MISSION: To be a transformational church body that makes visible the unity of the Christian faith; engages in worship, education and fellowship; and proclaims Christ's love and justice ethic through public witness.
The Council’s Governing Board is comprised of each bishop and/or executive leader of the 23 denominational governing bodies. The Board meets two times each year.
In addition, the Ohio Council of Churches Foundation supports the accomplishment of our vision and mission. The Foundation is entrusted with the fiduciary responsibilities of our endowment and investments. Its' Board of Trustees consists of representatives from the 23 judicatories.
Celebrating 100 Years of Ecumenical Ministry in 2019, OCC is one of the oldest state ecumenical councils in the United States. The collaborative represents the largest and most diverse group of Christians in Ohio, encompassing 4,000 congregations and two-million members.
The Council enjoys productive and meaningful relationships that create partnerships with Christian and interfaith organizations as well as civic agencies. In fact, our table has expanded to converse with all who are committed to advancing the common good.
OCC is an Ohio expression of the historic ecumenical worldwide movement with connections to both the Washington, DC-Based National Council of Churches and the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Council of Churches. The Council serves as a platform through which the unity of Christ’s church is made visible.
As member churches partner with God and one another to collaborate, we acknowledge our God-given gift of unity while expressing our desire to be one in witness and service to the world. Through this, we offer a faithful response to our common mission and Jesus' prayer, "…that they may all be one...so that the world may believe." (John 17:21)
2019 Governing Board Events
Bishops & Executives Retreat December 16-17, 2019 Hilton Polaris, Columbus OH
Fall Board Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 24th
Wayman Chapel A.M.E., Dayton OH
100th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Syndicated Columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., Friday, September 6th, at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), Delaware, Ohio.