the eastern section of Louisville, KY.
The club is a full service private club available to
members and their guests for golf, tennis,
swimming, dining and social activities. The
facilities include a challenging 72-par Arnold
Palmer designed golf course. The course
provides 7,151 yards of rolling bent grass
fairways, large greens, multiple tee boxes and 14
lakes and creeks in play. Additional amenities
include a beautiful clubhouse with panoramic
views from the dining room, Har-tru clay tennis
courts, swimming pool and an excellent driving
range and practice facility.


Bob Russell
Bob and Judy Russell,
graduates of CCU, spent
over 40 years in ministry
and helped build
Southeast Christian
Church in Louisville, KY, to
20,000 members–the largest Christian Church in
the United States.

John Russell
John Russell and his wife Susan,
also graduates of CCU, led
Lakeside Christian Church in
Northern Kentucky from 1970
until their retirement in 2010.
Known for his thoughtful
preaching and pastoral style,
John exemplifies the qualities of
servant leadership valued at CCU.




Your support for the Russell Golf Classic is important

1. It honors the Russell family. It’s impossible to
calculate the number of people who have been
positively impacted by Bob Russell’s 40-year ministry
at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and
John Russell’s 40-year ministry at Lakeside Christian
Church in Lakeside Park, KY. The Russell School of
Ministry (RSM) is a powerful way to recognize the
faithfulness of this special family and extend their
impact far into the future.

2. Ministry is the heart of what we do at Cincinnati
Christian University (CCU). Bob and John Russell,
and several other members of their extended family,
are graduates of CCU. Since 1924 we have been
inspiring and equipping our students to bear fruit for
the glory of God. We want to make sure that for
years to come CCU will continue to provide the finest
ministry training available.

3. Future leaders need our help. We are recruiting
and teaching students who will preach the gospel
and serve with excellence, leading people to Christ
and planting new churches. The Russell scholarships
will help to keep a top-quality CCU education
affordable for ministry-minded students, and the
RSM endowed chair will help to ensure that our
ministry programs remain on the cutting edge.

Our $2 million goal ($1 M for student scholarships and
$1 M for the endowed ministry chair) is within reach!
With your generous support, this God-sized goal will
become a reality.


2011 Salute to Leaders

Northwestern Mutual / The Kelley Financial Group, Presenting Sponsor



Great American Insurance, Presidential Sponsor




We enjoyed an evening of elegance, great music and inspiring stories as we honored:

J. Donald Sams, CEO             Christian Benevolent Assoc. Ron Beshear, Managing Partner – retired  Northwestern Mutual Mary Beshear, President            Beshear & Associates

The celebration was attended by more than 600 leaders from Greater Cincinnati.

We are deeply grateful to our Presenting Sponsor Northwestern Mutual, Inc. and Presidential Sponsor Great American Insurance for their generous support of Salute to Leaders.  Proceeds from Salute to Leaders will benefit CCU’s Early Childhood Education program and renovation of the facility.

A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors.

From Left: Ron and Mary Beshear, Nancy and J. Donald Sams

VIP Table Sponsors:

  • Cintas Corporation
  • Hi 5 Development
  • MCP Realty, LLC
  • Ovation Financial Advisors, Inc.
  • Prasco
  • Sams, Fischer, Packard & Schuessler


Click Here to register and pay online through our secure site.

If you still want to contribute, Click Here.


 For more information regarding the 2011 Salute to Leaders, please contact Jen Sanford at Advancement@CCUniversity.edu or call (513) 244-8117.


NACC Restoration Heritage Tour

Tuesday, July 5, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sponsored by Cincinnati Christian University and Standard Publishing

See the sites where the events of the Restoration Movement took place, as a guide describes the events and answers questions. Tour stops include the site of the Campbell-Owen debate, sites of early Cincinnati Christian churches, burial sites of several leaders, and more.

The air conditioned touring buses depart from the convention center at 8:30 AM sharp. Bus loading begins at 8:00 AM. Lunch is served at Cincinnati Christian University from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. A dessert reception is provided by Standard Publishing.

The $18.00 ticket includes the tour, transportation, food and drink. Seating is limited to the first 100 adult guests.  Order Tickets Now

NACC Special Events website, click here.

2011 Legacy Awards Banquet

***The maximum number of reservations for the Legacy Awards Banquet has been reached. There is a waiting list for available seats should any more become available due to cancellations. To be added to the list, please email Jen Sanford at Jenell.Sanford@CCUniversity.edu

July 7, 2011

Cincinnati Christian University will pay tribute to individuals and churches whose contributions have strengthened our mission of training thousands to reach millions for Christ.

On the Campus of

Cincinnati Christian University

Worship & Ministry Center

(During the NACC 2011)

Thursday July 7, 2010, 5-6:45 p.m.

