Officers' Christian Fellowship

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Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF) is a nonprofit Christian parachurch[1] organization of 17,000 U.S. Military officers, family members, and friends found at installations throughout the military. Founded in 1943,[2] the organization's purpose remains to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.[3] OCF operates Spring Canyon and White Sulphur Springs, Christian camps and conference centers serving veterans, enlisted soldiers, and military families.[4] Although the Military Religious Freedom Foundation accused OCF of improper proselytization[5] in 2008, journalist Jeff Sharlet reported that the Obama administration saw no significant problems with this organization or its activities.[6]


Officers' Christian Fellowship started as a small Bible study group in Washington, D.C., in the World War II-era. Originally founded as the Officers' Christian Union in 1943, the name was changed to Officers' Christian Fellowship in 1972. One of the Bible study group's original members, General Hayes Kroner, became the OCF's first president. By 1947, after a year at West Point and Annapolis, membership of the organization grew to 41 army cadets and naval mid-shipmen. It was these members and other working officers, rather than a professional staff, who were responsible for the organization's growth in its early years. [7]


Its president from 1954 until 1972 was lieutenant general William Kelly Harrison Jr..[8]

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Further reading[edit]

  • More Than Conquerors: A History of the Officers' Christian Fellowship of the U.S.A., 1943 to 1983. Robert W. Spoede. OCF Books, 1993. ISBN 0-913991-02-3.


  1. ^ Air Force Chaplains Interfacing with Para-Church Groups Fahner,David W. APR 1986
  2. ^ "American Evangelicals and the US Military, 1942-1993"
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  4. ^ [2] "Spring Canyon is a Refuge for Vets"
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  6. ^ "The Crusade for a Christian Military: Are US Forces Trying to Convert Afghans to Christianity?". Democracy Now. Jeff Sharlet et al. Broadcast 5/6/09.
  7. ^ American Evangelicals and the US Military, 1942-1993. Anne C. Loveland. Louisiana State University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-585-30006-2. pp.28-29
  8. ^ "Leadership and the Christian Officer; the Basis of Successful Leadership". Retrieved 2009-07-10. [dead link]

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