Special honors and awards will be given:

  • Legacy Church – Heath Church of Christ
  • Legacy of Generosity – Eunice Murphy
  • Legacy of Leadership – Buddy Mossbarger
  • Legacy Lives On – Sam and Gwen Stone
  • Legacy of Serving – Ron and Gerri Henderson
  • Legacy of Teaching – Dr. Jack Cottrell

Program will include:

  • President David Faust
  • Wayne Smith
  • Damon Reid
  • Mark Taylor
  • David Grubbs
  • Mark Koerner


CCU President Dr. David Faust presents the Legacy of Teaching award to Dr. James North at the 2010 Legacy Awards Banquet.


Leadership Luncheon a Success

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

“Leadership development is always on our minds at CCU,” states David Faust, university president. “It’s our mission to equip students with the character, skill, insight, and vision they need to be effective servant leaders–and it’s exciting that we share these goals with so many like-minded business leaders in Cincinnati.”

On Wednesday, February 23rd, CCU presented its annual Leadership Luncheon encouraging and inspiring local businesses and community leaders.   Tom Arington, President and CEO of Prasco Laboratories, shared how he started his company nine years ago at age 65, when others are thinking about retirement.  But by founding his company with God first, he has been blessed time and again, and his company has grown to rank fifth among pharmaceutical companies around the world.  He said he is privileged to work with godly coworkers, and he encouraged the audience to set right priorities and love God and love others.

Tom Arington

E. Thomas Arington, who founded the Cincinnati-based pharmaceutical firm, Prasco, in 2002, is also former Chairman and CEO of Duramed Pharmaceuticals and former president of the healthcare consulting firm MarketMaster. Prasco is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in the industry, in terms of relative growth and prescriptions dispensed.

In addition to business success, Arington also founded The Arington Foundation in 1994. Based in the Greater Cincinnati area, AF emphasizes supporting groups located in southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern/central Kentucky. The foundation has provided support for a variety of organizations, including those of an athletic, educational, humanitarian, and religious nature. These groups have had local to international impact.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the 2011 Leadership Luncheon a memorable event!  Join us for the Leadership Luncheon 2012.

CCU Reception at NACC

We are looking forward to hosting the best reception ever at the North American Christian Convention in Indianapolis on Wednesday evening, July 7, 2010, following the evening session.

The reception is located in the Hyatt Regency, Cosmopolitan Rooms B,C, and D.

THANK YOU to the CCU Alumni Association for helping to fund our reception this year!

You won’t want to miss this one!  We look forward to seeing you there!

2010 Legacy Awards Banquet
You’re Invited To:

Legacy Awards Banquet

July 8, 2010

Cincinnati Christian University will pay tribute to individuals and churches whose contributions have strengthened our mission of training thousands to reach millions for Christ.

Downtown Indianapolis Hyatt Regency C/D

(During the NACC 2010)

Thursday July 8, 2010, 5-6:45 p.m.

Special honors and awards will be given:

  • Legacy Church
  • Legacy of Giving
  • Legacy of Leadership
  • Legacy Lives On
  • Legacy of Serving
  • Legacy of Teaching

Program will include:

  • President David Faust
  • Wally Rendel
  • Bob Russell
  • Howard Brammer
  • Dave Stone

Complimentary tickets for Dinner/Banquet

Limited seating (adults only)

Reservations Required:

Please contact Savannah at 513.244.8185 or email to savannah.garcia@CCUniversity.edu

2010 Homecoming

Friday, January 22

All CCU ALUMNI are invited to be part of our annual basketball homecoming on Friday, Jan. 22! The annual alumni game will tip off at 3:00 p.m. Anyone who played for the Golden Eagles in the past may contact Jason Gillespie at jason.gillespie@CCUniversity.edu or at 513.244.8442 to make arrangements to play. Players in the alumni game will receive an alumni shirt as a memento of their courage and stamina!

The CCU Women and Men’s Basketball teams will be playing Johnson Bible College at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Both of our teams have taken their game to new levels and are now playing in the NAIA league. The ladies are having a fantastic season at 9 – 3. They are number 3 nationally in total points per game scored and also 3rd nationally in 3-point scoring. The men stand at 7-7 playing against a much stronger schedule. Both teams are exciting to watch!  Come and check out the brand of basketball being played at CCU.

A special feature for homecoming will again be the Alumni Hospitality Room featuring the famous pork from Montgomery Inn Boathouse. It will be open from 5:00 until the men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

At half-time of the men’s game we will honor the outstanding women’s and men’s soccer teams for this year.

When you arrive, please stop by the registration table and pick up your Hospitality Room Pass. You will also have an opportunity to pay your CCU Alumni Association dues of $25.

Homecoming Schedule

3:00 – Alumni Game

5:00 – Alumni Hospitality Room Opens

5:30 – CCU Women versus JBC Women

7:30 CCU Men versus JBC Men

2009 - 2010 CCU Men

2009 - 2010 CCU Men

2009 - 2010 CCU Women

2009 - 2010 CCU Women